With the water. Under the water. Never against the water.

Swim Ireland's Open Water Programmes aim to build your confidence in the water, from wherever you are now, to wherever it is you dream of going on your open water journey.

Our experienced Swimming Teachers and Open Water Swimming Coaches share your love of the water, and are passionate about helping you enjoy the water to the fullest, safely.

Weekly Dippers

Weekly Dippers

Bringing community together for a weekly dip, in a relaxed, social and safe environment!

Swim Ireland's Weekly Dippers meet once a week for a dip under the watchful eye of a Swim Ireland Coach.

Dippers can join the session at any stage during the hour, and after each session our coach will join the Dippers for refreshments to answer any questions.

It's open to all ages and abilities and is free of charge. Just rock up on the right day and at the right time and look for our coach.

JOIN THE DIPPERS!
Want a goal?
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Beach To Buoy

Beach To Buoy

Dreaming of swimming out to that buoy? Then this is the course for you!

Improve your confidence and technique in open water. Participants should already be able to swim 50m, with a goal of completing 700m at the end of the programme. Sessions are once per week and 45 minutes long.

Our Beach To Buoy programmes run for four to eight weeks and are open to adult swimmers.

BOOKINGS OPEN SPRING 2022
Open Water Skills

Open Water Skills

If you can swim 700m and want to improve, this is the programme for you!

It's aimed at experienced swimmers who want to improve technique, skills and stamina in open water. Participants should be able to swim 700m already with a view to building distance in a safe and encouraging environment. Sessions are once per week and 45 minutes long.

Our Open Water Skills programmes run for four to eight weeks and have sessions open to adults and teenagers.

BOOKINGS OPEN SPRING 2022
Intensive Open Water Weeks for Kids & Teens

Intensive Open Water Weeks for Kids & Teens

Five days of gaining confidence, skills and safety awareness

This five-day programme is aimed at children new to open water swimming. Through five consecutive 45-minute coached sessions, they will be given the tools and skills to feel safe and comfortable in open water and the confidence to learn to swim in open water.

We have Open Water Weeks open to swimmers aged 6-14.

BOOKINGS OPEN SPRING 2022
Yoga and Dip

Yoga and Dip

Fancy a stretch and a dip once a week?

This is a wellness and holistic programme, guided by a qualified yoga instructor for 30 minutes followed by a dip in the open water. Swim Ireland will provide a teacher and lifeguard for the dip to ensure safety and provide tips and advice.

SEPTEMBER BOOKINGS NOW OPEN!

2021 Open Water Programmes FAQ

Should I sign up for Beach To Buoy or Open Water Skills?

Beach To Buoy is for beginners in open water and Open Water Skills is for those with a bit more open water experience who want to improve.

You should be able to swim 700m front crawl in open water to do Open Water Skills and be able to swim 50m front crawl in open water for Beach To Buoy.

Both are aimed at people that are already competent pool swimmers.

What equipment do I need for Beach To Buoy or Open Water Skills?

You will need:

  • Googles suitable for open water swimming
  • A bright yellow, orange, pink or green silicone swimming hat
  • Tow-float
  • Extra layers to keep warm afterwards
  • Any other equipment or clothing you normally use for open water

Recommended:

  • Ear plugs to prevent surfers ear
  • Changing robe to make it easier to get changed
  • Waterproof bag or plastic bag to keep things dry on shore
  • Wetsuit to keep you warm during the session
Are wetsuits compulsory?

No. We recommend wetsuits for Beach To Buoy and Open Water Skills due to the nature of the sessions - it's not a continuous swim and you will be stopping regularly to get tips and instructions from your coaches. But you do not have to wear wetsuit.

What do I need to bring for Yoga & Dip sessions?

You will need:

  • Yoga mat or two thick towels
  • Waterproof clothing in case of rain
  • Swimming togs and changing robe
  • Warm clothes for after your swim

You can also bring a warm flask of tea or coffee to keep you warm after your dip!

If open water is your high, Me and the Water is your tribe.

Me and the Water is Swim Ireland's brand new membership category for casual swimmers, who want to meet others, gain confidence in the water and be part of a supportive swimming community.

Me and the Water Member Benefits Include:

  • Special Edition Me and the Water Swim Hat
  • Exclusive discounts from our partners
  • Exclusive swim tips from our coaches
  • Monthly competitions and giveaways
  • Access to Open Water Swimming Training Plans
  • Access to Me and the Water's Forums and Groups
  • Subscription to Me and the Water Newsletter
Join for just €10 for 12 months
Join for just €10 for 12 months

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For all Open Water Programme queries contact:

Shane Anders

Shane Anders

Participation Support Administrator

+353 86 775 9954

Contact for Open Water Booking Support

Julian Murphy

Julian Murphy

Participation Support Administrator

Contact for Open Water Booking Support