Event Type
Swim Distances

500m, 1km & 2.1km

Course Type
Swim Start Times
  • 7:30am – Registration and check-in open for all swims and beach run
  • 7:55am – Race briefing for the 4km run takes place at the start line
  • 8:00am – 4km beach run
  • 8:40am – Race briefing for the 500m swim takes place at the start line
  • 8:45am – 500m swim
  • 9:10am – Race briefing for the 1km swim takes place at the start line
  • 9:15am – 1km swim starts
  • 9:30am – Awards presentation for the 4km run and 500m swim on the beach
  • 10:25am – Race briefing for the 2.1 km swim takes place at the start line
  • 10:30am – 2.1km swim starts
  • 12:00pm – Awards presentation for the 1km ad 2.1km swims at Bondi Surf Club
Swim Pricing

Adult = 17-years-old and over
Child = 9-16-years-old

Online entries

Single entry

  • 500m swim - $20 (All ages)
  • 1km swim - Adult $40, Child $25
  • 2.1km swim - Adult $40, Child $25
  • 4km Beach Run - Adult $40, Child $25

Entry combos

  • 1km + 2.1km Swims - Adult $65, Child $40
  • 4km Beach Run + 1km Swim - Adult $65, Child $40
  • 4km Beach Run + 2.1km Swim - Adult $65, Child $40

On-the-day entries

Single entry

  • 500m swim - $20 (All ages)
  • 1km swim - Adult $50, Child $35
  • 2.1km swim - Adult $50, Child $35
  • 4km Beach Run - Adult $50, Child $35

Entry combos

1km + 2.1km Swims - Adult $85, Child $60
4km Beach Run + 1km Swim - Adult $85, Child $60
4km Beach Run + 2.1km Swim - Adult $85, Child $60

Minimum Age

Swims: 500m - 9-years-old, 1km - 10-years-old, 2.1km - 12-years-old. Beach run: 4km - 10-years-old.

Other Event Info

Prize categories

  • 4km beach run - The age breakdown is as follows: Under 20, 20-30, 30-40, 40-50, 50-60, 60 and over
  • 1km and 2.1 km swims - The age breakdown is as follows: Under 19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 and over
  • There are prizes for the top three place getters for each gender in each age category in each race
  • The 500m swim will award prizes for the top three male and female winners overall

Presentations

  • The presentation for the 4km run and 500m swim will be held on the beach at the conclusion of the 500m swim
  • The presentation for the 1km and 2.1km swims will be held in Bondi Surf Club at the conclusion of the 2.1km swim

Wetsuits, flippers, and snorkels
The Bondi Blue Water Challenge is a fun community event aimed at all swimming abilities. Competitors may use extraneous aids such as flippers, snorkels, floatation clothing or devices in any of the swims, but will not be eligible for any prize or qualify as an official place getter.

Swimmers with disabilities
We encourage all swimmers to participate. If you require assistance during the swim, please contact us. We will make every effort to make it a safe and enjoyable swim.

Swim race rules and conditions

  1. Swimmers physical condition will be their own responsibility and all participants are encouraged to train in preparation for this event.
  2. The minimum entry age is 9 years for the 500m swim, 10 years for the 1km swim and 12 years for the 2.1km swim. All competitors under the age of 18 will need parental consent to participate.
  3. All swimmers must swim the prescribed course and ensure that their name is marked off the official entrants register at the conclusion of the Bondi Blue Water Challenge even if they do not complete the course.
  4. Swimmers must swim in the age category for which they are eligible.
  5. All swimmers must wear their prescribed cap, race number and timing device.
  6. A swimmer may use extraneous aids such as flippers, snorkels, floatation clothing or devices but will not be eligible for any prize or qualify as an official place getter.
  7. All swimmers must behave in a fair and sportsmanlike manner without interference or aggression towards other competitors and any breach of this rule may result in disqualification from the Bondi Blue Water Challenge.
  8. If in the opinion of an event medical officer or a water safety official a competitor is physically or otherwise incapable of starting or completing the Bondi Blue Water Challenge or has been in the water for an inordinate time such competitor may be disqualified from starting or be removed from the water at any time.
  9. There will be safety craft patrolling the course. Signal them if you need any assistance. Your safety is our priority.
  10. All decisions of the race committee will be considered absolute and final.

Beach run race rules 

  1. The minimum entry age is 10 years. All competitors under the age of 18 will need parental consent to participate.
    All runners must run the prescribed course and ensure that their name is marked off the official entrants register at the conclusion of the Bondi Blue Water Challenge even if they do not complete the course.
  2. All runners must behave in a fair and sportsmanlike manner without interference or aggression towards other competitors and any breach of this rule may result in disqualification from the Bondi Blue Water Challenge.
  3. All decisions of the race committee will be considered absolute and final.
Refund & Cancellation Policy

The organiser of this event, Bondi SBSLSC, is a registered charity. This event is a major fundraiser for the club and other local community charities, and all proceeds go towards providing volunteer services to the community.

Cancelling your entry

Should you wish to cancel your entry, for any reason, at any time, the following applies:

  • Refunds are not available, your entry fee will be donated to the club

Event cancellation

Should the event be cancelled due to poor and/or dangerous ocean conditions, or Government-mandated health restrictions, the following will apply:

  • Entries will not be refunded
  • The organiser may, at their discretion, choose another date for the event in the same season and rollover entries to the new date
  • Should another date not be found within the same season, the event will be deemed to be cancelled, and there will be no refunds.

The organiser thanks you for your understanding and support.

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