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11/07/2024      6:30pm - 8:30pm

Carsington Water, Derbyshire

A Brand New Adventure

Swimming in Carsington water outside of this event.

As it stands this is the only opportunity to swim in Carsington Water. 

There is a lot of work taking place behind the scenes to facilitate safe, managed open water swimming in the very near future.

This event represents the first step. 

We strongly discourage anyone attempting to enter the water outside of this event, it can be dangerous and may jeopardise the strong progress being made to open up new opportunities. Please respect the site, the staff, the venue, THE LAW by not entering the water (to swim) at any other time. 


Announcements will be made in due course and other exciting opportunities will potentially become available after

the success of this pilot event.  


Distance: 1 mile laps 

you can complete multiple laps within the two hour limit.

Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Final lap cut off 8:05pm


Start/Finish: Carsington Visitor Centre,

Carsington Water

Entry Fee: £32.00

 Entry Fee Includes:

Finisher medal

Reusable silicone swim hat

           Full medical  support

Water safety

Chip timing

Event guide

Feed station

Trophies for podium finishers

Please Note, By arriving on the start line you are confirming your ability to participate. It is the athletes responsibility to ensure that they are fit and well. If you're in any doubt please consult a medical professional. 

The Course

Start/Finish: Carsington Visitor Centre

Distance: 1 Mile / 1.6km per lap

Feed stations: Available after each lap

Start 06:30pm 

Finish 08:30pm

Mens Lap Record: TBD

Womens Lap Record: TBD

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All times are provisional



Car park opens 


Event parking applies  

Event registration

Race briefing


Last starter

Last lap cut off

Course closed









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Please note the temperature ranges before entering the event. 

15.9c and under = wetsuit compulsory
16c and above = wetsuit optional in all distances
24c = Advisory Non-wetsuit 


If the water temperature does not reach 16c, this will be a wetsuit compulsory event. Please consider this when entering. There will be no transfers or refunds made because of the wetsuit policy. 


The upper limit is discretional. We advise that you don't wear a wetsuit above these temperatures but acknowledge not everyone is here to swim as fast as possible and might require the extra warmth.

The policy has been agreed with the reservoir owners using industry best practice and our collective knowledge of the venue. Temperatures will be adhered to; no exceptions will be made. Unfortunately, we cannot make additional allowances for experience or preference. We appreciate your continued understanding.


Swim floats are compulsory for this event 

They are designed to make you visible without impeding your natural swimming stroke.

We loan our swim floats for free to all competitors. No need to book, no need to make any arrangements.

They will be ready to collect on the evening of Carsington Island Swim. 

We believe that they offer our swimmers the best possible safety during our event.  

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Race Briefing

The race briefing/event guide will be online a week prior to the event. Please ensure that you familiarise yourself with it. 

There will be a basic re-cap before the first wave of swimmers starting.

Start times

Your time starts when you cross the timing mat under the gantry entering the water. We will allow athletes to start until 7:00pm

Front crawl or breastroke?

Either is absolutely fine. We're also not judging technique - come and enjoy the event and the wonderful location. 

Cut off times

The final and strict cut off is 8:30pm

There is a cut off for swimmers starting their final lap which is 8:05pm

Transfers, refunds or deferrals

Please take out refund protect if you would like to safeguard against injuries and other issues. We will not refund unwanted entries as each entry represents a significant investment from Pacesetter Events.

Swim float hire

Free to all athletes, no need to book. Ask at registration and they'll be happy to help.

Can a first timer take part?

Absolutely, we recommend gaining some experience first, but you're certainly welcome as a first timer. 

Water quality

The swim course is tested regularly as we approach the event. 


Please do not pass on your entry without informing us. Changing entries will only be considered within the transfer policy. 

The person registered must turn up to race registration on the evening of the race.

What will you receive before the race?

We will email a race guide 1 week before the event. You will collect your swim hat at registration. We will not send anything in the post.

On site facilities

There are a number of facilities on site. Permanent toilet blocks are scattered throughout the site. 

Cafe facilities where you can buy hot and cold food and drink. 

There will be temporary changing facilities available. Please use those rather than the toilet facilities for changing.

Official swim hats

You have a choice of pink or yellow - first come first served.

You must wear one of the official event swim hats as they are visible to the safety team.


Car parks open from 7:30am but special event parking fees apply from 4:00pm.

the site operates an ANPR system. Parking is not included in your entry fee however you can pre pay for your parking at a special rate of £3 per car (50% discount at the standard rate). This needs to be purchased during registration with your vehicle registration provided. Failure to provide the correct details may result in a PCN. Normal parking chargs apply for those paying on the day.

Official Charity

Pacesetter is proud to support the Matt Hampson Foundation. 

How to find us

The start line and registration will be well signposted from the car park


Carsington visitor centre

Big ln, Upper Town



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