Race Venue

About Swim Expo Asia 2016

Swim Expo Asia Featuring Singapore as the venue for the Open Water Swimming Race on 5th November 2016

Singapore is a city that prides itself on its diversity; its starts with ethnic diversity from the many different nationalities that make up its people and that plays a big role in her cultural diversity. It is a city that also prides itself on being different from any other and that includes hosting unique events such as “Swim Expo Asia”.

Last year, 2015, we had a 1-week event featuring exciting workshops conducted by Shinji Takeuchi and other total Immersion coaches as well as an open water swimming race. This year, 2016, we are determined to bring a BIGGER and MORE EXCITING event to our participants and their families!


The Open Water Swimming Race was first done in 2010. It was the creation of Coach Tang, founder of Fishlike International Pte Ltd to promote open water swimming to a larger audience. They also wanted it to do something different than just having a bunch of people swimming laps in a pool or swimming in circles. This year’s event will take place at the NSRCC Sea Sport Centre on the 5th of November 2016.

The main event of the race is the grueling 5-race distance event that challenges persistence and stamina. In order to win the overall event a swimmer must complete five different distances with the best time; the distances are 400 meters, 750 meters, 1.5 kilometers, 1.9 kilometers and 3.8 kilometers.

Only four contestants dared to take on the Open Water Swimming Race extreme challenge in the first year of the swim expo but in 2015 that number increased to 47 swimmers. This year we are aiming to get 100 swimmers to participate in the 5-race main event.

Aside from the 5-race event, there are events that both casual swimmers and serious swimmers can enter into at the Open Water Swimming Race. They have a 3-race event that covers distances of 400 meters, 1.5 kilometers and 3.8 kilometers; individual race events at 100 meters, 400 meters, 750 meters, 1.5 kilometers, 1.9 kilometers and 3.8 kilometers; a 100 meters parent/child swim; and a 400 meters junior swim too.

Safety is paramount at the event as the routes are monitored by life guards in boats and each swimmer, regardless of their level of experience, is required to wear a floatation buoy at all times.

The Expo is made fun for all ages as they give out medals, T-shirts and certificates to all those that complete an event they have entered into. The Open Water Swimming Race really is fun for anyone who participates and it can be made part of a relaxing holiday spent in beautiful and exciting Singapore.

About Singapore

Located at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula lies the island country of Singapore; it is one of the most modern, clean and picturesque cities in Southeast Asia. The British statesman Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles first founded the country as an outpost for the East India Trading Company in 1819. In its storied history it has been attacked and taken over by the Japanese in WWII and when she ceased to be a state of Malaysia in 1965, she then became an independent and sovereign state and nation.

This nation that just celebrated her 50th birth is one that has gone through a rag to riches story since becoming an independent state. After struggling initially as a new nation it now has one of the strongest economies in Asia and boasts among other things the world’s second busiest seaport and the world’s fourth busiest financial center.

Things To Do In Singapore

People who visit Singapore rave at how beautiful and clean the city is. Despite its size, its transportation system makes it very easy to get around. There is an abundance of different restaurants that feature cuisine from all over the world and a person can go shopping at high end malls that cater to the rich and famous or at one of the many local budget markets. There is always something to do in this busy city.


The waterfront area itself is a popular choice to hang out for both visitors and local residents. That is where a guest to the city will find the iconic Merlion, the city’s symbol and there is a host of other attractions in the area too. It is also a great place to get a good view of the city from way up high on the observation wheel called the ‘Singapore Flyer’, the world’s second tallest Ferris wheel. The waterfront area features the famous Marina Bay Sands Skypark and Casino too.

There are a lot of choices for those that like to get back to nature in Singapore. Among the highlights of these would be a day trip that features both the lovely Gardens by the Bay and the tranquility of the Singapore Botanic Gardens that was recently inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Singapore Zoo is a big attraction that is fun to go walk around in the day or even to take in the unique night safari they offer. Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is one of the hidden gems of the city with its flora, fauna and abundant animal life.

No trip to Singapore is complete without spending a day at Universal Studios Singapore - Resorts World Sentosa. It is by far the most popular attraction in the city and it is tucked away from the bustling city on the lush Island of Sentosa. The main attraction of the area is its world class theme park that features such exciting rides as the “Revenge of the Mummy”, the “Lost World” river ride and the 3D fully immersive “Transformers” experience. That is just a small sample of what awaits those that visit Sentosa.

The truth is there is never a shortage of activities for those that visit Singapore.