Eco swimming includes open water swims, relays, stage swims, races or charity swims with one or more of the following goals:

  1. aims to protect, conserve or call attention to the environment or ecology,
  2. improve or protect the welfare of marine life or the local or indigenous area,
  3. incorporates education of the natural environment or ecology,
  4. is conducted in an ecologically-sustainable or environmentally-friendly manner,
  5. is held in areas that are under environmental protection or that protect marine life,
  6. aims to create or enhance environmental or ecological awareness,
  7. raises money or provides direct financial benefits for conservation, marine life or environmental protection, research and/or education,
  8. builds awareness or provides education of a local community or culture,
  9. lobbies local governments or officials for access to, protection of or a clean-up of a waterway, or
  10. minimizes the impact of mankind on the environment

Swim The Island @ Isola di Bergeggi
Oct 6 all-day

The SwimTheIsland event is the ultimate sea water experience and is an annual open water swimming race held in the protected marine environment of Bergeggi, Italy. Organized byMatteo Testa, the third edition will be held on 6 October 2013 where the swimmers to the Isola di Bergeggi and along the beautiful coastline of Riserva Naturale Regionale.

1.7 km, 3.5 km, 5.0 km
Oct 6 @ 8:00 am

SWIMTHEISLAND is the ultimate open water swimming event taking place in the fascinating Marine Protected Area of Bergeggi, in the north-west coast of Italy.

The event takes place in an absolutely spectacular natural setting, offering swimmers the vision of one of the mostextraordinary seabeds of the Mediterranean sea.

The Clean Half – Extreme Marathon Swim – 15km, 5-team Relay, or Solo, Hong Kong @ Stanley Main Beach
Oct 11 all-day

Join us for the 7th annual Clean Half swim, around some amazing cliffs, islands and scenery in Hong Kong.  Warm water, great people, and an incredible city.  This is a 5-person relay race, or, solo event.  Organizer will arrange support boats for those who need them.  This is ranked as Asia's top ocean swim.

The Five – 5km Ocean Swim, Hong Kong @ Stanley Murray House to Repulse Bay
Oct 19 all-day

The Five is the newest in our series of amazing Hong Kong open water swims.  This one is also the first to have prize money offered.  This 5km race is part of the new Southern Beach Games, which will also include a 2-day Beach Water Polo tournament, canoe polo, beach handball, and beach dodge ball.   Come swim in warm waters and see some incredible scenery, all on the back side of Hong Kong.  The "clean side."

Nov 2 all-day

Lake Eland Mile Open Water Swim takes place each year on the first sunday of November , the next event will take place in the Lake at the Lake Eland Game Reserve, in Kwazulu Natal South coast of South Africa on the 3rd of November 2013. For a truly wild swim experience this is an event not to be missed. Set in the bush amongst wild animals the lake is a draw card for swimmers from all over the world as the location although in the bush is also only 35km away from the beach in the closest town of port Shepstone. The events offered include 500m / mile events and 3000m event which is a SSA qualifying event. The Lake Eland mile sees swimmers from ages 6 - 76 enter the event each year, an activity the entire family can join in for. Cash prizes and Gold Silver and Bronze medals are won each year over 29 different categories and all swimmers receive finishing medals. Although many stands is available for browsing on the day including food stalls, the Reserve allow visitors to bring in their own drinks, gas braais and food should they not wish to purchase food at the venue. Fees for 2013 ranges from R85 per swimmer for team events to R260 (including towels and depending on date of entry) many fee structures are offered in between and largely depend on the date entered, whether a towel is ordered and whether discount applies. Lake Eland Mile offers discounts on entries in 2013, should a swimmer swim more than one event discounts are given and should a swimmer be a pensioner 20% discount on entry fees are offered. Entries in 2013 can be done online at loads of info can also be accessed on the Lake Eland Mile section of the Margate Swimming Club website, who is the host of this annual event. Click top links for more info on directions, accommodation, entry procedures, maps and don't forget the Pre-Entry Prize draw for a holiday on offer for a family of 4 if you enter before 30 September 2013. Bring the whole family, make it a fun day out or a weekend trip or incorporate it in a week's holiday, very rare you find the bush and beach within a radius of 40km from each other. Truly an event not to be missed!

Turks & Caicos “Race for the Conch” Eco-SeaSwim @ Rickey's Flamingo Cafe
Dec 3 @ 12:00 am – 12:00 am

Join us a 1 mile and/or 2.4 mile event through the beautiful waters of the Grace Bay, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands. Designed for both novices new to the sport of open water racing and elite swimmers looking for a challenge. The race attracts some of the top swimmers in the world, including open water star Marcos Diaz from the Dominican Republic. Praised for its organization, excellent course along the shore, and redundant safety measures.

The Cold Half – Extreme Marathon Swim – 15km, solo or teams of 2, Hong Kong @ Stanley Main Beach to Middle Island
Feb 14 all-day

The 2nd annual Cold Half is an incredible training opportunity for those wanting some good mileage in good conditions (meaning potentially tough), amazing scenery, and a great group of motivated do-ers.  This is for solos and teams of 2 only (30min legs).   This year, we are also creating the new "Cold Standard" race, which includes doing the Cold Half solo, and the next day, running in the Standard Chartered Marathon (full length).  We can help get entries to the always-sold-out Standard Chartered Marathon if you let us know by September 15th, 2013.   This is going to be a big race-double for those who are thriving on adrenaline.

Race for the Conch @ Grace Bay (Ricky's Flamingo Cafe)
Jul 5 @ 8:00 am – 11:30 am
Turks & Caicos “Race for the Conch” Eco-SeaSwim @ Rickie's Flamingo Cafe, Grace Bay
Jul 5 @ 8:00 am

Join for what Open Water Source calls "One of the most gorgeous swims in the world." 1/2 mile, 1 mile, and 2.4 mile distances. 1 mile and 2.4 mile can be done back to back to get two races in one day. Grace Bay is consistently rated the best or one of the best beaches in the world. Swimmers swim through clear, turquoise water and see marine life along the way. Perfect for swimmers new to open water racing as well as experienced pros looking to take home a conch trophy.

Turks & Caicos “Race for the Conch” Eco-SeaSwim @ Ricky's Flamingo Cafe Beach
Jul 6 all-day

1 mile and 2.4 mile races in one the clear, calm, turquoise waters of Grace Bay in the Turks & Caicos Islands. Races can be done back-to-back. Well organized. Top competition. Carved conch trophy prizes. Great for swimmers new to the sport.