swim - Up to 6 people
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Avon River - Quicker pace



A stunning 5km tidal assisted river swim starting at Aveton Gifford and finishing at Bantham beach. 

This beautiful Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is a bucket list swim for most outdoor swimming enthusiasts. 

The tide helps you downstream all the way, the closer to the beach we get the faster the flow gets until we reach what is know as the "Swoosh". This is where the river squeezes and the speed of the tidal flow increases to an unbelievable rate - if you ever dreamed of being an Olympic swimmer you'll feel like one here!

Our group size is 6 max.

This is a quicker paced swim for those who wish to continuous front crawl swim... please know this is not a race but more a chance to enjoy a truly beautiful swim. Where possible, we stay as group and enjoy it as a group. 

We also offer a gentle paced swim, perfect for breast stokers and slower paced front crawlers.

With very few exit points along the swim, you will need to be sure you can complete the distance. 

Included in the price is:

- Full swim guide and safety cover

- Coast to Coast Water Safety swim cap 

- Transport from Bantham to swim start

- Hot drink and cake from the "Gastrobus" post swim

What to bring

-Wetsuit, googles,... what ever you need to be comfortable in the water for about 2.5-3 hours, all equipment is to be suitable for a swim at this time of year

-If you wish to swim without a wetsuit this is ok by us as long as you are used to it. Early season the water is still very cold, especially for a swim of this length as such we highly recommend you wear a wetsuit.

-Warm clothing for post swim.


Being able to swim 2.5 -3 miles (4-5km) in open water confidently.

£65 per person
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A full refund will be given in the case of:

  1. Unsafe conditions to swim and event is to be cancelled by Coast to Coast Water Safety. Attempt will be made to re arrange the date in the first instance.

No refund will given in the case of:

  1. Participant cancellation.
  2. No show for activity.


  1. A full refund will be given in the case of cancellation of a course by Coast to Coast Water Safety.
  2. No refund will be given in the case of participant cancellation. However, we will try to move you to another course IF there is last minute availability - this will incur a £50 admin fee.
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Where we'll meet

Meet at Bantham beach car park by the public toilets (TQ7 3AN). Meet no later than 5 mins before the start time in all your gear ready to swim. Here we will jump in the taxi to take us to the start point at Aveton Gifford.

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