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If you are aged 18 or over and currently inactive you could be taking part in this years programme. Find out how below!

Great East Swim Outreach

What you will receive:

  • Twelve 45 minute coached training sessions with an experienced open water instructor at one of two locations, Ipswich or Haverhill
  • A free 3 month swimming pass to enable participants to train for the swim during the period from April – June
  • An open water training session
  • Free wetsuit hire
  • Free entry to the Great East Swim
  • Fast track physiotherapy support and access to free strength and conditioning sessions with Allied Health Professionals

Eligibility Criteria:

Aged 18 years or over

  • This project is targeted at individuals who are currently inactive (doing less than 30 minutes moderate to vigorous activity per week)
  • Able to swim a minimum of 50m
  • Commit to attending at least 8 of the 12 training sessions at your allocated pool.
  • Be available on the 22nd June 2019 to participate in either the ½ or 1 mile swim at Alton Water
  • Payment of £30 (Value of the programme £200 per participant)
  • Undertake additional swimming sessions, using the free pass, throughout the programme duration. The expectation is that participants will undertake at least one further swimming session per week.

Programme Locations:


Venue: Crown Pools, Crown St, Ipswich IP1 3JA
Induction: Sunday 31st March 2019, 10:30 - 13:30
Starts: Sunday 7th April 2019
Age group: 18 Years or over
Day: Sunday
Time: 10:30 - 13:30
No of places: 48

At the induction participants will be placed into 4 groups of 12 and given an allocated time between 10:30 & 13:30 for their regular weekly 45 minute coaching session.


Venue: Haverhill Leisure Centre Ehringshausen Way, Haverhill CB9 0ER
Induction: Sunday 24th March 2019, 14:00 - 17:00
Starts: Sunday 31st March 2019
Age group: 18 years or over
Day: Sunday
Time: 14.00 - 17.00
No of places: 48

At the induction participants will be placed into 4 groups of 12 and given an allocated time between 14.00 & 17.00 for their regular weekly 45 minute coaching session.

GES Outreach 2018 Quotes and programme video

Not 100% sure if this is the programme for you?

Then read some of the quotes below from last year's participants and watch the following videos, which we hope will inspire you to register your interest today.

  • "Utterly superb! So very grateful for the tremendous support they've provided throughout" Isabella
  • "Life changing. Confidence boosting. I have strengthened friendships, increased confidence in my abilities and improved my physical and mental health and strength vastly" Lavinia
  • "It's really hard to put this into words. It has had a huge impact! I am still buzzing over the swim day and have already signed up for two more events later this year. In combination with changing some eating patterns, I've lost more than 40lbs over the course of the program and have really come to love not just the swimming but the way my body feels (even the tiredness!) after doing it. It's also had a carryover effect, making me more confident in working at cycling and walking/hiking. Also, before starting the program, when I thought about doing something like this, I had so much anxiety about whether I would be good enough, whether I would look like I belonged, whether I would just look stupid for trying it. The programme has really helped me realise that we all have to start somewhere and that it's okay to just put your head down and do what you need to do" Amaris
  • I have lost a stone in weight. Cut down massively with smoking and my general fitness is now much improved. Mark

Great East Swim Project

Full details of the 2019 Great East Swim can be found at:

Colin Grogan

Sport, Health and Inclusion Development Manager (Culture, Sport and Communities)

Suffolk County Council

Adult and Community Services, Suffolk County Council, Endeavour House, Russell Road, Ipswich, IP1 2BX
01473 264331

Carol Lukins

Programme Coordinator Great East Swim Outreach Programme

Suffolk County Council