21st July 2019, Herne Bay, Kent

The Herne Bay Pier to Pier swim is a 750m, 1.5km or 3km sea swim, for both experienced and inexperienced sea swimmers to complete in a sheltered yet challenging route along the coast to Herne Bay’s iconic 19th Century Pier. 


The 4th Herne Bay Pier to Pier Swim

The event is about you and the sea, we don’t provide a medal, t-shirt or goody bag to be looked at on race day but then never sees the light of day again. Your event fee pays for the event services and none of the often unnecessary extras. We focus on ensuring the event is safe and well managed. Coast lifeguards will be present in the sea and along the shore at all times, with additional First Aid cover provided. We believe we have the right mix to make an awesome swim experience.

Sunday 21st July 2019





“It’s great to have an event in Kent, like this.

I am once again looking forward to swimming at the Pier to Pier swim for the third time in 2019. I use it as training prep for my big races and is a great opportunity to race in the town/seafront I grew up in.”


yiannis christodolou, gb age group aquathlon captain and local athlete – 1st Place 2017



Where is the swim?

The fourth Active Life Pier to Pier Swim will be taking place between Hampton Pier and Herne Bay’s iconic 19th Century Pier.


Find us at:

Hampton Pier,

Hampton Pier Avenue


Herne Bay

CT6 8DY.

What time is the Swim?


We will open registration at 13:00 and close it at 14:30.

Swim Briefing:

All participants will need to attend an event briefing on the day to point out key information and ensure participants understand the course. These will take place at 14:45, 14:50 and 14:55. You will be notified in the pre-event information which briefing you need to attend.

Swim Start:

There will be a few minutes for swimmers to acclimatise and warm up in the water before the air horn starts each swim distance.

3000m: 15:05 

1500m: 15:10

750m: 15:15

What distances are available?

We offer a 750m swim, a 1500m swim and a 3000m swim.

The 750m swim will leave from Hampton Pier, head out towards Herne Bay Pier and turn around a large triangular buoy 375m from the start line.

The 1500m swim will leave from Hampton Pier, head out towards Herne Bay Pier and turn around a large triangular buoy 750m from the start line.

The 3000m swim will leave from Hampton Pier all the way to Herne Bay Pier, turning around a large triangular buoy just short of the Pier itself and returning close to the shore back to Hampton Pier.

What are the age restrictions for the swim?

Swimmers need to be aged at least 14 years of age on the 21st July 2019. 

What does my swim entry include?
  • Full water safety cover
  • Specific wave swim hat 
  • Full lifeguard and medical support
  • A recorded swim time for all finishers
  • A supervised bag storage area 
  • A six part open water training guide from Outdoor Swimmer
What facilities are available?

There is a beach shower near Herne Bay Pier, there are toilets 50m from the registration area.

The Hat’s Hat’s coffee van (Hattie) will be onsite throughout the event.

We will provide a bag drop that will be staffed throughout the event. However, we would request that any real valuables are not brought to the event. 

There is parking at Swalecliffe Avenue Car Park and there is plenty of on street free parking available on most of the side roads around Hampton

How much does it cost?

Early Bird Prices: Available until 30th April 2018

750m swim: £20.00

1500m swim: £22.00

3000m swim: £24.00

Standard Entry Prices: Available from the 1st May until all places have been sold

750m swim: £25.00

1500m swim: £27.00

3000m swim: £30.00


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