DART10K 2019

Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th September, 2019.

Viv Rickman Poole
Enter DART10K 2019

14/15th September 2019

Swim entries are sold out.

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.

How to enter

Entries are allocated by ballot. 2019 entries have now been allocated, but the ballot for 2020 entries will open in late 2019. You can still join the event in 2019 as a volunteer, and thus guarantee your 2020 ticket.

Volunteering roles

Volunteering slots are always oversubscribed, and are offered to returning volunteers 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 at the swim finish on the village green at Dittisham (the Dittisham Ham). With deck chairs available to admire the view, supporters can anticipate the arrival of swimmers in comfort. Food and entertainment on the Ham is available throughout the 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 Dittisham 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 whose 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. All tickets are sold on the basis that participants will wear full length swimming wetsuits (or full length sleeveless wetsuit).

Your wetsuit must cover you from shoulders to below the knee, be made of neoprene and be designed for swimming / triathlon / swim-run (i.e. not scuba diving or surfing).

Skin swimmers are welcome but must apply for a skin swimming pass before 25th July here. Applications are vetted by the event director and decisions are non-negotiable. If you don’t get a pass and don’t want to swim in a wetsuit you can transfer your ticket to a friend – but the cut off for this is 31st July so please don’t leave it to the last minute!



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 7km 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 fee 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 receives a Clif Bar at registration.

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

Thank you to Cantina Goodrington for supporting our volunteers with lunches at the Dart 10k.


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

More Questions & Help

Remaining available ticket types

  • 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 and volunteer-swim entries are sold out

Location: Totnes to Dittisham
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