Swim Ireland's Special Membership category gives you the opportunity to take part in events otherwise confined to Swim Ireland Club Members.

To become a Special Member please go to the Swim Ireland Membership Database.

We are continually working with event and race organisers to enhance the offerings available to our Special Membership holders, as well as working closely with Triathlon Ireland to offer joint membership with both organisations for a reduced fee.

Please note that the joint membership of Triathlon Ireland and Swim Ireland is processed by Triathlon Ireland.

Once Triathlon Ireland have processed the membership they provide Swim Ireland with a list of members. Once members are added to our database, they will receive an email confirming their membership.

Open Water Events

Special Members can enter a range of Open Water Events normally open to Swim Ireland Club Members.

This includes many swimming events run by Swim Ireland Clubs, Triathlon Clubs and the Leinster Open Sea Series (see below).

A full list of events available for Special Members to enter is normally made available in April or May. During the pandemic, this list is ever-changing, so it is best to contact the Swimming or Triathlon Club organising the event to find out if Special Members are accepted.

Leinster Open Sea

Special Members can take part in the popular Leinster Open Sea Series, a collection of open water races in Leinster that are handicapped to give everyone a fair chance of winning.

These events run every weekend from May to September in normal years, with each normal event day having two swims of around 1600m, one for women and one for men.

The highlights of the season are the Island Race from Ireland's Eye to Howth, the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Race and the Liffey Swim. The Island and Harbour events are expected to take place in 2021 - visit Leinster Open Sea for latest details.

Masters Swimming Galas

Many 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.

These will resume after October 2021, and it is hoped some will take place before 2022!

FAQ - Special Membership

What does a Special Membership cost?

The price for a Special Membership is €25.

Who needs special membership?

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

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
How do I become a member?

To sign up for Special Membership go to the Swim Ireland Membership Database.

If you are not already registered on the Membership Database you will need to create a new profile. Once you are logged into your profile please click on the “Membership” tab in the top left hand corner of the screen to purchase Special Membership.

Once you have made payment, your membership card can be downloaded from your profile on the database. On race day, at registration you will be required to produce a printed membership card with valid ID to take part in any event.

What events can I compete in?

Swim Ireland has been working with race organisers to give members a variety of events to take part in. The list will be posted above nearer to the start of the open water season in 2022.

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.