Whitehaven Beach Ocean Swim  

16 November 2014

What better location for an ocean swim event than at one of Australia’s most pristine and iconic beaches, Whitehaven Beach. World famous for its pristine white sand stretching for seven empty kilometres and crystal-clear water, Whitehaven Beach is on neighbouring Whitsunday Island and is regularly voted one of the world’s top beaches. Nestled in the beautiful surrounds of the Great Barrier Reef, one of the world’s seven natural wonders, this annual 2km and 750m ocean swim meet, plus a fun 350m junior swim for children 13 years and under, is sure to become as iconic and famous as its location.

The Fujifilm Whitehaven Beach Ocean Swim is also a proud partner of the Great Australian Swim Series. Founded by Ky Hurst, the series consists of four ocean swims along the east-coast of Australia at Hamilton Island, the Gold Coast, Brisbane and Sydney. For more information visit the Body Science Great Australian Swim website.

Events Details

Date    

Sunday 16 November 2014

Event  

Whitehaven Beach Ocean Swim

Whitehaven Beach Boat Departure Time    

Departure from the Hamilton Island Cruise Whitsunday Jetty. Time to be advised closer to the event.

Location    

Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island

How to Enter    

Click here to enter online

Entries Close    

Online entries close Monday 10th November at 5.00pm. Race entries will be capped for this event. Should the quota not be reached then entries will be accepted up to and including race day

Cost    

Registrations:
 

$90.00 per participant including return Whitehaven Beach boat transfers from Airlie Beach
$55.00 per non participant including return Whitehaven Beach boat transfers from Airlie Beach 

Junior Swim registrations:

$60 per registration including return Whitehaven Beach boat transfers from Hamilton Island, Event T-shirt and finishers medal

Course    

Ocean Swim, 350m (kids only) - 11.45am
Ocean Swim, 750m - 12.00pm
Ocean Swim, 750m Anything Goes - 12.00pm
Ocean Swim, 2km 12.15pm

Minimum Ages    

Competitors in the 2km and 750m swim must be a minimum of 13 years old as at 31 December 2014.

Categories    

Open:
 

Open place getters are not eligible for age group prize.

Age Group Men and Women:

Age as at 31 December 2014

  • 13-19
  • 20-29
  • 30-39
  • 40-49
  • 50-59
  • 60-69
  • 70+

Further age categories may be added closer to the event.  This will be dependent on numbers and ages of participants entered.

Event Maps

Whitehaven Swim course map

Pre Event Participation    

You must ensure that you have trained sufficiently and are physically capable of completing the event within your current level of health and fitness. You must also ensure at all times during the event that you are performing well within your level of skill and ability for each of the three disciplines. To not abide by these conditions can create potentially dangerous situation for your self and other competitors.

Race Kit Collection    

Race kit collection times will be Saturday 15th November, 2pm - 6pm at the Bougainvillaea Marquee. IT IS COMPULSORY FOR ALL SWIMMERS TO REGISTER DURING THESE TIMES Please bring a printed copy of your receipt.

  • You must show identification (Drivers License, Passport etc)
  • An ID wristband and timing chip will be issued
  • You will also receive written race briefing – please read this carefully.

8am - 9.00am Race kit Collection - Hamilton Island Cruise Whitsundays Jetty (opposite Trader Petes) Late arriving athletes ONLY.

Race Briefing / Race Start    

You will receive a written race briefing at registration – Please read carefully. There will be a pre-race briefing on Sunday 16 November on Whitehaven Beach – Time . Any competitor not at the briefing will not be able to compete.

Cruise Whitsundays Transfers    

For those competitors travelling from Shute Harbour, we have a special transfer rate from our sponsor Cruise Whitsundays. These tickets can be purchased directly with Cruise Whitsundays, simply present your Race Confirmation Details. For swim participants travelling across on the morning of the race we have a charter boat departing from able point which is included in your registration fee. To travel on this service, please select Able Point Ferry Transfers on the first page of registrations. Departure time for this service will be confirmed closer to the event. For all other ferry times please visit the Cruise Whitsundays website.

Withdrawals    

Withdrawals prior to the event must be in writing – email events@hamiltonisland.com.au. If you withdraw on race day before the race start, please advise an Official. The cancellation fee is 100% should you pull out the day of the race. If you withdraw during the race, please report to the Registration Tent and advise the Officials that you have withdrawn.

The cancellation fee is 100% should you pull out during the race.

Should you cancel your registration prior to event you will charged 50% of your entry fee up until 5pm on Friday 31 October 2014.  NO REFUND will be applicable after 5pm Friday 31 October 2014.

Rules    

This is a non-sanctioned event. This is a NON-WETSUIT event, swim skins are permissible but any suit or device that aids buoyancy or propulsion will not be allowed. Should you be found wearing any of these you will be disqualified. Any athlete found taking a shortcut will be disqualified.

Changes to Entry    

Changes can be made to your race entry prior to the event day via your event website login.

Medical Insurance    

This is a non sanctioned event. It is strongly advised that you take out personal medical insurance for the duration of your stay, especially for international competitors. Under the Australian Health Act, all non-Australians are not covered financially for personal injury. If you do have an accident you must pay for your own medical expenses. Therefore it is essential for you to obtain adequate personal medical insurance.

Results    

Race Results will be posted at the Athlete Central located at the Bougainvillaea Marquee. Results will also be available via the Hamilton Island website on the day following the event.

Prize Money    

Prize money and great products to be won.

Medal Presentations    

Post event celebrations and medal presentations will be held on Hamilton Island on Sunday 16th November, 6.00pm - 9.00pm at the Bougainvillaea Marquee and includes live entertainment, food stalls and cash bar available.