OCEAN & HARBOUR SWIMS

With three fun swim experiences the Mckeon’s Swim School Wollongong Open Water+ Swims are the Illawarra’s premier ocean swims.

Perfect for swimmers of all tastes, there are a mix of more sheltered open water swims that stay within the harbour walls, with a 400m or two lap 800m option and the marquee 2km ‘open water+’ offers a fantastic 1km circuit completed twice which extends out of the harbour, into the ocean/open water passing behind the historic continental swimming baths and back into the harbour.

It’s open water+ with a great vibe, professional safety services and a fantastic location.

 

Splash Openwater : 2km Swim

Illawarra’s favourite open water swim

The Splash Openwater 2k swim offers a unique, safe and fun ocean/open water swim experience. Your open water swim adventure takes in a sandy foreshore start, for a two lap (1km each) course taking in the historic Wollongong recreational boat harbour, extending out into the open water passing behind the continental swimming baths and than back to the harbour to complete the 1km course, twice! No large waves to navigate, yet all the fun of a open water ocean swim. Carefuly watched by our amazing local lifesavers. For all ages 14 years and up.

Illawarra’s favourite open water swim

The Splash Openwater 2k swim offers a unique, safe and fun ocean/open water swim experience. Your open water swim adventure takes in a sandy foreshore start, for a two lap (1km each) course taking in the historic Wollongong recreational boat harbour, extending out into the open water passing behind the continental swimming baths and than back to the harbour to complete the 1km course, twice! No large waves to navigate, yet all the fun of a open water ocean swim. Carefuly watched by our amazing local lifesavers. For all ages 14 years and up.

EVENT INFORMATION

 

 

 

DATE: Sunday 6 March, 2022
LOCATION: Wollongong Harbour
CHECK IN

8.30am-10am

City Beach Surf Club

(collect swim cap and time chip)

START 10.30am: Wollongong harbour
FINISH Wollongong harbour
MAP See below

Contingency

 

Near certain to proceed, though is extremely rough to swim may be reduced in distance with cancellation only under extreme weather warning safety risks or other unforeseen circumstance
SERVICES: Timing, Water safety, NSW Aquatic Licence, First Aid, Refreshments, Results, Awards


AGES GROUPS

U18, 18-34, 35-45, 46-55, 56+ / Back of pack

Back of the pack (open age, flippers and/or wetsuits) – non awarded

Awards:

1st Medal and Award, 2nd, 3rd Medals

FEES

On time

15/12/2021- 28/2/2021

  U18

$40

  18+

$50

 

Last Minute 1/3/2022 – 5/3/2022 U18 18+
$45 $55

MAP.


EVENT INFO

 DATE:    Sunday 6 March, 2022

LOCATION:

Wollongong Harbour

CHECK IN

8.30am-10am

City Beach Surf Club

(collect swim cap and time chip)

Start: 10.30am Wollongong Harbour
Finish site: Wollongong harbour

Contingency Swim Course (rought seas)

Near certain to proceed, though is extremely rough to swim may be reduced in distance with cancellation only under extreme weather warning safety risks or other unforeseen circumstance

SERVICES:Water safety, NSW Aquatic Licence, First Aid, Refreshments, Timing, Results, Awards

 

AGES GROUPS

U18, 18-34, 35-45, 46-55, 56+ / Back of pack

Back of the pack (open age, flippers and/or wetsuits) – non awarded

Awards: 1st Medal and Award, 2nd, 3rd Medals

FEES

On time

15/12/2021- 28/2/2022

  U18   18+
2km $40 $50

 

Last Minute 1/3/2022 – 5/3/2022  U18 18+
2km $45 $55

MAP

Harbour: 800m Swim

THE PERFECT FOR ALL AGES

Looking for an ocean swim without the waves and more protected? This one is for you, the perfect shorter ocean swim in protected Wollongong Harbour

Ages 12 ys+

Safer open water swim experience

THE PERFECT FOR ALL AGES

Looking for an ocean swim without the waves and more protected? This one is for you, the perfect shorter ocean swim in protected Wollongong Harbour

Ages 12 ys+

Safer open water swim experience

KEY INFORMATION

Date:    Sunday 6 March, 2022

Location: Wollongong Harbour

Check in time: 8.30am-9.30am

Check in location: City Beach Surf Club (collect swim cap and time chip)

Start: 9.45am Wollongong Harbour

Finish site: Wollongong Harbour

Swim Course: 2 laps of 400m within the harbour

Services: Water safety, NSW Aquatic Licence, First Aid, Refreshments, Timing, Results, Awards

Ages awards :     U18,  18-39,  40+.

