If you’re after a swim that will show you some of the best marine life Sydney has to offer, The Collaroy Beach Ocean Swims, brought to you by The Collaroy, is just that.
The event on Sydney’s northern beaches has three swims over relatively short distances, 300m, 800m and 1.5km, the latter two over martini glass-shaped courses.
All swims take you over reef patches that highlight the local marine biodiversity.
Collaroy Beach is actually situated smack bang in the middle of one of Sydney’s largest marine parks, Long Reef Aquatic Reserve.
Collaroy Beach is an open beach nestled inside the northern corner of Long Reef Headland. While the beach has slight shelter from the headland, it remains exposed to the elements with shifting banks, gutters and rips depending on the size of the swell.
The 300m swim is ideal for young swimmers 8-10-years-old keen for their first taste of ocean swimming and to develop confidence in the open water.
The 800m swim is for ages 10+ and the distance is perfect for children taking the next step or adults diving in for the first time or still developing their swim fitness.
Finally, the 1.5km swim is for ages 14 years and older, taking in the magnificent aquatic marine park.
From 11.30am (after the 1.5k swim), everyone is invited to enjoy the hospitality of the Collaroy SLS Club for fellowship and presentations. In lieu of prize money, gift vouchers will be presented to randomly drawn swimmers from each of the 3 events.
Following this, you might like to venture down to Long Reef Point and explore the rocks and walking track.
If you haven’t had enough of the ocean for the day, you can take a dip at the Collaroy rock pools. The kids will love jumping in the pool with the waves lapping at the side.
There’s a car park next to the Collaroy surf club and a larger one north of The Collaroy. Other than that, head down the roads that run away from the beach for free on-street parking.
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