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Saturday 9th March 2019

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Entry Fees

50m Freestyle - £20
50m Headsup Breaststroke - £20
50m Ice Fly - £20
150m Freestyle - £25
450m Endurance - £40
4 x 50m Freestyle Team Relay - £40 

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The 1st Scottish Winter Swimming Championships will be held at Taymouth Marina on 9th March 2019.

This is an International Winter Swimming Association (IWSA) event and will include short individual races, team relays and a tough endurance challenge. You may enter single or multiple races - or get a group of friends, family or colleagues together and enter a relay team. Please remember the water will be cold (around 1 - 5ºC) and you must acclimatise to cold water before swimming in these races.

Individual races
There are three different stroke choices for individuals – head-up breaststroke, ice fly and freestyle. Races of each stoke will be 50m or two widths of the marina. There will also be 150m and 450m freestyle races for those looking for an endurance challenge.

Head up breaststroke
Head-up breaststroke is the traditional cold water swimming style. As the head is above the water at all times it allows swimmers to compete in ice-cold conditions without getting brain freeze.

The rules are simple – you must ensure that your eyes do not go below the water level at any time during the race. The event is a great leveller and makes for very competitive races.

Swimmers are encouraged to wear a warm hat for this race, or get crafty and create their own headwear – the more outlandish the better. The winner of the best hat of the competition will be crowned at the prize-giving ceremony for the Best Hat of the Day.

As the name suggests, in the freestyle race you can use any stroke you like in order to propel yourself across a width of the marina as quickly as possible. Front crawl is the stroke of choice for most people, but you can in fact swim any stroke you like.

Ice fly
A race using butterfly stroke – simultaneous arm pull with a dolphin kick. The finish is with two hands at or above water level.

Endurance race
This will be a tough 450m (18 widths of the marina) race for experienced cold water swimmers only. In order to compete in this race you will need to prove that you have swum 200m in 5 degrees or less in the 2018/19 winter season.

Relay races
Teams in the 4x50m freestyle relays consist of four competitors who each swim 50m (one width of the marina). Teams must be mixed (at least one man and one woman) and can represent their country, town, club or simply be a group of friends or family. The person entering the team will be the team captain. Relay team are invited to come up with a unique team name and are welcome to dress up accordingly!

The age groups
All races will be divided into age categories. The age groups are determined by your age on 31 December 2019.

The age groups are as follows:
A series: 15-19 years (those born 2004-2000)
B series: 20-29 years (those born 1999-1990)
C series: 30-39 years (those born 1989-1980)
D series: 40-49 years (those born 1979-1970)
E series: 50-59 years (those born 1969-1960)
F series: 60-69 years (those born 1959-1950)
G series: 70-79 years (those born 1949-1940)
H series: 80 years and over (those born in 1937 or before)

Participants in all events must be 15 years or over on the day of the competition. 

Taymouth Marina will be the venue for the 1st Scottish Winter Swimming Championships. Races will be held within the easily accessible marina area. There is also a fabulous sauna meters away that can seat up to 40 people. Perfect for warming up after braving the icy waters of Loch Tay! Accommodation is available on site and a 10% discount is available for swimmers if you quote 'winterswim2019'

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