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Splash Wollongong

Sat 2nd Mar 2019 • by Aquathon
North Wollongong, New South Wales, AU

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Tickets AUD $25–AUD $60

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What you need to know

The Wollongong SPLASH is a program of events to experience ocean and harbour swims, swim-runs, beach runs and community events that the whole family, of any age, can participate in. This is a fun celebration of sand, surf, and beach fitness on the beautiful Illawarra coast.

The 2019 event has 3 Aquathon events: the Big Aqua, Mini Aqua, and the Kidz Aqua. The event also has 3 harbour swims with distances of 2km, 800m, and 400m. There really is something for every one!

Illawarra's picture perfect North Wollongong Beach and historic boat harbour, (an easy 80k south of Sydney) set the perfect landscape...

Distances in this event

  1. Big Aqua

    Duathlon: Swim 0.8km, Run 7km
    8:30am Sat 2nd Mar 2019
    AUD $40–AUD $60
    Tickets available
  2. Mini Aqua

    Duathlon: Swim 0.4km, Run 3km
    8:45am Sat 2nd Mar 2019
    AUD $40–AUD $60
    Tickets available
  3. Kids Aqua

    Duathlon: Swim 0.2km, Run 2km
    9:00am Sat 2nd Mar 2019
    AUD $30–AUD $40
    Tickets available
  4. Basin 2 Beach

    Swim 2km
    10:00am Sat 2nd Mar 2019
    AUD $35–AUD $40
    Tickets available
  5. 800m Swim

    Swim 0.8km
    9:30am Sat 2nd Mar 2019
    AUD $30
    Tickets available
  6. 400m Swim

    Swim 0.4km
    9:30am Sat 2nd Mar 2019
    AUD $25
    Tickets available
Course Maps
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What’s Included

Finish Line & Services

North Wollongong Beach (800m from the harbour) is the official finish area. A finish arch will greet you along with a cheering crowd- plus refreshments, water. The site will be ‘activated’ with fun activities.

Entry Inclusions

  • Professional organised swim with approvals and key safety measures , amazing lifesavers and first aid
  • Custom swim cap
  • Time Chip, results and prizes
  • Refreshments, amenities, activities
  • Kids finisher medals, spot prizes
  • Baggage service: 2km Swim. Wollongong Harbour to North Beach
Course Details

Big Aqua

Step up a notch!

Starting at the protected waters of Wollongong Boat Harbour, your swim-run experience starts with a safe 800m swim in Wollongong harbour, followed by a spectacular 7k coastal run that finishes on the sand of North Wollongong beach- Super Fun.

Protected harbour swim. 2 laps (x 400m each)
Run = 7km coastal flat path/grass

Mini Aqua

The Perfect for All Ages Aquathon

Perfect for all ages, novice, juniors or a fun fitness challenge. Starting at the protected waters of Wollongong Boat Harbour, your swim-run experience starts with a safe swim in Wollongong harbour, followed by a spectacular coastal run.

Protected harbour swim. 1 laps x 400m
Run = 3km coastal flat path/grass

Kids Aqua

Kids Splash In and Dash Out Fun!

Kids this one’s for you- Safe, close to shoreline swim around lifesavers and super fun. Parents are encouraged to join in and follow too!

Protected harbour swim. 1 laps x 200m each
Run = 2km run that finishes on North Wollongong beach

Basin 2 Beach: 2km Swim

Illawarra’s favourite 2km “point to point’ swim

The North Kiosk “Basin2Beach” 2k Ocean swim is Illawarra’s premier ocean swim taking in a unique ‘harbour start’ to finish at North Wollongong Beach. For all ages 14 years and up. A deep water start off the harbour jetty, then a spectacular course that takes in Wollongong Harbour around the boats for the first 600m, then into the ocean and around to North Wollongong beach finish.

