Fahal Island, also known as Shark Island, is one of the most popular islands in Oman, thanks to its stunning location and crystal-clear waters. It has become a favorite spot for both residents and tourists in Oman, and every year, it hosts the Fahal Island Swim, one of the most challenging and exhilarating open water swimming events in the country.
The event aims to promote open-water swimming as a sport and raise awareness about the importance of protecting marine life.
In this article, we will provide you with everything you need to know about the Fahal Island Swim, including its history, the course, how to register, and some tips for first-timers.
History of Fahal Island Swim
The Fahal Island Swim is an annual event that has been taking place since 1989. Organized by the Petroleum Development Oman (PDO), it has become one of the most anticipated events in Oman, attracting swimmers from all over the world. In 2019, it celebrated its 30th edition, with over 140 swimmers aged between 10 and 80 years old participating in the event. Due to pendamic, there ware no swimming but again in 2022 more than 100 swimmers participated on 13th May 2022 and in 2023 the event took place on 5th May 2022.
Fahal Swim 2023
Fahal Island Swim in 2023 took place on Friday 5th May 2023
The Fahal Island Swim is a challenging 4.2km swim that starts from Fahal Island and ends at the PDO RAH Club. The swim course is not a straight line due to various conditions such as swimming techniques and currents. Each swimmer has to arrange with a kayaker who remains with swimmer throughout the swim course to ensure their safety and navigate them to the correct course.
How to Register
To register for the Fahal Island Swim, swimmers are required to fill out an online registration form. Once registered, they need to look for a kayaker who will accompany them throughout the swim course. Once both the swimmer and kayaker are ready, they need to register with the organizers, who will then confirm their registration and ask them to make payment via the PDO Club member.
Race Day Details
On the day of the event, swimmers and kayakers are required to meet at the PDO RAH Club, where they will register with their race number on their arm. Soon after the registration, Kayakers leaves for the Island to ensure that they reach before the swim start, usually they leave by 6:30 AM and reach the island which is 4.2 KM. The swimmers are then divided into various groups and ride a speed boat to reach the Fahal Island Swim Starting Location.
The swim starts at around 7:30 am, and each swimmer is accompanied by a kayaker to ensure their safety. The kayakers are equipped with all necessary gear, including a GPS system, a whistle, and a communication device. Throughout the swim, the swimmers follows the kayaker and kayaker follows the direction either using the experience or using the GPS device.
Swimmers can have the nutrition or water during the course depending upon their needs, but pro swimmers usually don’t stop for hydration.
What to wear in Fahal Swim Race?
There is no restrictions on what to wear any swimsuit that you are comfortable with will be fine. There were some jelly fish also noticed, body suit will help somehow.
Tips for First-Timers
If you are planning to participate in the Fahal Island Swim for the first time, here are some tips to help you prepare:
- Train well: The Fahal Island Swim is a challenging event, and you need to be in good physical condition to complete it. Make sure you train well in the months leading up to the event.
- Get used to open water swimming: Open water swimming is different from swimming in a pool, and you need to get used to swimming in open water. Try to swim in the sea or a lake to get used to the conditions.
- Use a wetsuit: The water temperature in Oman can be quite cold, and wearing a wetsuit will help keep you warm and improve your buoyancy.
- Stay hydrated: Hydration is essential during the swim, so make sure you drink plenty of fluids before, during, and after the event.
Q: What is the minimum age to participate in the Fahal Island Swim event?
A: The minimum age to participate in the event is 10 years old.
Q: Do I need to bring my own kayaker?
A: Yes you If you have your own Kayak, you must bring it, otherwise you can rent it.
Q: Is there a time limit to complete the swim?
A: Yes, swimmers have to complete the swim within 3 hours.
Q: Can I use a wetsuit for the swim?
A: Yes, wetsuits are allowed for the swim, but they are not provided by the organizers.
The Annual Fahal Island Swim event is an exciting opportunity for open water swimming enthusiasts to challenge themselves and explore the beautiful waters of Oman. With proper preparation, training