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Noosa Summer Swim FAQs

How do I enter this event?

Entries for all 2021 events are available online from October 14, 2020.  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:

  • 300m Junior Giants – 8 years & older
  • 1km Junior Giants – 10 years & older
  • 1km Short Course – 10 years & older
  • 2km Long Course – 12 years & older
  • 3km Long Course – 12 years & older
  • 5km Grand Prix – 12 years & older

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

Competitors under the age of 18 wishing to enter the 5.0km Grand Prix must have their competency / ability verified by a coach or parent.  Please email World Series Swims before entering if this applies to you:

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 Programme 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 Noosa 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, but only for swimmers entering into our Mates Wave.  Wetsuits are not permitted for swimmers in the Open Wave who are competing for overall prizes and prizemoney.

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.

If you’re swimming in our Mates Wave, the decision to wear a wetsuit / speed suit / tri suit is entirely up to you.

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 1000m Short Course event and build towards a longer distance at Mooloolaba in March.

Where & When is Pack Collection?

Pack Collection will take place at the Event Site, Noosa Heads Surf Life Saving Club.

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 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.

  • 2.0km – 1 hour 15 minutes
  • 3.0km – 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 5.0km – 2 hours

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.

  • Elite Wave
  • Age Group Waves (Automatic unless Elite is selected)

**Wave starts do not apply for the 300m 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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