On the 28 June 2024, Daniel Owens is taking on the challenge of swimming continually for 12 hours to raise money for the Royal Life Saving Society UK. We caught up with Dan to discuss his epic endeavour in more detail and how he is preparing for it - both physically and from a fundraising perspective.

Why did you you chose to fundraise for RLSS UK?

"I have always had an interest in swimming, and eventually I became a lifeguard at the age of 17, following the completion of the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification, which was organised by the RLSS UK. They do a brilliant job in training people to become lifeguards, swimmers and teachers in water safety. Sadly too many people sadly don’t know basic water safety skills. I want to raise awareness of drowning prevention and knowing what to do in an emergency."

What made you chose a 12 hour swimming challenge?

"I enjoy endurance challenges, having completed the Ironman Triathlon, Ultramarathons, a 24 hour hill challenge and a 200 mile bike etc. So pretty much everything except an endurance swim, which has been in the back of my mind for years, ever since I was a kid. For some reason I have just never got around to it, but have decided that now is a good time. I am hoping to swim as far as I can within the 12 hour time limit at my local swimming pool in Burnley."

How are you preparing for your challenge?

"I am doing a mixture of swimming, cycling, hill walking and running. In April I'm taking part in the Manchester Marathon, which will be a great help with cardiovascular fitness. After April, my focus will be on swimming - improving both my technique and endurance. I am confident that with fluids and energy gels every hour, they will get me through the swim. I know what works best for me regarding nutrition, especially with my experiences completing an Ironman and 24 hour hill walk."

How are you promoting your swim?

"I have informed the Lancashire Telegraph and Burnley Express news agents, who have been fantastic with helping me the past few years with other charity challenges. I use Facebook and Instagram also to promote my JustGiving page. I work in a leisure centre and have great support from both work colleagues and customers, especially with it being a charity swim."

What encouragement would you give for future fundraisers?

"Definitely support the RLSS UK - the work they do is invaluable, especially when it comes to drowning prevention and the promotion of swimming. The support and encouragement they give you also is superb, motivating and inspiring your journey, as well assisting in promoting it to the wider community. 

The more people who are made aware about this event the better - lets get as much money raised as possible for this brilliant cause."


If you want to donate to Dan's challenge, you can visit his fundraising page below:

Daniel Owen's fundraising page

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