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Swim the Gold Coast Virtually!

August 21 – September 21

The event is virtual, your swim is real.

We know that nothing compares to the real thing, but our Swim the Gold Coast Virtual Event will allow you to achieve your goals and see your result alongside all other swimmers, plus new guests from around the world.

  • You can swim ANYWHERE in a pool, river, lake or the ocean – you choose
  • You’ll receive official results, listed on the World Series Swims website
  • We’ll post all of the race items to you that you would have received at the event
  • You can participate in your existing teams, or change to a shorter, Solo distance
  • All categories (Solo, Duo, Teams) can still participate, we’ve also added a couple of new options for those who want to join in.

All ‘virtual’ swim distances are based on a start at Coolangatta Beach, the same as the real event, but we’ve tweaked our distances to align with popular goals (2km, 5km, 10km):

  • 2km Swim to Kirra Beach (Solo)
  • 5km Swim to Currumbin (Solo)
  • 10km Swim to Burleigh Heads (Solo)
  • 21km Swim the Gold Coast (Solo, Duo + Teams)

If you did your own private swim after the postponement on May 29, we’ll make that swim count – you’ll still need to register using the code emailed to you.

How it works

You’ll have 30 days to complete a swim then update your entry records with the details.

  • Virtual Event Dates: Aug 21 – Sept 21 (5 weeks to do your swim)
  • Official Results will be updated weekly
  • All participants will receive their race items in the post
  • Swim results will be displayed together, but marked as either ‘Pool’ or ‘Open Water’ in results
  • Tag us in your posts so we can share your swim photos!
  • Hashtag: #STGCVirtual


Once you have registered for the Virtual Event and created an EventPlus account, you can log back in after your swim and add the details.

We’ll publish a ‘Leaderboard’ weekly on the World Series Swims website, then final results will be displayed on Sept 21.

We also need proof of your swim time and distance.  This can be a link to  a GPS file, or a image / screenshot etc.

The details we will require from you are:

  • Time
  • GPS file link or screenshot
  • Team Member Distance Allocation (team total must equal 21km)
  • Photos of you or your group that we can share on our socials!


You don’t need to live in the same location to compete as a team.  Swim your own swim, in your own State, then your Team Captain can list the times and distances for each team member.

Each team member needs to have an allocated swim distance – all distances must total 21km.

If you swim further than your allocated distance, just average out your time per KM and record that.

Each team member needs to register in order to receive their merchandise pack.

Merchandise Packs

Merchandise Packs will be posted to you.  Below is a guide of when you can expect to receive them:

  • Register before 5:00pm Aug 13 – packs posted week commencing August 16
  • Registrations received AFTER 5:00pm August 13 will receive their Merchandise Packs approximately 7-10 days after they register.

NB: packs cannot be posted to addresses outside Australia

How to Enter

If you were registered for May 29 or the rescheduled date, August 21, your entry is free of charge.

The below entry fees apply for those who wish to enter.

  • 2km Swim to Kirra Beach ($25) (Min 12+ years)
  • 5km Swim to Currumbin ($55) (Min 16+ years)
  • 10km Swim to Burleigh Heads ($65) (Min 16+ years)
  • 21km Swim the Gold Coast (Solo $85, Duo $150, Teams $195) (Min 16+ years)

2km swimmers receive an official result, but not Merchandise Packs.

Swimmers in the 5km, 10km & 21km distances receive over $50.00 in merchandise / race items which will be posted to you, including:

  • STGC Event Towel
  • STGC Event Cap
  • Engine Swim Cap
  • Merchandise orders (if applicable)
  • Official Results on World Series Swims website
  • Plus, every existing STGC entrant who transfers to the Virtual Swim receives a credit for the 2022 Swim the Gold Coast event (refer to Event Update email for details)

NB: A discount code can be provided to international swimmers who cannot receive Merchandise Packs.

Entry Form

Entries now closed.


We’ll be updating our results page weekly, as swimmers upload their swims to their EventPlus account (online entry system)


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