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The Dorsal Club 2 Club

  • Forster NSW
  • 250m, 500m & 3.8km


The The Dorsal Club 2 Club is organised by
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Quick Overview

  • Cape Hawke Beach, Forster NSW
  • 250m, 500m & 3.8km
  • Ocean Swim
  • Around The Buoys, Point To Point
  • 250m - 8-years-old, 500m - 10-years-old, 3.8km - 14-years-old


  • Cape Hawke Beach
  • Forster NSW, Australia


Most recent results

2024 results are available

Previous results

2023 results (PDF: 250m | 500m | C2C)

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The Dorsal Club 2 Club ocean swim is named for the main swim course that winds its way around the headland from Cape Hawke surf club to Forster surf club.

The 3.8km journey swim is as satisfying as it gets as an ocean swimmer, with all of the ocean’s natural elements coming into play.

There is also a 500m beginner swim and 250m swim for the kids (8+) in the rather more sheltered Forster Main Beach.

While you’re there, take a drive up to the Cake Hawke lookout and have a cool refreshing beer at The Coastal Brewing Company.

The shorter 250m and 500m swims are held on Forster Main Beach in front of the surf club. This beach is north facing and well protected from the worst of the conditions, should they come into play.

The 3.8km Club To Club is truly deserving of it’s ‘epic’ title, starting at the east-facing Cape Hawke beach, you will swim out and around the headland and swim on a long westward reach to Forster Main Beach. You’ll be rolling around wonderfully in the swell and chop as you round the headland, but conditions settle once you head west unless the swell is not from the nor’-east, in which case it will remain choppy in the backwash from the headland. The long reach from the headland into Main Beach may test your patience. At this point, it becomes a bit of a head swim.

Always fun. Sometimes challenging. A wonderful swim.

  • 8:00-9:30 am – Registration (Forster SLSC)
  • 8:00 am – 500m swim (Forster Main Beach)
  • 8:30 am – Bus transfer from Forster SLSC to Cape Hawke SLSC
  • 8:50 am – Swim briefing (at the start line)
  • 9:15 am – 3.8km Club To Club swim
  • 9:30 am – 250m swim (Forster Main Beach)

Forster is a coastal town on the Mid North Coast of NSW, about 308km north of Sydney. It is immediately adjacent to its twin, Tuncurry, which is the smaller of the two towns.

Forster is known for its stunning waters and Manning Valley beauty.

After your swim, grab a snag from the surf club BBQ and refreshments from the Beach Bums Cafe. Spend the day exploring more of the local beaches, taking in the view from the Cape Hawke lookout (also a great spot for supporters to watch the swim) and go for celebratory drinks at The Coastal Brewing Company.

There’s a beach car park behind the Forster SLSC and parking all along the beachfront.


All swimmers need to be at Forster Main Beach on Sunday morning to collect their race number and cap (or bring your own cap and recycle).

Bus transfer to start

Forster Buslines will transfer swimmers from Forster SLSC to the start line at Cape Hawke SLSC from 8:30am.

Club To Club time limit

There is a 2-hour time limit on completing the 3.8km Club To Club swim. Please comply with water safety requests.


14-19-years, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+ and Opens.

Race Rules

  1. All swimmers must swim the prescribed course and ensure that their name is marked off the official entrants register at the conclusion of the Dorsal 3.8km and  250m and 500m swim even if they do not complete the course.
  2. Swimmers must swim in the category for which they are eligible.
  3. All swimmers must wear their prescribed cap, race number.
  4. A swimmer using extraneous aids e.g. flippers, snorkels or flotation clothing or devices, wetsuits of any kind will not be eligible for a prize
  5. All swimmers are to 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 swim.
  6. 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 swim 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.
  7. If in the opinion of the Club the weather or swimming conditions are dangerous or unsuitable, the swim may be cancelled without notice.
  8. Prize winners must be present to receive their prizes.

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