How did it go?
From the organiser
The MS 24 Hour Mega Swim is a fun team relay event where teams have a swimmer in the water for the entire 24 hours and compete for laps swum and money raised, in support for people living with multiple sclerosis. It is one of Australias most popular and fastest-growing fundraising events, bringing communities together.
Distances in this event
- Swim 24h
6:00pm Fri 22nd Feb 2019
What you get for your entry fee?
- Swim Cap
Alexanra Parade, Fitzroy, VIC 3065
6pm Friday 22 February 2019 to
6pm Saturday 23 February 2019
BBQ provided by Rotary
Team Captain Kit List
- Sleeping bags, tents, pillows (if you are planning on staying the night)
- Towels – one towel will get wet so bring a few dry ones
- Bathers – extra bathers if swimming more than once
- Warm clothes
- Food and snacks
- Some cash to purchase food
- Sunscreen (if outdoors)
- Spare clothes
- Refillable water botle
- Crazy costume, team shirts, club colours, mascot-anything that gets you in the spirit
- Fundraising receipt books (if applicable)
- Additional chairs (optional)
- Overall Winning Team
- Top Fundraiser
- Youth Award
- Council Cup
- Bruce McCulloch Memorial Award (for enthusiasm, courage & spirit)
- Best Dressed
Preparation & Training
You should be in good health to undertake the MS 24 Hour Mega Swim and last the distance. Be prepared and get the most out of your swim.
- A training program 4 – 6 weeks before the event is advisable. We’ll send you some training tips through-out your MS 24 Hour Mega Swim journey!
- Make sure that you check with your Team Captain before the event as to what time you are required to swim.
- Remember to bring extra clothing/ towels for the duration.
- If you are staying the night, remember to bring bedding/ a tent with you.
- If you are taking part in one of the outdoor events, please remember to slip, slop, slap!
- Be prepared for all weather conditions.
Less than 3 months recent experience, at least twice a week, or not performed this exercise in 6+ months and less than 6 months prior experience. Spend at least 30 minutes training twice a week.
- Warm up: 3 x 100 metres with 10 sec rest between each 100, you can mix up strokes
- Main Set: 200 metres – 30 sec rest interval, 2 x 100 – 20 sec rest interval, 2 x 50 – 10 sec rest interval, all freestyle
- Cool Down: 2 x 100 with 10 sec rest between each 100, you can mix up strokes
3 to 6 months recent experience, at least twice a week, or 6 to 12 months recent experience, once a week, or not performed this exercise in 3+ months but 12+ months prior experience. Spend at least 45 minutes twice a week.
- Warm up: 3 x 100 metres with 10 sec rest interval. Swim one, kick one, swim one.
- Main Set: 2 x 400 metres with 30 sec rest interval. Try to keep an even pace.
- Cool Down: 400 metres, 100 metres each of swim, kick, pull, swim.
6+ months of recent experience, at least twice a week AND above average fitness, or 12+ months recent experience, once a week AND above average fitness, or Not performed swimming in 3+ months but 12+months experience AND above average fitness. Spend at least one hour three times a week.
- Warm up: 400 metres, 100 metres each of swim, kick, pull, swim.
- Main Set: 5 x 200 metres freestyle with 15 sec rest interval, 20 x 50 metres, odd numbers freestyle, even numbers other stroke with 10 sec rest interval.
- Cool Down: 200 metres, 50 metres each of swim, kick, pull, swim.
Do I have to swim for 24 Hours?
You don’t have to swim for 24 hours individually, but one member of each team must be in the pool at all times during the 24 hour event. Depending on your ability you might swim 200m, 1km or 10kms through-out the event.
Are there rules and safety requirements?
Safety first, all swimmers must be fit and healthy. If you haven’t been well in the lead up to the event we recommend checking in with your doctor. All event rules and safety requirements can be found on the About page under Rules & Safety Guide.
What is the role of a team captain?
The role of the team captain is recruit team members; urge team members to help with getting their friends, colleagues and family to get involved; roster the team through-out the 24 hours and motivate the team to fundraise in support of people living with multiple sclerosis.
How many people can I have on my team?
Each event will have varying numbers for maximum amount of team members. Please check the entry form for details. If you have more team members than the amount allotted you will be unable to win the event.
During the 24 hours do I have to bring my own food?
It is always best to bring your personal choice of nourishment to a swim. However, at most swims food by way of a self-service food table with basic food, BBQ or venue cafe is available. If participants have specific dietary requirements, we recommend they take this into consideration in your planning. Also remember if participating at night the cafe may be closed and only vending machines available.
Team Captain Pre Event Checklist
- Personalise your team page
- Recruit team members
- Plan some team training days followed by breakfast
- Develop a team activity or fundraising strategy
- Create a contact list of team members
- Create a team swim roster
- As team members about sleeping arrangements
Rules and Safety
- No fins, paddles snorkels or floatation devices are permitted ‐ unless approved by the Event Manager.
- Wet suits are permitted (in outdoor pools).
- Each event will have varying numbers for amount of members on the team. Please check the entry form for details. If you have more team members than the amount allotted you will be unable to win the event.
- To be eligible for team awards, the team can consist of no greater than fifteen (15) participants. Teams can be larger than fifteen (15), however will not be eligible for team awards.
- To be eligible for team awards, one swimmer must be in the allocated lane throughout the 24 hour event.
- Participants under 18 years are to be supervised by parent or legal guardian at all times.
- Guardians of participants under 18 years of age provide written consent to participant when registering online or offline.
- The order, duration and number of times a team member swims are at the discretion of the team.
- Only one team member is to swim at a time ‐ with the exception of the MS team.
- Swimmers will be required to wear the official event swim cap provided upon registration.
- Good sportsman‐like conduct will be demanded of all competitors. Any unsportsmanlike conduct will be grounds for instant disqualification.
- Swimmers wishing to break an event record and or specific record must notify MS Australia and may be requested to provide an independent lap counter.
- Records are posted on the 24 Hour Mega Swim website.
- Swimmers wishing to swim for 24 hours must be approved by MS Australia as minimum fundraising amount applies. The minimum fundraising for individual swimmers is set at a minimum of $3,000. Fundraising total must be met one (1) month prior to the event start date. It is the responsibility of the swimmer to ensure sufficient support throughout the 24 Hours. Swimmers who do not have adequate support as deem by event officials maybe asked to leave the water.
- The 24 Hour Mega Swim is strictly a smoke, drug and alcohol free event.
Use of floatation and training devices
The use of floatation or training devices are not permitted unless approved by Multiple Sclerosis Limited. A floatation device by definition is but not limited to:
- Kick board
- Swimming noodle
- Pull buoy
Paddles The use of a floatation device will be granted to people living with MS automatically
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