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Swim challenge

Swim challenge is exactly what it sounds like. We provide motivational challenges at all our swimming pools and encourage people to have a go at them - member or non-member. 

Swim Challenge 2021

Our Swim Challenge for 2020 was slightly disrupted by centres closure as a result of COVID-19. We now have a new challenge lined up for 2021, which we're really excited about! This is based on lakes in England, Scotland and Wales and gives you the opportunity to try and complete the collection, target a number of lakes or simply set yourself the challenge of swimming one. 

This is your swimming time, your enjoyment and your motivation - you can choose your own challenge and make it as tough as you want! 

You can do this at any one of our eight swimming pools including Calne Leisure CentreDevizes Leisure CentreDurrington Swimming and Fitness CentreFive Rivers Health and Wellbeing Centre in Salisbury, Marlborough Leisure CentreSpringfield Community Campus in Corsham, The Vale Community Campus in Pewsey or Tidworth Leisure Centre

Lake Length of lakeNumber of swimming pool lengths required
Loch Ness (Scotland)39km1,560
Loch Lomond (Scotland)36km1,440
Rutland Water (England)27km1,080
Lake Windermere (England - Lake District)18km720
Ullswater (England - Lake District)14km560
Loch Katrine (Scotland)13km520
Coniston Water (England - Lake District)8km320
Llyn Tegid (Wales)6km240
Chew Valley Lake (England)4km 160
Llangorse Lake (Wales)1.6km64 
Fonthill Lake (England)1.6km64
Shearwater Lake (England)650m26

Design your own challenge: 

  • To swim all these lakes you'll need to swim 6,690 lengths 
  • To swim just the Scottish lakes - that's 3,520 lengths 
  • The English lakes are 2,930 lengths, or just the ones in the Lake District is 1,600 lengths
  • To complete the Welsh lakes - that's 304 lengths 
  • If you want to try and swim the three local lakes to us in Wiltshire (Shearwater, Fonthill and Chew Valley), then that's 250 lengths. 

How to get involved:

Simply use your swimming membership, or start one, at one of the participating swimming pools. Count the number of lengths you swim each session in the pool and log them on a Swim Challenge participant sheet that you can Icon for pdf download here [62.42KB] or collect from reception. You'll need to keep this safe at home and use it to track your progress.

Use the table above to see how far you've swam in terms of completing one, two, three...or all 12 lakes...and let us know how you're getting on so that we can celebrate your successes with you!  

You can contact us at swimming@wiltshire.gov.uk, speak to a member of staff at each centre or tag us into a Facebook post  - make sure you use the hashtag #WeLoveSwimming if you do.