Flowers Sea Swim 2021

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Mark your calendars – the Flowers Sea Swim is coming up!

Now in its 29th year, this superbly-organised event is rated one of the world’s top ten open water swims and is probably the most anticipated sporting fixture of the year in Grand Cayman. 

A race for all levels!

Although the term ‘open water swim’ may sound daunting, this one absolutely isn’t. The setting is the Caribbean Sea – warm, calm and gin-clear – and the course runs parallel to the beach, ensuring swimmers are never more than a few yards from land, and can remain in shallow water if preferred. 

It’s a one-mile swim – a distance considered to be manageable for novices and children – and with over an hour allowed, there is ample time to complete the race. 

Although the race typically attracts Olympic-level swimmers it is emphatically open to all. You don’t need to be a competitive swimmer, or even a regular swimmer, to enter. Swimmers aged 8 to 80 are welcome, and if your aim is nothing more than to complete the course – even if that means taking it easy and chatting the whole way – that is totally acceptable. 

Don’t swim? No problem! There is also an option to ‘watch and walk’ making your way along the beach in tandem with the swimmers. 


When and where

The swim takes place on the afternoon of Saturday, 19th June. 

All swimmers must register in advance online

On race day, check-in is from 2pm to 3pm and the race begins as soon as check in is complete. 

The exact course will be decided on the day, depending on the currents, but will either begin or end at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. 

Prize giving takes place immediately after the race, at 4pm. 


COVID-19 Precautions

The race typically attracts around 1000 swimmers annually, with a number of competitive swimmers flying in specially for the event. However, due to COVID-19, last year the swim was postponed, and a scaled down event with 200 swimmers was held in October. 

This year, out of an abundance of caution, the number of entries will be capped at 500 – so don’t delay in registering! 

Support a great cause

The Flowers Sea Swim is a major fundraising event in the Cayman Islands.  All swimmers pay a fee to register (US$60) and those who wish to ‘watch and walk’ pay US$30. All registration proceeds this year go to NCVO (National Children’s Voluntary Organisation), a charitable organisation that helps children and families in need in the Cayman Islands. 

The organisers of the Flowers Sea Swim were inspired by the passion and energy of NCVO staff and the children they care for. Their donation will help the NCVO with rising operational costs of their three core programmes: 

Nadine Andreas Residential Foster Home, which provides a safe place for children whose families are unable to provide for them.

Jack & Jill Nursery, for children aged 0 to 2, providing affordable childcare for families in financial need.

Miss Nadine’s Preschool, for children aged 2 to 5 providing early education at a manageable cost for families in financial need.

Hundreds of Random Prizes

Frequently described as the ‘world’s richest open water event’, there are hundreds of prizes up for grabs. But rather than going to the fastest swimmers, prizes are awarded randomly. So, as long as you complete the race, there is a 1 in 7 chance of walking away with a prize. 

Generously donated by local businesses, the prizes are truly fantastic: giveaways this year include flights to Cayman Brac and Little Cayman, restaurant vouchers from the Brasserie, Red Sail Sports vouchers, memberships to Anytime Fitness and many more!

For more not-to-be missed events in the Cayman Islands, see here.