Awards: 1st, 2nd and 3rd medals per gender

FEES

On time

12/1/2021- 28/2/2021

  U18

$30

  18+

$35

Last Minute

1/3-5/3

$35 $40

MAP

KEY INFORMATION

Date:    Sunday 6 March, 2022

Location: Wollongong Harbour

Check in time: 8.30am-9.30am

Check in location: City Beach Surf Club (collect swim cap and time chip)

Start: 9.45am Wollongong Harbour

Finish site: Wollongong Harbour

Swim Course: 2 laps of 400m within the harbour

Services: Water safety, NSW Aquatic Licence, First Aid, Refreshments, Timing, Results, Awards

Ages awards :     U18,  18-39,  40+.

Awards: 1st, 2nd and 3rd medals per gender

FEES

On time

12/1/2021- 28/2/2021

  U18

$30

  18+

$35

Last Minute

1/3-5/3

$35 $40

MAP

Harbour: 400m Swim

KIDS & NOVICE – FUN SWIM

– Safe & fun held in Wollongong Harbour
– Participation based swim for all levels.
– Kids and adults, 7yrs+
 – Safe, lifesaver escorted swim
– Parents can follow kids and swim if they wish

KIDS & NOVICE – FUN SWIM

 – Safe & fun held in Wollongong Harbour
– Participation based swim for all levels.
– Kids and adults, 7yrs
 – Safe, lifesaver escorted swim
– Parents can follow kids and swim if they wish

KEY INFORMATION

Date:    Sunday 6 March, 2022

Location: Wollongong Harbour

Check in time: 8.30am-9.30am

Check in location: City Beach Surf Club (collect swim cap and time chip)

Start: 9.45am Wollongong Harbour

Finish site: Wollongong Harbour

Swim Course: 1 laps of 400m within the harbour

Services: Water safety, NSW Aquatic Licence, First Aid, Refreshments, Timing, Results, Awards

Ages  :     U14 and 14yrs+

Awards: 1st, 2nd and 3rd medals per gender

FEES:

On time

15/12/2021- 28/2/2022

  U18

$25

  18+

$30

Last Minute

1/3 – 5/3

$30

 

$35

 

MAP

TIMES. FEES

Date:    Sunday 6 March, 2022

Location: Wollongong Harbour

Check in time: 8.30am-9.30am

Check in location: City Beach Surf Club (collect swim cap and time chip)

Start: 9.45am Wollongong Harbour

Finish site: Wollongong Harbour

Swim Course: 1 laps of 400m within the harbour

Services: Water safety, NSW Aquatic Licence, First Aid, Refreshments, Timing, Results, Awards

Ages awards :     U14,  14yrs+.

Awards: 1st, 2nd and 3rd medals per gender 

FEES

On time

15/12/2021- 28/2/2022

  U18

$25

  18+

$30

Last Minute

1/3 – 5/3

$30 $35

MAP

ADDITIONAL INFO

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EVENT PROGRAM

Event day guide

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What happens on event day?

Once you have paid your entry, we aim to make your event day process quick and easy.

