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St Kilda Mile Ocean Swim – FAQs

Saturday March 18, 2017 | St Kilda Beach, Melbourne

How do I enter this event?

Entries for all St Kilda Mile events are available online from November 04, 2016.  Simply navigate your way to the page “Entries” and follow the instructions.

Are there any age restrictions on entry?

Yes there are. There is no maximum age restriction, however competitors in any event must be over the following ages:

  • 800m Junior Giants – 10 years & older
  • 800m Short Course – 10 years & older
  • 1.6km Long Course – 10 years & older
  • 3.8km Marathon Course – 12 years & older

Competitors under the age of 18 must also have a parent or guardian present on event day.

How do I know my entry is confirmed?

Once you have completed your online entry form you will receive an automatic confirmation email. Please keep this as proof of entry.

If you do not receive this email please contact the Icon Events team at info@worldseriesswims.com.au

Will I receive any other information before the event?

Yes you will. A comprehensive Competitor Briefing will be emailed to all competitors one week prior to the event and will also be available for download.  The briefing will detail all of the information you’ll need to take part including the event schedule, information on the course and support services as well as local St Kilda information and site maps.

Are wetsuits permitted in this event?

Yes they are. Wetsuits are not typically allowed in many ocean swimming events however they are a great buoyancy aid that offer assistance to inexperienced or less confident ocean swimmers.

The decision to wear a wetsuit / speed suit / tri suit is entirely up to you. All swimmers are eligible for category placings / prizes no matter which swimsuit they are wearing.

I haven’t done a lot of swimming in the ocean – is this event achievable for less experienced swimmers?

Most definitely. The St Kilda Mile has options to cater for all abilities.

There is no hiding the fact that ocean swimming is more challenging than a length in your local pool, but we have taken a number of measures and designed the courses to be challenging but achievable for all abilities and fitness levels.

If you are new to ocean swimming, try our 800m Short Course event and build towards a longer distance in 2015!

Where & When is Competitor Check-in?

Competitor Check-in will take place at the Event Base, St Kilda Seabaths, from 8:30am.

I have a friend / family member competing in the Short Course event – will I be able to watch them?

Yes you will. We have scheduled the races so that all competitors can watch the start and finish of the other events. This will allow parents / partners to compete while their kids / partners wait for them at the Long Course finish line before competing in their own event.

Please refer to the Event Program on the event page for timings.

Is there a time restriction to complete the event?

Yes there is.  The following time restrictions will be enforced to ensure the safety of all competitors.  Any swimmer yet to round the final turn will be assisted by water safety personnel.  However, we do love to see every swimmer cross the finish line, so we prefer not to intervene if a swimmer is within 200m of the beach finish and is still swimming comfortably.

  • 1.6km – 60 minutes
  • 3.8km – 1 hour 45 minutes

Are wave starts used?

Yes they are. A mass start is a lot of fun, but we want to ensure that those around you on the start line are of a similar ability. Two wave group options are available and you get to choose.

  • Open Wave (Competitive)
  • Mates Wave (Social)

**Wave starts do not apply for Junior Giants events. Wave groups may also be split into male and female fields, depending on entry levels in each event.

 

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