The historic Point Leo Swim Classic is on again this Boxing Day as a live in person event! Yay!

The Swim Classic is an ocean swim hosted by the Point Leo Surf Life Saving Club (at Point Leo Beach) over a distance of 1200 metres. In addition, there is a 2.5km Challenge, a 400m Nipper/Novice event and a 4km beach run.

Events:

Balnarring & District Community Bank 2.5 km Challenge

Held over the same course as the Point Leo Swim Classic, swimmers will complete two laps to finish the race. A cutoff time of 1.5 hours will be enforced (any remaining swimmers will be pulled from the water). There will be one leg in the swim that will be up to 600 metres long, depending on the conditions on the day.

There are no separate age categories for the 2.5km challenge.

400m Nipper & Novice Swims

This year the Nipper (youth) and Novice Swims will involve a 400m ocean swim. Set to encourage participants who are not yet confident enough to tackle the 1200m swim, the Nipper and Novice swims make for a great starting point in open water swimming. Nipper age group categories are 8-U10, U12 and U14 year old. Novice swim is for swimmers 14 – 70+.

Honeysuckle 4km Beach Run

The most exciting beach run held over summer is back! The Honeysuckle Beach Run is an enthralling and scenic 4km race, starting from the Point Leo SLSC clubhouse heading towards Crunchy Point where competitors turn around to come back past the clubhouse and head towards Honeysuckle Point, where they turn and repeat the course once again, then turn to finish in front of the clubhouse and hundreds of supporters! Male and female place-getters will receive a medal in each age category. Honeysuckle Beach Run categories are Nipper 8-U12, Junior Cadet 12-U16, Senior Cadet 16-U19 and Open 19+.

1200m Point Leo Swim Classic

The Point Leo Swim Classic is a 1200 metre ocean swim. There will be one leg in the swim that will be up to 600 metres long, depending on the conditions on the day.

Categories include:

  • Junior Cadet (12-U16);
  • Senior Cadet (16-U19);
  • Open (19-29);
  • Masters (30-39);
  • Senior (40-49);
  • Veterans (50-59);
  • Legends (60-69)
  • Heros (70+).

Subject to COVID-19 restrictions or inclement weather, the event may revert to being virtual, be rescheduled, or the length of the course may be varied subject to the discretion of the race director.

Race Information

Entry and payment

Event entry and payment are to be made via Register Now , until entries close on the day.

A cool complimentary t-shirt  will be provided until stocks run out on a first in best dressed scenario (excluding those only competing in the Nipper/Novice swim).

Entries cannot be cancelled or transferred. No refunds are given and there is no public transport available to the beach.

Balnarring & District Community Bank 2.5 km Challenge

If weather conditions are such that the race directors deem it unsafe to complete, the Balnarring & District Community Bank 2.5 km Challenge may be rescheduled, modified or cancelled.

Fees (GST inclusive)

Event (The Register Now booking fee will be added to the cost of your entry fee when processed) Online entry
Balnarring & District Community Bank 2.5 km Challenge $55
400m Nipper & Novice Swims $20
Honeysuckle 4km Beach Run $35
Point Leo Swim Classic (1200m) $50
Balnarring & District Community Bank 2.5 km Challenge & Swim Classic (1200m) $90
400m Nipper/Novice Swim & 4km Beach Run $50
4km Beach Run & Swim Classic (1200m) OR 2.5km Swim $70
Balnarring & District Community Bank 2.5 km Challenge, 4km Beach Run & Swim Classic (1200m) $95

Registration

All registration will be made via Register Now, an event QR code will be allocated to each entry.

Registration desk opens at 8:30 AM outside the Point Leo SLSC Clubhouse.

You must provide valid proof of vaccination (or medical exemption). Your event QR code will be scanned by the registration team to collect timing band, swim cap and t-shirt.

Event schedule

Honeysuckle 4km Beach Run 10am
Balnarring & District Community Bank 2.5 km Challenge 11am
Nipper Swim 11.30am
Novice Swim 12pm
Point Leo Swim Classic Commencing 1pm

Marshalling

Race briefing will be given 10 minutes prior to each event.
Race officials will marshal competitors 5 minutes prior to the start of each event.
Each of the events will start and finish on the beach.
Times may vary on the day so make sure you are ready early so that you don’t miss your start.

RACE RULES & REGULATIONS

  1. In an emergency a swimmer will raise an arm overhead & call for or seek assistance. Once official assistance is rendered, the swimmer must retire from the race.
  2. Swimmers must be 12 years or older on the day of the event to compete in the Point Leo Swim Classic.
  3. Participants are not permitted to enter both the Nipper/Novice Swim and the Point Leo Swim Classic.
  4. Swimmers registered in the Point Leo Swim Classic are permitted to swim in only one age group.
  5. Swimmers may use any stroke to propel themselves and may tread water or float.
  6. Swimmers must start in the wave corresponding with their cap colour given to them at registration.
  7. A swimmer must be wearing the approved swim cap given to them at registration to start their swim.
  8. A swimmer must be wearing the transponder given to them at registration at all times during the swim.
  9. A swimmer shall not wear artificial propulsion devices of any kind including, but not limited to, fins, paddles, floatation devices or buoyancy suits of any kind. Wetsuits are allowed.
  10. A swimmer shall not dive under swim bouys
  11. Standing on the bottom shall not disqualify a swimmer.
  12. The referee’s decision is final.

For 2021 participants must be fully vaccinated (or have a valid medical exemption) in line with Government requirements.

Only those swimmers who have trained and feel competent to complete the event should enter the event.

We recommend wetsuits and goggles be worn by swimmers.

Each competitor will be issued with a transponder which they will be required to wear around their ankle at all times during the race. It is the responsibility of competitors to ensure the transponders are securely fastened to them prior to entering the water.

We look forward to seeing you at Point Leo on Boxing Day.

The Point Leo Surf Life Saving Club appreciates the support of:

Principal Sponsor

Major Sponsors

If you require any further information on any events please contact us via our contact form with the subject line: Point Leo Swim Classic.