Event Phone: 028 9127 1467

Ballyholme Yacht Club will be hosting Open Water Swimming again this summer in association with members from Bangor Swimming Club and Peninsula Triathlon Club. This is Northern Ireland’s only organised insured practice sea swims. We cater for all abilities,

This is Northern Ireland’s only organised insured practice sea swims. We cater for all abilities, however you must be aged 16+ or have written permission from your parents/guardians.

Swimming is from Ballyholme Yacht Club’s South Slipway out and around inflatable buoys and back to the shore. There will be kayaks and safety boats in attendance. Swimmers can use the changing rooms and hot showers afterwards within Ballyholme Yacht Club.

Swimmers must wear bright swim caps. Shoes are recommended for the slip way and around the dinghy parks.

We also now allow non-wetsuited swimmers who are training for non-wetsuit races or long distance challenges such as the North Channel. Non-wetsuited swimmers should be experienced open water swimmers and must register that they understand the risks of swimming in cold water. We certainly do not recommend that anyone tries non-wetsuited swimming without first acclimatising themselves. Safety is our number one concern and our Safety Officer(s) may refuse you entry or ask you to leave the water if they see you at risk. Non wetsuited swimmers may still want to wear one-piece suits to avoid jellyfish stings etc if present.

The safety briefing time is 6:45pm for a 7.00pm swim. Everyone must remember to sign in and sign out each night.

This year we would love to see more parents and family join in. We are also looking for more volunteers to help with kayaks this year with increasing numbers expected yet again. Please contact the club if you would like to volunteer as a kayaker.

We strongly recommend that you register and pay on-line for all 17 swims – £50.00 for adults and £30.00 for under 18’s – to make organisation much simpler. Alternatively you can pay £5.00 on each night.

Please choose your ticket below and click on all the swims that you plan to attend. This will also create a calendar reminder for you.

2017 Calendar

This year we have 17 “Sea Swims” scheduled from 22nd May until 11th September 2017. Spectators are most welcome.

At the time of writing, we haven’t as yet got details of the Peninsula Triathlon or Eddie Memorial Swims

Other weekend swims and races may be organised depending on interest.


Members of Ballyholme get free Open Water Swimming alongside the other benefits of joining the club – sailing, scuba diving, kayaking – plus our many social events and ability to hire our function rooms for parties etc.

Join now and get 50% discount off your first year – Seniors just £145 or Families £217.50. Click here for more details


  • Week 1
    22nd May 2017
    18:30 - 20:00
  • Week 2
    29th May 2017
    18:30 - 20:00
  • Week 3
    5th June 2017
    18:30 - 20:00
  • Week 4
    12th June 2017
    18:30 - 20:00
  • Week 5
    19th June 2017
    18:30 - 20:00
  • Week 6
    26th June 2017
    18:30 - 20:00
  • Week 7
    3rd July 2017
    18:30 - 20:00
  • Week 8
    10th July 2017
    18:30 - 20:00
  • Week 10
    17th July 2017
    18:30 - 20:00
  • Week 11
    24th July 2017
    18:30 - 20:00
  • Week 12
    31st July 2017
    18:30 - 20:00
  • Week 13
    7th August 2017
    18:30 - 20:00
  • Week 14
    14th August 2017
    18:30 - 20:00
  • Week 15
    21st August 2017
    18:30 - 20:00
  • Week 16
    28th August 2017
    18:30 - 20:00
  • Week 17
    4th September 2017
    18:30 - 20:00
  • Week 18
    11th September 2017
    18:30 - 20:00