Every swimmer, including Solo’s, Duo’s and Teams, require a Support Boat to participate.
It is important that you select a boat that can legally carry you and your team members and/or support crew (if any).
We will be compiling a list of skippers who have boats available, so please contact us if you need help finding a support boat and skipper.
It is the responsibility of the Skipper to make sure the boat is suitable and capable of making the journey from Coolangatta to Surfers Paradise, then on to the nearest boat ramp (approx 30km).
It is also the Skipper’s responsibility to determine the exact number of people permitted onboard for a safe voyage using Queensland Government guidelines. Your swimmer in the water should be included in the total number of passengers. The boat’s capacity is often displayed on the Australian Builder’s Plate.
The distance and duration of the swim, along with the offshore course, means that many smaller boats (under 4.5m) are not suitable.
This includes any boat with a hand-operated outboard motor, or less than 4.5m in length which has a ‘Basic Flotation’ classification, for example ‘tinnies’, which are easily capsized.
Please note, Jetski’s are not permitted to participate in the event, either as support boats or assisting support boats.
If you would like to inquire about the suitability of a specific boat, please email World Series Swims at Marathon@worldseriesswims.com.au
Surf Club IRBs are approved to participate, however only as Support Boats for Solo swimmers and Tandem Solo swimmers.
Duo Teams are also permitted to use IRBs as Support Boats, but only if both members have a current IRB proficiency award.
NB: An IRB does not have the legal capacity to carry teams plus their Skipper.
Inflatable Rescue Boats (IRBs) must meet the following conditions of entry:
The Seaworld Drive Boat Ramps are the recommended ramps to launch your Support Boats, given their proximity to Surfers Paradise where the event will finish. They also have ample parking space.
The journey from Southport to the Offshore Waiting Zone off Coolangatta Beach is approx 30km, so please consider this distance and time required to make this journey if you are launching at Southport.
Support Boats are welcome to launch at any Boat Ramp. Below is a map of locations for reference:
A bus service will run between the Southport Spit Boat Ramp and the finish at Surfers Paradise Beach (Hanlan St).
This free service is designed to transport Skippers and / or team members who exit at Southport, to meet their swimmers at the finish line as soon as possible.
Buses will run continuously from 12:00pm – 5:00pm. No bookings are required.