Swim Defiance June 3rd 2017
Blue Wave Aquatics Open Water Events

Blue Wave Aquatics Open Water Events

Mark your calendars

Swim Defiance August 5th

A challenging 3k or 5k race from Owens Park Point Defiance Tacoma to Vashon Islands.

Last Gasp of Summer September 15th

Bring the family! We have races for our Masters swimmers (USMS) and Youth swimmers (USA). 1 Mile, 2 Mile and 500 meters for our 9 - 12 year olds. Save the date for September 15th, 2018. Go to Last Gasp of Summer website for more information.

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. Now we are making it possible to repeat this historic feat!

Blue Wave Aquatics is proud to announce the 4th annual Swim Defiance taking place at Commencement Bay, in Tacoma, Washington.

We welcome back returning swimmers as well as everyone else planning to participate in June for the first time.

New this year will be a casual Julie Montiel Friends and Family wave allowing fins, hand paddles, pull buoys or another desired swim aides. Ankle chips will also be required to track swimmers in / out of the water.

Swim Defiance offers a 3K and 5K event; participants for both events will receive the following:

  • Custom designed participant award
  • Safety monitored and kayak guided ocean swim with a HUGE bright yellow finish arch
  • Brightly colored custom race cap, required for swim
  • FREE post-race celebration with yummy refreshments and fun music

Safety Buoys

Swim safety buoys are MANDATORY for this race. More information about the Swim safety buoys is available on the SAFETY page.

Safer Swimmer Buoy is Mandatory for Swim Defiance

SwimOutlet.com sells Safer Swimmer Buoys. Check out our recommended items for Swim Defiance swimmers.

Buy your Safer Swimmer at Swim Outlet

Registration Dates:

The website will be updated with 2018 Information as soon as it is available!


The website will be updated with 2018 Information as soon as it is available!

Traffic Alerts

Metro Parks of Tacoma has issued a traffic alert for Point Defiance area. Please click on the link for current information about traffic and parking at Owens Beach.

Traffic Alerts: Animal Loop Road

May 4-5, 2017

Animal Loop Road will be closed in both directions to allow for installation of a bridge across the road. Closure will be in effect both days from 5:30 am - 5 pm.

Through May 19, 2017

Animal Loop Road, which is adjacent to Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, will be open to one-way traffic only. Traffic on this road will be open southbound only.

Traffic Alerts for Point Defiance Area

Cold Water Swims

The website will be updated with 2018 Information as soon as it is available!

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 the race.

If you are planning to attend swim, confirm with Zena: in person, email: swimdefiance@bluewave-aquatics.com, OR phone 206-651-0823 so we don't start the swim without you.

  • May 7 / Sun,10AM (10:11AM Low tide) at Owens Beach, Tacoma
  • May 9 / Tues,7PM (6:00PM High tide) park at Normandy Park Cove, Seattle (http://www.npcove.org/)/ if questioned, you are a guest of Terry Mutter (still OK Terry?)
  • May 17 / W, 7 PM (Low tide at 4:02PM) at Redondo beach, Des Moines
  • May 18 / TH, 7 PM (Low tide at 4:56PM) at Owens Beach, Tacoma
  • May 25 / TH, 7PM (6:12PM High tide) park at Normandy Park Cove, Seattle
  • May 29 / M/Memorial Day 7:30AM (7:29AM High tide) at Owens Beach, Tacoma
  • And every Sat there is a swim in Alki Beach in West Seattle at 9AM that I will attend in May, swimming or kayaking..which ever is needed. These swims are not associated with Swim Defiance or Blue Wave Aquatics.
    May 6, 13, 20, 27.

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