Due to the COVID-19 crisis, all official events such as Big Jump regarding swimming in Belgium’s rivers have been cancelled for 2020. If you are looking for ideas of where to go open air swimming in Belgium, consult my list of children’s outdoors activities in Belgium. They are listed per province. However, many outdoor pools require advance booking, and/or are open only to local residents.
Swimming in Belgium’s rivers doesn’t sound too attractive, especially when you look at the rivers around Brussels or some of the other major cities in Belgium. However, it seems that the water purity of the rivers in Belgium has been steadily increasing, and an event taking place this Sunday July 10 aims to draw attention to the need to clean up our waterways in a fun way.
Big Jump, an initiative of the European Rivers Network (ERN), is an action for anyone who wants clean and living rivers. All over Europe thousands of people will be jumping in their local rivers, streams and lakes. And Belgium is one of Europe’s biggest participants. There are 15 locations in Flanders where you can jump in the river, and 13 places in Wallonia. The actual jumps will take place at 3 pm, but there are events and competitions before and after the actual plunges, most of which seem to be extremely family-oriented.
I hope to provide more information on swimming in Belgium’s rivers in 2021.