Ocean Swims

The New Zealand Ocean Swim Series represents the upper echelon of ocean swims.
This page features a list of upcoming ocean swims in the Race Calendar.

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The Best Fest OW Swim Festival Colonia Sant Jordi, Mallorca, Spain @ Mallorca, Spain
Jun 25 – Jul 2 all-day
British Gas ASA Age & Youth Open Water Championships 2013, Wales Bar, Great Britain @ Wales Bar, Great Britain
Jul 1 – Jul 2 all-day
Mondseeschwimmen im Freizeitpark Pirkau, Gera, Germany @ Gera, Germany
Jul 1 – Jul 2 all-day
Zeeuwse Zwemtocht 2013: Westkapelle-Zoutelande, Netherlands @ Zoutelande, Netherlands
Jul 1 – Jul 2 all-day
Swim the Bay 2013! Carlisle Bay, Barbados. @ Carlisle Bay
Jul 5 – Jul 7 all-day

Two new Open Water Sea Swim events have been added to the global calendar. These events will take place July 6-7 and October 26-27, 2013.  In both cases there will be a 1.5km race and a 5km race, over a Saturday and Sunday.


The location is Carlisle Bay, a conveniently located venue in close proximity to hotels, restaurants, shopping and night-life.  Carlisle Bay is a picturesque, crescent shaped bay with warm, calm, clear waters bordered by a long stretch of white sand.  The Bay is a favourite for local open water swimmers and as well as snorkelers and paddle-boarders.  The Events are designed to attract open water swimmers & tri-athletes from across the globe to swim and enjoy Barbados with family and friends.  Non-swimming partners, friends, spouses and children can all enjoy these events.


Who is SwimBarbadosVacations (SBV)?

SwimBarbadosVacations has been formed by Zary Evelyn, former National Water Polo player and now avid recreational open water swimmer.  His wife, Kristina, is assisting with promoting the event and organising other activities to complement the swims.  Chris & Peter Gibbs, brothers and two veteran open water swimmers (Chris swam the Channel, Peter swam Lake Ontario) are well-known on the local and regional scene having been involved in triathlons, swimming and water polo for more than 25 years.  Andrew Kirby, President of the BASA (Barbados Amateur Swimming Association), also a former competitive swimmer is another member of the planning team.


The ultimate goal is to establish an annual open water swim event and share the enjoyment of open water swimming in Barbados with the world.


Other info:

SBV has partnered with several hotels near the swim venue which can be accessed by checking our website for the partner hotels. Full details on the event, age groups, prizes and other details can be found on our web site.


There is so much to see and do in Barbados.  It is a wonderful destination for a relaxing and rejuvenating holiday.  In addition to the beautiful and diverse beaches on the various coasts there are many leisure, interesting and historical attractions.  A great spot for couples, families or groups.


Contact us by email, through our web site or face book and we will answer your queries promptly.

Race for the Conch @ Grace Bay (Ricky's Flamingo Cafe)
Jul 5 @ 3:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Turks & Caicos “Race for the Conch” Eco-SeaSwim @ Rickie's Flamingo Cafe, Grace Bay
Jul 5 @ 3:00 pm

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.

Balaton-átúszás, Révfülöp, Hungary @ Révfülöp, Hungary
Jul 6 – Jul 7 all-day
Turks & Caicos “Race for the Conch” Eco-SeaSwim @ Ricky's Flamingo Cafe Beach
Jul 6 – Jul 7 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.

Zeilmeer, Lokeren, Belgium @ Lokeren, Belgium
Jul 6 – Jul 7 all-day