3K, 1500M or 750M

English Riviera Swim

June 30, 2024
from 10:00 am

Which race? See below..


Our English Riviera Swims are getting more popular every year. We are offering you a chance to do a 3000m, 1500m or 750m swim at Torre Abbey Sands in Torquay. This beach has an excellent water quality record!

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
  • Professional event photographs*
  • Special embroidered beanie
  • Toilets
  • Public liability insurance
  • Chip timing
  • Professional First Aid
  • Full water safety team & Safety boat from Teignmouth Surf Livesaving Club

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


3000M SWIM

3 lap swim
14+ on 31st December 2024
Start Time: 11 am

1500M SWIM

2 lap swim
13+ on 31st December 2024
Start Time: 10 am


1 lap swim
12+ on 31st December 2024
Start Time: 10 am


Parking & Accommodation

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

Hotels & Other accommodation
There is plenty to choose from in Torquay within walking distance of the venue and our date is before the main holiday season.

Local Campsites



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 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




Torre Abbey Sands, Torquay, Devon, TQ2 6NE

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Thank you so much for a fantastic event. It was so well organised and so friendly. Really enjoyed the day. Thank you ?
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