Swim Defiance 2018

Event Information

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

Swim Defiance offers a chipped timed 3K, chip monitored 3K Julie Montiel Friends and Family Wave and a chip timed 5K event;

3K Event Information

The 3K event will start by taking a 15 minute Washington State Tahlequah ferry at 11:45 am to the Vashon Ferry dock. Swimmers will disembark and enter the water at the beach north of the yellow buoys that are southwest of the ferry dock for a 12:15 pm race start (24 minutes before a 12:39 pm slack high tide). The Julie Montiel Friend and Family chip monitored wave will start with the chip timed wave. The 3K swim cut off time is 2 hours after the start of the race.

5K Event Information

5K event starts FIRST at 11:15 am (1:24 minutes before a 12:39 pm slack high tide) in-water between two orange buoys in a clock-wise, triangular swim course from Owen Beach around two cylindrical yellow buoys near Vashon Island and will finish with a beach exit across a timing mat. This year we have added a strobe light on shore on the Vashon side to help with sighting to the two turn buoys. The 5K swim cut off time is 3 hours after the start of the race.

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


  • 18 years of age or older, as of August 5th, 2018 AND
  • Currently registered with USMS, Canadian, or Foreign Masters
  • Additional $20 'One Event USMS Registration' fee is available


Current USMS rules will govern this event. Time limits are enforced for both swims: 3K - 2 hours, 5K - 3 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


Merchandise will be available for purchase, on Club Assistant, this week. If you have already registered for Swim Defiance and would like to purchase a long sleeved performance shirt please send us an email at registrar@bluewave-aquatics.com

Long sleeved performance shirts will be available for pickup at the registration table:

  • $28.00 SM, MD, LG, XL
  • $33.00 2XL, 3XL


Registration opens Sunday, May 6th CLICK HERE to register.

3K Event 5K Event Comments
Early Bird Special $68.00 $68.00 May 6th - June 1st
Online Entries $80.00 $80.00 June 2nd - August 2nd
Day of Race Registration $95.00 $95.00 August 5th
USMS One Day Registration $20.00 $20.00

Registration closes 08/02/2018 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 $20 to this USMS Sanctioned event. For $32 more, enjoy USMS membership for the remainder of the year and MORE USMS insured 2018 Open Water Swims! Membership also includes access to pool events, clinics, coaches and a USMS magazine subscription. Contact PNA registrar Stephanie Hiebert at ravenlou@gmail.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.

Long Sleeve Shirts Available

Race Day Schedule

9:30 AM Swimmer Check in opens
10:45 AM Mandatory swimmer Safety Briefing
11:15 AM 5K Race start
11:45 AM 3K swimmers leave Pt. Defiance to Tahlequah, Vashon Island on board WA State Ferry
12:15 PM 3K Race start and 3K Julie Montiel Friends and Family Wave Race Start
12:30 PM Expected first 5K finisher
1:00 PM Expected first 3K finisher
2:15 PM 3K/5K Swimmer CUT-OFF time


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.