Woolacombe Surf Life Saving Club has teamed up with North Devon National Trust to hold the Woolacombe Open Water Swim on Saturday, September 15, and is inviting participants to join in.

There will be two events.

A two kilometre swim from Putsborough to Woolacombe is an open water challenge for experienced swimmers aged 16 years plus.

There is also a 500 metre short distance challenge, between Mill Rock and Woolacombe, for participants new to open water swimming aged 12 years plus.

Registration will begin at 4pm, followed by a safety briefing, which all must attend, and the races start at 5.30pm.

Entry is £15, with £5 discount for SLSGB members, and all money raised will go towards the future running of the club.

Woolacombe Surf Life Saving Club celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

Keith Gammon, director of coaching at the club, said: “We are proud to number national, international and world champions past and present among our members. The main aims of the club are to raise awareness of the dangers of the sea and to teach beach and sea safety along with lifesaving skills. Our swimmers love to be in open water and who can blame them, especially in this beautiful part of the world.

“We really appreciate the help of the National Trust and we are hoping that the Open water Swim will become a major annual event in the North Devon National Trust, Woolacombe and the Surf Life Saving Club Calendar.”

Open water swimming made its debut at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, where two GB participants brought home the silver and bronze medals.

Although Britain was not lucky this year, just missing out on a bronze, the inclusion of Open Water Swimming as an Olympic sport has increased participation in the UK.