Enter the Bondi Blue Water Challenge ocean swim -- Bondi Beach -- Sunday 22 February 2015
The Bondi Blue Water Challenge will be held on Sunday 25 February 2018 at the iconic Bondi Beach.
- 8:00 am: 4km beach fun run
- 9:15 am: 1 km swim
- 10:30 am: 2.1 km swim
The swim takes place in front of the Bondi Surf Club located on Queen Elizabeth Drive, Bondi Beach.
The Bondi Blue Water Challenge is made up of 2 swim distances: 1 km and 2.1 km.
- 1 km and 2.1 km swims -- Our traditional competitive distances are for anyone looking for the challenge of swimming Bondi Bay.
SWIMS: The minimum age for the 1 km swim, and the 2.1 km swim is 13 years old. All competitors under the age of 18 will need parental consent to swim.
RUN: The minimum age for the 4km beach run is 10 years old. All competitors under the age of 18 will need parental consent to swim.
Age group categories
4km beach run -- The age breakdown is as follows: U20, 20-30, 30-40, 40-50, 50-60, 60 and over.
1 km and 2. 1 km swims --There will be age group categories for the 1 km and 2.1 km swims. The age breakdown is as follows: 13-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 and over.
Wetsuits, flippers, and snorkels
The Bondi Blue Water Challenge is a fun community event aimed at all swimming abilities. Competitors may use extraneous aids such as flippers, snorkels, floatation clothing or devices in any of the swims, but will not be eligible for any prize or qualify as an official place getter.
Swimmers with disabilities
We encourage all swimmers to participate. If you require assistance during the swim, please contact us. We will make every effort to make it a safe and enjoyable swim.
1 km swim
The 1 km course (purple) goes around the closest marker buoy (on your right), around the marker buoy in the middle of the bay (on your left), turns north, around the 3rd marker buoy (on your left), past the last marker buoy (on your right) and returns to shore.
2.1 km swim
The 2.1 km course (pink) goes around the closest marker buoy (on your right), around the marker buoy at MacKenzies Point (on your left), turns north, past 3rd marker buoy (on your left), around the marker buoy at Ben Buckler (on your left), past the marker buoy in middle bay (on your left), past the last marker buoy (on your right) and returns to shore.
Please note that the swim courses may be altered on the day depending on surf conditions.
Beach Run Course
4km Beach Run
The 4km beach run course (yellow) will be run on the soft sand, starting at South Bondi (Icebergs end of the beach). There will be 3.5 laps of the beach, going from the south to north and then looping back. The race will finish in front of Bondi Surf Club though the finish arch that ocean swim finishes through.
Due to the great success of last years Nipper Challenge, the Bondi Blue Water Challenge will again host an event exclusively for juniors, so bring the kids along for a fun day out with the family. Click here for more information and to register.