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The Cooly Classic Ocean Swim | World Series Swims

Sunday April 18, 2021 | Coolangatta, Gold Coast

2021 Entries Now Open!

Join swimmers from all over Australia for the Gold Coast’s premier ocean swim.

The Cooly Classic has a stunning course with a backdrop of beaches that set it apart from other swims – Snapper Rocks, Rainbow Bay, Greenmount, Coolangatta and Kirra.

The introduction of a new 5.0km marathon distance course was an instant hit, so if you’re a seasoned ocean swimmer, the Cooly 5.0 is a great opportunity to test yourself beyond the typical open water distances.

Take a look at the distances on offer below.

The Events

Cooly 5.0 (5.0km)

This is the big one, a 5.0km marathon distance swim.

This course will be an extension of the current 3.0km course, with swimmers making turn near the North Kirra SLSC and returning to Kirra Beach.

The field will be limited to just 200 swimmers – get in quick when entries open!

Cooly 3.0 (3.0km)

If you’re a seasoned ocean swimmer, sometimes 2.0km just isn’t enough.   Push your limits in the 3.0km long course.

The new course will follow the 2.0km point to point format with an extra leg added beyond Kirra Point.

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Cooly Classic 2.0

The Cooly Classic 2.0 is without doubt the main event and always attracts a big crowd.

Starting at the popular Snapper Rocks surf break, the course follows the coast north passing Rainbow Bay, Greenmount and Coolangatta enroute to the finish at legendary Kirra Beach.

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Cooly 1000

The Cooly 1000 is a 1.0km short course option from Coolangatta to Kirra Beach. This is a perfect introduction for less experienced ocean swimmers and retains the popular point-to-point format.

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Junior Giants (1000m)

The Junior Giants event is a great opportunity for kids aged 10 years to 16 years to compete with other swimmers their own age.

We also encourage family and friends to share the experience and swim the course alongside the kids – you’ll need to enter this event too.

The 1000m event will use the same course format as the 1000m Short Course event starting at Coolangatta Beach.

Stretch Yoga

Join Erin Bourne from Aloka Yoga & Pilates for Stretch Yoga before you swim.  The free session will include warm up stretching designed for swimmers, yoga for beginners and some more advanced poses for seasoned yoga enthusiasts.

All you need is a beach towel (instead of a yoga mat..)


All World Series Swims will have some great prizes up for grabs from and elite swimmers will also have the opportunity to compete for cash prizes in nominated events.

Presentations on event day will include the following overall prizes in each event (male & female):

– 1000m Junior Giants 1st, 2nd, 3rd (Product Prize)
– Cooly 1000 (1.0km)
1st, 2nd, 3rd (Product Prize)
– Cooly Classic (2.0km)
1st, 2nd, 3rd (Product Prize)
– Cooly 3.0 (3.0km)
1st, 2nd, 3rd (Product Prize)
– Cooly 5.0 (5.0km) 1st ($500 + Trophy), 2nd & 3rd (Product Prizes)
Age Group Winners: World Series Swims Gift


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