 NOTE: Read your entry instructional email

  1. Arrive 60 – 90 minutes prior to your start, check location and parking
  2. Collect your swim cap and time chip (Refer to Check-in information below)
  3. Walk to swim start (Wollongong Harbour, 100m walk from check in)
  4. Warm up, and listen to the announcer
  5. Follow covid safe measures – maintain physical distancing
  6. 20 minutes prior to your start, proceed to the ‘swim marshal area’ NORTH side of the harbour with swim cap, goggles, and time chip Velcro around your left ankle
  7. Listen to safety briefing
  8. Line up at markers (2m apart) at swim marshaling per swi cap colour (listen to annoncer and refer to event day guide)
  9. In small groups you will be moved to start line (markers used to seperate swimmers)
  10. Rolling starts ~ 10 per start. Time chip allocates accurate start time
  11. The Swim begins on the shoreline
  12. Swim courses are well marked out with large visible bouys
  13. Swim starts are divided into smaller age and gender groupings
  14. Refer swim safety for additional information
  15. Swim finish services include refreshments, first aid, amenity block
  16. Official presentation online except for over all winners of takes place at north Wollongong finish line 11.30am

Site Maps

CHECK IN & LOCATION

8:30 am -9.30/10 am  (please note event start time varies, allow ample time to check in and set up prior to your event.

Check In Location:
Wollongong City Surf Club. Marine Parade. Collect swim cap, time chip, entry pack.

Start location:
Wollongong Harbour

Parking:
Loads within 200m (Marine, Endeavour Drive, nearby streets, harbour)

Finish:
Wollongong Harbour / Belmore basin

Finish Line & Services:
A finish arch will greet you along with a cheering crowd- plus refreshments, water. The site will be ‘activated’ with fun activities.

Finisher Medals: Finish line

ENTRY INCLUSIONS

+ Professional organised swim with approvals and key safety measures , amazing lifesavers and first aid

+ Custom swim cap

+ Time Chip, results and prizes

+ Refreshments, amenities, activities

+ Age awards and spot prizes

Water Conditions

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Wollongong boat harbour is central to Wollongong city and lies between North Beach (900m north of harbour) and City Beach to the south.

Protected from most conditions, the harbour provides a perfect location, mostly sheltered. The harbour is used for recreation and fishing and typically very clean with the historic lighthouse backdrop and fishing boats.

The harbour can be exposed to high winds, storm water and large swell though still protected in most cases.

All swims start and finish in the harbour, so should offer no difficult conditions in terms of swell or break under normal circumstances.

The 2km extends into open water, though not into the beach, expect smooth, to bumpy/rough dependent swell/winds 

If deemed unsafe, the 2km swim may be shortened. The 400m and 800m swims will be modified if necessary.

Safety

Activate Events has conducted over 40 Aquatic events in Wollongong harbour and has an exemplary safety history. Strict risk management processes are in place, and services as onsite first aid and lifesavers all form a key part. All swimmers must wear the provided brightly coloured swim cap. The swim is contained within the harbour, watched closely by our lifesavers. Wollongong Harbour offers a mostly sheltered and safe location though it is paramount swimmers are aware of inherent risks with open water swimming and are appropriately prepared. Whilst all care and safety is taken, participants must observe all safety directions. Water referees will determine the most suitable swim course and/or course modification if conditions are deemed less safe.

These vessels will be following the swimmers around the course:

  • Maritime Rescue Boat (subject to event/RMS discretion)
  • Minimal 1 x IRB’s for harbour swim venue and two (2) for ocean swims
  • Lifeguard operated jet ski’s with mats (subject to event and venue)
  • Rescue Boards
  • Surf Skis
  • Rescue Tubes

 

First Aid
First aid will operate at the shoreline, on course and finish by appropriately trained personnel. Medical and emergency services are on standby

Emergency Evacuation Plan
On the Day of the Event, there will be a full briefing for all water and land safety directly involved, in regards to any major risk or incident, requiring all swimmers to evacuate the water or runners to evacuate the course

The statistical percentages of support vessels to swimmers shows that our Risk Management Plan, specific to water safety and support paddlers, incorporates the necessary protocols and numbers on the water to effectively

What to Wear?

 Suitable swim attire

Swim cap (provided)

Swim goggles

Wetsuit ruling:
Wetsuits are permitted though the participant is deemed ineligible for age category awards. Your time will appear under “wetsuit’ category. If the water temperature falls below <19 degrees wetsuits will be permitted for safety reasons.

