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Open Water Swimming in Victoria

Each summer in Victoria, thousands of people of all ages take to the beaches around Port Phillip and Westernport bays and the ocean beaches to participate in the fantastic sport of Open Water Swimming.

For some, it's just a great way to combine their love of swimming and the freedom of swimming in the open water.

For others, it's what they train through the cold winter months for, swimming hundreds of kilometres up and down the pool or in the Bay or ocean.

And for some, they just love the excitement and atmosphere of the events.

Why not give it a try - there are shorter novice races at some of the events if you're not sure if you're ready for the full distance. Have a look at the Open Water Swim Calendar to find an event that suits you.

Masters Swimming Victoria - swimming all year round

Don't just swim in the open water season. Train and compete all year round with one of over 30 Masters Swimming Victoria clubs, including the Casey Seals.

And over the open water season, you can have the added enjoyment of swimming at the open water events with your club teammates. This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone who may be a bit nervous about competing in these events, especially if you are new to the sport.

To see what we've got for you or to find a club to join, go to the Masters Swimming Victoria website.

The Great Victorian Swim Series

The Great Victorian Swim Series is an ocean swim series for the thousands of recreational swimmers who take part in the open water swims over summer in Victoria.

For more information, go to the Great Victorian Swim Series page on the Cousins Tours & Travel website.

Global Swim Series

The largest swim series in the world: over 66,000 swimmers, 100 races, 30 countries... and still growing!

The Global Swim Series is a collection of independent ocean swim and open water swim races from all over the world that have joined together to promote open water swimming and a healthy, active and adventurous lifestyle. you can also compete against swimmers from around the world using their Global Ranking system that recognizes both speed and participation!

Go to the Global Swim Series website for more information.

OWS Calendars for other States

To see a calendar of open water swim events in other states, go to the following websites. The Ocean Swims website also covers all Australia, so go there for an alternative to these sites.

Tasmania:
Western Australia:
South Australia:
New South Wales:
Queensland:

OWS Calendars for previous years

All the calendars from previous years are available below as downloadable PDF files, for every year going back to 2001 when we first started publishing them on our website.

Other Open Water Swimming websites

Cousins Tours & Travel
Cousins Tours & Travel
Cousins TT is a sponsor of many of the open-water events. Contact them for travel packages to major sporting events and for sports tours.
Ocean Swims open water swimming
Ocean Swims
A good source of information about open water swimming, with a calendar of events and results around Australia (NSW-centric).
Brighton Icebergers
Brighton Icebergers
The Brighton Icebergers are a group of hardy swimmers who swim all year at the Middle Brighton Baths. Their informal events include the Winter Pier to Pub at Lorne in July (brrr!) each year.
Black-Ice Open Water Swimming Club
Black-Ice Open Water Swimming Club
A group of long-distance open water swimmers based at Black Rock in summer and Brighton Baths in winter (no wetsuits!).
They offer support and advice for anyone preparing for a long-distance open water swimming event, including the English Channel crossing (they regularly have members doing the crossing), Rottnest, Cook Strait, etc.


More information

The following pages on our website contain further information about open water swimming: