Who is responsible for your safety?

There has been some debate lately about safety for swimmers.  Specifically, there seems to be a question for some people about who is responsible for the safety of swimmers on ad hoc swims.  Not official, organised swims like our RNLI swim, but day to day swims organised online, in person or however.

Very simply, the sea is not our natural environment.  Every time we go into it, we – as functioning, responsible, adult individuals – need to think about what we’re doing, where we’re going and how and when we’re getting out.  Every time – no matter how long or short your swim is going to be.  It is each person’s OWN responsibility to make sure they are safe and comfortable at all times in the sea.  Nobody else’s.

If you’re new to the sea, talk to more experienced swimmers who know about the wind, tides and risks in the area where you’re swimming.  Arrange to swim with other swimmers and watch out for each other, but don’t ever go further or longer than you yourself are comfortable with.  If the sea looks a bit too rough for you – even if other people are in the water – DON’T GO IN.  The sea will still be there for another day.

Make your own decisions on your own safety.  Don’t just rely on others.

Check the weather forecast – yourself.  Don’t just rely on others.  

Learn about the tides – yourself.  Don’t just rely on others.  

Acknowledge that you are responsible for your own safety.  You and only you.

For all swimmers it’s a good idea to take the time to read these links, written by some very experienced local swimmers on winds, tides, distances etc:


Sea swimming is a fantastic way to spend time.  Just do it in the full knowledge that every swim has some element of risk and we all individually need to take care to minimise that risk for ourselves as individuals.  Swim Safe.

Long Swims list & hats

The County Cork Swimmers (plus a bit of Kerry Coastline)¬†Long Distance (5km solo or 20km relay) Open Water Swims List has been updated for May, 2017. ¬†¬†Better known as “Ned’s List”, this is managed by Ned Denison – in yet another example of his vast time input into open water swimming administration.

As Ned found he had 2.37 minutes to spare one day, he decided to organise hats for all 10k+ and 10 mile+ swimmers on the list. ¬† These are being distributed to the lucky recipients with only 75 more to go, Ned says! ¬†Great to fill that spare time, Ned ūüôā

Check the list in case your swim is missing, or just to enjoy the huge range of swims undertaken by Corkonians and invited guest Corkonians!

Click on the list here:

County_Cork_plus_some_of_Kerry_Coastline__-_Long_Swims 9 May 2017

Five years? Is that all?

There has been so much sheer, unmitigated rubbish posted on this site that it’s hard to imagine that so much of it has been “achieved” in only five years. ¬†However, facts never lie (unless they’re fake, alternative or absolutely made up, like most of them on this site) and the first ever post on this site was on 21 May, 2012. ¬†It was a gripping list of swim times and an invitation to join our ultra-mod and cool Google Group. ¬†Sooooo, √° la mode, it was.

What it didn’t have was pictures. ¬†The Russell era was still some months from commencing and the few shots we put up that Summer were pretty laughable. ¬†So, let’s have a laugh…

Night swimming on Myrtleville Beach : open water - sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Night swimming on Myrtleville Beach.   

WTF – ¬†you might ask? ¬†Seriously, things were bad on the beach back then for life’s young love. ¬†True story: there was a young couple on the beach discussing poetry (or something¬†like that) and a fine figure of a man emerged – barely clothed – from the darkness. ¬†Tom McCarthy was training for his part in a Channel relay and had decided that his first session to practice¬†night swimming with Bernard Lynch should be captured for posterity. The young poetry lovers were split up while one was forced to take the above pic. ¬†You can only imagine what they thought as the two lads headed off into the sea. ¬†Maybe they didn’t bother thinking about it and just got back to making poetry. ¬†I’d say so.

4 hr swim ‚Äď 23 August : open water - sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Another shot of Mr. Lynch at his finest, this time with a different sidekick.  This was after a great swim from Crosshaven to Fountainstown and then over to the Dutchman and back.  Alan Craughwell took the picture. Alan joined us for part of the swim and I remember looking up and seeing him ahead of me.  A bit later, I passed him (I was in a wetsuit, so I used to be able to pass people back then).  Shortly after that I looked up and he was well in front again.  I caught up again.  It was the third time he appeared in front of me that I realised the fecker was grabbing hold of the support kayak, getting a tow past me and then swimming on, saying nothing.  Some crack.

