The Caldey Swim 2018

Gearing up for this year’s event, the fifth under the organisation of Tenby Sea Swimming Association, the hope is that this stunning weather stays with us through the Summer. However, from the swimmers’ perspective, calm waters and minimal wind are more significant than sunshine.

Noticeably more people are swimming in the sea as the heatwave continues; perhaps that will provide for an increase in endurance swimming, thus future event entrants. Certainly there are more sea swimming events than before, with Tenby hosting the Long Course Weekend’s Wales Swim, Wales Ironman and, the latest off the block, Tenfoot Swim (from Tenby to Saundersfoot). But there is only one Caldey Swim, truly open sea swimming, crossing the straits between Caldey Island and the mainland, finishing at Tenby harbour. There is only one swim requiring ferries out to the start, on Caldey’s Priory Beach.

As we draw nearer this year’s swim, we hope your training is on schedule and your swimming as enjoyable as you’d like. We, meanwhile, look forward to welcoming you on 12th August. Oh, and by the way, we still have a few places left ….


2018 Swim – 12th August

The swim will start at 12.45 from Priory Beach, Caldey, so swimmers’ boats will leave at 11.45. Registration on the day from 09.30. Online entry applications NOW available here:

And the money raised goes to …….

After the challenges of running the Caldey Swim this year, over £3,000 has been raised for our two beneficiaries.

Representatives from both Tenby Lifeboat and Tenby Surflink are pictured receiving cheques of £1,500 from the organisers, Tenby Sea Swimming Association, last Sunday.


PICTURE: Gareth Davies Photography

The Caldey Swim 2017

After the disappointent of the initial swim on 6th August being postponed, it was with some relief that the swim took place on 20th August. Disappointment, too, for the 31 swimmers who couldn’t make the backup date, but this was a little offset by the 15 new swimmers who ‘swam into the breach’.

Conditions were more challenging than the ‘mill pond’ of last year, but thankfully only one swimmer had to be pulled from the water. And the lifeboats past & present cavalcade was a mood enhancing backdrop to the event. Some photos for you below and here is a little video, taken by one of the kayakers, which is also mood reflective.

So, thanks to the sponsors, the safety crews, the RNLI, Coastguard and Tenby Surflink and Sailing Club personnel and all the organising committee for another Caldey Swim completed.



Caldey Swim 2017 is on!

After the disappointment of two weeks ago, when the swim had to be postponed because of high gusting winds, today’s ‘ second bite of the cherry’ succeeds. The swim is on!

For swimmers a relief that they can now use that adrenalin for a purpose.

And if you’re around Tenby today, between 11.30 and 2pm, why not come over to the South Beach, Castle Hill or the finish between the harbour pier and the old lifeboat house to lend your support.

This event is no mean achievement, so the best of luck to the swimmers!

2017 Swim – 20th August

This Sunday, 20th August, starting from Caldey Island at 11am, we try again! Hoping for better weather conditions than the original date.

The Caldey Island ferry boats with swimmers on board will leave Tenby’s Castle Beach at 10am. The swimmers are due in by 1pm. Finish line, with flags, bananas, spring water and medals – for the swimmers – will be between the harbour pier & old lifeboat house, at the southern end of North Beach.

If you’re not swimming, why not come to see them home – first swimmer due in about 11.40.

Swim Postponed

Apologies to all, but we have had to postpone today’s swim.

SW Winds of up to average 20mph coming in later this morning, gusting up to 27mph which equates to Force 6. Safety of swimmers is our paramount responsibility and it would be too risky, in the our considered opinion.

Replacement date is in two weeks’ time, Sunday 20th August, with the swim starting from Caldey at 11am. So all timings half an hour earlier – we have adjusted them in the event timings elsewhere on this site .

Please contact the organisers if you are unable to participate on the new date.