Noosa Summer Swim FAQs

How do I enter this event?

Entries for all 2024 events are available online from September 2023.  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
  • Noosa 1.0 – 10 years & older
  • Noosa 2.0 – 12 years & older
  • Noosa 3.0 – 12 years & older
  • Noosa 5.0 – 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 Noosa 5.0 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 Programme 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?

In 2024 we will not have day entries available.  Online entries will close at 9:00am on Sat Feb 17.

Are wetsuits permitted in this event?

Yes they are, but only for swimmers entering into our Mates Wave and Age Group waves.

  • Wetsuits are permitted for swimmers entering into Mates Wave and  Age Group Waves
  • Wetsuits are not permitted for swimmers entering into the Elite Wave who are competing for overall prizes and prizemoney.

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, in front of Noosa Heads Surf Life Saving Club.

We’ll also have a Saturday option to collect your packs – we’ll list this on our Event Program page.

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. Three wave group options are available.

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

**Wave starts do not apply for the 300m event.