North Bondi Beach
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The North Bondi ClearView Ocean Swim (previously the 'Roughwater') was once one of the first ocean swims in the New Year, but now has a new date on the second Sunday in December.
Bondi is a mecca for ocean swimming in Sydney, with swimming groups dominating the water most mornings of the week, and why wouldn't it be, it is a simply stunning place to swim.
From the iconic Icebergs in the south, to the famous Bondi Lifeguards and their tower in the middle, to the North Bondi rock pools and Grssy Knoll in the north, it's the place to be.
As part of the event, which is run out of the sheltered North Bondi, there are two different swims to take on: a 1km and a 2km.
With the way the day has been structured, it is possible to take on both if you're especially motivated.
It's an event that can attract hundreds of competitors, so make sure you get in early.
Note: The sister event to the ClearView is the Classic (held in February).
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 as a south-facing beach, will have swell when it's from the S/SE. 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 bouy 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 North Bondi Ocean Swim, 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.
North Bondi Beach
1km & 2km
Note: North Bondi runs two events, the 'Clearview' (this event) and the 'Classic' (13 Feb, 2022). Each event has two swims, 1km and 2km, and the number of swims you enter can be within one event or across both events.
North Bondi NSW, Australia
$100 Running Bare vouchers for first place in open and all age categories to be given out at prizegiving in the club forecourt from 11.30am.
Only fully vaccinated swimmers can participate in this event. Proof of vaccination will be requested when registering for the event on the day and participants will need to sign in using the QR code provided. All event staff, volunteers will be fully vaccinated.
The organiser of this event, North Bondi SLSC, is a registered charity. This event is a major fundraiser for the club, and all proceeds go towards supporting its volunteer lifesaving services to the community.
Should the event be cancelled due to poor weather and/or dangerous ocean conditions, or Government-mandated health restrictions entries will not be refunded and will be donated to the club.
Cancelling your entry:
Should you wish to cancel your entry, for any reason, at any time, refunds are not available, your entry fee will be donated to the club.