Race Day

The Bondi Blue Water Challenge is a fun and exciting ocean swimming event for competitors of all ages and abilities. Join us at one of the world's best known beaches -- Bondi Sunday 22 February 2015.

Race Day

Event information

Everything you need to know to get to you to the finish line. Remember, ocean swimming is fun, so look out for each other and have a great day.

Event schedule

  • 7:00am – Pre-race registration and late entries open for all swims and beach run.
  • 7:45am - Registration for the 4km beach run closes
  • 8:00 am – 4km Beach Fun Run
  • 9:00 am – Registration for the 1 km swim closes
  • 8:55 am – Race briefing for the 1 km swim takes place at the start line
  • 9:15 am – 1 km swim starts (staggered starts every 3 minutes)
  • 10:15 am – Registration for the 2.1 km swim closes
  • 10:25 am – Race briefing for the 2.1 km swim takes place at the start line
  • 10:30 am – 2.1 km swim starts (staggered starts every 3 minutes)
  • POST CELEBRATIONS with winners presentations and lucky door prizes, in the new look Bondi Surf Club Hall of Champions. 

Registration and late entries open at 7:00am

Registration is at Bondi Surf Club from 7:00am to close, 7:45am (4km Run), 9:00 am (1 km) and 10:15 am (2.1 km). Once you arrive, please proceed to the Registration area to collect your timing chip and swim cap. 

If you haven't registered online, have no fear! You can still register on race day. Please ensure you arrive as early as possible to register on the day. Late entries are accepted from 7: 00 am. Registration closing time is 15 minutes prior to the event start time.

Storing your valuables

We will provide a secure area at Bondi Surf Club to store your belongings during the race.

Wave starts

Competitors in the 1 km and 2.1 km swims will be sent off in waves according to age group categories. Waves will be sent 3 minutes apart. Please check the event signage on race day for your wave start time.

Wave start times

                                                                                                             1 km start                        2.1 km start
Wave 1:      13-19, 20-24, 25-29             Male/Female                        9:15 am                           10:30 am
Wave 2:     60-64, 65-69, 70 & over     Male/Female                        9:18 am                           10:33 am
------------------------------------------------------------------  5 minute break------------------------------------------------------------
Wave 3:    30-34, 35-39                         Male                                     9:23 am                           10:38 am
Wave 4:    30-34, 35-39                         Female                                 9:26 am                             10:41 am
Wave 5:    40-44, 45-49                         Male/Female                        9:29 am                            10:44 am
Wave 6:    50-54, 55-59                         Male/Female                       9:32 am                             10:47 am

Water safety and first aid

The Race Committee takes competitor safely seriously. We will have plenty of Bondi Lifesavers on hand to provide water safety during the swim. Bondi Lifesavers will be at the start and finish lines, as well as on the water on boards and IRBs. We will have 2 Lifeguards on jet skis on the course as well.

If you are having trouble during the swim, raise your hand so the water safety on boards can see you. They will come to your assistance and the IRB will bring you to shore.

A first aid tent with certified first aid personnel will be located at the finish line.

Non-finishers

In the event that you do not finish the race, you must proceed to the finish line and advise the Finish Line Race Officials that you have not finished and hand your timing chip.  It is imperative you do this for safety reasons.

Awards presentation

Whether you're a seasoned ocean swimmer or first timer, you deserve to celebrate! Join us at the Bondi Surf Club after the completion of the 2.1 km swim for the post-race party and awards presentation. 

Even if you missed out placing in your age group, you still have a chance to win fabulous random draw prizes. You have to be present to win!

Big surf and event cancellation

Weather and surf conditions are part of ocean swimming. We aim to run a safe and enjoyable swim for everyone. The race committee will meet with Waverley Council Lifeguards at 6:00 am to assess the surf conditions.

If the race is cancelled, we will notify Oceanswims.com and post an announcement on our website and Facebook page by 7:00 am. If you have signed up for our newsletter, we will also send out an email.

Parking and transportation

Bondi Beach is one of Sydney's most crowded beaches. Getting to and from Bondi by car in summer is the other Bondi Challenge. Public parking at the beach is limited. There is metered parking in Park Drive and Queen Elizabeth Drive. Competitors are encouraged to carpool or take public transportation.

The closest station to Bondi Beach is Bondi Junction. Sydney Buses operate regular services from Bondi Junction to the beach.

  • For the fastest trip to Bondi Beach, catch route 333 at Bondi Junction Interchange stand A3
  • Alternatively, routes 380, 381, 382 and X81 depart from Bondi Junction Interchange stand A1.

For more information or to plan your trip, please visit Transport Sydney Trains.