The organisation committee and the water police decide together on the Monday before the event whether the Seeüberquerung will take place. For safety reasons, the water temperature in the middle of the lake must be at least 21°C. The maximum number of participants is limited to 10'000.
The route is marked with buoys. Lifeguards are stationed on boats at least every 75 metres. If you get tired: swim to the nearest boat. In case of emergency: use the distress signal > slap the water with an outstretched arm.
The water police control shipping activities. Ships only cross at the marked lock shortly after the start. Be careful around the ship lock – short waiting periods are possible. Helpers on pedalos inform the swimmers before the ship lock in good time.
1500 meters from the Strandbad Mythenquai to the Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen.
Ticket office 2 pm until 6 pm
No advance sales, no advance registration, cash only. No more starting numbers are issued after the ticket office has closed.
Swim start from 3 pm
The start takes place in groups. At the ticket office all participants are provided with a starting time, which must be adhered to.
Adults (16 years and older): 20 Swiss francs
Youths* (12 to 15 years): free
The start fee includes: a bathing cap, food and a drink and a souvenir gift.
*Age controls are carried out at the ticket office. The cut-off date for young swimmers is August 23, 2005. Youths always swim accompanied by an adult.
Youths aged between 12 and 15 always swim accompanied by an adult (18 years old). As an accompanying person, you assume the responsibility for the youths from the start to the finish. Register together with the youths at the specially marked ticket office. You are responsible for the age of the youths meeting the admission requirements. Age controls are carried out at the ticket office. The cut-off date is August 24, 2004. An accompanying person pays the regular start fee.
The Seeüberquerung is an event for good swimmers. The participants decide for themselves whether their health is good enough to swim 1500 metres across the lake. In case of any doubts, we recommend consulting a doctor. The organiser does not accept any liability. Participants are responsible for their own insurance.
Participants are issued with a numbered bathing cap and a baggage label at the ticket office. One light piece of luggage is transported to the finish. Bring a small, lockable bag for transportation, swimwear and warm clothing. Leave your valuables at home. Leave your bag at the respective post on the beach.
At the finish, all swimmers are given an invigorating bouillon. Following this, they collect their luggage and leave the finish area. Show the bathing cap and luggage label at the exit control. Hand over the luggage label outside the finish area for food and a drink.
The Seeüberquerung is not competitive, so no times are recorded. Please be considerate towards the other participants. Very fast, athletic swimmers start in the specially marked speed lane.
The start and finish are not on public premises. The spectators pay the normal swimming entrance fee (8 Swiss francs).
The Stadtzürcher Seeüberquerung club organises the mass sports event together with the water police. The Sports Office of the City of Zürich is the patron of the Event.
Urs Kessler (Head of Committee), Marius Klein (Technical Management), Daniel Hof (Material), René Nötzli (Finance), Brigitte Sennhauser (Coordination Mythenquai), Manuela Schläpfer (Communication/Media), Kurt Hefti (Pater Police), Bernadette Pape (Human Resources), Martin Kömeter (Lifeguard), Jeanette Kuster (Administration), Anitra Bibo (CoordinationTiefenbrunnen), Marc Bürge (Coordination Tiefenbrunnen)
The Seeüberquerung is supported by more than 300 volunteers. Members of the following sports clubs have contributed to the effective success of the Seeüberquerung:
Harmonie Altstetten, Männerriege Engstringen, Männerriege Schwamendingen, Limmat-Nixen Zürich, Pfadi Rudolf Brun, Pontonier Sportverein Zürich, Red Sox Zürich, SLRG Sektion Höngg, SLRG Sektion Züri, SLRG Region Zürich, SLRGstaff.org, Spirit of Gospel, Sportfreunde Schwamendingen, Garten am Grenzsteig, Turnverein Seebach,Vocalino Classic Pop Jazz Chor