The Seahorse Swim

The Seahorse Swim is held at Knoll Beach in Studland Bay. The event consists of a 2km and 3.8km course around buoys and is open to wetsuit and non-wetsuit swimmers. The race is timed using ankle worn timing chips and there are prizes in many different categories.

The swim raises money for The Seahorse Trust, The National Trust (we're on NT land), The Royal Life Saving Society (who provide our safety cover) and East Dorset Open Water Swimming Club. The event is organised and run by volunteers drawn from East Dorset Open Water Swimming Club, their friends, families and other local swim groups.

Latest News

Unfortunately some bad news; we have cancelled this year's Seahorse Swim. We have waited as long as possible for Coronavirus restrictions to ease and looked into how we might run the event safely. While there are some aspects of the event that we could have changed to reduce the risk of Coronavirus transmission, there are other aspects that within the timescales available and current guidelines, we aren't able to change.

For all those people with confirmed entries for the September date, we've requested Race Timing Solutions (who provide the registration platform) to provide refunds.

The value of the refund will be 90% of your original entry cost and will be paid back to the card used at the time of entry.

We are not offering deferrals or automatic entry to [what we hope] is the Seahorse Swim 2021. We will though look into an option of advanced registration for 2020 entrants.

All the best

Entry Information

Please note that the entry system for the swim goes live in the new year. Numbers are strictly limited and entries are allocated on a first come first served basis. The event normally sells out very fast!

To avoid disappointment and to be kept informed we strongly recommend joining our Facebook group and the Seahorse Swim mailing list.

NB: You cannot enter the Seahorse Swim through this website...

Check social media and the mailing list to find out when the registration opens. There will be clear instructions on how to enter and you will be directed to a separate registration website.

If the swim sells out we will open a limited waiting list - please follow the link on the registration website for more information.

Safety cover provided by Poole RLSS
Safety cover provided by Poole RLSS

Seahorse Swim Enquiry Form

You can use this form to ask about the Seahorse Swim but please note that you'll probably find the answer you're looking for on the Facebook group and mailing list.

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