Frequently Asked Questions
Have a question about The Wales Swim? No problem – simply look through our frequently asked questions below, and hopefully you’ll find the info you need.
How is the start organised?
It will be a mass start, therefore you will need to get into position prior to the starting gun. If you think you are in with a chance, get to the front - if not, try and organise yourselves with quicker swimmers nearer the front and slower ones at the back
How do you marshall / ensure safety on a swim?
There will be support boats and kayaks with qualified life-saving personnel on hand. There will be a Race Briefing prior to the race, but if you have any problems it is standard procedure to lie on your back and raise your hand and you will be picked out the water as soon as possible.
Do I have to wear a wetsuit?
Yes this is mandatory for all our swim events, and it MUST cover the torso and thighs. It MUST NOT cover the hands or feet. BTF rules state that the wetsuit must not ne thicker than 5mm in any position (including where a patch-repair has been made. Non-triathlon wetsuits are not designed to be flexible around the shoulders and arms and will take on extra water so it is recommended you race in a triathlon wetsuit. You can purchase one now from our official partners Zone 3.
Do I need a swim cap?
You must wear the Activity Wales Events swim cap provided for the event. This will be given to you at Registration. If you wish to wear your own swim hat, you MUST wear the race hat on top.
Are there any age restrictions?
Yes there are. You must be 18 years or over to compete in the 2.4 mile swim, and you must be 14 years or over to compete in the 1.2 mile swim. Please be aware that all swimmers under 18 years will have to have a signed parental consent form.
Can I Transfer, Defer or Refund My Entry?
Please see http://www.activitywalesevents.com/transfers-refunds-and-deferrals/ for all answers regarding transfer, deferrals and refunds.
How can I register for the event?
Simply go the registration page by clicking here entering online via Active. We do not accept paper entries.
Can someone else register me?
No, you MUST register yourself and show photographic ID. For registration opening times please go to https://www.thewalesswim.com/athletes/event-info
When is the closing date for registration?
Registration for this event is now full.
How do I know if my entry has been successful?
You will receive a confirmation email within 24 hours of entering. If you don't receive a confirmation email, please firstly check your junk mail folder. If you have any concerns regarding your entry please email us at email@example.com
When do I get my race number and timing chip?
These must be collected at registration upon showing photo ID. Race numbers must be clearly displayed on your swim hat and hand. Racing chips must be worn on the left ankle.
Do you have to be a member of a club?
No, you don't need to be a member of a club.
Are there official photographers?
Yes Finisherpix are the official photographers at this event. You can pre-order photos when you register, or purchase photos after the event from Finisherpix.
What time does registration open?
Registration will be held in Tenby Leisure Centre. For opening times please go to https://www.thewalesswim.com/athletes/event-info/