Swim Defiance 2019

Registration Information

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

The 5K electronic chipped swim is a triangular course that starts in the water at owen Beach by designated buoy, proceeds north toward Vashon Island toward onshore strobe light, makes two right hand turns around the outside of two tall yellow cylindrical buoys at 1.5 miles, and then heads south back to Owen Beach. The 3K swimmers will carpool from the finish area to walk on the Tahlequah (WA State Ferry), and enjoy a 15 minute ride to Vashon Island (use toilets onboard). Upon arrival, they enter water at the beach just west of the ferry terminal for the start. All swimmers will finish at Owen Beach with short run across a timing mat.


  • 18 years of age or older, as of July 21st, 2019 AND
  • Currently registered with USMS, Canadian, or Foreign Masters
  • Additional $27.00 'One Event USMS Registration' fee is available
  • 5K Swimmers - NEW THIS YEAR IS EVIDENCE OF A 37:30/1500 meter pool swim OR a 41:15/1650 yard pool swim OR 50 minute/1 mile open water course WILL BE REQUIRED as part of the online entry form. Download the Proof of Time form.


Current USMS rules will govern this event. Time limits are enforced for both swims: 3K - 1.5 hours, 5K - 2 hours. Fins, pull buoys, snorkels, mp3 players are examples of items allowed only in the Julie Montiel Friend and Family wave, under USMS rules. To view USMS complete rules for open water events please visit USMS Rules and Regulations at www.usms.org/rules

Race provided caps are required.

Neoprene wetsuits are required, unless swimmer has pre-approval from the safety / race director. Download the Non-Wetsuit cold water swim application and email a completed copy to Zena Courtney, Race director, a minimum of 2 days ahead of the event. Non-Wetsuit Cold Water Swim Application


T-shirts are available for purchase during registration

  • $28.00 SM, MD, LG, XL
  • $30.00 2XL, 3XL

Swim Buoys available for purchase during registraton

  • $36.00 Medium
  • $39.00 Large


Registration opens Monday, April 15th CLICK HERE to register.

3K Event 5K Event Comments
Early Bird Special $68.00 $68.00 Mon, Apr 15 - Fri, May 31
Online Entries $80.00 $80.00 Sat, Jun 1 - Thur, Jul 18
Day of Race Registration $95.00 $95.00 July 21st
USMS One Day Registration $27.00 $27.00
3K Entry fee includes WA State Ferry crossing fee

Registration closes Thursday, July 18th 11:59 PM or when the event is full. Maximum number of athletes for Swim Defiance is 300.

USMS One-Event Fee

USMS offers a Swim Defiance One-Event entry fee for $27.00 to this USMS Sanctioned event. For $31.00 more, enjoy USMS membership for the remainder of the year and MORE USMS insured 2019 Open Water Swims! Membership also includes access to pool events, clinics, coaches and a USMS magazine subscription. Contact PNA registrar Stephanie Hiebert at pnregistrar@usms.com

Cancellation Policy

NO REFUNDS: There will be NO Refunds if these races must be cancelled due to adverse conditions, dangerous waters, or other safety decision or act of God.

Race Day Schedule

6:15 AM Swimmer Check in opens
7:00 AM Mandatory swimmer Safety Briefing
7:30 AM 5K Race start
7:35 AM 3K swimmers leave Pt. Defiance to Tahlequah, Vashon Island on board WA State Ferry
8:00 AM 3K Race start and 3K Julie Montiel Friends and Family Wave Race Start
8:30 AM Expected first 5K finisher
8:40 AM Expected first 3K finisher
9:30 AM 3K/5K Swimmer CUT-OFF time
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 cap, required for swim
  • FREE post-race celebration with yummy refreshments and fun music


Custom designed participant award and caps to all competitors. FREE drawing for FREE customized prizes for participants and volunteers will be held while waiting for the last competitors to finish. 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.