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15 February 2019

What does my entry fee include?

  • Event t-shirt
  • Event swim hat
  • Boats to start line for the 2km and 750m
  • Use of individual electronic timing chips
  • Post-event food 

Please note t-shirts are ordered 4 weeks in advance of the race. Entries after this may have to have t-shirt posted out.

15 February 2019

What are the locations of registration, start line and finish line for the Great Fjord Swim?


  • 3.9KM and 750m Registration takes place at Killary Adventure Centre.
    • Wave 1 - Registration takes place at Nancy's Point
    • Waves 2 & 3 - Registration takes place at the Leenane Community Centre


  • The start line for the 2km and 750m races is from the water in Killary Fjord where competitors are dropped to by boat.
  • The start and finish lines for the 3.9km race is on the beach near the Killary Adventure Centre activity site.


  • The finish line for ALL races is on the beach near the Killary Adventure Centre activity site. It will be sign posted on the day of the event.
22 November 2019

Who should enter the Elite Wave?

If you are a competitive swimmer with your eye on a podium position you should sign up for Wave 1 / Elite. *Note - Wave 1/Elite wave only considered for prize categories. 

Guide Time: A sub 40 minute 2km open water swimming time would be considered competitive. 

Should you qualify as an elite runner and find that the wave has sold out please email us on info@gaelforceevents.com with proof of your 2km open water swimming time and we will do our best to accommodate you. 

6 January 2020

2km Boats - Connemara Lady or Sea Sprinter

Due the the popularity of the 2km distance we now have 2 boats operating on each wave. You will be taking the Killary Cruise Boat unless specified otherwise. 

When you select your wave you will see Wave 1 - 10:30 (Start in Water),  Wave 1 Elite - 10;30 (Start in Water) or Wave 1 SEA SPRINTER - 10:30 (Start in Water)

All of these will start at the same time and will race against each other. 

Only select Elite if you are looking to win or take a podium spot. 

Pick up times and registration locations will be different. Please go to the event scheduel for more details

15 February 2019

What type of wetsuit should I wear?

You should use a well-fitting specific wetsuit, such as those designed for triathlons. These are usually made from a flexible neoprene that allows you to swim normally whilst helping to insulate the body against the cold water.

The most important thing is that whatever wetsuit you decide to wear – surfing, shortie, specific swimming wetsuit – it fits well.
It should be snug when you put it on, so the water is trapped next to your body to warm you up. It should not be loose fitting, so the water flows through it, as this will not warm you up and could restrict your swimming.

We recommend that you try the wetsuit out before event day, even if this is in a swimming pool.

15 February 2019

Why do I need a tow-float and how can I get one?

Tow-floats have been introduced as mandatory since the 2015 event for safety reasons. ALL competitors in ALL distances of The Great Fjord Swim must wear a tow-float. These are available to rent or purchase when you register on line for the event.

15 February 2019

What level of swimming ability should I have to complete the 2km or 3.9km events?

You MUST be able to complete 2km confidently before taking part in the 2km event and 3.9km confidently before taking part in the 3.9km event. If you cannot do this then the 750m event is more suited for you this time.

15 February 2019

What is the average water temperature in September/ October?

The average water temperature is around 12 degrees Celsius.

Due to the unique setting of the Killary Fjord the water temperature can fluctuate. If there is a lot of rain in the days leading up to the event, the temperature can be lower. This is due to the fact that there are a huge amounts of rivers leading in to Fjord. 

15 February 2019

What happens if there is an emergency delay or cancellation of the Great Fjord Swim?

Killary Gaelforce, at its sole discretion may delay, modify, or cancel this event if conditions or natural or man-made emergencies make administering the event unreasonably difficult or unsafe. “Emergency" is defined as any event beyond our control, including but not limited to high wind, extreme rain or hail, hurricane, tornado, earthquake, flood, acts of terrorism, fire, threatened or actual strike, labour difficulty or work stoppage, insurrection, war, public disaster, and unavoidable casualty. In the event of a delay, modification, or cancellation of this event as described in this paragraph, participants will not be entitled to a refund of their entry fee or any other costs incurred in connection with this event.

Announcements of any cancellation/postponement in advance will be via email to the address you have provided on the registration form. Notice will also be posted on the Great Fjord Swim website and social media pages. Please ensure that there is a correct email address on your registration form.

15 February 2019

Am I allowed to wear fins, booties, neoprene socks and gloves?

We do not allow fins but booties, neoprene socks and gloves can be worn.

27 February 2019

Where are the best spectator points for THE GREAT FJORD SWIM?

Spectators are very welcome at The Great Fjord Swim.


We would ask you to please park at Killary Adventure Centre and then walk to the finish line.


This is the best place from which to support all competitors. Competitors in the 2km and the 750m events will finish on the beach. Those doing the 3.9km route will start and finish on the beach. 


To reach the finish line/beach, turn right from the gate of Killary Adventure Centre and cross the road. Approx. 200m along is an entrance with a sign for the Connemara Hostel. Walk down here to the Killary activity site and continue to the right through the gate, past the activities and past the green building as far as the water and pier. Continue to the beach where there is a white marquee and the finish line. Approximately 10mins.

We would advise you to dress warmly and wear suitable footwear for walking on rough ground.

17 April 2019

What facilities are at the finish line?

We will be providing the following at the finish line: homemade soup, water, fruit, tea & coffee. 

22 November 2019

What happens if I cancel my event entry?

All entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable, this includes transfers to other years, events or people. Please do make sure that you can commit to both the event and the training before you enter one of our events.

22 November 2019

Can I change my wave or distance?

We cannot facilitate any wave or distance changes after you have entered an event. Please be sure to sign up for your prefered wave and distance when entering an event. If you preferred wave or distance is not listed online, it is sold-out and we cannot add anyone to sold-out waves or distances.

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