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15 February 2019

What does my entry fee include?

  • Event t-shirt
  • Event swim hat
  • Boats to start line for the 2km and 750m
  • Use of individual electronic timing chips
  • Post-event food from John West!

Please note t-shirts are ordered 4 weeks in advance of the race. Entries after this may have to have t-shirt posted out.

15 February 2019

What are the locations of registration, start line and finish line for the Great Fjord Swim?


  • 3.9KM, 2km SEA SPRINTER and 750m Registration takes place at Killary Adventure Centre.
    • Wave 1 - Registration takes place at Nancy's Point
    • Waves 2 & 3 - Registration takes place at the Leenane Community Centre


  • The start line for the 2km and 750m races is from the water in Killary Fjord where competitors are dropped to by boat.
  • The start and finish lines for the 3.9km race is on the beach near the Killary Adventure Centre activity site.


  • The finish line for ALL races is on the beach near the Killary Adventure Centre activity site. It will be sign posted on the day of the event.
15 February 2019

What type of wetsuit should I wear?

You should use a well-fitting specific wetsuit, such as those designed for triathlons. These are usually made from a flexible neoprene that allows you to swim normally whilst helping to insulate the body against the cold water.

The most important thing is that whatever wetsuit you decide to wear – surfing, shortie, specific swimming wetsuit – it fits well.
It should be snug when you put it on, so the water is trapped next to your body to warm you up. It should not be loose fitting, so the water flows through it, as this will not warm you up and could restrict your swimming.

We recommend that you try the wetsuit out before event day, even if this is in a swimming pool.

15 February 2019

Why do I need a tow-float and how can I get one?

Tow-floats have been introduced as mandatory since the 2015 event for safety reasons. ALL competitors in ALL distances of The Great Fjord Swim must wear a tow-float. These are available to rent or purchase when you register on line for the event.

15 February 2019

What level of swimming ability should I have to complete the 2km or 3.9km events?

You MUST be able to complete 2km confidently before taking part in the 2km event and 3.9km confidently before taking part in the 3.9km event. If you cannot do this then the 750m event is more suited for you this time.

15 February 2019

What is the average water temperature in October?

12 degrees Celsius.

15 February 2019

What happens if there is an emergency delay or cancellation of the Great Fjord Swim?

Killary Gaelforce, at its sole discretion may delay, modify, or cancel this event if conditions or natural or man-made emergencies make administering the event unreasonably difficult or unsafe. “Emergency" is defined as any event beyond our control, including but not limited to high wind, extreme rain or hail, hurricane, tornado, earthquake, flood, acts of terrorism, fire, threatened or actual strike, labour difficulty or work stoppage, insurrection, war, public disaster, and unavoidable casualty. In the event of a delay, modification, or cancellation of this event as described in this paragraph, participants will not be entitled to a refund of their entry fee or any other costs incurred in connection with this event.

Announcements of any cancellation/postponement in advance will be via email to the address you have provided on the registration form. Notice will also be posted on the Great Fjord Swim website and social media pages. Please ensure that there is a correct email address on your registration form.

15 February 2019

Am I allowed to wear fins, booties, neoprene socks and gloves?

We do not allow fins but booties, neoprene socks and gloves can be worn.

27 February 2019

Where are the best spectator points for THE GREAT FJORD SWIM?

Spectators are very welcome at The Great Fjord Swim.


We would ask you to please park at Killary Adventure Centre and then walk to the finish line.


This is the best place from which to support all competitors. Competitors in the 2km and the 750m events will finish on the beach. Those doing the 3.9km route will start and finish on the beach. 


To reach the finish line/beach, turn right from the gate of Killary Adventure Centre and cross the road. Approx. 200m along is an entrance with a sign for the Connemara Hostel. Walk down here to the Killary activity site and continue to the right through the gate, past the activities and past the green building as far as the water and pier. Continue to the beach where there is a white marquee and the finish line. Approximately 10mins.

We would advise you to dress warmly and wear suitable footwear for walking on rough ground.

17 April 2019

What facilities are at the finish line?

We will be providing the following at the finish line: homemade soup, water, fruit, tea & coffee. John West will be giving out complementary Natural Protein products to refuel after the race.

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