Swim Aids:
400m and 800m : Back of the pack ‘open age division’ : Flippers are permitted though are not eligible for age awards. No other swim aids unless with prior consent from the swim referee, please send request to info@aquathon.com.au

2k: Back of the pack ‘open age division’ : Flippers, wetsuits are permitted though are not eligible for age awards. PLease ensure you can confidently make the swim distance and in the conditons.  If have additional or other questions or requests to info@aquathon.com.au

getting there

Location

Located on the coastal city of Wollongong NSW, only 80km south of Sydney makes for an easy and worthwhile trip. North Beach and the picturesque Belmore Basin (known as Wollongong Boat Harbour) are central to the city, with a host of cafe’s, shops, hotels and magic beaches on your doorstep.

Registration: Wollongong City Surf Club

Where to stay?

Wollongong has a host of affordable to more luxury accommodation options click here

Travel

A little over an hour south of Sydney, offering an easy drive or train trip, ( 2.5 hours outside Canberra)- makes for a perfect weekender or day trip – Travel options click here

CONTACT & MAPS click here

Entry Terms & Conditions

Event Terms and Conditions

  1. The participant (Participant) in the Wollongong Splash (Event) acknowledges and agrees that these terms and conditions are subject to change from time to time at the discretion of the Activate Events (The Organiser) and without notice to the Participant.
  2. I declare, as a condition of entry into the Event, that I have undertaken sufficient training for the Event and that I am not aware of any illness, injury, physical disability or impairment which may cause me injury or death during or as a consequence of participation in the Event.
  3. Only entries submitted through the official online registration system will be accepted. The information on how to enter and the details about the Event forms part of these Event terms and conditions. The number of entrants will be strictly limited and will be decided on the basis of first received or until registrations close.
  4. Promotional codes may only be used where the Participant meets the conditions applying to the code and uses it within the validity period. Promotional codes are not able to be redeemed or exchanged for cash and must only be used by the Participant(s) to whom the relevant code was issued to by the code owner. Promotional codes may not be used in conjunction with any other offer.
  5. The organiser reserves the right to modify, suspend and/or cancel any promotional code at any time without notice to Participants. No refunds will be made to Participants who have access to a promotional code but who do not use the code at the time of registration and purchase.
  6. I accept full responsibility for informing myself and assessing all the dangers, hazards and risks of entry in the Event and will rely solely on my own assessment of these dangers, hazards and risks before participating in the Event and notwithstanding any decision thereon made by the Event race committee and/or other persons corporations and bodies involved in promoting or staging the Event.
  7. The decision to participate in the Event is entirely my own and I accept all risks associated with participation in the Event, including but not limited to loss of life and/or any injury (including any permanent injury).
  8. I agree to abide by all Event terms and conditions. I understand that I must follow the approved course and obey all directions and instructions given by the organiser and Event officials.
  9. I agree and accept that the organiser may, in its absolute discretion, at any time and from time to time vary the rules and regulations of the Event without prior notice to me.
  10. I consent to receive such emergency medical aid or preventative treatment which may be deemed advisable in the unfettered discretion of Event Medical Officials in the event of any injury accident or illness to me during my participation in the Event.
  11. I acknowledge that when participating in the Event I must wear the official ankle timing chip and swim cap corresponding to the registration made in my name. Flippers, fins or other accessories are only permitted as a non-timed/awarded participant.
  12. I understand that wetsuits are permitted. Participants must not tamper with the timing chip. Timing services are provided by contracted timing service providers, and the organiser takes no responsibility for errors or omissions in the timing data. By participating in the Event and wearing the ankle timing chip, each Participant consents to the Event and timing service provider collecting and publishing his or her timing data for the Event.
  13. I understand that starting before my assigned wave start time will result in disqualification.
  14. The use of any type of drone is prohibited at the Event.
  15. The organiser reserves the right to change or modify any part of the Event including the date, course and/or location at any time and from time to time without personal notice to the Participant. Details of any such changes will be published on the Event website, the Event Facebook page, Event e-newsletter and/or other media.
  16. I acknowledge that the organiser and/or its representative may remove me from the Event area and/or exclude me from participation in the Event if in the organiser’s opinion it is necessary to do so: (a) due to my behaviour being inappropriate, offensive, or abusive (in the organiser’s opinion); (b) to prevent damage to any property; (c) on medical, health and/or safety grounds (including to prevent possible harm or injury to myself and/or any other person); and/or (d) to prevent or arrest any form of unauthorised marketing, including ambush marketing.
