1500m (Olympic distance) / 600m (Super Sprint Distance)
The swim takes place in the upper Liffey, above Island Bridge, entering the water from a pontoon, kindly supplied by the Irish Army. Water temperature is normally around 16 degrees Celsius. Wetsuits are mandatory.
Concerned about Safety?
On the day we will have approximately 20 rescue kayaks, a flat deck Army rescue boat, a Civil Defence rescue boat, a rescue rigid inflatable, Garda divers and Order of Malta personnel – all eyes on you.
We will also be setting athletes off in waves – this ensures a more comfortable start to your race. The large pontoon supplied by the Irish Army will slope into the water from the bank of the river, making it easy to enter and exit.
General swim information
- Every entrant is required to sign a swim proficiency declaration.
- There will be a pontoon leading into the river. Swimmers must enter the river on the upstream side of the pontoon and exit on the downstream side only.
- Due to the number of competitors we will be having wave starts. The starts will be based on your estimated swim time. Wave allocations will be posted on the race website in advance and cannot be changed once completed. Please ensure you are happy with estimated swim time. This change be changed in Active Europe. At registration, you will also be informed which start you are in and will have been given a swim hat with the colour for your wave which you MUST wear.
- For safety reasons there will be a 15 minute gap between each swim start. IF YOU ARE A WEAK SWIMMER KEEP TO THE BACK OF YOUR START.
- Swim start will be in the water near the river bank
- Keep near to the centre of the river to avoid the reeds on the river’s edge
- Swim upstream keeping the buoys on your left hand side. When you reach the last buoy swim around it and back downstream. Continue past the start area on your left and around the end buoy furthest downstream before swimming upstream to the swim exit.
- Canoeists, assisted by two power boats and divers, will marshal the swim course.
- Exit the swim via the pontoon, ensuring that you pass over the timing mat when entering transition.
- If a swimmer wishes to retire from the swim for any reason, they should lie on their back, raise their clenched fist in the air, stay calm and a rescue canoeist will come to your assistance. Follow the instructions of the marshal who will bring you to safety.
- There will be a time limit of 55 minutes on the swim. This will be confirmed on the day by the race director. A swim marshal has full discretion to remove you from the swim if they feel that you are endangering yourself or others. Don’t worry; the vast majority of swimmers will be finished in good time.
- If you are assisted in the swim or your swim is cut short by the race director, you will be allowed to continue the race if you wish to do so but will receive no official time and your timing chip will be removed.
- The central divide of the swim course will be maintained by lengths of floating tubing. This is exclusively a safety measure in order to prevent collisions between upstream and downstream swimmers. It is not intended as a flotation aid for swimmers. If competitors hold on to the tubing, the securing anchors will drag along the bottom impeding the swim course. Consequently, unless a swimmer is in difficulty, anyone holding on to the tubing or buoys either prior to the start or during the swim will be deemed to be assisted in the swim, and thus receive no official time. Canoeists will enforce this rule rigidly. Competitors will have signed a form stating that they are competent swimmers, and are thus expected to be proficient at treading water – which will be necessary immediately prior to their wave start.