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Spring Swim FAQs

How do I enter this event?

Entries for all events are now available online.  Simply navigate your way to the page “Enter” 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:

  • 1.25km Junior Giants – 10 years & older
  • Short Course – 10 years & older
  • Long Course – 12 years & older
  • 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 Event Director at

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 at The briefing will detail all the information you’ll need to take part including the event schedule, information on the course and support services as well as local Mooloolaba information and site maps.

Can I enter this event on event day?

Yes you can, however only a limited amount of entries will be available on the day and a late entry fee will apply.

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 series points and category placings / prizes no matter what swim suit they are wearing.

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

Most definitely. Each event in the World Series Swims 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 1.25km Short Course event and build towards a longer distance at Noosa on Feb 03-04.

Where & When is Pack Collection?

Pack Collection will take place at the Mooloolaba Surf Club (Level 1).

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 Schedule on the event home 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.

  • Long Course – 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Marathon – 2 hours

Is there any on-course support for 5.0km swimmers?

5.0km swimmers will need to provide their own support crew who can position themselves at the shallow water transition.  There they can have water/electrolyte drinks waiting if you, if required.

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. You can select to start in one of the groups below.

  • Elite Wave (Competitive wave – prizes & prizemoney)
  • Mates Wave (Social – swim with your mates!)

**Wave starts do not apply for Junior Giants event. Wave groups may also be split into male and female groups depending on the level of entries in each event.

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