Thousands of swimmers will have the chance to swim a half mile, one mile or two miles in open water in the mass-participation event. Every swimmer will be able to choose a start wave, with swimmers setting off at regular intervals during the day. All your needs are catered for with heated changing rooms, dunk zone, pontoon start and finish, full water safety crew, hot tubs and exhibition area.
Sign up for a charity place
We have charity places available in the 1 mile and 2 mile distances. We ask for a registration fee of £20 for the 1 mile and £25 for the 2 mile. We also ask that you raise a minimum sponsorship amount of £200 - 1 mile or £300 - 2 mile.
*We have now sold out of 2 mile places, please email [email protected] to be added to the waiting list. Places in the 1 mile are still available.
Already have your own place?
If you've purchased a place through the race organiser, you can still choose to fundraise for us. Simply click the 'I have my own place' button and fill in our short form. There's no minimum sponsorship target if you've purchased your own place, and we'll be here to support you throughout your challenge.
Swim Serpentine is a one-day open water swimming festival staged in the heart of London.
Organised by London Marathon Events, the festival is held in and around the beautiful Serpentine in Hyde Park, the venue for the open water swimming competition at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Join us on 21 September for the third year of this fantastic event.
When you fundraise for us, you’ll receive:
- a free swimming cap to wear on the day
- a welcome pack with fundraising help and materials
- support from our dedicated events team to help you achieve your goals
If you haven't received all the information you need, you can give us a call on 0330 333 0804
Swimming in open water is very different to swimming in a pool. Therefore it is crucial that you train properly before the event regardless of whether you will be swimming in a wetsuit or not. Start off gradually and build up your distance.
You should try to swim at least two times a week and ideally three (one of these should be outdoors where possible).
To train for an open water swim, you need to think about two aspects of the event:
- Being swim fit: the easiest way to become swim fit is to regularly use a swimming pool or lido.
- Being acclimatised to swimming outdoors: on the event day it could be cold or a bright sunny day, and the water could be calm or choppy. You should be comfortable swimming in all conditions.
For advice,training plans and the best gear to use check out the Swim serpentine website.
You can also get in touch and trade training tips/experiences with other swimmers taking part in Swim Serpentine via our Alzheimer's Society Swim Serpentine Facebook group.