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Galway Bay Swim 2018

Galway Bay Swim

Saturday, 21 July 2018 from 08:00 to 16:00 (IST)

Galway Bay Swim 2018

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Registration Type Remaining Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Solo Swimmer (No boat) Waitlist - Galway Bay Swim 2018   more info Sold Out 1 Jul 2018 Free €0.00
Relay Team Swim Captain (No boat) Waitlist - Galway Bay Swim 2018
Waitlist - For Relay teams that do NOT have a boat confirmed only. The team captain must fill in all of their details on the form and also list their relay team member names. Please see more detailed information posted below and on the website for swimmers on the boat waitlist. Note: Relay teams of 2 - 4 swimmers only.
Sold Out 1 Jul 2018 Free €0.00

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Frances Thornton Memorial Galway Bay Swim -  Saturday 21st July 2018

Registrations for the Galway Bay Swim opened on March 1st, 2018. The available spaces are shown above.  If a category (Solo or Relay Team) is sold out, then we are no longer accepting applications.   If a slot does open up, it will be first offered to those registered on the waitlist and then posted here on Eventbrite.  

A list of FAQs about the swim registration is listed below

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

In 2018, there are 60 solo swimmer slots and 20 relay slots (teams of 2-4 swimmers) for the Galway Bay swim. Unfortunately, as it is a popular swim, due to safety reasons and the availability of support boats, not all applicants can be offered a slot in the Galway Bay swim.
The minimum age for all swimmers (Solo and Relay) is 18 years on the day of the swim.
No - you can only swim in one category as either a solo OR a relay team member. Safety rules in place for the swim require that there is only 1 swimmer in the water for each boat. If you wish to swim the full 13km across the bay, then you must enter as a Solo swimmer and have your own boat to accompany you. If you are swimming as part of a Relay team, then you must exit the water onto your support boat after you complete your section of the bay swim.
Registration opens in March each year and is completed online through Eventbrite. Registration closes on July 1st or whenever all swim places are allocated – whichever occurs first. Applications are then reviewed by the Galway Bay Swim Committee and you will be contacted directly if additional information is required (such as your prior open water swimming experience). If there are no queries on your application, swimmers are then offered a slot on the swim on a first come first served basis once they fulfill the following criteria:
  1. Provide your own boat (and Captain) to guide you on the swim. Note: the type of boat most suitable is a 5-metre Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) with a 50HP engine. Insurance must be in place for the boat. A VHF radio and lifejackets for all crew members are mandatory on each boat. You may be required to submit your boat for a pre-boat safety inspection prior to the swim. As a general rule, jet skis, lake boats or boats not used regularly on the ocean are NOT acceptable.
  2. Provide one crew member on the boat that will assist you (with food, water, moral support, etc.) on the swim. Note: The Captain’s job is to drive the boat, to navigate and for safety – the swimmer is responsible for providing their own crew member.
  3. Have your boat Captain complete the boat safety checklist and declaration on the Forms section of the website: CLICK HERE:
  4. Complete the Medical and Swimmer Waiver form and submit no later than 1st July 2018. CLICK HERE:
  5. Complete the 4km open water swim time trial in Salthill (held in June each year) in a time of under 95 minutes. (2km open water swim for relay team members in under 50 minutes).
  6. Pay the €50 application fee online via Eventbrite and commit to raising €500 (€1000 for Relay Teams) for our charity – Cancer Care West. (Note the €50 application fee goes towards your fundraising target)
Note: If there are outstanding issues regarding any applicants, such as open water swimming experience, completing the time trial or successfully passing the medical, then these must be resolved by 1st July 2018 or your place will be given to another swimmer.
As it is a charity swim event, we ask solo swimmers to raise €500 and relay teams to raise €1000 for our chosen charity - Cancer Care West. We do ask for a €50 application fee (payable via credit card) when registering on Eventbrite. This money goes towards your fundraising target. The €50 is non-refundable and will be donated to charity.
Note: For the 2018 swim, tow floats will be mandatory for ALL swimmers (solo and relay) for the initial 2.5km section of the swim from the start at Aughinish until you meet your support boat. After the swimmer meets their support boat, we recommend that they continue to swim with the tow float but it is not a requirement for the remainder of the swim. Following a review of safety and due to the increased number of swimmers and boat traffic at the start, the Galway Bay Swim organising committee have mandated the use of swim tow floats for the start. This is consistent with many open water swims in the UK and more recently in Ireland. 

Note: If you turn up at the swim start without a SWIM TOW-FLOAT, then you will not be allowed to enter the water.


A full list of FAQ's are provided on our main website: CLICK HERE

Note: Any changes to the above rules can only be made with the prior approval of the Galway Bay Swim Committee.

Do you have questions about Galway Bay Swim 2018? Contact Galway Bay Swim

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Blackrock Diving Tower

Saturday, 21 July 2018 from 08:00 to 16:00 (IST)

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Galway Bay Swim

The Frances Thornton Memorial Galway Bay Swim (FTMGBS) commenced in 2006 and in 2018 is in its thirteenth year.  It has seen over 565 swimmers make successful crossings of Galway bay. The swim is named after the late Frances Thornton, and to date has raised over €600,000 for Cancer Care West.

Now one of Ireland's biggest, longest (and friendliest) one day swims, it starts from Aughinish in Co. Clare and finishes at Blackrock Diving Tower in Salthill.  Given the wind, tide and currents, the swim is a distance of approx. 13 kilometres and can take anything from 2.5 hours to 6 hours to complete.  Each solo swimmer commits to attempting to raise at least €500 for charity. Relay teams are also welcome and commit to raising €1000 for our charity partner - Cancer Care West.


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