Swimming Loch Ness with BLDSA
There seems to be an increased interest in Loch Ness swims this year. While there is no specific swim certification body for Loch Ness, the BLDSA (British Long Distance Swimming Association) was founded in 1956 and keeps records of all swims submitted for recognition and ratified as conducted in accordance with their rules. Their rules are basically the recognised channel swimmer rules and require an observer (or two if the swim will potentially set a new record) to be witness.
If you are planning to swim Loch Ness to MSF rules I urge you to register your swim with the BLDSA and have an observer on the boat (cost is £50) so that the UK body can continue with the records database. You will receive a formal certificate for your achievement and would be welcome to attend the annual presentations dinner. bldsa.org.uk/swim/swim-recognition/
A professional boat organisation has recently set up a Loch Ness swim website and offers piloting of the swim. Their website lists swim results for their customers. This is misleading as they have a random and incomplete selection of historical swims, not all or which have been ratified by the BLDSA, and have themselves only piloted one relay swim to date - a mixed wetsuit/non-wetsuit relay in 2014.
There are a number of boat options for undertaking the swim. If anyone is serious about an attempt on Loch Ness then I am happy to answer any questions. I live locally and swim in Loch Ness all year round.