September Events

Quick Links to September Events in Munster below. Full details on the Calendar page:

Sat 3rd Sept –  Jeanie Johnson Swim, Fenit, Kerry

Sat 3rd Sept – Gougane Barra Swim, Cork

Sat 17th Sept – Sandycove Island Challenge, Cork




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August Updates

Hi All –
Just a reminder that the Event Calendar is online and up to date.

MOST swims need you to sign up BEFORE the event, please use the links to sign up online.


Sun 7th Aug – Cork Surf Lifesaving Swim

Sat 13th Aug – Courtmacsherry Swim

Sat 20th Aug – Garnish Island, Glengarrif


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Calendar Updated – V3

I have added extra swims and links to enter events to this updated version (3) of the Swim Calendar for 2016.

Pencil the dates in your Diary, and where it asks for online entry, commit and book in!

July is here, swims on nearly every weekend!



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Events are Started!

Swim season 2016 is officially started. The Bulman To Trident swim in May was the first in the calendar to take place, well done to Eoin, Ned, Angela, Donna and Co for braving the rain and putting on a great first event of the year.

That was followed by the Waterford Crew taking full advantage of the good weather and packing out another great swim 2 weeks ago.

Then we had the first time event, The Rebel Plunge (Blackrock to City). Big numbers took to the River Lee in bright pink!, and finished at the Port of Cork with a fireman shower and a burger! Again thanks to Carol, Liam and Paschal on a great first swim, I think this one will stay on the calendar for 2017.



Next up is the 2km RNLI Myrtleville to Churchbay on Saturday 18th June @3pm. There are NO ENTRIES ON THE DAY, you must sign up online beforehand – please read the details about the swim HERE


On Tuesday 21st June, is the Summer Solstice Páraic Casey Swim from 6pm in Sandycove. Bring your own meat or tofu burger etc, there will be BBQ/grills there to cook your dinner after a swim for Páraic.

The solstice heralds the beginning of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. In 2016, the summer begins with the solstice on June 21 (also know as longest day of the year)- Wikipedia!

It is an evening tide on the 21st, so we will aim for a 6pm dip in the sea. Do as much or little as you wish, it is just a relaxing evening to get together and swim, eat, chat/banter! No doubt there’ll be cake on offer, (seems to be a trend for swimmers).

So, mark your diaries now, set reminders in phone to buy the food, and remember, we are out to celebrate all that is wonderful about Páraic and the sport that he enjoyed so much. #SISC



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Spring update!

It’s been a while, not a huge amount going on over past 2 months, some ice swims, some masters galas, a little sea swimming and probably a lot of hibernating from most!.

But evenings are brighter, sea temps hit 10deg (on a day with decent weather), so its time to get planning for the next few months.

I have emailed out the Munster Open Water Event Schedule for 2016. The sign up links are included where I have them. Please, help the organisers by signing up early if you know you are doing an event. Most events have Facebook pages too with more information (also included).

Feel Free to print/share the calendar, I will keep updating the version in the Calendar link on this website, with any new swims etc..

In the meantime, here is version 1 – Draft.


Munster_Open_Water_Event_Calendar_2016_V1draft – this is excel version – it has clickable links you can use!

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Masters Swimming

Masters swimming galas are for adults only, over 19yrs. They are relaxed, as competitive as you want them to be! and open to all ages, abilities, levels, etc.. there are a few basic rules to abide by, but nothing you can’t be told about on the day. Sandycove Island SC is not exclusively for  Open Water Swimmers, many members swim at Masters pool galas to stay motivated during the winter months. When you pay your annual membership to SISC it allows you to enter pool galas along with the Swim Ireland covered Open Water events. (Click here to renew your 2016 membership, or Click to join Sandycove for first time).

Dates for upcoming Masters galas:

Sat Feb 20th – Sundays Well Masters invite at Douglas Pool, Cork. Follow the link to send in your own individual entries (Here). Entries must be with them by Feb 12th at latest.

Fri 4th Mar / Sat 5th Mar – Limerick Masters gala, UL (50m pool). Click here to send your entries, but time is tight, closing date is soon, 31st JAN.. do these now before you forget!

Sat 9th April – Kingdom Masters invite, Tralee, Kerry. More details to follow, but please pencil the date in your diary for a great day in the Kingdom!

As with last year, you enter and pay your own individual swims, the club will cover the relay entries and costs for those. Please let Carol or Angela know if you enter any of the 3 galas listed above and if you are willing to swim on a relay drop us a note on email or via our FB page.

So in Summary –

  • mark the dates in your diary to swim, or come along and support and see what the fuss is all about!.
  • Send off your own entries (check closing dates), and let Carol/Angela know if you can swim on a relay too.
  • Make sure your membership is up to date, if in doubt, email Angela:
  • Go On, it’s worth a shot, give yourself a winter target🙂





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Notice of AGM

Sandycove Swimmers AGM is on Sunday 6th December at 2pm in Hamlets in Kinsale.

If you wish to put yourself forward for nomination for 2015-16 committee, please email Angela at


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