Open water competition will return to Wales in 2012 with the national Dragon Open Water Swim being confirmed by the governing body.
Swim Wales will host its second annual open water swim in Swansea on Saturday 22nd September.
As well as a race for around 30 elite swimmers there will be a mass participation swim and an additional shorter course for swimmers aged 12-14.
Following the success of last year’s event, the elite side of the race acts as Wales’ only official open water event as part of the development of swimmers for future major games events.
In 2011, Commonwealth Games medallist Jazz Carlin took first place in the female race, while Welsh swimmer Oliver Tennant took the honours in the male elite section.
This year the elite and mass participation will cover a 1,500m course from Knab Rock, Mumbles, while the aged 12-14 swimmers will cover a 750m course.
Wales has good form when it comes to open water success. The discipline was added to the aquatics competition for the Beijing Olympics in 2008, an event which saw David Davies take a silver medal.
Davies will be looking for qualification to the open water event at London 2012 at a qualifying event in Portugal later this month.
Swim Wales events manager, Leisa Forrest said;
“Open water swimming is growing in popularity all the time and this is a chance for people of all ages to try it out.
“With elite competition swimming alongside the public it produces a really good atmosphere for an open water event.
“This event will be the first time in the open water for many of our young swimmers and we hope we can spot some emerging potential as well.
“The public swim really is open to anyone and we know many people tried it out last year for a different challenge to their usual pool swim.”
The event will start and finish at the slipway opposite Mumbles Yacht Club.
All swimmers will wear a computer chip to record their race time.
Entry to the race is £20 for the 1,500m race for those aged 15 and over. Entry to the 750m swims for ages 12-14 is £10.
For more information, and to enter the Dragon Open Water Swim, visit www.welshasa.co.uk.
Alternatively contact Leisa Forrest, Events & Volunteer Manager, Swim Wales, on