Escape the Winter Blues at the 8th Annual Barbados Open Water Festival

Escape the Winter Blues at the 8th Annual Barbados Open Water Festival


As fall settles in and the kids are back in school, there is a change in the air that marks the end of the open water swim season, at least here in Canada.  If you are looking for a way to break up the winter doldrum and keep your open water feet wet, so to speak, you need to check out the 8th annual Barbados Open Water Festival taking place in picturesque Carlisle Bay November 6-10, 2019.  Ocean Junction and our partner Vorgee  are proud to be supporters of this great event again.




The focal point of the Festival is the magnificent Carlisle Bay, located on the south west coast a stones throw from the capital city of Bridgetown and close to many south coast hotels. Swimmers rave about the Bay; here is one of the many we have received over the years: “Think pinch yourself perfect conditions. Crystal clear waters, sandy seabed studded with starfish, dazzling groups of tropical fish darting around in front of us and at least half a dozen turtles looking up from below, bemused by our ungainly thrashing about in comparison to their effortless grace. Back on dry land, the morning’s racing was quickly giving way to a full-on Caribbean beach party and we were given a warm, genuine welcome – as long as one didn’t mind too much the locals bragging about how they get to swim the same bay every weekend.  Click here for festival info


This five-day event in tropical Barbados features social swims, group dinners as well as the chance to compete in any or all of the four distances (1.5km, 3.3 km, 5km and 10km) as well as the ‘just for fun’ 1.5km swim for charity.  Warm water racing, the exotic destination, and the chance to swim with the turtles make this event a must-attend for open water enthusiasts. We are thrilled to be partnering with the Barbados Open Water Festival again this year to sponsor this event. Click here to register for the event




To learn more about this amazing event click here.


Stay tuned for our next post about what gear will make this event even more enjoyable!

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