What we're about
🌞*Swimming in the sea is amazing all year around. It feels great and it is keeping us healthy. We are not competitive swimmers! The emphasis is on getting in the water, having fun, making good connections with others. After the swim we go to a café or pub for a drink/coffee/bite to eat and a chat.*🌞
🦭Who are we?
Our members are called Seals! We are a great bunch of people, sociable, friendly, interesting, of all ability levels, who meet up on a regular basis to swim in the sea. We have our favourite spots up and down Co. Dublin and sometimes further afield.
🏊🏾♂️ What kind of swimming can you expect?
Some Seals are involved in serious swimming but the emphasis here is on getting in the water, having fun, not distance, triathlons, or personal bests. Do as much and for as long as you feel comfortable. Whether you want to dip your toes in or swim out to the buoys, you are welcome and encouraged here.
🫖 What happens after the swim? Coffee/Tea maybe?
Oh yes! After the swim, we go to a local café for a long chat, unless it's really nice out and we stay on the beach with a picnic. We talk about how cold the water was, how exciting it was, how crazy it was, how good a hot cuppa feels... and we plan the next swim already.
⚠️Latest COVID rules
COVID-19 restrictions in Ireland (citizensinformation.ie)
Please report any incident you notice in the group (bad behaviour, bad experience, concerns, covid). We've rarely had problems but we want to make sure everybody feels safe and happy when they join us. Report incidents and look out for each other. Stay safe always!
🩳👙🥽 What to wear? Wetsuit or no wetsuit?
That's the most frequently debated topic among new Seals and the answer is... wear whatever is comfortable to you. Some of us like to stay warm and cover up every inch of their body with neoprene while others prefer to keep it to a minimum. Check out our Discussions section for tips!
📅 When do we swim?
We aim to organise at least one weekly swim at the weekend all year round, where Seals from all over the world (!) gather.
🦈Swim at your own risk
- When you join the group we will ask you if you accept that swimming with us is at your own risk. If you do not accept that, then this is not for you.
- You must be 18 years of age or over to join meetup and become a member of this group.
- You are required to comply with any instructions from the event organiser on the day.
- While we look out for each other when we are in the water, we are not a swimming club - just a bunch of like-minded individuals looking for an excuse to get into the sea all year round. If you are an expert swimmer, you might even find it frustrating that we do not stay in the sea long enough or swim far enough from the shore. The group merely coordinates the gathering of our members in various locations;
Step 1: Join the group, that's the first step.
Step 2: Go to swims with the group!
Step 3: Organise swims. Once you've met us a few times, why not get in touch about suggesting and organising your own event. We love discovering new spots and you might have some great ideas.
Join the SEALS now and start having fun!