3K, 1500M or 750M

English Riviera Swim

July 3, 2022
from 9:00 am

Which race? See below..


As part of the English Riviera Triathlon Triathlon we are offering you a chance to do a 3000m, 1500m or 750m swim in the warm and sheltered waters of Goodrington Sands in Torbay. Because we already have the lifeguards and timing in place we’ve managed to keep the price affordable.

Kit Requirements
Just a swim suit and goggles. Wet suits are not normally required for this swim except in the highly unlikely event that the water temperature is below 14C (See our FAQ). However for first time open water swimmers they are recommended. They will keep you warmer and provide buoyancy that will make swimming easier. Short wetsuits or armless wetsuits are also permitted.

What you get

Finishers medals for all + podium medals
Free silicone Swim hats
Fully insured
Professional chip timing
Full Covid-19 measures
Professional First Aid
Full water safety team from Teignmouth Surf Livesaving Club


3000M SWIM

2 lap swim
14+ on 31st December 2021
Start Time: 9:45 am

1500M SWIM

2 lap swim
13+ on 31st December 2021
Start Time: 9:00 am


1 lap swim
12+ on 31st December 2021
Start Time: 9:00 am


Parking & Accommodation

There is plenty of paid for parking within easy reach of the beach. See

Local Campsites


Hotels & Other accommodation

There is plenty to choose from locally. However the Premier Inn at Goodrington Sands is worth considering as it’s just a couple of minutes walk from the Swim Start

Awards & Medals

There is a medal for all finishers.

In addition we have special podium medals for the Top 3 overall men & women for all three swim distances..



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 For 2022 we have sourced new paper cups designed to be fully recycled back into high grade paper. They look and feel exactly the same as conventional plastic coated, or PLA coated cups - The key difference is that these cups are actually optimised to be recycled back into high grade paper using conventional paper recycling equipment [Paper mills do not need to change or invest in new machinery]. This supports a circular economy where the valuable cup paper fibre can be recycled many times. We are also looking at going fully cup less on some of our longer events - watch this space.. Our cycling events are already largely cup less. Zip Ties & waste We use reusable zip ties where ever possible. We minimise our use of disposable plastic and sort rubbish from our events into the relevant categories for recycling. 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 where feasible.    

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?

Our sea swims at Blackpool Sands (Dartmouth Sea Swim) and Goodrington Sands (English Riviera Swim) are run under British Triathlon rules. Wetsuits will be compulsory if the temperature is below 14C. If the water temperature is below 11.9C we will shorten the swim(s) to 500 metres. If the temperature is below 11C the swim will be cancelled. In practice at Blackpool Sands wetsuits will normally be compulsory. At Goodrington Sands in July they are generally optional. Wetsuits are likely to be optional at the Roadford Lake Swims and Dawlish Swims in September. However if you're new to open water swimming we strongly recommend you wear a wetsuit and for almost everyone a wetsuit 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




Goodrington Beach, Youngs Park, TQ4 6BU, Paignton

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