Blue Wave Aquatics provides opportunities for adults to achieve success and build confidence in swimming at all skill levels through a variety of programs


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July 21 2019 Swim Defiance 2019 Swim Defiance LOCAL OPEN


In 1926, the first organized competitive swim between Vashon Island and Point Defiance in Tacoma, WA was held across approximately two miles of open water, following the ferry route used today. Now we are making it possible to repeat this historic feat!

Blue Wave Aquatics is proud to announce the 6th annual Swim Defiance taking place at Commencement Bay, in Tacoma, Washington.

We welcome back returning swimmers as well as everyone else planning to participate in July for the first time.

We will repeat the Julie Montiel Friends and Family wave allowing fins, hand paddles, pull buoys or another desired swim aides. Ankle chips will also be required to track swimmers in and out of the water.

Entries open April 15th and close July 18th

  • $68.00 Monday, April 15th - Friday, May 31st
  • $80.00 Saturday, June 1st - Thursday, July 18th
  • $95.00 Sunday, July 21st
  • $27.00 USMS One Day Registration

* 3k entry fee includes WA State ferry crossing fee

Location: Owens Beach, Tacoma

Date: July 21st, 2019 

  • 6:15 am swimmer checkin
  • 7:00 am mandatory safety briefing
  • 7:30 am 5K race starts
  • 7:35 am 3k swimmers leave PT Defiance to board ferry
  • 8:00 am 3k race starts and 3k Julie Montiel Friends and Family race starts
  • 8:30 am expected first 5k
  • 8:40 am expected first 3k
  • 9:30 am cut-off for both 5k and 3k


Location: Owens Beach, Tacoma, 5605 Owen Beach Road Tacoma, WA 98407

September 14 2019 Last Gasp of Summer 2019 Last Gasp of Summer LOCAL OPEN

This year Last Gasp of Summer includes USMS One and Two Mile, One Mile Julie Montiel Fun Swim and USA One Mile, Two Mile and 500 meters. This will be an exciting year for Last Gasp of Summer 2019!

The last open water swim of the Season... for youth and masters swimmers. The lake temperature averages in the high 60's in mid-September.

Location: Angle Lake, SeaTac WA

Date: September 14th, 2019

Time: 8:30 am check-in for all events

USMS and USA swimmers are invited to swim this event

Location: Angle Lake, 19408 International Blvd SeaTac, WA 98188