Lucky Duck - regular Myrtleville Swimmer : open water - sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

The last pic is of one of the strangest visiting swimmers we’ve ever had. ¬†Lucky joined us for one night in August 2012 with his owner and they got to meet Mr. Slowey, who had begun training at the beach that Summer. ¬†Lucky James. ¬†Lucky Duck didn’t come back, unfortunately. ¬†Swim standards were too low by duck ratings, I think.

The site was set up in 2012 to share swim times and help to get a group together so that safe swimming was possible and to avoid people having to swimming alone, if they didn’t want to. ¬†I think we’ve managed that ūüôā

Massively Tremendous Transfer News

If you don’t have your entry in for the RNLI Myrtleville to Church Bay swim on June 10, do it right now, right here!¬† As if it wasn’t enough to be a part of the WORLD’S NO.1 SWIM¬†(source – B. Lynch), by entering you could meet one of the biggest stars of open water swimming. ¬† He has followed the masses to Myrtleville and declared himself, by his actions, to be the Myrtlevillian at heart that we all knew he really was.

Yes, in the news of the year, this giant of our sport has made the life-changing decision to take a job in Ringaskiddy to be close to his new swim base in Myrtleville. ¬†With 8am work starts, he’s planning early swims and plenty of them – right here with us in Myrtleville.

Finbarr Hedderman is coming to our beach!! ¬†Photographed recently at the announcement of his transfer from some other place down West, he made sure Rob The Bull wasn’t around, then confirmed he was coming to the home of swimming, down Myrtleville way.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Delighted you’ve finally come out as a Myrtlevillian, Finbarr. ¬†You’ll never be just a number to us.

Let’s all give him a big welcome and be sure to get his autograph on June 10th. ¬†Enter Now (as long as you’ve done 1,500m in the sea…) ūüôā

What’s my line – to the Dutchman?

It’s great to see so many new swimmers arriving in Myrtleville. ¬†Welcome to you all. ¬†

A very common question as newcomers stand on the beach for the first time is “what’s my line?”. ¬† The response often given – even by people who have been swimming for a while¬†– is to head towards Roches Point as a directional aid for¬†getting to the Dutchman rocks. It’s easy to say and uses the most prominent feature on the landscape for navigation, but that’s not good advice. ¬†Heading for Roches Point puts you outside the Dutchman and into marine traffic area – boats, in other words – who won’t be looking for swimmers.

The safe¬†line is to sight on the last house on the coast on your left – the yellow one with the high triangular gable end, right on the Dutchman. ¬†However, lots of people prefer a mark a bit further out to sight on. ¬†For those swimmers,¬†the furthest line out should be on the cottages inside Roches Point – following the green line in the pic below. ¬†The lighthouse is a great help – but by keeping it on your right, not directly ahead. ¬†Whatever you do, don’t sight on another prominent feature, the tower on the right of the picture below. Yes, it’s high up so you can see it, but it’s also way, way off where you want to be heading. ¬†If you’re seeing that in front of you, start heading left – fast.

On the way back, aim for the beach or inside Bunny’s. ¬†Well inside. ¬†Don’t aim for Bunny’s as – again – you’re out where the boats are. ¬†

For all the new swimmers, take the time to read the resources on this page:


It’s worth taking the time. ¬†It’s your safety – and you’re worth it ūüôā

Bulman swim done – great start

Well done to all the organisers and participants at the first event of the year, the Bulman swim yesterday.  Great to see funds raised for the RNLI.  

Thanks to those participants who went home and immediately entered the June 10 RNLI Myrtleville to Church Bay swim – you know who you are! ¬† For the rest of you, congratulations on getting your qualifier done and get entered now ūüôā

One man and his Mn√°s

Ah for feck sake.  Have ye seen this?  First he had them feeding him.  Then he exiled the ones not feeding him.  Now he has the chosen few brushing his hair???  What the hell is he putting in the water at those 9.00 swims?

Denis – you’d be in awe of him at this stage.

Update on temps – may now be too hot.

Just an update on yesterday’s excuses – and a warning. ¬†This is a grab from the Ballycotton temperature gauge today. ¬†Hot, hot, hot. ¬†No excuse not to get your qualifying swim done and get entered for the RNLI Myrtleville – Church Bay swim on June 10.

Be careful if you’re going into the sea – these kind of temps can have you sweating profusely, so make sure you’re hydrated¬†ūüôā