What does my entry fee include?
- Event t-shirt
- Event swim hat with electronic timing chip
- Boats to start line for 2km and 750m distances
- Post-event food
- Fully marked route with safety boats
- Safety cover
Who should enter the Elite Wave?
If you are a competitive swimmer and want to compete for an overall winner or a category prize, you must enter Wave 1 / Elite when you sign up for this event.
Guide Time: A sub 40-minute 2km open water swimming time.
If the Wave 1 / Elite wave has sold out online and you are an elite swimmer wishing to compete in this event, please email us at email@example.com with proof of your 2km swimming time and we will do our best to accommodate you.
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.
Is this event suitable for First Timers?
The 750m event is a great introduction to open water swimming racing for first timers. The location is spectacular, the atmosphere is relaxed and there is always great camaraderie and support on the day and that amazing sense of achievement when you cross the finish line. You must be able to swim 2km or 3.9km confidently (preferably with open water experience) before taking part in the longer distance events, so if this is your first open water swimming event, we recommend the 750m event as a great starting point.
Can I change my wave or distance?
We cannot facilitate any wave or distance changes after you have entered this event, so please make sure to sign up for your preferred wave and distance when you enter. If your preferred wave is sold out, it will no longer be visible online and you must choose an alternative wave.
What are the locations of registration, start line & finish line for the Great Fjord Swim?
Registration for this event is by post. Your Race Pack will be sent out 8 days before the event takes place.
This event takes place at Killary Adventure Centre. The start and finish line are on the Killary shore.
Please note that this may be subject to change. Final details will be posted on the website and emailed to all competitors 2 weeks before the event.
What is the mandatory kit for the Great Fjord Swim?
- Tow float
- Event swim hat with timing device
Wetsuits are not mandatory - you can choose to wear a wetsuit or not, but you must state your preference when you sign up for this event.
Why do I need a tow float and how can I get one?
ALL competitors in ALL distances of The Great Fjord Swim must wear a tow float for their own safety. No competitor will be allowed in the water without a tow float.
You can order a tow float to rent or buy when you sign up for this event, or you can bring your own.
What type of wetsuit should I wear?
We recommend that you wear a well-fitting wetsuit, such as those designed for triathlons, which 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, whatever type of wetsuit you decide to wear – surfing, shortie or swimming – is that fits well. It should be snug when you put it on, so the water is trapped next to your body to warm you up. If it is loose fitting, water will flow through it, preventing you from warming up and it could restrict your swimming. We recommend that you try your wetsuit out before event day, even if this is in a swimming pool.
Can I wear fins, booties, neoprene socks or gloves?
We do not allow fins but booties, neoprene socks and gloves can be worn for this event.
What is the average water temperature?
The average water temperature is usually around 12 degrees celsius at the time of this event.
Due to the unique setting of the Killary Fjord the water temperature can fluctuate. If there is a lot of rain in the days leading up to the event, the temperature can be lower as colder river water flows into the fjord.
What facilities are at the finish line?
You will receive a Finishers Pack at the finish line, containing your finishers medal, a finishers t-shirt, fruit & sweets.
There are water bottle filling stations at the finish line. Freshly made hot soup & bread will also be available.
What happens if I cancel my event entry?
All entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. This includes transfers to other years, events or competitors. Please do make sure that you can commit to both the event and the training before you enter one of our events.
What happens if there is an emergency delay or cancellation of the Great Fjord Swim?
Announcements of any cancellation/postponement in advance will be emailed to the address you have provided on your registration form. Notice will also be posted on this website and through our social media. Please ensure that you have provided your correct email address on your registration form.
*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.
When do I get my branded dry bag for entering all three events?
You will receive your branded dry bag at the Gaelforce Great River Swim on the 20th May 2023.