Christmas Swim Event Details

#BravetheCOLD so others don’t have to.

Brave the COLD so others don’t have to this Christmas!

Our 2022 COPE Galway Christmas Swim is a hybrid event, taking place from 20-26 December. We are calling on Galwegians at home and abroad to join us at Blackrock Beach, Salthill on Christmas morning, or swim wherever you are.

More than 850 swimmers joined the 2021 Christmas swim and raised an incredible 85,000+ for homeless, domestic abuse and senior support services in Galway. Will you join us this year and bring hope where it is most needed?

Registration is €20 for an adult and €5 for a child. This includes a t-shirt.

You can register as an individual, a family or create a team and invite colleagues or friends to join in.

COPE Galway staff and volunteer launching 2022 Christmas Swim

How to take part


As an individual, family or team of friends or colleagues. €20/adult, €5/child.


Swim between the 20 – 26 December or join us in Blackrock on Christmas Day.

Share & Support

Share your photos on social media. Set up a fundraising page and fundraise.

Fundraising for your swim

Did you know that over 50% of the funds raised from the COPE Galway Christmas Swim is from people who fundraise for their swim? Fundraising is easy. You can create a fundraising page, then ask friends, family, and colleagues to sponsor your #BravetheCOLD challenge.

Create your fundraising page

Christmas Swim FAQs

Can I register on the day?

We will not have registration on the day. Please register online before 5pm, Thursday 22 December.

How do I collect my Christmas Swim t-shirt?

After you have registered, you can collect your swim pack, which includes your t-shirt from the COPE Galway stall at the Galway Christmas Market from 16-22 December 2022.

Swimming Safely

Your safety is of paramount importance to us. Before you participate in this event, ensure you follow all safety guidelines and public safety information.

Choose a safe place to swim
Never swim alone
Get in, get out and warm up

Read our full safety advice notice before swimming.