Harbour: 800m Swim

The Perfect for All Ages

Looking for an ocean swim without the waves and more protected? This one is for you, the perfect shorter ocean swim in protected Wollongong Harbour

Ages 12 ys+

Safer open water swim experience

Harbour: 400m Swim

Kids & Novice – Fun Swim 

  • Safe & fun held in Wollongong Harbour
  • Participation based swim for all levels.
  • Kids and adults, 7yrs+
  • Kids receive a finisher medal
  • Safe, lifesaver escorted swim
  • Parents can follow kids and swim if they wish
Raceday Logistics

Check-In:

Big Aqua: 

  • 7:00am – 8:15am
  • City Beach Surf Life Saving Club – Downstairs Activity Hall.
  • Collect swim cap and time chip at the official registration site

Mini Aqua: 

  • 7:15am – 8:30am
  • City Beach Surf Life Saving Club – Downstairs Activity Hall.
  • Collect swim cap and time chip at the official registration site

Kids Aqua 

  • 7:15am – 8:30am
  • City Beach Surf Life Saving Club – Downstairs Activity Hall.
  • Collect swim cap and time chip at the official registration site

Basin 2 Beach 2km Swim: 

  • 8:00am – 9:30am
  • City Beach SLSC. Marine Parade
  • Collect swim cap, time chip, and entry pack

800m Swim: 8:00am-9:10am (City Beach SLSC)

  • City Beach SLSC. Marine Parade
  • Collect swim cap, time chip, and entry pack

Start Times:

Big Aqua: 8:45am

Mini Aqua: 9:00am

Kids Aqua: 9:00am Individual & Teams – split into age/gender starts

Basin 2 Beach 2km Swim: 10:00am. Split into age/gender starts

800m Swim: 9:30am

Event Day Information

  1. Arrive 60 – 90 minutes prior to your start, check location and parking
  2. Collect your swim cap and time chip
  3. Walk to swim start (Wollongong Harbour, 100m walk from check in)
  4. Warm up, and listen to the announcer
  5. 15 minutes prior to your start, proceed to the start with swim cap, goggles, and time chip Velcro around your left ankle
  6. Listen to safety briefing
  7. The Swim begins on the shoreline (400m and 800m) and off the Jetty (2km)
  8. Swim courses are well marked out with large visible bouys
  9. Swim starts are divided into smaller age and gender groupings
  10. Refer swim safety for additional information
  11. Swim finish services include refreshments, first aid, amenity block
  12. Official presentation of awards takes place at north Wollongong finish line 11.30am

Swim Finish Location(s)

  1. 400m and 800m start and finish at Wollongong harbour
  2. 2k swimmers is a point (harbour) to point (north beach) swim. North Beach is adjoined to the harbour via a walkway, 900m apart.
  3. 2k swimmers: Baggage transport is provided

 

Travel

Getting There

Location

Located on the coastal city of Wollongong NSW, only 80km south of Sydney makes for an easy and worthwhile trip. North Beach and the picturesque Belmore Basin (known as Wollongong Boat Harbour) are central to the city, with a host of cafe’s, shops, hotels and magic beaches on your doorstep.

Travel 

A little over an hour south of Sydney, offering an easy drive or train trip, ( 2.5 hours outside Canberra)- makes for a perfect weekender or day trip

Parking

Loads within 200m (Marine, Endeavour Drive, nearby streets, harbour)

 

FAQs

Safety

These vessels will be following the swimmers around the course:

  • Maritime Rescue Boat (subject to event/RMS discretion)
  • Minimal 1 x IRB’s for harbour swim venue and two (2) for ocean swims
  • Lifeguard operated jet ski’s with mats (subject to event and venue)
  • Rescue Boards
  • Surf Skis
  • Rescue Tubes

First Aid 

First aid will operate at the shoreline, on course and finish by appropriately trained personnel. Medical and emergency services are on standby

Emergency Evacuation Plan

On the Day of the Event, there will be a full briefing for all water and land safety directly involved, in regards to any major risk or incident, requiring all swimmers to evacuate the water or runners to evacuate the course

What to Wear?

Suitable swim attire

Swim cap (provided)

Swim goggles

Wetsuit ruling:
Wetsuits are permitted though the participant is deemed ineligible for age category awards. Your time will appear under “wetsuit’ category. If the water temperature falls below <19 degrees wetsuits will be permitted for safety reasons.

Swim Aids:
400m and 800m : Flippers are permitted though are not eligible for age awards. No other swim aids unless with prior consent from the swim referee, please send request to [email protected]

2k: Flippers and other swim aid are not permitted without prior approval from the event referee.

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