The Fina/CNSG Marathon Swim World Seriess

General Information
Victoria, Seychelles – May 12th, 2019
Beau Vallon

Seychelles Swimming Association (SSA) has the honour and pleasure to invite you to the FINA Marathon Swim World Series, to be held in Beau Vallon, Seychelles (SEY) for the second consecutive year. The following information has been designed to assist your National Federation in its decision to attend this event. Please note that all the events in the Series will be conducted according to FINA Rules.


Should you have any questions or queries regarding the information provided in this document please feel free to contact the Seychelles Swimming Association (SSA).

Mr David Vidot, SSA Chairman
Address: PO Box 793, Victoria, Mahé, Seychelles
Phone: +248 2515569 / +248 2620755 / +248 2710631
Email: /

Event Key Dates

1. April 30th, 2019 Entries by Name, Accreditation, Accommodation, Travel Details
2. April 30th Technical Meeting (competition venue at the Briefing Area @ 15:00)
3. May 8th, 2019 Official Training (competition venue & pool times tbc)
4. May 12th, 2019 Men’s 10km Race and Women’s 10km race (time tbc)

Sites and Dates for the FINA Marathon Swim World Series 2018

February 16, 2019 Doha (QAT)
May 12, 2019 Seychelles (SEY)
June 08, 2019 Setubal (POR)
June 15, 2019 Blatonfured (HUN)
July 25, 2019 Lac St. Jean (CAN)
August 3, 2019 Lac Megantic (CAN)
August 28, 2019 Ohrid (MKD)
September 29, 2019 Chun’An (CHN)
TBC Taiwan (TPE)


Meets are open to entries from all national member federations of FINA and except for clubs within its own country, the HMF shall correspond with, and accept entries, only from national member federations of FINA, and not with clubs, coaches or individual swimmers. The HMF may choose to send a National Team and/or Club Representative. HMF are encouraged to continue inviting top athletes, most specifically individual medallists of the last Olympic Games (Rio 2016) and FINA World Championships (Budapest 2017). Each HMF shall be obliged to enter National Stars’ within the Host Country meet and shall use its best efforts to ensure the attendance of top swimmers in all other Meets.


Registration: All National Federation must register directly at the Organizing Committee by sending the Official Entry Form, Official Travel Form and Accommodation details.
Please send the forms to maureen.payet@gmail,com by 30th April 2019

swim suit

Costume Protocol - Swimwear worn shall be according to FINA by-laws BL 7 and BL 8.


A Technical meeting will be held at the competition venue in May 11, 2019 at 15:00. One representative from each National Federation/Club must attend this meeting.

Course Information

The competition of the 10km swim will be organized on a 2,500m lap course (right shoulder turns) at the Beau Vallon, which the swimmers must swim in four (4) laps. More details on the course design will be shared on month prior to the competition. Waters in Beau Vallon are calm, with a course depth varying from 1.4 – 4.0m.


Weather date over the last 8 years reveals an average air temperature ranging between 25.6 – 30.7 degrees Celsius at the date of the competition, with clear blue skies, nil precipation and humidity of 78.6%. Prevailing wind pattern is from South-East trade winds at average speeds of 7.9km/h. Expected sea surface temperatures are between 28 and 30 degrees Celsius.


FINA Marathon Swim World Series 2019 competition program will include a 10km swim race for men and women. The starting time of the race will be announced one month to the start of the competition with its final time to be confirmed at the Team Leaders Meeting. Awarding ceremony will take place at the competition venue, immediately after the race. All announcements, instructions, and commands during the event will be delivered in English.


All events included for competition shall be conducted under the rules of FINA, in force a the event.


In each Event, points will be awarded to the swimmers depending upon their race finishing position. Swimmers may accumulate points at each Event in which they participate and finish, with their total points counting towards the overall final rankings for each year. The points awarded for both the men’s and women’s races at each Event will be as follows:

Race Finish Position Points*
1st 800
2nd 700
3rd 600
4th 550
5th 500
6th 450
7th 400
8th 350
9th 300
10th 250
All other race finishers As per the rules and Regulations 2019

Any swimmers who do not finish the race or who are disqualified will receive zero (0) points. Any swimmers who the Technical Officials have reason to believe have colluded and/or agreed to finish with a tie, will be subject to disqualification.

At each event the OC pays a total of US$30’000 prize money, equally distributed between men and women, as follows:

1st US$ 3’500
2nd US$ 3’000
3rd US$ 2’500
4th US$ 1’700
5th US$ 1’500
6th US$ 1’200
7th US$ 950
8th US$ 650

-The method of the distribution of the prize money shall be announced to the swimmers at each Event during the Technical Meeting.
-The total amount of the prize money has to be paid to the swimmers without any deductions.
- In case there are less than 8 finishers within a gender for the race, then all the prize money will be redistributed amongst the finishers.
- The National Federation of all swimmers winning prize money will inform the HMF as to whether the prize money will be paid to the National Federation or directly to the athlete.

