Firth of Forth 2018

Saturday 22nd September 2018

South Queensferry: South Queensferry Pier, South Queensferry, United Kingdom

Open water swimming


  • Open water swim - Wetsuit - Individual Age group/open
  • Open water swim-1.4 miles - Skins - Individual Age group/open
  • Open water swim- Wetsuit - already have a See Swim or Vigour Visibility Bag (pls note no other brand will be accepted) - Individual Age group/open
  • Open water swim- Skins - already have a See Swim or Vigour Visibility Bag (pls note no other brand will be accepted) - Individual Age group/open


Queensferry, also called South Queensferry or simply "The Ferry", is a town to the west of Edinburgh, Scotland. Until 1975 it was a Royal Burgh in the county of West Lothian. It is located some ten miles to the north west of the city centre, on the shore of the Firth of Forth between the Forth Bridge and the Forth Road Bridge, approximately 8 miles (13 km) from Edinburgh Airport. Queensferry is referred to as South Queensferry in order to distinguish it from North Queensferry. Its population at the 2011 census was 9,026 based on the 2010 definition of the locality.[1]

There were ferries at Queensferry until 1964 when the Forth Road Bridge was opened. Ferry services continue to run from the harbour to the islands within the Firth of Forth, including Inchcolm.

The swim takes place from South Queensferry to North Queensferry along the bridge which is a distance of 1.4 miles.

 The swim will take place at 2:10pm.


For the full time table please click here.



Event details and schedule








Registration opens (closes at 8:30)


Briefing     – All competitors












Once you have arrived on-site make your way to the registration tent area where our event team will complete your registration and answer any questions you may have. At registration each competitor will be body marked and receive a swim hat, your swim hat must be worn outermost during the duration of the swim. The timing will be provided by our partner company Racesplitter, there is no need for a chip timer.




Pre Race


On race day both competitors and spectators are advised to park in the designated areas only.


Transition will be open from 7.30am, only competitors and officials will be allowed access.


Verbal briefings from race organisers will take place at 8.35am. All competitors must be within registration area at this time, they will be registered with our Racesplitter timing team and a roll call count will take place to ensure your understanding of the swim layout, distances and procedures.




Safety Cover


Powered safety boats and kayaks will provide safety cover. 




The courses


Buoys on the loch will mark courses. The courses and details of the starts and finishes are shown on the following diagrams.




Any changes to the courses will be notified at the briefing.






Spectators are welcome to come along and watch the event and cheer the competitors on, please be mindful of competitors and where necessary step out of the way of oncoming swimmers.




At the Finish


Bring warm clothes with you to ensure that you stay warm and dry after the event.


Post Race


Ensure that you re-hydrate and fuel properly.




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