In 1926, the first organized competitive swim between Vashon Island and Point Defiance in Tacoma, WA was held across approximately two miles of open water, following the ferry route used today. Due to construction to update Owen Beach facilities, we have temporarily moved the course to follow Tacoma’s Ruston Way. We hope to make it possible to repeat this historic feat in 2022!
Blue Wave Aquatics is proud to announce the 7th annual Swim Defiance taking place in Commencement Bay, in Tacoma, Washington. We welcome back returning swimmers as well as everyone else planning to participate in July for the first time.
We changed the Julie Montiel Friends and Family wave to a 1k allowing fins, hand paddles, pull buoys or other desired swim aides. Ankle chips may also be required to track swimmers in and out of the water depending on the number of participants.
2021 Swim Defiance offers a 1K, 3K and 5K event; participants for each events will receive the following:
Cold water training for Swim Defiance is FREE for current BWAQ members, swimmers with a USMS membership (please contact Zena before coming to the training) and swimmers who have registered for Swim Defiance.
Practice Swims for the 2021 season will start June 17, and conclude July 16
Location and times will be posted as soon as they become available. Please check back here or on our Facebook page.
We reserve the right to change course / location due to conflicting events, tide and snags that can alter the course / location.
Our practice swims offer an opportunity to swim with others, on a pre-approved safe course, at various Puget Sound beaches. Water temperature in the Puget Sound varies over the season from about 54℉ at the start of June up to a high of 59℉ near the end of July. Upwellings of colder water around the course can be refreshing on a hot day, but we do advise wearing a wetsuit both for warmth and floatation.
You should be comfortable swimming 1200 yards (48 lengths in a 25 yd pool) / 1000 meters (40 lengths in a 25m pool) and have all the recommended safety items.
Change rooms, washrooms, no showers, concession stand, FREE parking lot. We do not always have a volunteer to watch your gear while you swim, so prepare to leave valuables in your vehicle or lock them with your bicycle on the beach. Zena will have a dry bag to hold car keys safe but there may be a lag to retrieve keys for faster swimmers as Zena will need to remain with the slowest swimmer thru the end of the swim.
Don’t have a wetsuit? We have a couple options!
A great place to rent or purchase a wetsuit is Northwest Tri and Bike. They are located at 15423 SE 272nd St, #107 Kent, WA 98042, 253-638-BIKE(2453). They also carry a wide selection of goggles, wetsuits and other swimming accessories, as well as triathlon products. Please mention you heard of them through Swim Defiance or Blue Wave Aquatics.
Or we have partnered with XTERRA Wetsuits to bring you some killer discounts! Click on the logo below to see the deals and then sign up on our Facebook page to get the discount code
|Early Bird Special||$70.00||Monday, May 24th – Monday, June 14th|
|Registration||$80.00||Tuesday, June 15th – Thursday, July, 29|
|Day of Race Registration||$95.00||July 31st|
Registration closes Thursday, July 29th 11:59 PM or when the event is full. Maximum number of athletes for Swim Defiance is 200, depending on the number of participants entered and to ensure spacing, age based waves may be assigned.
NO REFUNDS: There will be NO Refunds if these races must be cancelled due to adverse conditions, dangerous waters, other safety decisions or an act of God.
|10:30 AM||Swimmer Check in opens|
|11:15 AM||Mandatory swimmer Safety Briefing|
|12:00 PM||3K and 5K Race start|
|12:30 PM||1K Julie Montiel Friends and Family Wave Race Start|
|12:45 PM||Expected first 1K / 3K finisher|
|1:30 PM||Expected first 5K finisher|
|2:00 PM||1K / 3K / 5K Swimmer CUT-OFF Time|
Custom designed participant award and caps to all competitors. Custom event awards for overall male and female in each event. 1st – 3rd place vintage medals will be presented to men and women in age groups 18 – 24, 25 – 29, … 80+. Scrumptious post-race refreshments will be available.