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Catseye Beach Ocean Swim  

Saturday 21 November 2020

Due to social distancing requirements and as the safety of participants is our priority, we have made the decision to host the traditional Whitehaven Beach Ocean Swim on Catseye Beach this year. Given this change, the Ocean Swim will now take place on the afternoon of the 21st of November.

The event will inclue a 2km and 750m and 750m ocean swim meet, plus a fun 350m junior swim for children 13 years and under.

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.

Event Guide

The 2020 event guide will be available closer to the event.

Events Details


Saturday 21 November 2020


Whitehaven Beach Ocean Swim

Event Times

  Make your own way to Hamilton Island from Airlie Beach
1.00pm Race Briefing
1.40pm Race Starts
3.30pm Presentations
5.00pm Last Ferry to Port of Airlie

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


Catseye Beach, Hamilton Island

How to Enter    

Click here to enter online

Entries Close    

Online entries close Wednesday 18 November at 5.00pm AEST. 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



$80.00 per competitor (incl. race entry, race kit, event shirt).

Junior Swim registrations:

$30.00 per junior competitor (incl. race entry, race kit, event shirt). 

Minimum Ages    

Competitors in the 2km and 750m swim must be a minimum of 13 years old as at 21 November 2020.



Open place getters are not eligible for age group prize.

Age Group Men and Women:

Age as at 21 November 2020

  • 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.

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    

Morning of Saturday 21 November
Beach Pavilion


  • You must show identification (Drivers License, Passport etc)

In your Race Kit you will receive race briefing notes (please read thoroughly), race numbers, timing chip, sponsor product and your event shirt.

Cruise Whitsundays Transfers    

Registered competitors utilising the chartered ferry services ex Port of Airlie, Saturday 21 November, do not have to pay any additional costs.


Withdrawals prior to the event must be in writing – email 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 in writing prior to Wednesday 18 November you will receive a full refund, less any processing fees. NO REFUND will be applicable after Wednesday 18 November 2020, 5.00pm.


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 Wednesday 18 November, 5.00pm 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.


Race Results will be available via the website at the conclusion of 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.  


Presentations will take place at Beach Pavilion at the completion of all races.

Whitehaven Beach Ocean Swim Sponsors