Smooth Swimming In Henley

Smooth Swimming In Henley

Courtesy of Tom Kean, Henley Swim, River Thames.

Tom Kean and his team uses a laser to mark the straight course along the Outdoor Swimmer Henley Swim Festival, one of the World’s Top 100 Open Water Swims.

The venue is a stunning location on the banks of the Thames, just outside Henley. This outdoor swim event has a variety of swimming events, covering various distances with exhibitors, retailers and experts all enjoying a weekend together in one place and acres of space, food, drink, music, and entertainment.


The Selkie Henley Classic provides a unique opportunity to swim one of the most famous and beautiful stretches of open water in the world, at what we believe is the most beautiful time of the day, dawn,” explains Kean. “A key feature of the event is that you arrive in darkness and walk the 1/4 of a mile to the start into the sunrise, led by the torch carrier.”

The Thames Marathon is a 14 km downstream swim. “It’s not a race as such, but an opportunity for you to test yourself and take in the stunning scenery at the same time. The swim is organised into a group format, with teamwork making this a fun and satisfying event with a difference.”

For more information on these two races as well as the Club to Pub and the Henley Swim Festival, visit

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