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.
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.
If you're not sure if your swimming ability is up to the challenge, or want to improve from last year's results, come down to our training sessions with the Casey Seals Masters Swimming Club.
Your swimming will improve when training with us and you'll enjoy it much more than by yourself.
Alternatively, check out our list of training squads, groups and events around Melbourne and Geelong.
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.
|Western Australia:||Masters Swimming WA or Swimming WA|
|South Australia:||Masters Swimming SA|
|New South Wales:||Swimming NSW|
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.
A good source of information about open water swimming, with a calendar of events and results around Australia (NSW-centric).
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
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.
The following pages on our website contain further information about open water swimming: