Open Water Swimming

Open Water Swimming


Immerse yourself in one of the most famous Rivers in the world and witness the rush of endorphins involved in open water swimming.

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The Thrill of Open Water Swimming

Open water swimming has really taken off over the last few years. Sport England said that in 2019 over four million people took the plunge in rivers and lakes across the country.

Open water swimming has taken place in Henley since around the 1890's and since hosts four events throughout the summer months.

Alternatively, if you are new to open water swimming and would like to take to the waters with a trusted guide, there are areas of the river where you can avoid both rowers and boats alike. 

The Henley Swim Events 2022

26th June 2022: Selkie Henley Classic
The Selkie Henley Classic is a 2.1-km endurance upstream River Thames swimming event, held at sunrise over the Henley Royal Regatta course.

10th July 2022: Henley Swim Festival
A weekend for all the family! Hosting a variety of multiple-distance courses, taster sessions and chance to swim with elite level competitors. In addition to the swimming events, the festival village hosts live music, yoga and spectator entertainment.

Dates yet to be confirmed 2022: Club to Pub
The Club to Pub is a summer 1.5-km evening swim taking place in the heart of Henley finishing with a BBQ and drinks at the historic Angel on the Bridge.

 Dates yet to be confirmed 2022: Thames Marathon
The Thames Marathon, longest of all events is a 14-km long-distance swimming marathon from Henley on Thames to Marlow 

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We had a truly amazing experience! Every detail was attended to and the whole adventure was complete perfection. Much thanks to you for dealing with all of our schedule changes and moving parts.

C Beck

Thank you so much for organising such a splendid and successful day on Friday last, we and all our guests so much enjoyed the day and experience.

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Ian Clout

Everything was splendid. We very much appreciate your fast action in setting up the day. Could not have enjoyed ourselves more thanks to you.

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