Pittwater surf clubs have met via Zoom to begin planning for the 2022 Pittwater Ocean Swim Series, meaning ocean swimmers can look forward to a delicious selection of swims on Sydney’s northern beaches in the new year.
According to meeting chairman, David Madew, the clubs involved; Newport, Bilgola, Mona Vale, Whale Beach and Avalon had all agreed to push ahead with the swims’ organisation.
“The decision was made in the expectation that Covid 19 restrictions would be eased in time for the swims from January 2022. It will be a wonderful opportunity for ocean swimmers to start the new year by celebrating the ‘new normal’.
“We are fully aware that there will still be some restrictions in place that will probably require mask-wearing, social distancing and sanitisation. In addition, the Newport, Bilgola, Mona Vale and the Big Swims will require swimmers and volunteers working on each swim to be fully vaccinated to provide as much protection as possible,” said David.
Newport will be the first of the Pittwater Series on Sunday 2 January followed by Bilgola on 16 Jan., Mona Vale 23 Jan. and the Big Swim from Palm Beach to Whale Beach. 30 Jan. The Avalon swims will be held on Sunday, March 27 and organisers of that swim will advise what vaccination requirements will apply.
Swimmers will be able to choose from a number of swim courses catering for those who like to try a shorter swim or experienced ocean swimmers who will use the shorter swim as a warm-up.
“We are delighted to once again have the support of Northern Beaches Council who have provided funds for promotion. The swims will of course bring swimmers and their teams to the northern beaches which will create much-needed trade for local businesses.
“After the swims, competitors like to hang around for coffee and lunch with their support teams and browse the shops. It’s a great atmosphere and a great way to showcase the Northern Beaches.
“Funds raised by each club at their ocean swims will be used to buy and maintain essential lifesaving equipment for the benefit of beachgoers. Each swim is well organised with an emphasis on safety and fun and there are prizes to be won.
“We are excited that the Pittwater Series will see the reinvigoration of ocean swimming in Pittwater after these tough times,” David continued.
Details of each swim in the series will be available on oceanswims.com and on each club’s website.