What is Swim For a Mile?

What is Swim For a Mile?

Swim For A Mile (SFAM) is an initiative aiming to encourage people to get back into the pool and become confident life-long swimmers. 

The Programme runs annually, starting in January and involves 10-12 weeks of training. The programme is designed to provide you with the option of training in your own time or registering for SFAM coached sessions at your local SFAM associated pool. The programme progresses participants from being able to swim 2 lengths of a swimming pool to completing a full mile at one of our SFAM event days, in a pool near you!

Registration for the pool programme opens annually in December via www.swimforamile.com, however we have also have the SFAM Open Water Series taking place each July and August!

Swim For a Mile Open Water Series

Swim For a Mile Open Water Series

The Swim For a Mile (SFAM) Open Water Series provides an opportunity for those not sure or confident about open water swimming. This year we provide three introductory events to open water swimming. Each event offers it’s own challenge and experience, boasting a safe, fun and relaxed atmosphere, with goodies, refreshments and music!


The Docklands 1km in conjunction with Waterways Ireland

Time limit of 40 minutes

Where: Spencer Dock, Dublin 1

When: Wednesday July 17th at 6pm, 6.20pm or 6.40pm

What: An introduction to open water swimming, in the beautiful setting of the canal at Spencer dock in the heart of Dublin City. This day will be full of fun and involves a 600m swim north, to turn around the buoy and return for the final 400m stretch.


Swim For a Mile at The Clontarf Baths in conjunction with Leinster Open Sea

Time limit of 45 minutes

Where: Clontarf Baths, 123a Clontarf Rd, Dublin

When: Wednesday July 31st at 7pm or 8pm

What: This event is the perfect bridge from pool swimming to the open water! The baths are a large outdoor 40m swimming pool that is filled with water from the Irish Sea. This is a perfect event for those wanting to test the waters, without braving the full open water!


Swim For a Mile at Seapoint, Monkstown in conjunction with Leinster Open Sea

Time limit of 40 minutes

Where: Seapoint Monkstown, Dublin

When: Sunday August 11th at 10am

What: This event will comprise of a one-mile loop in the open sea and is for our more daring swimmers! The swim will take place at Monkstown, just off Brighton Vale Road at Seapoint.


Training is available weekly throughout the month of July on Wednesday evenings at the Clontarf Baths. The Baths are 40m in length and filled with water from the Irish Sea, giving SFAM participants a chance to test the water! Visibility and cold water temperatures are all a part of learning in open water, the baths give you the opportunity to increase your confidence before braving the full open sea!

You can find further information and bookings here!

Why Swim For a Mile?

Why Swim For a Mile?

Did you know that over 230,000 adults swim in Ireland every week? It’s a big number but we want to grow it further. Perhaps you’re a lapsed swimmer, or would like to set yourself a challenge for the new year, as long as you can swim 25m of a pool comfortably, our Swim for a Mile training programme is for you. The simple fact is that you don’t have to be a high-level athlete for swimming to be physically beneficial and fun!

The programme has been designed with the World Health Organisation’s recommended weekly physical activity in mind and so those who follow the programme will be meeting these standards automatically. It is hoped that through this initiative more and more people will rediscover the priceless resources at the heart of many communities – which is the local swimming pools and clubs of Ireland.

The initiative began in 2014 with thousands of people returning to the pool over the past 4 years and swimming a mile. The programme is open to those aged 12 an older and we also run a half mile (800m) option for those who think the full mile is just out of reach.

How Does it work?

How Does it work?

Sign up for your 10 week programme, written by a Swim Ireland coach at www.swimforamile.com. You can choose to follow the programme on your own or join one of the organised SFAM training sessions in a participating pool near you.

For those who wish to set a definite target for themselves, swimmers can opt to complete their mile in an official Swim For A Mile event venue where their swim will be timed and they will receive a Swim For A Mile goodie bag. What’s more, those who register for an event with us will also receive access to free coaching and technique clinics from former Olympic and International swimmers at designated centres. But be warned, the clinics fill up quickly so early registration is advised!

Check out our Pool List to find a participating pool near you now. You can choose to complete the challenge in any of our designated pools or in one of the five flagship venues in a big event atmosphere with music and commentary.

Everyone will receive training tips, video demonstrations and online support throughout the 10 weeks through our facebook and twitter pages and from our partners.

So what are you waiting for!? Register here and get ready to start Week 1 of the training programme in January!

FAQ's

Where and when do the events take place?

Over 25 pools across Ireland will host the Swim For A Mile timed events across March and April 2018. The times of the events will vary at each pool and will be broken into 1 hour time slots. You will be asked to select an event venue and time slot upon registration.

What age do I have to be to enter the event?

The Swim For A Mile Challenge is open to those aged 12 and over only.

Is the event for competitive swimmers only?

No, quite the opposite. The event is for anyone who can swim at least 2 lengths of a 25m swimming pool during a session. However, the event is not intended for beginners who require lessons.

For further information contact

Bethany Carson

Bethany Carson

Women in Sport Development Officer

+353 1 687 2110

Contact for queries on Swim For A Mile