- Date6 Nov 2022
The Narrabeen Beach Challenge is a great event to start off the ocean swimming season.
It's held on Narrabeen Beach in Sydney's Northern Beaches, about a 40-minute drive from Sydney's CBD.
This ocean swim has two distances available, an 800m course for 12 years and over and a 1.8km for 15 years and over. The 'Marie Antoinette' champagne glass-shaped course is designed to be manageable enough for first-time ocean swimmers but also a challenge to the best of ocean swimmers.
The two courses in the Narrabeen Beach Challenge are fairly easy and straightforward to follow.
Narrabeen is a wide-open beach with shifting banks, gutters and the occasional rip as with any beach, all making for an exciting swim for all abilities.
The 1.8km swim follows a 'Marie Antoinette' champagne glass-shaped course (Google it) off the beach in front of the surf club.
The 800m swim follows the southern part of the longer course, before cutting it short and heading back to the beach.
Narrabeen Beach is one of the quieter beaches along the Northern Beaches.
Narrabeen is the perfect place to experience Sydney’s famous Northern Beaches with fewer crowds compared to some of the more famed Northern Beaches.
When you’ve finished your swim, head to the Narrabeen Ocean Rockpools to chill out, and if you've got family supporting you, the kids can explore the rock wall and timber boardwalk.
Once you're done enjoying the saltwater, hit Narrabeen's famous Ocean St and explore the beach cafes and boutiques.
After exploring Narrabeen, grab a bite to eat at the beautiful Oceans Narrabeen restaurant while overlooking the ocean.
Parking is available along the beach and on the road behind the Narrabeen Surf Club. Additionally, there is also plenty of parking in the surrounding streets and along Ocean St.
Wetsuits can be worn but swimmers wearing wetsuits will not be eligible for prizes.
The organiser of this event, Narrabeen SLSC, is a registered charity. This event is a major fundraiser for the club, and all proceeds go towards providing its volunteer lifesaving services to the community.
Cancelling your entry
Should you wish to cancel your entry, for any reason, at any time, the following applies:
Should the event be cancelled due to poor and/or dangerous ocean conditions, or Government-mandated health restrictions, the following will apply:
The organiser thanks you for your understanding and support.
$35 per event
$50 for both events
On the day
$40 per event
$55 for both events
8:00am - Registration opens
9:30am - Late entries & registrations close for 800m
10:00am - 800m
10.30am - Late entries & registrations close for 1.8km
11:00am - 1.8km
There is a compulsory swim briefing 30mins before the start of each swim.
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Donna8 Nov 2021 at 2:19pm
Good swim once you get past the break, which is a bit scary for beginners. Water safety team were fabulous, supportive and encouraging.
Hayden8 Nov 2021 at 2:41pm
Good swim and conditions, awesome turnout. (edited)
Nick Tomoson8 Nov 2021 at 6:02pm
Challenging swim for a relatively short distance. Short chop made it tough for the first leg heading north. Overall a great swim! (edited)
Raquel9 Nov 2021 at 3:50pm
Great swim, but a map with the buoys and the direction would have helped to have a look before the swim. And bigger buoys too, hard to see the small ones! But great effort
David Lloyd10 Nov 2021 at 7:27am
Top marks for a well-organised, well-marked, and well-supervised ocean swim. Heavy swell was a bit challenging getting in and out, but great fun. Thanks!
Stephen Ellis5 Nov 2022 at 9:59am
As a swim Narrabeen is great but the best conditions are usually early in the morning.
Kalissa6 Nov 2022 at 9:09pm
Challenging swim through the surf – difficult conditions for beginners and for those who swim infrequently in the ocean.
Really appreciated the support team – thanks to the lifesaving crew and event organisers!
Andrew Chapple7 Nov 2022 at 10:43am
Great swim! very challenging conditions today, 3-4ft swell, noreaster into it. a great challenge to dust off the cobwebs.