I've registered, what now?
Do I need to wear a wetsuit?
What are your rules regarding water temperature?
I've never swam in open water before; can I enter an Open Water Swimmer event?
How old do I have to be?
Is the water clean?
What happens if I get tired, cold, or I’m struggling in the water and need assistance?
At all our events we stick to water safety norms;
Safety kayaks at regular intervals,
Ample and Experienced medical cover on standby,
Ability to track swimmers movements in and out of the water,
Strict rules on water temperature and wet suit use.
This means you’re never out of sight and our rescue team will be on hand to assist should the need arise.
What happens if the swim is cancelled?
I’ve entered a swim but I can’t do it now, can I have a refund? Or can my friend take my place?
What lies beneath?
When does online registration close?
What do I have to do to get the free t-shirt and goodie bag?
Where do I find the swim on the day?
In Glendalough – we are shore side at the main viewing beach on the upper
In Lough Key – we run from the slip way located on the right hand side of
the main car park at the Lough Key Forest Park
In Hodson Bay - we run from right in front of the Hodson Bay Hotel and just past the marina.
How do I get my race number on the day?
that's all we need to assign your race number, goodie bag and t-shirt on
the day of the event. All this will happen from a registration tent beside
the shore. Registration has a time window, but you're not the only person
planning on leaving it until the last five minutes! So be warned arrive
'just in time' like everyone else and you'll be under pressure to make the
start line, and that's not the best way to prepare for a swim.
Can I bring a friend to kayak \ SUP with me?
with drinks or moral support. And we have no problem with that, please come
But the kayakers need to be competent. Our safety teams are there to
provide cover for swimmers not people falling out of kayaks. Please don't
endanger swimmers by distracting our safety team from them – kayakers know
All kayakers must have buoyancy aids and sea worthy boats. All Kayakers
need to make themselves known to the safety officer in the speed boat prior
to the race start.
All Kayakers will be seen by swimmers as a safe haven, so if a swimmer
signals you, you must provide them a floating support (even if that means
your friend swims on without you).
What is the story with the early bird deals?
fact if you were to book all four events with the early bird's greatest
discount you would be getting a whole swim for free. You can see the cut
off dates and prices on the home page
Can I swim both distances on the day for one entry?
can swim both the 750m and 1.5km for the one entry. In fact we encourage it
and most swimmers will do both. There is a hour between the two swims so
plenty of time to recover for the second race.
And why not in Glendalough? We have very strict maximum numbers in
Glendalough and the swims actually fill, so in order not to disappoint
anyone we have to keep people to one entry one event.
The great 3.9km v 3.8km debate
The first swim was in Waikiki bay as part of the Waikiki rough water swim
and that swim, from get in point to get out, was 2.6miles. So by pure
chance the distance used was 2.6miles. 2.6miles is 3.86km. Rounded up in
Hawaii to the 3.9km course now swam in the modern Kailua-Kona. We set a
Hawaiian 3.9km course