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.
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.
Want to get news first?
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.
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.