Open Water Swimming Series

The Swimming WA Open Water Swimming (OWS) Series is the largest series of the OWS events in Australia.  The OWS Series has become an icon of the Western Australian sporting calendar, attracting amateur and professional swimmers from age nine to ninety-nine.

The series includes 11 events conducted across Perth and regional WA from October to March.

Some Key Dates to keep in mind:

  • Opening Round – Karratha October 03
  • Open Water State Championships and Club Premierships scheduled for November 28 at the Rockingham Foreshore.  Public distances are available.  Rottnest Channel Swim and the Port to Pub Qualifier.
  • Mullaloo Round December 27. Rottnest Channel Swim and the Port to Pub Qualifier.
  • Australia Day Open Water Swim and final chance to qualify for Rottnest Channel Swim and the Port to Pub, Sorrento January 26
  • Closing Round The Marina Swim March 06

Events start at 500m and span distances all the way up to 10km. While swimmers can use their times to qualify for Nationals and/or record an official placing and score points in the OWS Series, Swimming WA encourages everyone to have a go and be a part of what is sure to be an exciting series.


Your Open Water Series Membership Explained:

Welcome to the Swimming WA Open Water Swimming Series. You’re here because you’re up for the challenge, so we want to make the journey one to remember. There are many options available to the Open Water Swimming Series Member.

Firstly you need to consider whether you have the capacity to swim a distance in open water.
Training will help and you can test yourself in the pool, but the real challenge comes in the form of perhaps a 500m, ocean swim?

Seven of our rounds offer our popular five distance courses 500 metres, 1.25km, 2.5km and 5km.  Rockingham, Mullaloo and Sorrento Rounds include these distance plus our step-up 7.5km distance and our 10km endurance distance (Rottnest Channel Swim and the Port to Pub Qualifying distance).

This season our Shorehaven Round on December 12 will provide step-up distances of 400m, 1km, 2km and 4km for swimmers who want to try to push themselves to the next level but not ready for the full jump just yet.

Membership Options 2020-21

To swim in the Open Water Swimming Series you must be a Swimming WA member to be covered by insurance.  If you are not currently a member, you may join a local Swimming WA Club or select one of the three options below:

  1. Day Pass ($22.00): For swimmers who wish to only swim one Round of the OWS Series.  Membership for the selected 2020/21 OWS Series Round.
  2. Season Pass ($44.00):  For swimmers wishing to compete in two or more Rounds of the OWS Series.  Membership for all 2020/21 OWS Series Rounds.

Entry Fees

Multi-Pass Discount: Select any 4 or more events and receive 5% off your purchase
Season Pass Discount: Select any 9 or more events and receive 20% off your purchase
Team Discount: Sign up as a team of 4 – 6 swimmers and receive 20% off each team member’s registrations.  With the added bonus of your top 4 swimmer’s points at each Round going towards your Team’s Series Points Total.  Perfect for the Family or your training squad.

First 100 event entries
Available until Thursday before event
Final Release
Avilable until 12am day of event
Available day of event
Minimum Age
Splash & Dash or 200m $22.00$22.00$22.00$22.008 – 13 yrs
500m$22.00$27.50 $29.70$35.009 yrs on day of Round
1.25km$40.00$44.00$46.20$55.0011 yrs on day of Round
2.5km$40.00$44.00$46.20$55.0012 yrs on day of Round
5km$40.00$44.00$46.20$55.0012 yrs on day of Round
7.5km$45.00$49.50$51.70$60.0014 yrs on day of Round
10km$45.00$49.50$51.70$60.0014 yrs on day of Round
(3 members)
$110.00 $120.00$130.00$150.0012 yrs on day of Round
Season Pass$320.00

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Note: Swimmers under 10yrs of age must have a chaperone swimmer 16yrs+ to participate in the Swimming WA OWS Series. Swimmers under 11yrs of age may still have a chaperone accompany them if desired.

So what are you waiting for?

Click here to become an OWS Member today and come swim with us!