Special Membership

This year will see the continuation of the Special Membership category. Until now, to compete in any event held by or under the auspices of Swim Ireland you are required to be a Club Member. The new Special Membership category will allow individuals the opportunity to become a Swim Ireland member and compete in specific events previously only open to club members. To compete in any of these races you MUST enter the race separately through the race organiser.

Races open to Special Members

As the open water season starts to gear up, we are pleased to announce that Swim Ireland and Leinster Open Sea are working in partnership to provide a good number of races for 2017. This is a great opportunity for swimmers to take part in some exciting races on the Leinster Open Sea calendar and enjoy what the Leinster coastline has to offer.

The races available to Special Members are as follows:

Sunday 4th June – Ringsend – 8.30pm
Monday 5th June – Lough Lene – TBC
Sunday 11th June – Killiney Beach – 2.30pm
Saturday 17th June – Island Race* – 4.30pm
Friday 7th July – Wicklow Harbour – 8.20pm
Saturday 8th July – Curracloe, Wexford – TBC
Saturday 15th July – Grand Dublin Swim* – TBC
Sunday 23rd July – Killiney – 1.45pm
Saturday 12th August – Killiney – 2.45pm
Saturday 19th August – Wicklow 3K – 4.30pm
Saturday 19th August – Salthill, Galway – 3.30pm
Saturday 2nd September – Killiney – 7.15pm

*Indicates further online registration is needed

Please note you will need to be aware of the following:

You will need a Leinster Open Sea Race Number so check the website for more details – Leinster Open Sea Website

You will also need to  Pre-Register at Leinster Open Sea Sign Up by the Tuesday before each weekend’s races.   Reminders will be posted on the  Leinster Open Sea Facebook page.

Please note that not all Open Water/Sea Races are open to Special Members, such as the Dún Laoghaire Harbour Race and Dublin City Liffey Swim, to swim in these events you will need to be a full club member.

Munster Events

For Connacht and Ulster events please check with Swim Ireland

Masters Swimming Galas

A number of Masters swimming clubs have made their galas open to Special Members with the exception of the National short course and long course gala.  For full gala details please go to the Masters page

Who needs special membership?

Any individual wishing to compete in a sanctioned Swim Ireland event who is not a Club Member of SI will need to become a Special Member.

 How do I become a member?

To sign up for Special Membership please contact Sarah Kelly – Membership Administrator.

Email – membership@swimireland.ie       Phone – 01625 1128

Once you have contacted Sarah and made payment, your membership card will be posted to you. On race day, at registration you will be required to produce a printed membership card with valid ID to take part in any event.

*Please note that in order to guarantee your Special Membership is processed in time for racing on the coming weekend your online payment must be completed by Tuesday midnight.

What competitions can I compete in?

Swim Ireland has been working with a range of race organisers to give members a variety of events to take part in. The list is posted above.

What do I get?

Special membership gives the individual the following:

  • Annual membership to participate in a variety of SI races/galas
  • Swim Ireland Insurance when competing in SI sanctioned events

When does the Special Membership run from?

The Swim Ireland Special Membership year runs from January 1st to December 31st. Therefore, regardless of when you purchase your membership, your membership will be valid until December 31st of the year in which you make the purchase.

What does a Special Membership cost?

The price for a Special Membership is €25.