Skin swimmers are welcome at the Hurly Burly by application. If you swam in skins in 2018 you do not have to fully re apply for skin swimming permission in 2019, but you must indicate when purchasing your ticket that you wish to swim skins again.

Permission for new skin swimmers is granted on the basis of prior proven experience of swims of this length and temperature, whether undertaken personally or as part of an event, and on the basis of current training. In granting permission to swim in skins, we are looking for evidence of similar prior experience and/or a recent monitored two hour swim in similar temperature water. Please note that non-wetsuit permission cannot be guaranteed at entry because it depends on current training. Tickets are therefore sold as “wetsuits compulsory”. Non-wetsuit application forms can be FOUND HERE and must be returned by 10th August. The event organisers then consider your application within a week and communicate their decision back to all applicants. No reminders will be sent, put that date in your diary now.

Not all applications are permitted, and if yours is rejected you will need to swim in a wetsuit. Why? To keep you safe. Only those who have undergone a steady and committed programme of acclimatisation will be able to do a swim of this length in skins. Because safety cover is shared, rather than one to one, the Hurly Burly is not the place to test out your endurance to cold for the first time. If you are not given permission you will need to swim in a wetsuit or transfer your ticket to another swimmer ending on 31 July. If you do not have your wetsuit on or permission for a skin-swim granted in advance, you will not be able to swim.


The Hurly Burly is a wetsuit event. All swimmers are to wear a full length, ankle-to-wrist neoprene swimming wetsuit unless permission has been been sought and granted by the events team before 10th August (see skins, above). If you want to wear any variation of a full length, ankle-to-wrist neoprene swimming wetsuit (eg no arms, short legs) then please apply to the event manager using the skins form stating your current training in this suit. Please do not attempt a 10k in a surf wetsuit – the drag, buoyancy and comparative lack of flexibility will make your life unnecessarily difficult.


Most people swim front crawl, the wind and tide will make for some choppy conditions so we suggest that breaststroke is probably not a great idea on this swim. Swimmers will need to be able to maintain a swim speed of 35 minutes or faster (Measured as the time it takes you to swim a mile of relaxed continuous front crawl in a pool, without big push-offs).


We welcome and can generally accommodate swimmers with physical disabilities who would like to swim/run. It is essential that those with disabilities, or any concern about their ability to take part in this event, should seek their doctor’s advice before taking part. Those with physical disabilities who would like to swim or run should email the Level Water prior to registration, and will be accommodated within the existing safety provision wherever possible (no separate arrangements can be made).


OSS events are tow-float free. There is ample safety cover who watch swimmers via their brightly coloured hats. Tow floats makes sighting swimmers harder, by doubling the number of brightly coloured objects in the water, and may entangle other swimmers. It is sometimes stated that tow floats make retrieving an unconscious swimmer easier, however they are not tested or rated to act as a safety device in this way.

Snorkels and fins are not permitted as the hard edges risk injuring other swimmers at the swim start in particular. Most swimmers with personal medication tuck it up the sleeve of their wetsuit. If this doesn’t cover your needs and you want to use a tow float for the purpose please contact Level Water.


Due to the early start, registration packs will be sent by post. Please be aware that below timings are approximate and will be subject to change. Final event timings will be communicated to you before the event.

Swim only start time: 6.30am

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