SUPERB, SAFE, SOCIAL & ..... highly SATISFYING.
Barbados Open Water Festival: Wed. Nov. 6 - Sun. Nov. 10, 2019
Wide range of ages and ability. Swimmers from all over the world.
Thanks to 2017 title sponsor ANSA Rentals (Barbados' Car Rental Experts)
Sentiments from Swimmers
"A short note from me to thank you guys very much indeed for a wonderful day at Carlisle Bay today. The 5k was an unforgettable experience. Although I was trying to race, to be surrounded by so many beautiful fish, turtles and other sea life was just incredible and also very distracting! It is hard to explain just how complete a contrast today was to most of the open water swimming in the UK. Truly a day that my son and I will remember for the rest of our lives. Thanks to everyone who helped and I hope that we get to return to your beautiful island again before too long!" Jim, London
"Loved your event!! We had such a blast swimming with the turtles each loop and enjoyed all of the sights in the gorgeous sea! Fabulous event ... Fabulous new friends ... Fabulous prizes ... Fabulous island!! Thank you for all your hard work to host such festive days of aquatic fun in the sea! Already looking forward to the next time that I can return to swim in your event again!" Susan, USA
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Getting to Barbados!!
Did you know .... there are many direct flights to Barbados during November. Our visitor info page is packed with useful info about flights, entry requirements, amenities, attractions and more.
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On November 13, 2018 Cameron Bellamy created history when he became the first person to swim around Barbados!
The 96 K swim took an incredible 40 hours and 43 minutes. His swim has been declared the 4th longest unassisted, nonstop, sea swim ever.
Read about his historic swim here: Festival Blog.
Five fantastic days of open water swimming at three spectacular swim venues:
Wed Nov 7 @ 4:30 pm: 2K Open Water Practice Swim in the magnificent Carlisle Bay. Dinner & Drinks available after at Copacabana Beach Bar. Happy Hour: 5:30 pm. Informal talk by Cameron Bellamy at 6pm.
Thurs Nov 8 @ 4:30 pm: 2K Open Water Practice Swim from Port St. Charles on the North West Coast. Dinner/Drinks available in an idyllic setting at the Port St Charles Yacht Club. Stunning views of the west coast from the small man-made island of the Yacht Club.
Fri Nov 9: 2K Open Water practice Swim at "Miami Beach" on South Coast. Afterwards enjoy fresh fish off the grill at the famous Oistins Friday Fish Fry. Its a must-do in Barbados!
Sat Nov 10 @ 9am: 1.5K Swim Race & "Just For Fun" Swim - Carlisle Bay. Awards after race.
Sun Nov 11 @ 7am: 10K (6 laps) Swim Race - Carlisle Bay
Sun Nov 11 @ 9am: 3.3K (2 laps) & 5K (3 laps) Swim Races - Carlisle Bay
Awards presentation for all 3 Races (est. 11:30 am). Food and Drink available all day.
All races start and finish in front of Copacabana Beach Bar. Food and drinks available all day.
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