This swim requires experienced and well-trained swimmers. English Channel training, water temperature (17-19 deg) and distance (34km) similar. A 6-hour qualifying swim (solo or in a known event) needs to be completed before attempting the Derwent River Big Swim.
The swim is a solo and can be done at any time but is scheduled according to temperature, weather, and tides on the day in conjunction with your pilot & date availability. The swim can be completed between November through to March. You will need to negotiate those conditions/dates with your pilot. You may enquire from the pilot panel or source your own pilot (however if you employ your own pilot they would require an experienced person who knows the river)
Once you have confirmed a placement with your chosen pilot you will need to pay your administration fee. This fee covers the submission of your swim to be ratified. It is only refundable if you choose not to swim. It is not refundable if you do not finish or are disqualified. The fee is paid directly to the Derwent River Big Swim only.