8th Annual Barbados Open Water Festival 2019
Heart warming camaraderie and friendly competition in a social setting. That's the result when a diverse mix of swimmers of all ages and abilities converge annually at the Barbados Open Water Festival. Ocean Junction.com recently described the event as "one of the most vibrant open water events to take place in the Western Hemisphere - a must-attend for open water enthusiasts!"
As usual the swimmers came from everywhere! Swimmers were welcomed from as far away as Singapore and South Africa in 2018. Many visited from all over the United Kingdom and Europe, United States, Canada, Argentina, Brazil and neighbouring Caribbean islands.
Hundreds take part in the “social swims and post-swim dinners” as well as the four races (1.5K, 3.3K, 5K and 10K races) and the Just for Fun 1.5K Swim during the five-day event every November. The Fun Swim raises funds for Variety: The Children’s Charity.
On November 13, 2018, the final day of the 2018 Barbados Open Water Festival, Oceans Seven Swimmer Cameron Bellamy of South Africa started his epic swim! He created history. 96 K in an incredible 40 hours and 43 minutes. Read about the 4th longest unassisted, nonstop, sea swim ever.
What's next? Cuba to Florida!!!! September 2019.
Why? Cameron Bellamy swims for a cause: Ubunye Challenge
Follow his crazy adventures - Face Book page and meet Cameron at our 2019 Festival.
The Swimmers Say....
"It's a brilliant week. Who fancies 2019?" Mollie Pearse (UK)
"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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See Agenda for 2019 Festival