The Swimming Section of the Birkirkara St. Joseph Sports Club is a very active one with all year round sessions held both at the National Swimming Pool as well as in the open sea. Training, under the guidance of the Club's Head Coach, is given every Saturday morning and the sessions are split up in 3 groups each being coached at different times.

These groups include the beginners, improvers and advanced swimmers. In addition, Club members who are also members of the National Pool, are given two to three weekly session print outs.

The aim of the Club's Swimming Section is to promote the discipline of Open Water Swimming, be it Long Distance Swimming or Marathon Swimming.

The Club organises annually

  • The Birkirkara St. Joseph Open Water Swimming Championships held between June and August,
  • The Gozo-Malta Open Water Swimming Competition (5.5K) held in mid-August, and
  • The Malta-Gozo-Malta Open Water Swimming Competition (11K) held in mid-August.

The Club's Head Coach is Ms Isabelle Zarb, (Level 2 ASA UK).

The members on the Club's Swimming Board are Ms. Isabelle Zarb (Chairperson), Mr. Roberto Demicoli and Mr. Andrew Grech. This Section may be contacted on 79829391 and 99466256.


Birkirkara St. Joseph Sports Club regretfully would like to announce that this year’s Festina BSJ (Malta)-Gozo-Malta Open Water Swimming Competitions have been cancelled.  This following two days of monitoring the sea conditions both by the Club and Transport Malta.  The fo...

BSJ Open Water Swimming Championships 2018 and the Toni Bajada Swim on the 7th June 2018

The curtain raiser for the BSJ events for 2018 is getting nearer, and it will be one big special occasion. On the 7th June, the traditional date for BSJ to kick-off its now elongated summer season, the national open water swimming championships 2018 will be inaugurated with the first race....