Loch Lomond is a freshwater loch in Scotland 24 miles (38.6 km) long with an average depth of 37 meters (121 feet) and a maximum depth of 190 meters (620 feet). Of all the lakes in Great Britain, it is the largest loch by surface area and the second largest (after Loch Ness) by water volume.
Loch Lomond contains many islands, including Inchmurrin, the largest fresh water island in the British Isles, although the lake itself is smaller than many Irish loughs. Loch Lomond is a popular leisure destination and is site to many open water swims including the Great Scottish Swim.
According to the British Long Distance Swimming Association (BLDSA), there has only been 46 successful attempts recorded by 38 solo swimmers across Loch Lomond since 1959. It was first crossed by Gerald Forsberg in 15 hours 31 minutes 9 seconds on 2 August 1959.
Open Water Swimming
- The Great Scottish Swim is held in Loch Lomond annually.
- The Inchmurrin Swim Camp, hosted by Swim4Miles, is held in Loch Lomond annually.
- A group swim will also be held in Loch Lomond at the 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference, the 2014 International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, and the 2014 WOWSA Awards.
- Vampire Swims
British Long Distance Swimming Association Records
- Across Loch Lomond from Ardlui to Balloch, Senior Gents: James Leitch in 9 hours 16 minutes 32 seconds in 2012
- Across Loch Lomond from Ardlui to Balloch, Senior Ladies: Rebecca Lewis in 9 hours 23 minutes 34 seconds in 2012
Vampire Swims are also a great way to kick off the cold water, winter swimming season in those locations where swimming continues year round. Entry fee for these swims will include proof that the swimmer has donated blood within 6 weeks prior to the swim. Some venues are arranging a blood mobile to collect donations immediately after the swim. Those who cannot make a donation of blood for medical reasons can make a cash donation to the Red Cross or some other similar organization. A US$10 registration fee will also be expected of each swimmer to cover the cost of a custom, bloody-toothed swim cap and other incidental expenses with any remainder also to be donated to the Red Cross or other equivalent organizations that collect and distribute blood.
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- The 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference
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