Do I need a qualifying time?

No, you do not need any qualifying time to enter any of the 2017/18 Open Water Swimming Series events.


Are there any age restrictions on the events?

Yes, they are as follows:

  • 500m Minimum age: 9yrs of age at day of competition
  • 1.25km Minimum age: 11yrs of age as at day of competition
  • 2.5km – 5km Minimum age: 12yrs of age as at day of competition
  • 10km Minimum age: 14yrs of age as at day of competition*
  • All swimmers aged 9 and 10 years must have a chaperone swimmer. See Chaperone Policy here.
  • There are no maximum age limits on any events.

*13-year-olds looking to undertake a qualifying swim for a solo Rottnest Channel Swim crossing are asked to contact Swimming WA direct on  (08) 9328 4599.


Do I need to be a Swimming WA Member to take part?

Yes you will, however, this can easily be done! If you plan to only participate in the Open Water Swimming Series, and become a member of an Affiliated Swimming WA Club, then you will join as a Leisure Swim Member which is just $38.00 for the season. Register here.


Can I enter on the day?

We strongly suggest you enter before the respective cut off days for each event. However, there will be up to 20 late entries taken on the day. Late registrations will run from 6:30am – 7:15am. This number and times will be strictly adhered to as it is a serious water safety issue.

*Please note – if an event is sold out beforehand there will be no late registrations taken on the day.


When will I receive my race briefing?

Every swimmer will receive a briefing email outlining on the day logistics of the event on the Friday prior to the event. Should you not receive the briefing please call the Swimming WA office.


Can I change the distance I have registered for?

Changes to race distances can be made up to three days before the event through the registration site. After this point, you will only be able to change your distance on event day at the registration tent.


When will results be published?

They will be published in the results section of this website and will be live throughout the race.


What swimsuits am I allowed to wear?

If you wish to use your time to qualify for national competition and/or be eligible for points towards the 2017/18 OWS Series leaderboard, then you must adhere to Swimming Australia’s (SAL) Open Water By-Law 7 regarding swimwear. This By-Law is available within the full 2017/2018 Swimsuit guidelines found here.

There are no restrictions on swimwear for those not looking for a nationally recognised qualifying time and/or those who are not vying for the overall Leaderboard championship. Continuing from last year, people wearing wetsuits will be eligible for recognition medals if they finish in the top three place-getters in their age group at any event (excepting the WA Open Water State Championships).

Any exposed zips on wetsuits are required to be covered to prevent any safety breaches during the swim. If they are not covered, the participant may be asked to change into an alternate swimsuit prior to entering the water.

Watches (including GPS devices) and jewellery (including rings) are not permitted at any time. Please leave these at home, or safely with friends or family.


Where can I find maps outlining the course and site layout?

Course maps can be found on the individual events pages of this website.


Can I swim in multiple events in the one round?

If you are a chaperone swimmer for an 11/under swimmer in the 500m event, you may also compete in the other events in that same round.


How is the series winner determined?

The series winner will be determined through the OWS Scoring SystemEach round a participant swims will see them accumulate more points to their series tally.


When will medals be presented?

Medals will be presented as soon as a sufficient amount of competitors from the relevant event have finished.


How will I be notified if an event is cancelled?

If an event is cancelled before the day, an email and SMS will be sent to the account nominated when you register.

All communication relating to the cancellation of events will also be communicated via Swimming WA’s Social Media Channels; Facebook and Twitter as well.


What is the refund policy?

There are no refunds given, in the case of an event being cancelled the next appropriate event will be offered as compensation.


Am I allowed a paddler?

Paddlers will be permitted for the 10km events.


Who is the event organiser and the key officials?

Swimming WA is the event organiser and the Meet Director for each event will be David Johnson. The following is a list of key officials for the series:

Robyn Arblaster
Stella Carrara


Will medical personnel be on-site at the venue?

A water safety first aid tent with qualified personnel will be set up on the beach from the time registrations open until after all races are completed. Please see individual event listings for specific water safety providers.


What water safety has Swimming WA put in place for each event?

Swimming WA takes very seriously the safety of its participants and has put in place a comprehensive risk mitigation strategy to deal with all safety issues at our open water events.

Swimming WA has engaged Surf Life Saving WA as our Water Safety provider and manager for the entire series in 2017-18.

This year Swimming WA, together with Surf Life Saving WA, has significantly increased the water safety presence on course from previous years.

Swimming WA has also been working closely with State Government Departments and other water safety providers to ensure the necessary support and risk mitigation strategies are in place to deliver the safest possible environment at all open water events.

Swimming WA constantly reviews the conditions and environment at each open water venue with our water safety provider in the lead up to each event. If any of the risk factors go beyond our agreed indicators, an event will be cancelled.

Should an event need to be cancelled, Swimming WA will provide all competitors with an opportunity to compete in another event of their choice throughout the season and the cancelled event will count as a completed event towards state championships qualification.


Where can I find out the expected weather conditions of the race?

A weather forecast complete with tides and winds will be emailed to you as part of your participant brief on the Friday prior to the event. For updated information please check http://www.seabreeze.com.au/graphs/wa.asp


For further information, please contact Swimming WA on 9328 4599.