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About the Event

Team Domenica’s epic swim challenge is back! Bridging the gap between indoor and outdoor swimming, Great Lengths is an amazing opportunity for you to challenge yourself and make a difference. Join us as an individual or team, and fundraise to help people with learning disabilities – our candidates – find paid employment and reach their full potential.

Great Lengths is Brighton & Hove’s only inclusive swim challenge. A ‘challenge’ looks different to everyone, and that’s why Great Lengths isn’t a competition. It’s a community event, jam-packed with excitement and adventure, where participants can choose from a range of distances (50m to 5k).

Why not take the plunge and go to Great Lengths for people with learning disabilities on Saturday 21 September…

Two people smile at the camera at Great Lengths. One is in a swimming costume and the other is a volunteer. They are both celebrating as the sit at the side of the pool at Sea Lanes Brighton.

Why go to Great Lengths?

Great Lengths is an event raising money for Team Domenica, a charity supporting people with learning disabilities to find paid work and thrive in life.

“[Team Domenica] has changed my life. It’s given me lots of new friends; it’s given me hope. I feel ready for the future and like I can do anything!”

Laoisha, Team Domenica Candidate

People with learning disabilities have the right to work, to lead fulfilling and purposeful lives, and to feel included as valued members of society. Our candidates challenge themselves almost every day in their training, and we’re inviting you to challenge yourself too…


Baroness Rosa Monckton MBE giving a swimmer, Florence, a hug after she swam at Great Lengths.

Your Great Lengths Journey

Step 1: Sign up and choose your distance

Great Lengths is an inclusive swim challenge for all abilities – dive in as an individual, or relay with your team to reach a target distance.

Individual Entry

Distances: 50m | 100m | 200m | 400m | 800m | 1.6k (1 mile) | 2.5k | 5k (3 miles)


Team Entry (3+ participants)

Choose from: 400m | 800m | 1.6k (1 mile) | 2.5k | 5k (3 miles)

a picture of a man swimming at Great Lengths

It was a really welcoming environment; I was embarrassed that I was only doing 100m as I am not a swimmer, but I was cheered on the same as everyone else and felt really supported.

Swimmer from Great Lengths 2023

Two swimmers at Great Lengths giving each other a high five

Step 2: Start your fundraising & training

This event is all about showing the world what you are capable of. It’s also about raising money and awareness for Team Domenica so we can continue creating bright futures for people with learning disabilities. With every length you swim, and every pound you raise, you will be directly helping our candidates reach their full potential.


You will receive support throughout your fundraising journey from our team. Already registered? Click here to set up your JustGiving page or follow this link for our fundraising tips.

The organisation and support was fantastic, everyone was so happy and the atmosphere was wonderful. So proud of the TD team and candidates who swam and the spectators who cheered everyone on!

Kara Evans, Swimmer from Great Lengths 2023

Step 3: Swim your way at Great Lengths 2024

The Great Lengths will take place on Saturday 21 September at Sea Lanes, Brighton. This will happen in two different time slots:

  • Early: 11 am- 2 pm

  • Late: 2 pm- 5 pm

What you can expect on the day:

  • You will first register at the venue where we’ll confirm your start time and share your lane details and wristband.
  • There will be an allotted cheer space near the pool, and a special reservation near Bison Beach Bar, so your supporters can cheer you on as you swim!
  • You will be given clear instructions and assistance from start to finish by our volunteers.
  • Then it’s time to take the plunge and complete your personal challenge.
  • A media team will be there to capture your success! So don’t forget to bring your best smile.
  • To celebrate your swim, you’ll be awarded a delicious edible medal – handmade by our Team Domenica candidates.
  • After your challenge, kick back and relax with your friends and family in the picturesque setting of Sea Lanes, Brighton.


a swimmer smiles in the pool as he participates in Great Lengths. on his swim hat are the words Team Domenica.

Volunteer with us

Not a swimmer but still want to get involved in Great Lengths 2024?

We’re on the look out for volunteers to help us at various stages of this event:

  • Registering and welcoming participants
  • Helping people in their lanes
  • Celebrating participants completing their challenge
  • Or simply cheering them to the finish line!

Sound interesting? If so, you can reach out to us at Alternatively you can complete this form. Either way we will be in touch to talk about the opportunities available. Contacting us or completing the form is just a first step. You will need to be happy to be interviewed for your role, and willing to be DBS checked. The minimum commitment required is 3 hours and we will provide a detailed briefing prior to the event.

You can also volunteer as a group or company! Please contact us to discuss how you can work together and help out as a team.


Great Lengths volunteers



Got questions? We’ve got the answers!

Accessibility Information

As an inclusive event, the event space has the following accessibility features:

  • Wheelchair access to the swimming pool building, reception, and changing area.
  • A ‘Changing Places’ toilet and changing room.
  • Assisted access hoist and steps into the pool.
  • Carers go free – just let us know ahead of the event.
Fundraising Tips

Signed up and ready to swim? We offer all participants fundraising support, you can also click the button to see some of our fundraising tips and tricks

Terms and Conditions

Read the T&Cs for Great Lengths 2024 below.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about Great Lengths 2024, please please call us on 07423 462 931 or email

The Logo of Sea Lanes and South Down Leisure, the home of Great Lengths 2024

Sea Lanes Brighton, 300 Madeira Drive, Brighton BN2 1BX

Picture of the pool at Sea Lane, Brighton. The venue for Great Lengths 2024