Lake Crossing - information here!


The 17th annual Gay Sport Zurich Sea Lions' Lake Crossing will take place on July 22nd, 2017. It will be followed by the usual brunch. What's new this year is dinner with entertainment (Live band) and a few other surprises from the dinner restaurant. We are also proud to introduce this year the very first time a Trans swimming category (male and female trans).

When  Saturday, July 22nd, 2017 at 09.00 in the morning

Route From Wollishofen's lake beach to Tiefenbrunnen / Distance is about 1800 meters (~ 1.11 miles)

Lake crossing + Brunch + Dinner
Lake crossing + Brunch
Lake crossing only
Brunch only
Dinner only
in CHF

* including: Access to Wollishofen’s beach, lake crossing, personal belongings transportation, and lifeboat monitoring.

Cash in CHF only upon registration. Exact change will of course be highly appreciated.

How it works

Friday evening, July 21st, 2017
From 19.00 until 21.00 at the well-known Cranberry-Bar located in the old town of Zurich (Niederdorf) at Metzgergasse 3. Please use whenever possible Friday evening for the finalization of the registration (= Cash payment, details crosscheck and/or brunch/dinner voucher collection).
Late finalization of the registration for pre-registered people only (!) can, as an exception, be done directlyon site, however, we strongly recommend everyone to register on Friday.
Saturday morning, July 22nd, 2017
Start at the beach "Strandbad Wollishofen"
Seestrasse 451, 8038 Zurich
From 9.00    Meeting at Strandbad Wollishofen 
09.45           Warm-up – Please be on time!
10.00 sharp  Starting signal 
You do not need to pay to access the beach as the admission is included in the price. Just let the cashier know that you are part of the Gay Sport Zürich Sea Lions’ Lake Crossing event. In any case, our people will anyway be there to assist you.
Finishing line and Brunch at Tiefenbrunnen
The first swimmers are expected to reach the other shore (Tiefenbrunnen) around 10.30 am.
Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen, Bellerivestrasse 200, 8008 Zurich.
The arrival of the last swimmers will be followed by a brunch (approx. at 11.30 am) and the award ceremony at the beach restaurant Tiefenbrunnen. How to get there
Transportation of luggage
We kindly ask you to only take one piece of luggage with you. Please drop off your bag at the designated area. We organize the transportation of your personal belongings from Wollishofen to Tiefenbrunnen but we cannot be held liable for the loss of any valuables you might be carrying along.
Viewers and persons accompanying swimmers
We are also looking forward to welcoming many viewers and swimmers’ companions. Start and finishing line are both at the beach. Unfortunately, we cannot offer free access to the beach for those coming to cheer for and watch our swimmers.
And in the evening?
Dinner with entertainment at the popular Tamarind Hill Restaurant, the 2nd best restaurant in Zurich out of 1599 restaurants according to Trip Advisor.
Schaffhauserstrasse 360, 8050 Zürich
19.00      Welcome drink
20.00      Dinner (including starter, main course & dessert / Vegetarian and gluten intolerant friendly /
               A few options will be offered) 
22.00     Live music goes on together with a few surprises from the Tamarind Hill.


The lake crossing is a sports event for experienced swimmers. You decide on your own whether you are fit enough to swim across the lake. Traditionally we do not use neoprene suits, should you wish to wear one, it is allowed.
Please be aware that you swim at your own risk.
To bring along with you
A (preferably small) easy-to-seal bag for the transportation of your clothes, as well as swimming suit, goggles, and warm clothing. We do not recommend you to take any valuable items with you.


Execution / Cancellation
It will be decided together with the water police and the SLRG (Swiss Life Saving Society) on Wednesday before the event, whether the lake crossing will take place. You will receive an email, in which you will be informed about the decision.
For safety reasons, the water temperature must reach at least 21 °C in the center of the lake.
The brunch in the lido Tiefenbrunnen will take place under any circumstances (i.e. even if the sports event itself would need to be cancelled), so does dinner at Tamarind Hill.
Swimming caps
Right before the start you will receive a colored swimming cap, which, for safety reasons, you must wear until you arrived at the finish.
Number of participants
The maximum number of swimmers is 120. For each 10-15 swimmers, a support boat with a lifeguard of the SLRG (Swiss Life Saving Society) on board will be provided.
You swim at your own risk and you decide on your own if you are able to swim 1800 m (~ 1.11 miles) at the actual water temperature and under the given weather conditions. The lake crossing is a sports event for experienced swimmers. The organizer will not incur any liability for damage of persons or property of any kind. Insurance is the swimmers' own responsibility.


The time for each swimmers will be recorded and ranking lists by age categories will be issued. A medal ceremony will be organized to reward the 3 first finishers of each category.         
Race numbers
Your race number will be provided in the email with the confirmation of your registration, on the printed list at the registration site and at the start.
Time will be recorded for three age categories, separately for men and women. For swimmers swimming in neoprene suits, a separate category will be created and the same goes for the new Trans* category (Male & Female Trans categories).
In order to achieve comparable number of swimmers in each category, the following age categories will be created:
Category A - Swimmers up to the age of 34 years
Category B - Swimmers between 35 – 45 years 
Category C - Swimmers of age 45 and older
Category D - Queeries
Category E - Swimmers in neoprene suits (only one category depending on the number of participants).
Timekeeping will be performed manually.