Whitehaven Beach Ocean Swim  

22 November 2015

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 22 November 2015

Event  

Whitehaven Beach Ocean Swim

Event Times

8.15am - 9.15am Port of Airlie - Hamilton Island
9.30am - 10.30am Hamilton Island - Whitehaven Beach
11.30am Race Briefing - Whitehaven Beach
11.45am Race Commence
2.00pm - 3.00pm Whitehaven Beach - Hamilton Island
3.15pm - 4.15pm Hamilton Island - Port of Airlie

Please note that the above times are subject to change, all competitors will receive confirmation closer to the event date.

Location    

Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island

How to Enter    

Click here to enter online

Entries Close    

Online entries close Monday 16 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 competitor (incl. race entry, race kit, event shirt and return ferry transfers ex Port of Airlie or Hamilton Island)
$55.00 per spectator (incl. return ferry transfers ex Port of Airlie or Hamilton Island) 

Junior Swim registrations:

$60 per junior competitor (incl. race entry, race kit, event shirt and return transfers ex Port of Airlie or Hamilton Island). 

Events

11.45am 350m Junior Ocean Swim
12.00pm 750m Ocean Swim incl. anything goes
12.15pm 2km Ocean Swim

Minimum Ages    

Competitors in the 2km and 750m swim must be a minimum of 13 years old as at 31 December 2015.

Categories    

Open:
 

Open place getters are not eligible for age group prize.

Age Group Men and Women:

Age as at 31 December 2015

  • 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.

Registration and Race Kit Collection    

Saturday 21 November
1.30pm - 5.00pm: Bougainvilla Marquee, Hamilton Island

Sunday 22 November
7.30am - 8.15am: Port of Airlie, Airlie Beach
8.30am - 9.30am: Cruise Whitsundays Jetty, Hamilton Island
11.00am - 11.30am: Whitehaven Beach - Private Boats Only

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)

In your Race Kit you will receive race briefing notes (please read thoroughly), race numbers, sponsor product and your event shirt.  You will also receive your timing chip, ferry boarding pass (wrist band) and confirmation of your ferry departure time at Race Kit Collection. 

Race Briefing / Race Start    

You will receive a written race briefing at Race Kit Collection – Please read carefully. There will be a compulsory race briefing on Sunday 22 November on Whitehaven Beach, 11.30am. Any competitor not at the briefing will not be able to compete.

Cruise Whitsundays Transfers    

Registered competitors and spectators utilising the chartered ferry services ex Port of Airlie and Hamilton Island, Sunday 22nd November, do not have to pay any additional costs.

Withdrawals    

Withdrawals prior to the event must be in writing – email events@hamiltonisland.com.au. If you withdraw on race day prior the race start, please advise an Official at Race Kit Collection or at the Officials Marquee located on Whitehaven Beach. The cancellation fee is 100% should you withdraw on race day. If you withdraw during the race, please report to the Officials Marquee and advise the closest Official that you have withdrawn.

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

Should you cancel your registration prior to event you will charged 50% of your entry fee up until 5pm on Friday 30 October 2014.  NO REFUND will be applicable after 5pm Friday 30 October 2015.

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 Bougainvillaea Marquee prior to race presentations commencing. 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.
There must be a minimum of five (5) participants in the one category to qualify for prizes.  

Medal Presentations    

Race Presentations will be held at the Bougainvillea Marquee, Sunday 22nd November 2015, 6.00pm.  Food Stalls and cash bar will be available.