Join us in Barbados for the Barbados Swimming Festival Oct 29 to Nov 2nd 2014. Swim in the Masters Pool Meet (Oct 29-31) or the Open Water event (Nov 2nd) or enter both events. The choice is yours. There will also be an Alex Meyer Open Water Clinic on November 1. Entry forms & details are available on this site for all events. Space is limited for the open water clinic, email us directly if you would like to participate in this.
This will take place at Barbados Aquatic Centre, a 50m outdoor pool, located only minutes away from the chain of hotels which dot the south coast of the island. (see the Summons for all details)
The open water event is hosted in Carlisle Bay, a magnificent, yet tranquil, crescent shaped bay with placid and clear waters with no undertow located off the south-west region of the island. The Bay is a designated Marine Park, teeming with a proliferation of sea life including turtles, sea horses and tropical fish and is bordered by one mile of white sand beach. Recently, Sir Anthony Bamford, chairman of JCB and repeat visitor to Barbados for more than 50 years, said of Carlisle Bay, "Its one of the most beautiful beaches in the world". The historic bay now lies in the heart of a UNESCO World Heritage Site: "Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison", an honour bestowed on Barbados in 2011.
In 2013, two "Swim the Bay" open water events were held in July and October. The two events attracted hundreds of swimmers, ranging in age from five to eighty three years old, from a variety of countries across four different continents. A British Swimmer said: "Think pinch yourself perfect conditions" and this about sums it up!
Apart from swimming, Barbados is a world-renowned vacation destination and for good reason. It is as rich in culture and history as it is in beauty. There are a plethora of activities, attractions and events in Barbados suited for all ages and preferences. From historic synagogues, churches, museums and grand plantation houses to safari tours, rum distilleries, cave exploration, tropical gardens and submarine dives. At varying times of the year many types of sporting events such as horse racing, polo, sailing regattas, cricket and golf can be enjoyed. If energy and time remain the island boasts a vibrant nightlife with several popular bars and nightclubs dotted along the south and west coasts.
There is dining for all tastes and budgets, from a rustic night out at a fish fry at a local fish market to fine dining at top-notch restaurants overlooking the ocean. When choosing your holiday accommodation you will be spoiled for choice in Barbados, as there is something for everyone from luxurious hotels and condominiums to self-catering apartments, guesthouses and beach cottages. See our Partner Hotels on this site.
Actually, visitors highlight the friendliness of Barbadians as the island's greatest and most pleasing asset. The fantastic scenery, modern comforts and friendly people have earned Barbados the highest repeat visitor factor in the region.
Keep swimming and book your flight, Barbados awaits you!