DART10K 2019

Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th September, 2019.

Viv Rickman Poole
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  • 14/15th September 2019

    We still have space for volunteers (which gives you early bird boarding for 2020), but all other swim entries are sold out.

    BALLOT: This year we trialled a ballot for the Dart10k. All winners and losers of the ballot have been notified by email, and all unsuccessful entrants refunded the cost of their swim ticket. We completed processing the refunds on Monday 10th, it can take 5 working days for your refund to clear with your bank (although typically 24-48 hours depending on your bank). This means the latest you should see your Monday refunded is Friday 15th December. Please do not email us during this time.

    About the Dart 10k

    The Dart 10k was the first, and is arguably the finest, 10k swim on the open water calendar and 2019 is its tenth year. It has grown from 200 swimmers to 1600. The course of the Dart 10K is a unique journey punctuated by landmarks such as the Cormorant Tree, the white rock, Sharpham boat house and 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.

    Vivienne Rickman Poole
    Graham Wynne
    Toms Majors
    Graham Wynne

    Wave Speeds

    Swimmers start in one of four speed waves which you will select at the time of booking. You will initially swim with others the same pace as you. Whatever wave you start in though, most swimmers arrive around the same time as the waves blend together towards the end of the swim.

    Swimmers will be notified of their swim times (make sure your mobile number is correct when you register).

    Approximate event timings

    This is a morning swim, with registration packs delivered to you by post in advance. You will need to plan to arrive early morning on the day of your swim.

    Volunteering roles

    Volunteering slots are always oversubscribed, and are offered to returning volutneers first. By joining the #OSSteam at 2019’s event, the rewards include free meals, merchandise, and guaranteed early-bird access to event tickets. If you or your supporters would like to be involved in 2019, please read this Dart 10k volunteering factsheet; we look forward to hearing from you.

    Keeping you safe and supported

    We have worked with a remarkable professional safety team since the start of the Dart that keep you safe every step of the way. 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 the start and as the swim finishes on the village green at Dittisham with food and entertainment including; a photo booth; local singers; and a children’s playground at the Ham. With deck chairs available to admire the view, supporters can anticipate the arrival of swimmers in comfort. Food, a bar, and entertainment on the Ham is available all day for supporters.

    Who can take part?

    All swimmers will need to be acclimatised to outdoor swim temperatures by the day, and to have experience of chop and open water. See our guides to swimming outdoors and training programmes.

    The swim is for over 16s. If under 18 you must have parental consent.

    Travel, Parking and Logistics

    This is an A to B swim, starting at Longmarsh Totnes and finishing at Dittisham Ham. It draws many supporters as well as swimmers, and we cater for them with food and entertainment. We offer coaches to spectators (with paid prebooking) as well as swimmers (free, prebooking not required) to enable car free weekends.

    If you are bringing a car your choices are to park at Totnes, the event start, and then take a coach back to the start after your swim. Or to park at Cott Farm in Dittisham, the event finish, and take a coach up to the start before your swim. Please note Devon roads are windy and slow, and the carpark at Cott Farm, Dittisham is a steep 800m walk from the event finish on the Ham. Coaches drop closer to the finish in Dittisham, which may make parking in Totnes a preferable choice if you (or your supporters) don’t fancy the steep 800m walk. There is very limited disabled parking at the Dittishgasm Ham (please contact the event manager) but it is not possible for event traffic other than these ticket holders to enter the village for drop offs.

    Support Great Causes

    Swimmers are free to raise money for any charity (or none), and this year we are delighted to partner with Level Water as our primary event partner charity.

    Level Water is a young and fast growing charity who’s fortunes were changed overnight by involvement in the Dart10k. The charity 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.


    The Dart10k is a wetsuit event. Your ticket is sold on a wetsuits-compulsory basis. All swimmers are to wear a long-john (or longer) wetsuit unless permission is sought and granted by the events team.

