Welcome to the BLDSA Postal Swim

Fellow swimmers,

On behalf of the British Long Distance Swimming Association (BLDSA) may I invite you and, if you are part of a swimming club your fellow members to take part in our annual One Hour Postal Swim.

For those who have not taken part in the Postal Swim before, the aim is to swim as far as you can, in your own pool, in one hour. Every entrant receives a cloth badge as a souvenir of the event with medals awarded as detailed below. There is also a team competition which is run in parallel with the individual event for which medals are awarded to the first three teams in each age group.

With a closing date of 1st March, the swims can take place anytime from the begining of January to the end of February in a swimming pool that is at least 25 yards long.

We welcome participation by everyone, you don’t have to be a member of a club, young or old, male or female this is what the swim is all about. You do NOT have to swim for an hour, just as far as you can. This is your chance to pit yourself against your personal best distance in one hour or set yourself a target, to go for next year.

We also take great pleasure in welcoming disabled swimmers to participate in the event. Disabled swimmers are divided into one of the following three categories to define the degree of their disability:

  1. Ambulant: Those with a predominantly physical disability.
  2. Wheelchair: Those who spend most of their time in a wheelchair.
  3. Non-physical: Those with a non-physical disability. (i.e. mental/sensory disability)

Club coaches should decide the relevant category for each disabled swimmer. To indicate the category of their disability would each disabled swimmer please put a H behind their name along with the number relevant to their clasificatiopn eg H1, H2 or H3.

Medals for ALL individual events will be awarded as follows:

Up to 5 competitors: Gold Medal

Between 6 and 10 competitors: Gold and silver Medals

Over 10 competitors: Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals.

I welcome your participation in this years event and I hope that all competitors will have an enjoyable, successful swim.

Good Luck

Mandy Reid,

Hon.Postal Swim Secretary


Postal Swim 2014

All the entry forms have been updated for the 2014 Postal Swim.

There is a new postal swim secretary this year, details can be found on the contact page

Please note that the entry fees have increased slightly for the first time in five years.

Best of luck to all swimmers who take part in the 2014 Postal Swim

July 2014

Apologies to all swimmers and swimming clubs for the delay in publishing the postal swim results this year.

Individual and team results are now available and can be accessed through the results page.

August 2014

Team results have been amended.

Individual corrections completed.

11th August 2014

Final individual and team results re available