3K, 1500M or 750M

Dawlish Swim

September 22, 2024
from 9:00 am

Which race? See below..


Dawlish Warren makes a fantastic location for a sea swim. And after the success of our 2021 swims they’re returning for 2022. The excellent Teignmouth Surf Life Saving Club team will be on hand to keep you all safe in the water.

The swim course is triangular as you’ll see from the swim map. You start on the beach and finish on the steps. The 1500m swim is two laps of this course with an extra turn buoy. For the 3K swim we move one of the buoys further out for 3 x 1K laps. Dawlish Warren beach has consistently had excellent water quality ratings for the last four years!

For first time open water swimmers have a look at our Top 10 Tips for Open Water Swimmers

What you get

  • Superb safety cover from Teignmouth Beach Surf Life Saving Club)
  • T-shirt (choice of cotton or tech)
  • Silicone swim hat
  • Medals for all finishers
  • Professional event photos*
  • electronic chip timing
  • Professional first aid team
  • Public liability insurance
  • Gels & selection of snacks for when you finish
  • Podiums & prizes

* photos free with Sportiva Events logo at social media resolution. Hi-res downloads with no watermark & prints are available for an additional charge


3K Swim

Start Time: 9.40 am
Registration from: 7.30 am
Cut off time 11.30 am
Laps: 3

1500m Swim

Start Time: 9:00 am
Registration from: 7.30 am
Cut off time: 9:50 am
Laps: 2

750m Swim

Start Time: 9:00 am
Registration from: 7.30 am
Cut off time: 9:40 am
Laps: 1



You can park in the car park through the tunnel on the left or in the overflow car park just before the tunnel.

If arriving after 7.30am please park in the overflow car park & walk through the tunnel to avoid clashing with cyclists on the triathlon.

You do need to pay for parking.

Medals & Awards

There is a medal for all finishers.

In addition we have podium medals for the Top 3 men & women for each distance.


How environmentally friendly are you?

We're doing our best to minimise our environmental impact. Here are a few of our initiatives. Trees Not Tees For all the events where we include a t-shirt, we're now offering the option to plant a tree instead. We've partnered with Treesnottees.com to make this happen. Avoiding Single Use Plastics We use paper cups designed to be fully recycled back into high grade paper. Medals now optional We know quite a lot of competitors are not interested in finishers medals so they are now optional. We make a £2 charity donation for every medal not selected. Swim hats on request We still supply swim hats for our open water swim events as they help the water safety teams keep track of swimmers. However for all our pool events, swim hats are now on request to reduce wastage. Zip Ties & waste We only use reusable zip ties. We minimise single use plastics & sort rubbish for recycling after our events. Food is not wasted For events, such as our cycling sportives, where we're know for our excellent feed stations, all left over food goes to the local foodbank. Reducing Car use In Devon where most of our events take place this is easier said than done. However at our Burrator 10K running race we offer a £5 discount to anyone who commits to walking or cycling to the event. We'll be looking to add this to other events in the future. To read more about our sustainability policies read our article

What do I need to bring with me to an open water swim?

You will need your swim suit, and if required, your wetsuit. You'll also need some decent goggles that don't leak. Many people bring old trainers or flipflops to where while waiting for the race to start. It's essential to have warm, easy to pull on clothes to change into afterwards. Remember cold fingers can make buttons & zips tricky. The layered clothing approach is best along with warm socks & a warm hat to reduce heat loss from your extremities. A flask of your favourite hot drink is also a good idea  

Do I need to wear a wetsuit for your open water swims?

No you don't!  However if you're new to open water swimming and haven't trained regularly in open water, we strongly recommend you wear a wet-suit. And for almost everyone a wet-suit will mean you swim faster too.

Are your open water swims suitable for beginners?

Yes they are. We recommend you start with one of the shorter distances and make sure you do some open water swimming in advance. See our Open Water Swimming Tips for more advice




Dawlish Warren, Dawlish, Devon, EX7 ONF

Event Gallery

I wanted to thank you for such a well organised event. All your communications and briefings were very clear and helpful. The marshals and safety crew out on the paddle boards were excellent. I don't think I have ever swum in an event where there have been so many excellent support crew. They were positioned at exactly the right places to help guide me round the course and they were also supportive and encouraging - especially on my last lap, where they stuck closely to me and offered all sorts of encouraging comments. I would like to thank each one of them. It must have been cold and difficult for them out there.
Billie Oliver

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