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Posted by Ballyhass Lakes on 06 May 2017

Open Water Swimming 2017

This summer sees the return of open water swimming in association with Mallow Masters.

After a very successful debut season in 2016 we are delighted to host the members of the Mallow Masters, Mallow Swans, Mallow Tri-Club and the wider swimming community to our lake.

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Who is it for?

Open water swimmers of all abilities.

The crystal clear springfed water is perfect for anyone that has experience in swimming in lakes or the sea or for anyone looking to progress from the pool to open water for the first time.

When is it on?

Fridays 19.00-21.00


       Sunday 07-09.00


How much?

A once off payment of €50 for adults and €30 for students/children. This allows you to swim every Friday evening and Sunday morning at the times listed above.




Student/Child 1st


Child 2nd


Child 3rd



How do I sign up?

First swim must be on a Friday evening to sign up and pay. Check into the office and sign a Ballyhass smart Waiver.

Anyone new to open water swimming must make themselves known to the marshal on the day.

Where do I swim?

  • Friday evenings (Yellow circle below) Entry via Deep water or walk in beach.

  • Sunday Mornings (Red circle below) Entry via deep water only.


What are the facilities?

Dressing rooms with warm showers are available onsite. Pro water sports shop on site to purchase wetsuits or any neoprene extras.

The BH coffee dock will be open on select dates for a refreshing cup of tea/coffee.

What do I need to bring?

A good wetsuit is highly recommended, the water is natural springfed and very refreshing especially in early summer. Old shoes/sandals/crocs/booties for the walk from the dressing area to the starting area. A towel and any other swimming accessories you have.

What else do I need to know?

Swimmers will be asked to sign a log book at all times before they swim. No entering the water before or after the allowed times.

The buddy system rule applies to all open water swims. It is advised that non masters swimmers never swim alone and always swim with a buddy together so pick someoneat the same swimming level.

Whether you are getting ready for your first Sprint Tri 750m or just want to enjoy the lake, your swim distance is up to you and only what you’re comfortable doing.  Keep safety in mind at all times.  You swim at your own risk.

Know your limits –  stay safe, swim safe.


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