Swim Defiance Open Water Swim at Owen Beach
Swim Defiance June 26th 2016

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 embroidered beanie
  • Safety monitored and kayak guided ocean swim with a HUGE bright yellowfinish arch
  • Brightly colored custom race cap, required for swim
  • FREE post-race celebration with yummy refreshments and fun music

Congratulations to all of our 2016 Swimmers!

The results page has been updated with last year's results, age group awards and records. Check out the results page to see how you did!

Registration Dates:

Opens: Friday, March 17th 2017
Closes: Thursday, June 1st, 2017 at 11:59 PM
OR when event is full, max athletes 300


The website will be updated with 2017 Information as soon as it is available!

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

Cold Water Swims

The website will be updated with 2017 Information as soon as it is available!