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, followed by a time mile or half mile swim. You have 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, with the SFAM Open Water Series taking place in 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 competent pool swimmers to become confident in open water. In 2019 we provided three introductory events to open water swimming. Each event offered it’s own challenge and experience, boasting a safe, fun and relaxed atmosphere, with goodies, refreshments and music! SFAM Open Water returned against the odds in 2020, and will be back in summer 2021!

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!

Our programme has been designed with the World Health Organisation’s recommended weekly physical activity in mind, and so those who follow it 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 2013 with thousands of people returning to the pool in the years since to swim 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 12-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!? Sign up in December and start getting ready for Week 1 of the training programme in January!


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