Make a splash for WaterAid!

Whether you’re already a swimming fanatic or you're looking to dip your toe in for the first time, join our community of like-minded swimmers to make a difference to your own life – and to the lives of others around the world.

From leisurely laps in stunning locations to marathon-distance challenges, there’s a swimming event for everyone!

Upcoming swimming events

Swim Marathon 


Swim 13 or 26 miles over 12 weeks, raising money to help bring clean water to the 703 million people still living without.

Swim Serpentine 

Enjoy a late summer swim in the beautiful surrounds of Hyde Park's Serpentine.

Great North Swim 


Take your pick from a range of distances, from half a mile to 10km, at this iconic Windermere weekend.

Already got a swimming challenge in mind?

If you've already got your own place on a swimming event, or even if you'd like to create your very own challenge, we'd love you to join Team WaterAid!

Let us know by emailing us on [email protected], or by setting up a fundraising page on JustGiving – they'll tell us you're raising money for WaterAid, and then we'll get in touch with you.

How we'll support you

You'll have access to online support from our partners RunningWithUs, including an email helpline, webinars, and guidance from expert coaches.

We'll also provide you with a fundraising pack to help meet your target, and can send you event resources like balloons, collecting tins and banners.

And of course, we'll always be here to answer your questions, share our top fundraising tips, and help keep you motivated – just email [email protected] or call 020 7793 4594.

Preparing for your swim

Whether you’re an open water novice or already a seasoned swimmer, our 12-week training plans will help you build stamina, speed and confidence so you can achieve your goals.

Swim guide

Complement your training plan with this swim guide (PDF), which includes expert advice on conditioning, nutrition and technique to leave you fitter, stronger, and ready to achieve your goals.

Not the right challenge for you?

Walks and treks 

Find your perfect trekking challenge: close to home, across the UK, or further afield!

Cycling events 

Represent WaterAid on one of the UK's biggest mass rides, or tackle the ultimate bucket-list challenge: Land's End to John o'Groats.

Running events 

From family-friendly 10Ks to epic ultramarathons – and everything in between!