British Long Distance Swimming Association

British Long Distance Swimming Association

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The British Long Distance Swimming Association (BLDSA) is a voluntary organisation which was founded in 1956.
We run a wide range of events with a clear progression path through the distances (both in fresh and salt water).

Members have the opportunity to compete, learn, crew, organise & help to manage events and the organisation if they choose to do so.

We were the driving force behind the development of Open Water Swimming when in 1986 FINA finally recognised our sport when Gunner Werner witnessed the “first world cup long distance swimming championships of 25km” which the BLDSA ran. The BLDSA has played a significant role in the formation of the rules governing Open Water Swimming around the world – both via helping FINA and IMSA in drafting rules for their conduct. We continue to have representation on the International Marathon Swimming Hall Of Fame board of directors.

Around Portsea Island, Around St Kilda, Outer Hebrides, Around the Isle of Wight, Arran to Troon, Bristol Channel, Coniston, Double Solent, Float Bay to Portpatrick, Four Way Windermere, Jersey – France – Jersey, Loch Awe, Loch Lomond, Loch Morar, Loch Ness, Lowestoft to Southwold, Pentland Firth, Portpatrick to Dounam Bay, Rough Towers to Felixstowe, Sealand to Felixstowe, Ten Way Windermere, The Minch, Twelve Way Windermere, Two Way Coniston, Two Way Loch Lomond, Two Way Ullswater, Two Way Windermere, Ullswater, Windermere


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