LOCATION: The event will take place in the beautiful Carlisle Bay, start and finish being in front of the Copa Cabana Beach Bar on Bay St., our host location for the weekend.
1.5KM SWIM RACE: One lap clock-wise going south from Copa Cabana turning around off Burke’s beach and returning. This is a very picturesque course in the shallow turquoise waters of Carlisle Bay. The visibility is wonderful with good opportunities to spot tropical fish and turtles. There is usually not much of a current to battle.
1.5KM ‘JUST FOR FUN’ SWIM: Don’t want to race but would like the experience of swimming the course with the racers, then this is the event for you. No official timing or placing. Swimmers are welcomed to use swim aids like snorkels, fins, etc. Excellent event for 1st timers and families. Just for Fun Swimmers start after the racers.
5KM SWIM RACE: Three laps of a course that includes the 1.5km route with an extension going south from Copa Cabana.
10KM SWIM RACE: Six laps of the same course used for the 5km. This is the Olympic Distance and will include a feeding station for the last 3 laps. All 10km swimmers are welcomed to items available at the feeding station. The feeding station is for 10km swimmers only, not the 5km or 10km Relay competitors.
10KM SWIM RACE RELAY: The 10km Relay will consist of teams of 3 swimmers each doing 2 laps (3.33km) of the course. The 3 swimmers can be any combination of age & gender.
The 10km Relay is perfect for Swimmers who want to compete on Sunday but don’t want to commit to a solo 5km or 10km.
MULTIPLE WEEKEND SWIMS: Local and visiting swimming aficionados are encouraged to make it a swimming weekend by participating on Saturday in the 1.5km swim and then on Sunday in the 5km, 10km or 10km Relay events.
AGE REQUIREMENTS: The 1.5km swim Race is open to swimmers (Male & Female) from 7 years old and over. The 5km Swim Race is open to Swimmers 11 years old and over. Swimmers under 7 years old can enter the ‘Just for Fun’ 1.5km Swim and use Swim aids and must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or swim coach. The 10km Swim Race is open to Swimmers 14 years old and over. The 10km Relay Swim is open to Swimmers 10 years old and over.
ENTRY DEADLINE: Entries for the 1.5km Race, 5km Race, 10km Race and Relay close on Tuesday October 31st. Entries for the 1.5km ‘Just for Fun’ Swim close
Friday Nov. 3rd.
ENTRY FEES: See Entry form for details. Your Entry fee includes a professional organisation of the Swim Barbados Races & Festival, race boats, kayaks and SUP boards for your safety, a Swim Cap, Finisher medal and a chance to win excellent prizes.
SANCTIONING: These Open Water swims are sanctioned by the Global Swim Series and the Barbados Amateur Swimming Association.
ENTRY FORMS: Foreign entries must complete and submit the entry forms using this website. Local entries can also be done on the website or at the Free Style Kids store at the Aquatic Centre. Download Entry Form here.
TRAVEL PACKAGES: We are pleased to offer you Travel Packages which include hotel stays at one of our 6 partner hotels, Entry fees to all events and any other things you may need to make your vacation more enjoyable. Airfare not included.
Check out our Partner hotels & packages page for all the details.
START/FINISH LOCATION: Swimmers in all events will start in the water behind the Start line. Swimmers in all races will finish by exiting the water and crossing the marked finish line through the arch close to the water’s edge.
RACE TIMING: Swimmers in all racers will be issued with a Timing Chip which must be strapped on to their ankle. After passing through the finish line please remove your Timing chip & strap and hand it over to the Race officials near the finish line. Swimmers must wear the Timing chip & strap in order to be officially timed and be in contention for prizes.
AGE GROUP CATEGORIES: We have 9 age groups in the 1.5km Swim and 7 in the 5km and 10km Swims. (Female and Male swimmers will compete separately for prizes) See Prizes page for details.
MANDATORY PRE-RACE REGISTRATION & CHECK IN: For the 1.5km on Saturday 4th Swimmers are required to check in at the registration desk between 7.30am – 8.30am to receive swim cap and timing chip. Race number will be written on both arms and legs.
For the 5km & 10km on Sunday 5th Swimmers are required to check in at the registration desk between 7.15am – 8.15am and to receive swim cap and timing chip.
Race number will be written on both arms and legs.
Please do not put on Sunscreen before the marking is done.
MANDATORY PRE-RACE BRIEFING: For the 1.5km Saturday 4th, Briefing at 9am for 9.30am Race start. For the 5km & 10km on Sunday 5th the briefing is at 8.30am. All swimmers MUST wear swim cap throughout race through to finish. Race Director will review rules, course, description, etiquette, and safety.
Race Director conducts the race briefing, and covers the following points:
FINISHER MEDALS: All swimmers will receive a special Finishers medal.
RACE STARTING POSITION: Please allow faster swimmers to go to the front of the line, this will help stop people being thrashed by faster swimmers trying to pass them. If you are not a competitive swimmer and simply plan to complete the swim and have some fun please do not go near the front.
Specific instructions will be given by the Race Director before the start of each race.
REFRESHMENTS & FRUIT: Sports Drinks, Bottled water, Ice cream, Yogurt bars, frozen fruit bars and Bananas are available free to participants after the race. A feeding station with similar items will be setup for 10km swimmers in the water.
TYPICAL RACE DAY CONDITIONS:
Air Temperature 29 Celsius Average
Water Temperature 28-29 Celsius Average
Winds Average slight to moderate, 3 -10 knots
Current Average Slight to Moderate
REFEREE & RACE OFFICIALS: Each race has an official Head Referee and judges along the route to make sure all rules are obeyed. Breaking the rules will result in disqualification.
RACE COURSE: Swim course for the 1.5km shown in the map below. Swimming in a counter clockwise direction. 5km and 10km course will see an extension added.
SAFETY: Boats, Kayaks and paddlers will be posted along the race to look for swimmers who need aid and guide swimmers back on course if necessary. If you are tired or hurt and in need of assistance, you should signal for help by waving your hand. Note: Anyone posing a danger to other swimmers through rough behaviour or other actions will be pulled from the race and disqualified. A race official's decision is final.
EMERGENCY SERVICES: There will be a Medical Doctor on site during the race and in case of any treatment needed. There will also be an Ambulance onsite. If you have a medical condition that the medical practitioners should be aware of in case of an emergency please advise us by email or at registration.
EXITING EARLY: If you must exit the race early for any reason before finishing, you MUST check in with race officials right away at the finish line so that everyone can be accounted for.
CUT OFF TIMES: Maximum time for 1.5km swim is 90 minutes. Maximum time for 5km swim is 3 hours. The 10km maximum time is 4 hours. Swimmers who are still in the water after these deadlines may be picked up by the boats.
PRIZE GIVING: Immediately following the completion of each race.
MERCHANDISE FOR SALE: We have for sale - T-shirts & Caps at US$20 each. Book yours on the Race Roster registration page or get them from the registration booth on the race weekend.