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Level Water Bantham Swoosh
July 16, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
The Swoosh is a world class 6km swim in a sandy bottomed estuary in Devon. Among the things that make it special is the fact the estuary we swim in is both shallow and sandy bottomed – so water is clear rather than muddy, and swimmers have a view of the sandy bed most of the way.
The swim culminates in a “swoosh” as the ebbing tide is funnelled through a narrow section of river, speeding you along over the riverbed at up to four times your usual swimming speed. It can run at 8 knots and you might spot the local crabs cruising around the river bed beneath you. It’s exciting, invigorating, beautiful and fun.
If you’re comfortable in the water now, swimming 6km in July is a totally achievable challenge – the Swoosh is a perfect introduction to open water swimming. It’s professional and safe, with lifeguards along the route.
There are great campsites, hotels and apartments available in the area, and it’s an absolutely beautiful place to spend the weekend.