The Chillswim Guided Swim Service includes:
- Chillswim’s RIB boat
- RYA powerboat level 2 pilot with 10+ years experience of guiding swimmers on Windermere
- Chillswim Windermere Trophy
- Live GPS tracking
- Results displayed on Chillswim website
- Personalised Chillswim Certificate
Solo Windermere One Way Swim (one person, One Way) £650
Solo Windermere Two Way Swim (one person, Two Way) £850 (n.b. we cannot accommodate Two Way swims after 10th September due to daylight hours & if estimated time 14hrs+ an extra charge of £300 for additional pilot)
Two people Windermere One Way Swim (One Way, swimming together or relay) £750
Two people Windermere Two Way Swim (Two Way, swimming together or relay) £900 (n.b. we cannot accommodate Two Way swims after 10th September due to daylight hours & if estimated time 14hrs+ an extra charge of £300 for additional pilot)
Three people Windermere One Way Swim (One Way, swimming together or relay) £950
Three people Windermere Two Way Swim (Two Way, swimming together or relay) £1050 (n.b. we cannot accommodate Two Way swims after 10th September due to daylight hours & if estimated time 14hrs+ an extra charge of £300 for additional pilot)
We only operate one boat per day on the lake so when you make your booking you will pay a non-refundable £200 deposit to secure your calendar slot. The balance of your payment must be made not less than 4 weeks prior to the date you have booked, you will receive instructions on how to make the second payment in plenty of time.
To see the available dates click on the BOOK NOW button, any dates that are already taken will be marked as 'Sold out'.
When you book your date it is possible to protect your deposit payment by choosing to include the optional Booking Protect insurance during the entry process. If, due to specific circumstances like illness, injury or relocation you are unable to attend your swim it may be possible to recover 100% of your entry fee through your Booking Protect insurance (n.b. this option is only available at the time of booking and will only cover your deposit of £200).
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, manage your feeds, etc for £90 One-Way, or £180 Two-Way. You will pay this directly to the observer on the day of your swim.
Swim Dates and Times
We operate guided swims between late May and September when the water temperature is typically between 14 and 20 degrees. The warmest water in the last few years has been in July but this is by no means guaranteed! Our guided swims typically start at 6-7am when the lake is at its quietest, enabling the swimmer to make good progress before the commercial ferries begin operating along with other motorised vessels.
Open water swimming is a strenuous exercise. To avoid any doubt in your health and fitness, you should undertake a medical check-up including an ECG test before starting training for this event. The medical must be signed by your GP, state reference to your intended swim, and be uploaded onto the entry system no later than 4 weeks before your swim.
Please do not post hard copies to us. If you have been ill or have experienced a change in your wellbeing or physical state such as pregnancy since your medical, please consult a doctor.
It is possible to have upto 3 x swimmers per guided swim 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. The fee for greater than 14 hours is an additional £300, payable 4 weeks prior to swim, along with the balance payment. Please contact us if you think you may fall into this category.
Assessment Swims for English Channel Swimming qualifying swims
There are strict criteria for your 6-hour (solo) qualifying swim or 2-hour (relay) swims by the Channel Swimming & Pilot Federation (CS&PF) and Channel Swimming Association (CSA). Please check requirements with your channel swimming provider and we will ensure your swim is run under Channel Swimming Rules.