How it all works
Welcome to the first year of Swimming Down Dementia from Alzheimer’s Research UK! We’re challenging you to get in the pool for dementia research: swim any distance and fundraise any amount between 1 September and 31 October and you’ll help to raise much-needed funds to make research breakthroughs possible.
If that’s not enough, when you raise £200 you’ll receive a free Swimming Down Dementia swimming cap and if you raise £400 you’ll get a jazzy Alzheimer’s Research UK technical top. Nice, eh?
It’s easy! You can swim anywhere, at any time (within reason, of course!) – you just need to log all your swims on your Swimming Down Dementia account. So, first thing’s first: register here.
Choose how far you want to swim. Make sure it’s a challenge (and refer to the guide on our homepage for inspiration!) Then choose your fundraising amount. You can change both later if you hit your goals.
Follow the steps to create your Swimming Down Dementia page, where friends and family can view your progress and sponsor you. If you have a tracking device, then make sure you connect your supporter page to either Strava (watch this video to find out more) or MapMyFitness (watch this video to find out more) to make sure your activity is tracked. You can also manually track your lengths on the everydayhero page.
Be sure to track or log every swim you do, whether it’s in your local pool, in the sea, or in a lake. It all counts!
Get swimming! If you’re looking for inspiration and motivation during your challenge, join our dedicated Swimming Down Dementia Facebook Page: Swimming Down Dementia - TeamARUK
Check your progress on the leaderboards and see how you compare!
However you like! You choose how and when you swim, just make sure you complete your fundraising and distance between 1 September and 31 October 2019. You can log your lengths any way you like, whether that’s with a fitness watch or manually.
Nope, Swimming Down Dementia is completely free! We just ask you to set yourself a challenge that will push you, and ask your friends, family and colleagues to sponsor you so we can continue funding life-changing dementia research.
This is an individual challenge, but why not sign up with friends, family or colleagues and take it on together?
Yes! You can still set up your supporter page and add swims manually within everydayhero.
Absolutely not! You can do it your own way – whether that’s doing lengths in your local pool every evening or wild swimming at weekends. However you choose, it’s your challenge, your distance, your fundraising goal.
Dementia is one of our greatest medical challenges but at Alzheimer's Research UK, taking on a challenge is what we do best.
The money you raise will help fund our pioneering research programmes to make breakthroughs possible for people with dementia and their families. From people to pipettes and from Aberdeen to Exeter, every £20 you raise will power another hour of life-changing research.
You can find out more about what we do here.
There are loads of ways you can smash your fundraising target. Have a look at our fundraising page for some ideas to get you started. You can also join the Swimming Down Dementia Facebook group to meet and share your story with others. Download the sponsorship form here and get your friends, family and colleagues to sponsor you.
Donating through Gift Aid means we can claim an extra 25p for every £1 you donate to our life-changing research. It won’t cost you any extra but will make a big difference to what we can achieve with your support. Please note, you must be a UK taxpayer to enable us to claim Gift Aid.
Yes! You can buy one through our online shop. If you raise £200 we’ll send you one for free!
64 lengths in a 25m pool
32 lengths in a 50m pool
Use our handy calculator to work out your lengths:
We recommend that you start with short swims and then build them up, especially if you haven’t swum in a while.
If you’re doing this challenge in a swimming pool, you’ll of course need the appropriate swimwear. You may also want some goggles and a swimming cap. If you are planning to do this challenge outdoors, then you may need a swimming wetsuit.
Despite its low impact nature, it is recommended that you warmup before swimming. A good warmup includes swimming some easier lengths before starting your main set. Using floats to get your legs and arms warmed up is a useful way start. Additionally, swimming breaststroke, front crawl and backstroke lengths before your main set can help to warm up your whole body.
To make the most of your fundraising, we recommend you:
- Add a photo – so everyone can see your face!
- Set a target – we know that pages with targets raise more.
- Complete the ‘About me’ section – tell people why you’re challenging yourself for Alzheimer’s Research UK.
- Share your page – as far and as wide as you can using email and social media.
- Update – keep updating your page and sharing it throughout your challenge.
During Swimming Down Dementia we’ll be in touch regularly to help you make the most of your page and share extra fundraising ideas with you!
Social media photos
Update your Facebook or Twitter with our cover photos and tell your friends about Swimming Down Dementia.