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Race Rules and Regulations

  1. In an emergency during the swim leg, a swimmer will raise an arm overhead and call for or seek assistance from water safety personnel (Woolamai Beach SLSC Lifesavers). Swimmers can accept flotation assistance without retiring from the event. Swimmers cannot receive propulsion assistance.
  2. Swimmers who require assistance via the Inflatable Rescue Boats (IRBs) or Rescue Jet Skis, will be returned to shore and automatically retire from the race.
  3. Swimmers must be 15 years or older on the day of the event to compete.
  4. Swimmers may use any stroke to propel themselves and may tread water or float.
  5. Swimmers must start in the wave corresponding with their cap colour as given to them at registration.
  6. A swimmer must be wearing the approved swim cap given to them at registration to start their swim. The swim cap can be removed once at the transition area on the Newhaven side of the channel.
  7. Participants must be wearing the transponder (timing bracelet) given to them at registration at all times during the swim and run.
  8. A swimmer shall not wear artificial propulsion devices of any kind including, but not limited to, fins/flippers, paddles, floatation devices or buoyancy suits of any kind. Wetsuits are permitted.


Only those participants who have trained and feel competent to complete the event should enter the event.


We recommend wetsuits and goggles be worn by swimmers.


Each competitor will be issued with a transponder (timing bracelet) which they will be required to wear at all times during the race. It is the responsibility of competitors to ensure the transponders are securely fastened to them prior to entering and exiting the water. Non-returned or lost transponders will incur a $100 replacement charge.

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