Steart Island Swim

Steart Island

Aerial photo of Steart Island taken by Gordon Salter in December 2014.

The Steart Island annual swim was resurrected in 2000 as a Millennium Project by Burnham Town Council and continues to the present day. The swim measures 2.4 km and is swum at neap tide which allows competitors to swim out and home with sufficient depth of water to be safe. Before the swim was reintroduced there had not been an event for about forty years

Burnham Gazette & Somerset Advertiser 1914 / 1915:

29/07/1911    Burnham Swimming Club. First swim of the season

22/08/1915    Burnham A.S.C. (Amateur Swimming Club) Prize giving event in which a medal was awarded to K. Pople for the fastest time for a 2.5 mile (approx.) swim from The Pier to Steart Island and back, in about 50 minutes.

08/05/1915  Burnham A.S.C. eighth annual swimming report