  17. I agree that registration in the Event is personal to me and that no other person is permitted to participate in the Event in my place.
  18. I understand that should my contact details change after my registration has been completed, it will be my responsibility to notify the organiser.
  19. A credit card surcharge reflecting the organiser’s actual costs of offering payment by credit card will be added to Visa, Mastercard payments.
  20. Entry registrations are not transferable to third parties. If a transfer option between distances is made available (at the organiser’s discretion), I consent to paying the administration fee at the time of transfer. If transferring from a shorter distance to a longer distance, I acknowledge that I will be required to pay the difference in entry fee and an administration fee. Should I wish to transfer from a longer distance to a shorter distance, I acknowledge that I will forfeit the change in price.
  21. If an event upgrade option to receive an additional event at a package price is made available (at the organiser’s discretion), I acknowledge that I must follow the appropriate protocol in order to receive the package upgrade offer. This includes but is not limited to contacting the Event and requesting inclusion in the offer, waiting until the event upgrade option becomes open and using the appropriate code during the additional event purchase.
  22. The organiser reserves the right, in its discretion, to reject or cancel my entry at any time, including without limitation for safety or insurance reasons, or if, in the opinion of the organiser, I will not be able to complete the Event within the cut-off times. The organiser will not be obliged to refund any portion of the entry fee in such circumstances.
  23. I acknowledge that refunds may only be issued for the Event entry fee where participation in the Event is not appropriate due to medical reasons that is supported by a current medical certificate outlining the condition and lodged with the organiser before 5.00pm (AEST) on Wednesday 13 January 2022. Any decision as to whether to issue a refund will be solely at the organiser’s discretion. If the organiser decides to refund an Event entry fee, I understand that a 50% administration fee will be deducted from the race entry fee paid. Refunds will not be made for any additional items purchased, such as event merchandise and charitable donations.
  24. I acknowledge that a refund may be issued for the Event entry fee where a COVID-19 test with a positive result within 7 days of the Aquathon is received or if awaiting COVID-19 test results. The organiser will require proof of testing and/or results. Refunds will not be made for any additional items purchased, such as event merchandise and charitable donations.
  25. I agree that if I am experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 that I will get tested for COVID-19 and not compete in the Event.
  26. The organiser reserves the right to cancel the Event at any time if the organiser considers in its sole discretion this is required due to any sort of dangerous conditions and/or force majeure. In the event of cancellation, there will be no refund of entry fee unless otherwise determined by the organiser in its sole discretion and the cancelled Event may not be re-scheduled. A decision will be made ASAP on race day and broadcast on event facebook and via the Event website.
  27. The organiser reserves the right to cancel the Event at any time due to COVID-19 and NSW Health Orders. In the event of cancellation due to COVID-19, an alternate date may be looked at to stage the event.
  28. If the Event is cancelled due to COVID-19 and alternate dates are unavailable, a credit for the full Event entry fee will be provided against the entry fee for the 2023 Aquathon. Refunds or credits will not be made for any additional items purchased, such as event merchandise and charitable donations.
  29. I consent to the organiser. using my personal details in my registration form for the administration of the Event and by any third parties selected by me during the registration process, including to SMS information about the Event to me if I have provided a mobile phone number, unless otherwise indicated by me during the online registration process. I also consent to my personal details being used by the organiser. for future marketing and promotional purposes.
  30. I acknowledge that I will only be eligible for any prize that may be offered in connection with placing at the Event if I complete the approved course by the indicated cut-off times and in accordance with these Event terms and conditions and any other applicable Event rules and regulations.
  31. Each competitor must assemble behind the designated starting line, await official start and then proceed on the approved Event course. I acknowledge that entry into the Event course after the indicated cut-off time or prior to the official start will result in disqualification.
  32. The Event referee’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  33. I agree that registration in the Event is valid for the Event only, and cannot be transferred or deferred to future events
  34. I declare that all the information supplied by me in the registration process is true and correct.
  35. I certify that I am 18 years or older or that I am the parent/legal guardian of a Participant who is under the age of 18 years, and I have read this document and fully understand it. Where I am a parent or legal guardian of a Participant, I agree to these terms and conditions for and on behalf of the Participant.
  36. The organiser reserves the right to inspect any bag or other attachment to or accompaniment of a participant at any time while the participant is participating in the Event including at the starting line and finishing line areas.

