Slow Swimming Event 
Slow Swimming Events

Most outdoor swimming events encourage very competitive people to rush about a lot. Slow Swimming is for people who don't want to get there in a hurry. So we thought we'd create an event for us Slow Swimmers. The idea of a Slow Swim and picnic started on the River Stour in Dedham on the Suffolk-Essex border in 2013. A bunch of friends got together and just decided to do it. So out came the wetties (it was September) and cake was baked, sandwiches were made, bottles of ginger beer were packed and it happened. The official 'start list' only had six starters and luckily an equal number of finishers.

Original crew

Since then the idea has grown and grown. There are now hundreds of Slow Swimmers enjoying their Swimble in three official Slow Swim events. They mooch along in waves named (in ascending order of slowness) from "Seriously Need More Cake" to "Relaxed 'cause We Know Where The Cake Is Hidden", before enjoying a picnic with friends and families.

Cake Sharing
Official events
Bradford-on-Avon Slow Swim  Picnic 12th June 2021, more info Click Here or
Cambridge Slow Swim and Picnic. 10th July 2021, more info Click Here or
Dedham Vale Mill 2 Mill Swim and Picnic. 8th August 2021, more info Click Here or

In 2019 Slow Swimming events were shortlisted for the World Open Water Swimming Association Offering of the Year.

Head of WOWSA, Steven Munatones from Los Angeles, said about Slow Swimming For empowering and enabling people of all ages and abilities to fully immerse themselves enjoyably and without stress in meandering rivers, for creating an ambiance of highly social and interactive outdoor swimming among like-minded people, and for promoting an enjoyable means of healthful exercise with the added bonus of sharing cakes and having a picnic among thousands, Slow Swimming by Stuart Hamilton is a worthy nominee for the 2019 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

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Stuart Hamilton
Slow Swimming
12 Telford Way
Essex CO49QP

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