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Guided Solo Swims with Chillswim

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May - September 2017

Chillswim has successfully guided over 100 solo swimmers the length of Windermere, which is 10.5 miles. This is a fantastic swim for endurance swimmers planning to tackle the English Channel at some stage, or as a challenge in its own right.

Prices for private swims with us are:

Solo Windermere Swim (one person, one way) £600
Solo Windermere Swim (one person, two way) £800
Two people Windermere Swim (one way, swimming together or relay) £700
Two people Windermere Swim (two way, swimming together or relay) £900
Three people Windermere Swim (one way, swimming together or relay) £800
Three people Windermere Swim (two way, swimming together or relay) £1000

Our service includes:

  • Chillswim’s Rib Boat & experienced pilot
  • Personalised trophy with your name and time 
  • Live GPS Tracking
  • Post onto Chillswim’s Facebook page
  • Certificate


An observer is essential for your swim, and you can either bring your own support crew (max 3 people for a solo swimmer) or we can provide you with an observer to monitor your stroke rate, manager your feeds etc for approx £85 each way.

Swim dates and times

We operate guided swims between May and September when the water temperature is typically between 13 and 20 degrees. The warmest water in the last 2 years has been July, but this by no means is guaranteed! Our swims start at 6 or 7am when the lake is at its quietest enabling the swimmer to make good progress before the commercial ferries begin operating and other motorised vessels operate. We tend to have most of our guided swims on week days to avoid sailing galas, motorboat events, and the general high boat traffic that a tourist destination such as Lake District attracts.

Assessment swims for channel swimming

There are strict criteria for these assessment swims by the CS&PF and CSA. Please check requirements with your channel swimming provider before booking a swim with us.

Additional swimmers

It is possible to have more than one swimmer guided, and you can book this through the entry system. Swimmers should either be the same pace or form a relay team. For swimmers of different paces we recommend booking individual swims.

Is there a time limit?

There is no time limit within which to complete your swim. Typically swimmers complete the length between 3 hours 46 mins (Dion Harrison 2014), and 8 hours for a one way. However, for safety reasons of the pilot and swimmer, if the swimmer is expected to take greater than 14 hours on a two way swim, an additional boat pilot will be required - details of this will be provided if required.

Contingency days

We book a maximum of 3 swims per week to allow for moving swims in case of adverse weather, and to balance with our other projects. In 2016, only one swim changed day due to adverse weather. If the forecast is looking bad we will contact you in the week prior to your swim to discuss options. Please train in all weathers, as it will only be if there are sustained high winds that we are unable to operate on your booked day. Rain doesn't stop a swim, the crew just get soggy too!

How to book your swim

Swims can be booked when the booking system goes live, once we have confirmed pilot availability for the forthcoming season. If you want to be amongst the first to find out when booking opens please register your interest here.
The booking system takes a deposit of £100 (non refundable, and non transferable), with the balance due 4 weeks before your swim. All payments are via the entry system.

Medical certification

A swim of this nature can place a great deal of stress on the body, and all swimmers are required to undergo a medical examination prior to their swim. We use the Channel Swimming and Piloting Federation forms for this, which are sent out during the booking process, and can also be downloaded from their website. Medical forms can be uploaded to the entry system or should be returned to Chillswim via email no later than 4 weeks before your swim.
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