Swim Ireland's Open Water Programmes aim to build your confidence in the water, from wherever you are now, to wherever it is you dream of going on your open water journey.

Our experienced Swimming Teachers and Open Water Swimming Coaches share your love of the water, and are passionate about helping you enjoy the water to the fullest, safely.

Dipper to Swimmer

For Everyone

Are you looking for that bit of confidence to go from that dip to bit of a swim? Then this is the course for you!

Improve your confidence in open water. Participants should already be comfortable in the water, with a goal of spending more time in the water and swimming 50m to 100m at the end of the programme. Sessions are once per week and 45 minutes long.

Our Dipper to Swimmer programmes run for four to eight weeks and are open to adult swimmers.

Beach To Buoy

Swim out to that buoy

Dreaming of swimming out to that buoy? Then this is the course for you!

Improve your confidence and technique in open water. Participants should already be able to swim 50m, with a goal of completing 500m at the end of the programme. Sessions are once per week and 45 minutes long.

Our Beach To Buoy programmes run for four to eight weeks and are open to adult swimmers.

Open Water Skills


Swim 700m & more

If you can swim 700m and want to improve, this is the programme for you!

It's aimed at experienced swimmers who want to improve technique, skills and stamina in open water. Participants should be able to swim 700m already with a view to building distance in a safe and encouraging environment. Sessions are once per week and 45 minutes long.

Our Open Water Skills programmes run for four to eight weeks and have sessions open to adults and teenagers.

Intensive Open Water Weeks for Kids

5 days to gain confidence

Five days of gaining confidence, skills and safety awareness

This five-day programme is aimed at children new to open water swimming. Through five consecutive 45-minute coached sessions, they will be given the tools and skills to feel safe and comfortable in open water and the confidence to learn to swim in open water.

We have Open Water Weeks open to swimmers aged 6-12.

Intensive Open Water Weeks for Teens

5 days to gain confidence

Five days of gaining confidence, skills and safety awareness

This five-day programme is aimed at children new to open water swimming. Through five consecutive 45-minute coached sessions, they will be given the tools and skills to feel safe and comfortable in open water and the confidence to learn to swim in open water.

We have Open Water Weeks open to swimmers aged 9-16.

Swim for a Mile

Individual Challenge!

If you can swim a little, we can help you swim a mile! This programme is written by Swim Ireland coaches for you to follow in your own time, or with one of our SFAM training groups at a participating pool.

At the end of the 10 weeks, participants have the chance to complete a timed mile (or half mile) in an official SFAM Challenge Event.

Sign up to download the training plan at swimforamile.com

Yoga or Pilates & Dip

Fancy a stretch and a dip once a week?

Programme: 6-8 weeks

Be guided by a qualified yoga instructor for 30 minutes then take to the open water, under the watchful eye of our Swimming Teacher and lifeguard, who will ensure your safety and provide tips and advice.

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