The Proclamation Classic Swim draws its inspiration from South Australia's 180-year heritage. Taking its name from the Governor's Proclamation on 28 December 1836 that established the colony, the event pits swimmers' skills and endurance against a historical constant, the beautiful waters of 'the Bay'.
The Proclamation Classic gives swimmers two options – one and two-kilometre swims – all of which start and finish close to the popular Glenelg Jetty.
The swim is organised by the Adelaide Masters Swimming Club and the Glenelg Surf Life Saving Club in association with the Bay Sports Festival.
All swimmers will start in the water on the south side of the Glenelg Jetty.
With both distances finishing at the water's edge on the south side of the jetty.
This is a swimming race, not a surf or running race. Swimmers are expected to stay in the order they finish at the point they stand up in the water, and not push past those in front of them in the gap between when swimming stops and the electronic finish line.
From the start line in the water, all competitors will swim south parallel to the beach for approximately 400m; at the first buoy, turn right and swim 50m to the west (out to sea); at the second buoy, turn right again and swim parallel to the beach back towards the jetty; at the third buoy turn right towards the shore.
At this point, 1km swimmers will swim straight into shore and the finish line.
2km swimmers will turn right at the fourth buoy closest to the beach and repeat the course once, before swimming into the beach at the end of the second circuit.
A diagram will be posted on the day and a race briefing will be held 30 minutes before the start of the 2km race.
The historical Glenelg foreshore is a tourist mecca famous for its pristine protected beach, cafes, restaurants, walks and parks with 7-day shopping along the main street jetty road.
This highly accessible beach is perfect for the whole family with fun parks and adjacent to a deep port marina where great views can be taken on from a variety of high-quality restaurants and cafés surrounding. The nearby Patawalonga Mariana provides for ultra-calm waters for paddle boarding/canoeing.
A regular tram service runs to Glenelg from the Adelaide CBD and a number of Bus routes service this popular area.
1km & 2km
Note: There are no on-the-day entries.
Be aware, due to Covid-19 restrictions, this event will be open to online entries only. This means that there will be no entries accepted on the beach on race day. Also, entrant numbers will be capped at 350.
No 5km swim in 2021
There will be no 5km swim at the Proclamation Classic in 2021.
First prize for male and female for each of the 1 and 2 km swims.
After the races
Masters Swimming Australia's Masters Swimming Rules, Masters Open Water Swim Rules and Masters Swimwear Rules, available at mastersswimming.org.au, apply.
Race Officials retain the right to cancel the event due to unfavourable conditions or circumstances beyond the organisers' control. Entry fees will not be refunded.
Refund Policy (participant cancellation)