 

Release and Waiver

 

37. In consideration of acceptance of my entry in the Event, I agree on my own behalf and on behalf of my heirs, executors and administrators and declare that: to the extent permitted by law, I hereby waive release and discharge each of the organiser Parties (as defined in paragraph 38 below) from and against all and every claim, right or cause of action (including for negligence, for breach of contract or breach of statute) which I might have or which may arise out of my death or injury and/or damage or loss of any description which I may suffer or sustain as the result of or in connection with my participation in the Event. This release continues and forever and binds my heirs, executors, personal representatives and assigns and may be pleaded as a bar to any action, claim, demand, suit or legal proceedings.

 

38. This waiver release and discharge operates jointly and severally in favour of the organiser and its related bodies corporate, and their respective directors, officers, agents, contractors, employees and volunteers including medical and paramedical personnel appointed for the Event, event stakeholders, the owners, licensees and occupiers of the land upon which the Event or any part of it is conducted, any statutory body or local authority having control over any land upon which the Event or any part of it is conducted, Event sponsors, supporters, persons, corporations, contractors, sub-contractors, volunteers, servants and employees involved or otherwise engaged in promoting, staging, administering, running or controlling the Event (Organiser Parties).39.Where a Participant is under the age of 18 years, in consideration of the organiser agreeing at my request to accept the entry of this Participant in the Event, I hereby agree for myself, the Participant, their heirs, executors and administrators to hereby waive release and discharge (to the extent permitted by law) all and every claim, right or cause of action (including for negligence, for breach of contract or breach of statute) for which I might have or which the minor Participant may have or which arises out of the death, injury, damage or loss of any description which I or the Participant may suffer or sustain as a result of his/her participation in the Event. This release continues forever and binds the Participant’s heirs, executors, personal representatives and assigns and may be pleaded as a bar to any action, claim, demand, suit or legal proceedings

 

PRIVACY

 

39. I acknowledge that if I select to become a member of a team, the team manager will have access to download my personal details, including my name, contact telephone number, email address and home address. As a team manager, I understand that my email address will be disclosed to my team members (but not to members of other teams).

 

40. I consent to the publication and/or use in any form of media whatsoever of my name, race result, image, voice, statement or otherwise, (including the publication of my name and/or Event result, suburb and applicable age bracket in any media publication and/or on the Event website) without any payment or compensation to me. I also consent to the use of my image and/or voice in any form of media whatsoever for the purposes of promoting the Event and/or other events operated or managed by the organiser without any payment or compensation to me.

 

41. The Participant acknowledges and consents to the organiser sharing the Participant’s personal information with any charities selected by the Participant during the Event registration process as Lifeline Southcoast. Lifeline Southcoast provides fundraising services to Participants who wish to raise funds for charities in connection with the Event. If the Participant registers with Lifeline to fund raise for charities or if the Participant elects to make a one-off donation to charity, this will be strictly subject to Lifeline’s terms and conditions and certain fees and/or other charges will be deducted from funds raised or donations as payment for these services. The organiser has no responsibility to the Participant in connection with such fundraising with Lifeline and the Participant releases the organiser from all claims whatsoever in connection with such fundraising. In particular, by ‘opting in’ to fundraise as part of your participation you agree to Lifeline’s Privacy policy and Fundraising terms and conditions.

 

Privacy Collection Statement:

42.The organiser collects your personal information for the administration of the Event and for future marketing and promotional purposes relating to future runnings of the Event. I acknowledge that the organiser may disclose and use my personal information in accordance with the organiser’s privacy policy and/or in accordance with these Event Terms and Conditions.

43.The organiser may disclose your personal information to any third parties involved in the Event, including service providers and any charities selected by you or the organiser. Further information on how the organiser handles your personal information is contained in our Privacy Policy.

Refund Policy (including covid)

 

Past Event Results