- Date12 Feb 2023
The Oceana Funds North Bondi Swim Classic is one of the staples on Australia's ocean swimming calendar.
With a 1km course and a 2km course, it can attract hundreds of competitors who come out to enjoy a carnival atmosphere while living it up on North Bondi.
Note: The sister event to the Classic is The ClearView Buckler to Bergs Ocean Swim (previously the Roughwater) held in December.
Both the 1km and 2km courses are fairly straightforward circuits, following the buoys out around and back into the beach.
Bondi Beach is an open beach with banks, gutters, rips and plenty of swell. However, North Bondi beach is the calmer and gentler end of Bondi, being protected by Ben Buckler and the northern headland and rock shelf.
While there is usually a strong run out in the corner of North Bondi, which is helpful for getting out through the break, you will want to stay away from this on your way back in.
The 1km course is a smaller version of the 2km swim. Starting on the beach out the front of North Bondi Surf Life Saving Club and swimming straight out, before a slight turn south, then followed by a turn heading north-west into the beach and one final swim past a buoy before returning into shore out the front of North Bondi Surf Life Saving Club.
The 2km course reaches every corner of the Bay. Starting on the beach out the front of North Bondi Surf Life Saving Club and swimming straight out, before a slight turn south, then followed by a 75 degree turn west, followed another turn and lastly, one final turn into shore to finishing back out the front of North Bondi Surf Life Saving Club.
Swim aids such as wetsuits, fins, snorkels and pull buoys are allowed during the race, but swimmers who choose to use aids will need to state so in the online entry portal.
After the swim, head up to the surf club, and then explore Sydney’s famous beachside suburb, Bondi. There are plenty of shops, bars, cafes and restaurants to explore and fit everyone's taste.
Take your pick of local favourites Messina, the North Bondi RSL, The Depot and Ravesis.
Don’t forget to keep an eye out for the famous ‘Boys in Blue’, the lifeguards from Bondi Rescue. They are either on the beach or roaming the streets of Bondi and are always up for a photo if you ask.
Bondi Beach has multiple parking options; the Bondi Beach carpark offers parking for $8 per hour, but if you travel a few streets back from the main Bondi strip, you will find 2-hour paid parking zones followed by a hot commodity of free all-day parking. Be warned, though, these parks do get snapped up quickly.
If you don’t want to drive, you can also catch public transport, with the 380 and 333 heading from the city, through Bondi Junction, to Bondi Beach.
Transfers: You can transfer yourself to a different distance or transfer your entry to another person via your Race Roster dashboard. Fees apply.
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Newmarch12 Feb 2023 at 1:37pm
Excellent organisation – water safety in the very choppy and blustery conditions were 1st class – it was a pleasure and great fun to be part of the swim
Emma12 Feb 2023 at 1:42pm
Great event. Well managed. Safe.
Bill12 Feb 2023 at 1:47pm
Well run event. Tough conditions. One gripe is that there should be clear rules about swim wear. Many of the swimmers were wearing neoprene buoyancy swim shorts.
william s etheridge12 Feb 2023 at 3:20pm
Hard to fault, great venue/location; vg course, straight out and back, and roughwater it was on the day with brisk offshore S Westerly? Much windier than recent training days. Good. Added spice. Well organised, well marshalled on the water by folk on boards. Buy not too busy.
Jane Ecclestone12 Feb 2023 at 4:06pm
A fabulous experience of ocean swimming at its best, even in somewhat challenging conditions of waves, wind and tides! I felt very supported with so many lifesaving people on their boards at all locations during the swim, wonderful volunteers on registration to finishing line congratulations, and tasty food and power drinks…so well organized. Thanks so much🥰 My second Oz swim while on holidays😁
Jane Ecclestone12 Feb 2023 at 4:17pm
Whole event from start to finish was smooth with minimal time waiting to get in and get ‘er done! Under difficult conditions of waves, wind and tide, I felt very safe with so many life-saving people on guard at all locations of the swim😀
Simon12 Feb 2023 at 4:35pm
Well run event with great water safety in choppy and challenging conditions. Pleasure to be a part of it
Richa D13 Feb 2023 at 8:32am
It was a very well organised event with attention to safety in the water and outside. Loved participating in it. It was my first ocean swim ever.
Jenny13 Feb 2023 at 11:03am
Very well organised by North Bondi surf club and agree that water safety was excellent on a windy, choppy day.
Rachel Browne13 Feb 2023 at 8:27pm
Great event. Very well organised. Thanks to all the volunteers, especially the safety crew who were top notch in the choppy conditions. Amazing work!
Ron white15 Feb 2023 at 11:32am
On behalf of our swim group Balmain Kool Kats we would like to congratulate all those in Sunday Ocean Swim A great day in trying conditions
I would like to thank the medical staff who took great care of one of our swimmers Norm the champ Also a thanks to the Committee for Recognising the 80 years plus swimmers in the
Sue16 Feb 2023 at 10:03am
My first swim, so can’t compare, but I thought it was VERY well organised, and importantly I felt very safe in the water.