Wading in amongst the horde. Lying flat on my back. Out to the buoy and back.

Open Water swimming caters for all ages and abilities of swimmer. From young splashers to older dippers, and everyone in between.

Swim Ireland works with Sport Ireland's Local Sports Partnerships, our own swimming and water polo clubs, Swim for a Mile, and other organisations, like Leinster Open Sea, to provide Open Water swimming lessons, fun events, and competitive races for all ages and abilities.

Our competitive Open Water races are open to all Swim Ireland Club members, and many are also open to those with Swim Ireland Special Membership.

Swim Ireland also runs a Level 2 Open Water Swimming Coach qualification course, CPD for open water coaches that have already qualified, and regular Open Water information webinars, in partnership with the RNLI.

Return to Open Water - April 2021

Return to Open Water - April 2021

Easing restrictions mean many will be returning to Open Water for the first time this year in April.

Your lack of swim fitness means this re-acclimatisation period will be very different, so we have prepared some simple tips.

Return to Open Water Tips
Level 2 Swimming Teacher Open Water Training

Level 2 Swimming Teacher Open Water Training

This summer Swim Ireland is once again teaming up with Local Sports Partnerships to deliver Open Water programmes - and we want Level 2 Swimming Teachers to help us!

Our range of Open Water programmes will launch as soon as it is safe to do so, and in preparation we have designed four Virtual CPDs for our Level 2 Swimming Teachers to complete.

Those who complete all 4 modules will be eligible to work with Swim Ireland’s Participation department on our programmes in the Open Water this summer.

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Open Water Webinar Series

Open Water Webinar Series

We've teamed up with the RNLI and a host of open water experts to bring you a great series of Open Water talks, diving deep into Weather & Waves, Tides & Currents, Ice Swimming, and Route Planning.

All proceeds from this series will support the RNLI's Volunteer Lifeboat Crews, who save lives at sea 365 days a year.

CHOOSE YOUR RECORDING
Open Water Swimming Safety Tips

Open Water Swimming Safety Tips

✔️ Understand effect of weather & tides

✔️ Know the signs of hypothermia

✔️ Bring someone with you

✔️ Get in slowly to avoid cold water shock

✔️ Wear a watch to monitor time in water

✔️ Swim parallel to shore

✔️ Bring extra layers for after ☕️ and a hot drink, or soup.

Always respect the Open Water, know your own limits and listen to advice from officials regarding weather and water conditions.

Open Water Guide
Open Water Coach
Open Water Coach
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Participants of our Open Water Events and Programmes have the option of joining our Open Water Mailing List, so they can be the first to learn of Swim Ireland's latest open water events, initiatives and news.

If you would like to be added to this Open Water mailing list, please email Deirdre Cullen via the button below.

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An Open Water App for Ireland

An Open Water App for Ireland

We're developing an app aimed at open water swimmers in Ireland, which we aim to launch in Summer 2021. We have already conducted market research and are looking forward to revealing more!

If you have suggestions or queries about this app, please email Grainne Murphy or Jessica Lamb - their details are at the bottom of this page.

Open Water News

Open Water

Grainne Murphy

Grainne Murphy

Get Ireland Swimming National Co-ordinator

+353 86 467 8275

Jessica Lamb

Jessica Lamb

Communications Executive

+353 86 033 1250