Swim information

How much is the entry fee?

Entry fee is 100 Euro, paid via the sign up form. The fee covers: transport to Albania from Gouvia or Kassiopi, a GP checkup, a swimming cap, refreshments on arrival at St. Stephano.

What about the cancellation policy?

If you can't make the swim because, for example, the flight is cancelled, the entry fee is non-refundable. All proceeds from the event go to charity so we hope you do not find this unreasonable.

Where and when do I need to be?

The mandatory doctor’s check-up is at midday on Friday 16th and will take place at Piedra del Mar in Barbati. Please note that you will not be able to take part in the event if you do not attend the doctor’s check-up. While we encourage you to be there at midday, the check-up will go on throughout the afternoon so please arrive by 3pm at the latest. If you arrive after 3pm we cannot guarantee the doctor will see you.

Where and when does the swim start from?

On the sign-up form we will ask you to select whether you would like collecting from Kassiopi harbour or Gouvia marina on the morning of the 17th. Your allocated boat (which will be announced the week prior to the swim) will collect you at 7.15am and take you to St Stepheno where there will be a final headcount before heading over to Albania.

Where does the swim take place?

The swim begins on a pristine headland south of Saranda (Ksamil) in Albania and ends in the picturesque fishing village of St Stephano (Ag. Stefanos) in Corfu.

What can I do with my personal possessions?

Personal possessions can be left on your allocated boat while you swim and collected after. We suggest you bring a bag to keep them in.

What are the conditions like?

In September the water is warm, so wet-suits are unnecessary. We will endeavour to start the swim as early as possible, as the sea is at its calmest and quietest in the morning.

What safety measures have been put in place?

Both Greek and Albanian Coast Guard vessels are on hand, along with professional lifeguards and a plethora of private boats that ensure that the swim is as safe as is possible.  But it is every swimmers responsibility to be in the best physical condition.

Is training necessary?

All swimmers must be in good physical condition, and will be required to have health check by a GP on the island prior to the swim. We would advise everyone to do some training.

What happens after the swim?

You will be greeted in St Stephano with refreshments and we encourage you to stick around and clap any remaining swimmers in. Once the swim is complete the boats will drop you off where you were collected. If you would prefer to stay in St Stephano that's no problem, just let your captain know.

Where and when is the evening event?

The swim party will take place on the evening of the 17th with the venue to be announced in due course. This will be a ticketed event to raise further funds for our supported charities.

Recommended accommodation

Hotels in Kassiopi

Melina Bay

Hotels in Gouvia

The RodostamoThe Imperial

Hotels in Corfu Town

The Town HouseCavalieri Hotel

Need more space?
For bigger groups - Villa Collective can source a villa. 10% of the rental fee will be donated to the cause for properties booked for the swim weekend.

Which airlines fly to Corfu?

London airports:
British Airways
Thomas Cook
Thompson Fly

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