Christmas Swim 2023 Event Details

#BravetheCOLD so others don’t have to.

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

Our 2023 COPE Galway Christmas Swim, will take place from 20-26 December. We are calling on Galwegians at home and abroad to participate in whatever way they can – swim with a group, swim where you are (at home or abroad) or join us at Blackrock Beach, Salthill on Christmas morning.

Last year, more than 700 swimmers joined the 2022 Christmas Swim and raised an incredible €41,500+ 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

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.