Thousands of ocean swimmers are expected to descend on Pittwater for the annual Pittwater Ocean Swim Series starting in January 2024. The biggest group of ocean swims in Australia, the Series, conducted by surf clubs in the region, is popular with ocean swimmers of all levels.
With a range of swims, swimmers of all levels are catered for. David Madew, coordinator of the Pittwater Series, says swimmers can test their ocean swimming skills at some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. All entrants will go automatically into the draw for an OceanFit Swim The Whitsundays tour for one, valued at $2,295.
“Swimmers can test their swimming skills in an ocean environment with short courses such as 400m and 800m which are very popular for those less experienced in an ocean environment. The longer events such as the iconic “Around the Bends 2kms from Newport to Avalon” and up to 2.8kms in the Macquarie Bank Big Swim.
“The first swims in the series will be at Newport on Sunday 7 January 2024 followed by Bilgola on 14 January. Then it’s Mona Vale’s turn, on 21 January with their popular Warriewood to Mona Vale course. The Big Swim from Palm Beach to Whale Beach one of Australia’s original ocean swims is celebrating its 50th anniversary with its event on Sunday 28 January, said Madew.
“Then on Sunday 17 March, Avalon will hold its “Around the Bends” ocean swim from Newport to Avalon to complete the Pittwater Series.
“Each of the ocean swims not only offers a challenge to those wanting to take on the ocean. Each swim is an important fundraiser for the surf clubs involved so that they can purchase and maintain essential lifesaving equipment. This in turn makes our beaches safer for the many swimmers who visit Pittwater each summer.”
To be eligible to win the OceanFit Whitsunday holiday prize, swimmers must enter at least three of the swims in the series.
“It is a dream prize for ocean swimmers. The winner is drawn from those who have entered three swims so the winner can come from any swimmer,” added Mr Madew.
There is a strong emphasis on safety for each of the swims as would be expected from the surf clubs.
The Pittwater Ocean Swim Series is generously sponsored by Northern Beaches Council.
The 2024 Series is expected to be a bumper event following the interruptions of Covid. It is a great event showcasing Pittwater and some of the three best surf beaches in the world.
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