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 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.

To get the latest news about Swim Ireland's Open Water Programmes and Events, subscribe to our Open Water Mailing List.

Swim Ireland also has a new membership category called Me and the Water, which is ideal for Open Water dippers, splashers and swimmers, who aren't in to competitive swimming.

In Open Water Education, Swim Ireland offers 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.

Summer Open Water Programmes 2021

Summer Open Water Programmes 2021

Swim Ireland's Open Water Programmes are back bigger and better this year, with a whole range of opportunities for every age and ability. The first programmes begin in June and bookings will begin to open in May.

Bookings open on May 12 for the first of our Beach To Buoy and Open Water Skills Programmes in loads of beautiful locations!

Open Water Programmes 2021
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
Join our Me and the Water tribe!

Join our Me and the Water tribe!

This membership option has been created for those who are not Swim Ireland club members, but love to dip their toe, swim out to the buoy and back, enjoy an early morning workout in the pool and being part of a community who have a passion for and relationship with the water.

Not quite ready to join a club? Then join Me and the Water today for just €10 and get a Special Edition Swimming Hat!

Visit meandthewater.ie
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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Want to get news first?

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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

Contact for Press Enquiries