Saturday 3rd September 2016
The Dart 10k 2016 will take place on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 September 2016.
SOME INSPIRATION FROM 2015
The Dart 10k was the first, and is arguably the finest, 10k swim on the open water calendar and this is it’s seventh year. It has grown from 200 swimmers to 1600. In 2016 there are 800 swimmers on each day with an Elite (racing) wave for those that want to race, and multiple non-racing speed waves for the majority.
It's a fantastic swim journey from the town of Totnes down the Dart estuary to Dittisham (dit-sum to locals). The course is marked not by inflatable buoys but by landmarks - the Cormorant Tree, the white rock, Sharpham boat house, Bow Creek. It's supported by volunteers from the local and swimming community who make it special.
It's not a race - we have some fantastic and some very fast swimmers, we have skin swimmers, disabled swimmers, newbies, butterfly swimmers - but whatever the level, the language of the day is different. It's a journey, not a race, and there's room for everyone in the river - there's no thrashing and swimming over the top of each other.
The day ends with good times! The swim finishes on the village green in Dittisham where there's a mini-festival feel, with local food suppliers, a children's playground, all the fun of the fair as swimmers celebrate. There are new happenings every year, such as a Ukelele band and hot tubs along with nature workshops and a storyteller for little ones. With deck chairs and a great view, supporters can wile away as many hours as it takes you to get there.
KEEPING YOU SAFE AND SUPPORTED
Swimmers are flanked by professionally qualified employed lifeguards throughout the swim.
There are two feeding stations on route with drinks and jelly babies, at around 4km and 8km.
FOOD & ENTERTAINMENT
There are a range of food stalls at both ends, and with entertainment, deck chairs, a fine view and a reasonable weather forecast, the finish is an easy place for supporters to wile away a few hours. At Dittisham we look forward to welcoming
- Hot tubs from Mungo & Betsy’s sauna safaris (swimmers only, no wetsuits)
- Make your own medal station from Nature Workshops (and pebble people)
- Local and marine tales for children from Old Fairweather
- Frame your glory – take your own event photo with a series of DIY photo frames to choose from: Gilt, Polaroid, Flotsam & Jetsum and Ornate Portrait
- Local bands and singers to serenade you as you arrive.
There is also a childrens playground on the Ham.
SUPPORT GREAT CAUSES
A primary beneficiary of the Dart10k is the Outdoor Swimming Society, who raises funds through the event for it's public-facing work in outdoor swimming throughout the year. The Outdoor Swimming Society is run as a social enterprise/ not for profit, and if you want to get sponsored to swim for us you can donate to via paypal, or just collect donations and send us a cheque.
Swimmers are free to raise money for any charity (or none), and this year we have charity partners (below) who we encourage you to consider as your beneficiaries. These charities all have places available to take part in the swim with a minimum fundraising commitment.
Devon has two Air Ambulances because of the support and hard work of the community, businesses and friends of Devon. They are here for you and thanks to you, but they need your help to fly longer into the night. www.daat.org
Level Water provides one-to-one swimming lessons for disabled children across the country. We teach them the basics then help them to join mainstream lessons and competitive clubs. Level Water is offering discounted Sunday places at £49, plus minimum £350 fundraising commitment. To fundraise for Level Water, contact Ian on firstname.lastname@example.org. Sign up for Level Water places at http://50.levelwater.org/dart/
FRANK Water is an official charity partner for the Dart 10k, providing safe, clean water to some of the world’s poorest communities. FRANK Water are offering discounted places for swimmers at £49, plus £350 minimum fundraising commitment. Contact Philippa directly for your place in the FRANK Water team on email@example.com or 0117 329 4846. www.frankwater.com
EVENT TIMINGS & WAVE SPEEDS
The four speed waves are categorised according to the time it takes you to swim a mile of relaxed continuous front crawl in a pool, without big pushes off. Selecting the right wave means you are swimming with others the same pace as you. There's no need to try to estimate or adjust the wave you think you "should" be in - just select your wave according to your real pace as described above.
This swim is not suitable for plus-40-minute milers, in 2016 especially. Due to the spring tide this year, swimmers who aren't able to maintain the 40-minute pace risk running out of water depth at the finish line.
- Leisurely wave: 35 - 40 minutes
- Medium wave: 30-35 minutes
- Fast wave: 25-30 minutes
- Elite: Less than 25 minutes
Saturday 3rd September swimmers (approximate timings only)
- Registration available in Totnes fom 4.30- 7.30pm on Friday.
- Coaches (for those who have prebooked) depart from Dittisham up to Totnes from 6.30-7.30am
- Swimmers register in Totnes from: 6.30am
- Elite (Racing) start:8.30am
- Leisurely start: 8.45am
- Medium start: 9.00am
- Fast start: 9.15am
Sunday 4th September swimmers (approximate timings only)
- Registration available in Totnes fom 4.30- 7.30pm on Friday or 9.30am - 12.30pm on Saturday.
- Coaches (for those who have prebooked) depart from Dittisham up to Totnes from 6.35-7.35am
- Swimmers register in Totnes from: 7am
- Leisurely start: 9.05am
- Medium start: 9.20am
- Fast start: 9.35am
- Elite (non-racing) start: 9.50am
Swimmers receive swim times (make sure your mobile number is correct at registration) and a few race freebies from event supporters www.alpkit.com, www.chiacharge.co.uk, Instant Hot Chocolate by Clipper and from us, the OSS.
CAN YOU DO IT?
There's plenty of time between now (April) and the event for almost any swimmer who is happy in the water to get ready for the event. All you need to do is commit to sufficient training - this may mean a swim lesson or two for your stroke, definitely means fitness training so you're ready for the distance, and, come May or June, outdoors experience. All swimmers will need to be acclimatised to outdoor swim temperatures by the day, and to have experience of chop and open water.
Resources to aid training:
- This website carries some inspiration and information about going outdoors
- The uber friendly Outdoor Swimming Society Facebook GROUP (NB look for the GROUP, not page) will help you find others in your area - and there are wild swimming groups such as Devon & Cornwall Wild Swimmers to hook up with all over the country
- The "Official OSS Dart10k 2016" facebook EVENT is the place to go to discuss training, chaffing wetsuit remedies, cold acclimatisation, newbie nerves and all other issues
- Wildswim.com will help you find great places to swim outdoors across the world - including lidos and triathlon training lakes which provide a monitored introduction o open water temperatures
- The Dart10k training manual for front crawl swimmers, developed in conjunction with Dan Bullock of Swimfortri, will aid your training for the event.
The swim is for over 16s. If under 18 you must have parental consent.
Swimmers with physical disabilities who would like to swim should email the event manager ideally prior to registration, and will be accommodated within the existing water safety provision wherever possible (no separate arrangements can be made). It is essential that those with disabilities or any concern about their ability to take part in this event should seek their doctor's advice before taking part.
Most people swim front crawl, but we have had a few butterfly and breaststroke swimmers. Breaststroke is not generally recommended because it's hard to swim this distance in a wetsuit doing breaststroke.
WETSUITS AND SKIN SWIMMERS
The Dart10k is a wetsuit event. All swimmers are to wear a full length, ankle-to-wrist neoprene swimming wetsuit unless permission has been been sought and granted by the events team before 15 July.
Swimmers can apply to swim in in skins. Permission is granted on the basis of prior proven experience of swims of this length and temperature, whether undertaken personally or as part of an event, and on the basis of current training. In granting permission to swim in skins, we are looking for evidence of similar prior experience - because safety cover is shared, rather than one to one, the Dart10k is not the place to test out your endurance to cold for the first time. It would endanger you and other swimmers.
Please note that non wetsuit permission cannot be guaranteed and tickets are sold on a "wetsuits compulsory" basis. Non-wetsuit application forms must be returned by 15 July. We will aim to consider your application within ten days and communicate our decision back to applicants by 22 July at the latest. If you are not given permission you will need to swim in a wetsuit or transfer your ticket to another swimmer in a week-long window ending on 31 July. If you do not have your wetsuit on or permission for a skin-swim granted in advance, you will not be able to swim.
NO TOW FLOATS OR FINS
COACHES & BAGS
This is a world class swim - but the roads are small and windy for drivers. There are swimmers and supporters coaches running from Dittisham to Totnes before the event, so you can leave your car at Cott Farm and find it after your swim, and Dittisham to Totnes after the event, so you can return to your car post swim if you’ve left it at Totnes. Here is the coach timetable. We also provide this map for drivers. Coaches are free for swimmers and at cost price for supporters. If you have not prebooked a coach, the coaches will do a second shuttle run after all ticket holders have been transported. So whilst you may have to wait a while, you won't be left stranded.
Baggage vans will transport swimmers small (4kg max) bags from the start line to the finish line if you don't have supporters with you. This is free for swimmers.
TICKETS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE, EVEN IN THE CASE OF EVENT CANCELLATION
After the statutory 14 day cooling off period, tickets cannot be refunded or deferred for any reason, including injury, medical issues, or factors outside of your control.
Swimmers can transfer their place to another OSS member for a cost until 31 July 2016. (It's free to become an OSS member). After 31 July, your ticket is yours to keep and no transfers are possible.
Please note that should the event be cancelled due to extreme conditions which includes, but is not limited to, high winds and heavy rain impeding the view of the swimmers by the safety cover on the day, or unexpected pollution in the water, no refunds will be given. Taking out event insurance that would allow refunds or a replacement event in this unlikely situation would add significantly to the ticket price and the view has been taken that it is better to have a lower ticket price and small risk. Please see our Event Terms for more information.
Our thanks go to Dittisham Council, Totnes Council, Dittisham Sailing Club and many individuals and local groups for their support.
We also thank the following brands for their freebies for swimmers courtesy of:
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