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Open Water

Open water swimming is a specific branch in aquatic sports, mostly situated in seas, lakes, ponds or rivers. As competitive sport it is rather a relative recent swimming discipline. Only since 2008 the 10KM Marathon event was added as an Olympic discipline. Consequently this meant an important boost to this sport by increasing the number of active participants and the number of official open water competitions as well. During the years ‘2000 our Belgian swimmer Brian Ryckeman achieved an impressive international track record (European Champion, vice-World Champion et double Olympian). 

The RBSF organises each year during 1 entire weekend the Belgian Open Water Championships in all official categories and distances of LEN & FINA.

European junior Open Water Championships

Event in the spotlight

European junior Open Water Championships


The technical rules of this aquatic discipline and the general rules are unfortunately only available in Dutch and French. Thank you for your kind understanding.


  • Belgian Championship
  • European Championship
  • World Championship
  • Olympic Event
  • International Tournament
  • Olympic Games
Day Month Year Discipline Category City/venue Country
15 - 17 September 2023 Open Water Junior Piombino Italy
26 - 11 July - August 2024 All disciplines OPEN Men - Women Paris FRA
21 - 06 July - August 2028 All disciplines OPEN Men - Women Los Angeles USA

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