    Your wetsuit must cover you from shoulders to below the knee, be made of neoprene and be designed for swimming / triathlon / swimrun (i.e. not scuba or diving). Please do not attempt a 10k in a surf wetsuit – the drag, buoyancy and comparative lack of flexibility will make your life unnecessarily difficult.

    Skin swimming permission is not guaranteed, and all tickets are sold on a wetsuits-compulsory basis.


    Most people swim front crawl, but we have had swimmers do the 10k butterfly and breaststroke. Breaststroke is not generally recommended because it’s hard on the knees to swim this distance in a wetsuit.


    We welcome and can generally accommodate swimmers with physical disabilities who would like to swim. 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 and email the event manager prior to registration. Swimmers will be accommodated within the existing water safety provision wherever reasonable adjustments are possible (no separate arrangements can be made).

    Dominick Tyler

    No Tow Floats or Fins

    OSS events are tow-float free. We have ample safety cover who watch swimmers via their brightly coloured hats. Tow floats makes sighting swimmers harder, by doubling the number of brightly coloured objects in the water, and may entangle other swimmers. It is sometimes stated that tow floats make retrieving an unconscious swimmer easier, however they are not tested or rated to act as a safety device in this way.

    There are feeding stations at the 4km and 8km marks where you can top up on water and energy. These stations carry water, bananas, jelly babies and flapjack. Snorkels and fins are not permitted as the hard edges risk injuring other swimmers at the swim start in particular. Most swimmers with personal medication tuck it up the sleeve of their wetsuit. If this doesn’t cover your needs and you want to use a tow float for the purpose please contact the event manager.

    Tickets are not refundable, but you can transfer your ticket for a feee of £20 until the 31st July.

    If you are not able to use your ticket for any reason (including medical, or factors outside of your control) your only option is to give/sell it to a friend in the transfer window, which will run from the day tickets sell out until 31st July deadline. There is a fee to transfer a ticket, and it is organised by the recipient of the transfer visiting the ticket page and paying £20 for a “Dart 10k 2019 ticket transfer”. After 31 July, your ticket is yours to keep and no transfers are possible. If tickets do not sell out, transfers will not be offered.

    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.

    Insurance against extreme weather cancellation is possible to buy separately, for example through your travel insurance or specialist ticket insurance policies. Alternatively you can accept the small risk of not getting a refund in the case of event cancellation.


    A huge thank you for the continued support of our sponsors:

    Our primary sponsor is Alpkit, who produce outdoor clothing for people to go nice places and do good things.

    Every swimmer, runner and run-swimmer receives a clifbar at registration.

    We’re pleased to welcome Swimtrek to our community in 2019!




    Our thanks go to Dittisham Council, Totnes Council, Dittisham Sailing Club and many individuals and local groups for their support.

    Volunteering tickets – discounted entries for those able to be generous with their time

    • Volunteer on Saturday, swim on Sunday £55.00. A half price swim in thanks for a day’s volunteering.
    • Swim on Saturday, Volunteer on Sunday £155.00. A half price swim in thanks for a day’s volunteering. Your £100 deposit will be returned to you after your Sunday volunteering shift.
    • Volunteer Fri, Sat and Sun, with a free Swim on Sunday A free ticket with a large volunteering commitment.

    The Dart10k is supported by:

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    Remaining available ticket types

    • Volunteer on Saturday, swim on Sunday £55.00. A half price swim in thanks for a day’s volunteering.
    • Swim on Saturday, Volunteer on Sunday £155.00. A half price swim in thanks for a day’s volunteering. Your £100 deposit will be returned to you after your Sunday volunteering shift.
    • Volunteer Fri, Sat and Sun, with a free Swim on Sunday A free ticket with a large volunteering commitment.
    • Spectator coach tickets for your supporters to watch you at both start and finish areas of the event. An upriver coach shuttle for swimmers is included with each swim entry, and swimmers do not require coach tickets. Supporters DO require these paid tickets.

    Standard swim entries are sold out

    Location: Totnes to Dittisham
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