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.
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 is an ocean swim series for the thousands of recreational swimmers who take part in the open water swims over summer in Victoria.
The inaugural 2019-20 Victorian Open Water Championships Series (VOWCS) marked the beginning of a reinvigorated Open Water Championships format providing more opportunities for Victorians to compete in open water events and more opportunities to become the Victorian Open Water State Champion!
For the inaugural series, Williamstown, Jan Juc, Mornington, Mt Martha, Half Moon Bay and Mentone Life Saving Clubs partnered with Swimming Victoria to deliver this exciting Summer season series. Unfortunately, the 2020-21 series was scuppered by COVID-19, but Swimming Vic is working to get it up and running for the 2021-22 summer - keep checking the Victorian Open Water Swim Calendar for updates.
Swimmers who wish to take part in the Victorian Open Water Championships must register with Swimming Victoria via TryBooking and meet the minimum requirements for their age/distance as outlined in the Competition Information. Swimmers must also register with the surf life saving club for each competition they wish to partake in.
Important note: this is open only to members of Swimming Victoria, Swimming Australia and international associations affiliated with FINA.
For more information, go to the Swimming Victoria website.
The largest swim series in the world: over 100,000 swimmers, 104 races, 36 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.
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.
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.
The following pages on our website contain further information about open water swimming: