Open Water Swimmer Ireland

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Ireland's most accessible open water swimming events

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Fun, safe, professional events for everyone

If you love swimming, you're welcome at an Open Water Swimmer Ireland event!!!

It doesn't matter if you love your wetsuit, are a skins advocate, club affiliated, complete beginner, young or not so young, wild swimmer, racer, triathlete, governing body member or not - you're welcome at an Open Water Swimmer Ireland event!!!

Open water swimmers celebrating after completing their races event with Open Water Swimmer


Deric The TV3/Virgin TV weatherman celebrating with an unknow swimmer and their medals after the Glendalough race

''I like the feeling of being outdoors.... ''

"In Ireland, one of my favourite swimming events is 1,500m Glendalough swim by Open Water Swimmer Ireland in Co Wicklow. The race back-drop down there is unbelievable. You nearly forget where you're swimming at times, until you finish and look around at the jaw-dropping scenery."

Deric O H'artagain - Virgin Media Meteorologist

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Here to Answer Your Questions


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I've registered, now what?

You will have received a confirmation email acknowledging your entry into the event. All other communications will be sent by email so please make sure we have a correct email address for you. Any race info, latest news etc will also be displayed on the race pages.

Do I need a wetsuit?

We always strongly advised the use of wetsuits for safety reasons. However, swimmers will have the option to wear a wetsuit or not.

How old do I have to be?

18 years old on the day of the event.

I've never swam in open water before can I enter an open water swimmer event

Of course, this series of events was created to provide a platform for any ability of swimmer to take to the open water. Several distances and environments are available in some of the Irelands most stunning water ways. Most people swimming this year will be taking to the open water for the first time, so don’t worry you won’t be alone…

What are your rules regarding water temperature

We dont have any!! If you are brave enough to swim without a wetsuit in Ireland thats your choice. We do however recommend them if are new to open water.

Join 8000+ swimmers who have competed with us since 2012

When you come swim with us you'll see our ethos  from the beginning has been openness.  So you'll find yourself swimming with juniors, die hard skins, wetsuit lovers, towbag users and not, triathletes, wild swimmers, racers and 'just finish' mentalities. You'll become part of our friendly swim community. So take your place at the water’s edge and challenge yourself! You choose the location, the distance and what to wear - we will take care of the rest.   See you in the water!!

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Open water swimmers celebrating after completing their races event with Open Water Swimmer
Ecstatic Open Water Swimmer competitor coming out of the water after completing a race
Open water swimmers celebrating in the water after completing their swim.
Happy Open water swimmer with a green swim hat smiling in the water.
Happy Open water swimmers in the water during their race event with Open Water Swimmer
Two Open water swimmers embracing in the lake after completing their races event with Open Water Swimmer

"We are extremely proud that our swim series is now Ireland's largest and our Glendalough event is the biggest weekend of open water swimming in the country.."