Irish Long Distance Swimming Association
noun - The Irish Long Distance Swimming Association (ILDSA) is a governing body and association that oversees open water swims, channel swims, and marathon swims in Ireland, including swims across the North Channel.John Moffett organised four events in its first season: since then the association has organised over 300 open water events, providing thousands of swimmers an opportunity to compete at the highest levels. It has been recognized in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in 2011 as an Honour Organisation. It will be recognized and honored at the 2012 Global Open Water Swimming Conference and the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame induction ceremonies on the RMS Queen Mary on 22 September 2012 in Long Beach, California.
The swimmer got his swim ratified by the Irish Long Distance Swimming Association.
Promotion and Development
- Belfast Lough
- Dublin Bay
- Shannon Esturary
- Gaulway Bay
- Lough Neagh
- Carlingford Lough
- Rathlin Sound
These races served as competition for all and for some, preparation for the Blue Ribbon of long distance swimming, the English Channel. Indeed, many of today's Channel Swimmers test themselves in ILDSA events in Clew Bay, Co. Mayo and annual Championships at Lough Erne before attempting the English Channel. The consistent, high standard of the ILDSA events and its contributions have been internationally recoginsed: the ILDSA received the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Award of Merit in 1995.
In addition to promoting races, the ILDSA has sought to set standards to long distance challenges. It provided relay teams that were the first to swim the North Channel and the length of Lough Neagh. The ILDSA has provided observers for North Channel attempts and individual swims in all parts of Ireland.
From the swims of Ray Cossum to Jim Swift, the ILDSA has increased its expertise in long distance swimming. It offers practical opportunities, a support network, and encouragement and recognition to those who accept the challenge of the Channel swimming.
- Irish Who's Who Honours Its Best
- Irish Long Distance Swimming Association Official Website
- Facebook Page
- Open Water Swimming Dictionary
- ILDSA site
- Open Water Swimming website
- International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame
- Mercedes: The Spirit Of The Age Age Premieres In Ireland
- It's Marathon Swim In Ireland
- Establishing A Governing Body In Open Water Swimming