The overall annual winners will be decided by the male and female swimmers respectively, who have accumulated the most points at Events in that year, provided that they have participated in a minimum of 70% of Events in that year, including the final Event of the season. The annual prize money to be awarded for both the Men’s and Women’s Series overall winners is as follows:

1st US$ 38’000
2nd US$ 26’000
3rd US$ 18’000
4th US$ 15’000
5th US$ 11’000
6th US$ 8’500
7th US$ 5’000
8th US$ 3’500


There are no Visa requirement for Seychelles.


Seychelles Swimming Association (SSA) will organise accommodation to all participating athletes and team officials of that event as per FINA Marathon Swim World Series Rules & Regulations. The Official Team Hotels for the FINA Marathon Swim World Series – Beau Vallon, Seychelles will be the:-

(A) Seychelles Savoy Resort & Spa - 5*

(B) The Coral Strand - 4*

(D) Berjaya Beau Vallon Beach - 4.5*

All hotels are located on Beau Vallon Beach (walking distance from athletes bedroom).

Room rates are:
- Single: (A) EUR340 (B) EUR230 (S-Standard) (B) EUR24 (S-Classic) (B) EUR285 (SSuperior) (C) USD225 (full board) per night /per room
- Double: (A) EUR375 (B) EUR250 (D-Standard) (B) EUR270 (D-Classic) (B) EUR315 (DSuperior) (C) USD390 (full board) per night /per room
To avoid cancellation charges the Accommodation section must be notified of any amendments or cancellation latest by April 22, 2019.


Seychelles Swimming Association (SSA) will welcome all members of the participating National Federations at the Pointe Larue International Airport at the Welcome desk, providing transportation services between the Airport, the Official Team hotel and the Competition Venue. Transportation schedules will be provided upon arrival and as part of the detailed Information Pack. Seychelles Swimming Association (SSA) will facilitate Airport Welcome and Transportation services upon receipt of the Travel Information Form by no later than April 30, 2019.


Doha’s Men’s 10K (17 March)

Doha’s Women’s 10K (17 March)

The country, Seychelles

The beauty of the Seychelles Islands is comparable to very few other places. The make-up of these 115 granitic and coralline islands started around 65 million years ago, when they started to break away from the Super Continent Pangaea and drifted to the Indian Ocean to become, what is now known as the Seychelles Islands. Located exactly 4° south of the Equator, the total landmass of all the islands combined amount to a mere 459km², with Mahé taking up over 30% of that. Victoria is the capital city catering for the country’s commercial, economic, cultural and political needs in terms of offices. Its small size helps it retain a rustic atmosphere though impressive skyscrapers (by the islander’s standards) have been on the rise in recent years. A lively market atmosphere, a 100-year old Clock Tower, minimal presence of traffic lights, a few restaurants and a well-manicured botanical gardens close by are some of the many attractions the smallest capital city in the world has to offer. As a result of its unique geological history, the Seychelles islands are home to many distinct plants, animals and fungi, 7,200 species of all three have been recorded to date. Environmental protection has been on top of the country’s agenda resulting in several nature reserves and national parks in order to ensure the survival of endangered species. The islands, with their giant tortoises, the Coco de Mer, the black parrot, the smallest frog in the world and so much more, will totally fascinate any nature lover. Equally fascinating, is the make-up of its people, the population of which is yet to hit the 100,000 mark. Descendants of African, European and Asian settlers and merchants, the Seychelles Islands is known as a melting pot of nations living together harmoniously. The bulk of the population is spread out over three islands, Mahé, Praslin and La Digue.

The location, Beau Vallon

Beau Vallon Beach, where the event will take place, is located on the north western coast of Mahé and its surroundings attract the most tourists on the island. Its popularity is not without merit when you account for its mixture of beautiful scenery, its wide bay with calm, gentle waters, its broad activity options, all of which adds to its general charm. Beau Vallon is also home to many tourism establishments from large hotels to smaller self-catering options. Restaurant options are in abundance ranging from casual pizzerias to the expected creole buffets, right up to more upscale Indian Cuisine dining. Beau Vallon leaves hardly anything to be desired which makes it the perfect host for the first edition of the FINA Marathon Swim World Series to be held in Seychelles.


  • Le Meridien Fishermans Cove
  • Unified Technologies
  • Seychelles Tourism Board
  • coral strand hotel
  • Berjaya Hotel
  • Berjaya Hotel
  • Hunt Deltel
  • sbc
  • Cable & Wireless
  • Rockit
  • National sports council
  • SSA
  • Microplus
  • vizier
  • scaa
  • Air Seychelles
  • Allied Builders