COVID-19 Update

We're dedicated to making sure the 2021 Big Swim is run in a COVID safe way and the event meets all the current regulations.

In order to do this, we require all participants to submit their phone numbers on entry. You will not be able to enter the competition if you do not provide a phone number.

To ensure that we are not over capacity on the day of the event, there are strictly no spectators allowed at this year's Big Swim. Unfortunately, there will be no awards ceremony after the race, and times will not be physically listed on-site at Whale Beach. Instead, times will be posted online after the event is complete.

We appreciate your cooperation with the new requirements this year, allowing us to run the event in a way that ensures everyone's safety.

Please Read This Information Carefully Before Submitting Your Online Entry

You can enter The Macquarie Big Swim and or The URM Little Big Swim online through the oceanswims.com online entry facility. Online entries close at 3pm on Saturday 30th January 2021 the day prior to race day.

This year no late entries will be accepted on the day. All participants must enter online via oceanswims.com

You must enter The Macquarie Big Swim and/or The URM Little Big Swim before race day.

Saturday, January 30, 2021 - The Day Before

This year there will be no entries taken at Whale Beach on the day before the race.

Online entries will be open until 3pm on Saturday, January 30, 2021. A refund less booking fee will be possible this year if the event is cancelled at the last minute. Entrants may also choose to roll over their entry to the 2022 The Macquarie Big Swim and The URM Little Big Swim. A big thank you to Macquarie Bank for allowing us to make refunds possible this year.

Whale Beach SLSC thanks you for your understanding and support of this fund-raising event.

By clicking the link to online entry below, you signify your consent to the waiver and your acceptance of the Official Rules above. If you have not already read this waiver, please do so now before clicking through to online entry.

I Consent To The Waiver Above And Accept The Official Rules As Above Online Entry
Click Here Continue To On the Day Info

For checking the status of accepted entries go here - Progress List On-Line Entries.

If you can't find your name on the Progress Entries page, please click here to email oceanswims.com for entry inquiries.


The Entrant/Parent/Guardian of the Entrant named overleaf in consideration of the acceptance by Whale Beach SLSC Inc ("the Club") of my entry in the 2021 The Macquarie Big Swim, Palm Beach to Whale Beach Ocean Race and / or The URM Little Big Swim and / or Dash for Cash ("The Macquarie Big Swim and Associated events") consent and agree:

      1. To accept full responsibility to inform myself/ourselves and assess all the dangers hazards and risks of entry in The Macquarie Big Swim and Associated events and rely/relies solely on my/our own assessment of these dangers, hazards and risks before participating in The Macquarie Big Swim and Associated events and notwithstanding any decision thereon made by the Club and other persons corporations and bodies involved engaged in promoting or staging The Macquarie Big Swim and Associated events ("the Organisers").
      2. To receive such medical or other treatment which may be deemed to be advisable by the Club, its medical and first aid assistants, beach or water safety patrol personnel in the event of injury, accident and/or illness during The Macquarie Big Swim and Associated events.
      3. To permit free use by the Club and the Organisers of my/our name and photograph in any broadcast, telecast or other media as may pertain to The Macquarie Big Swim and Associated events.
      4. To have sole responsibility for my/their/our personal possessions and equipment during The Macquarie Big Swim and Associated events.
      5. That in the event of cancellation of The Macquarie Big Swim and Associated events my/their entry fee shall not be refundable by the Club and the 2021 The Macquarie Big Swim and Associated events will not be re–run.
      6. Should either swim be cancelled prior to it's advertised start time then all entries will be valid for the swim in the following year (only the following year). Note: should either event commence and then be cancelled - no refund or carry-over.
      7. That as a person to whom recreational services are supplied by the organisers, it is a term of my entry that I engage in the recreational activity of The Macquarie Big Swim and Associated events at my own risk.
      8. That the terms and conditions contained in this entry form shall be construed broadly to provide a release indemnity and waiver to the Organisers of any liability for loss injury or other damage to personal property to the maximum extent permitted by law and shall be construed according to the law of New South Wales.

Race Rules

  • All swimmers must swim the prescribed course outside the marker buoys.

  • It is essential that entrants name is marked off the official entrants register at the conclusion of The Macquarie Big Swim and Associated events should they not complete the course!

  • Swimmers must swim in the category for which they are eligible.

  • All swimmers must wear the prescribed cap, wave number and timing device from commencement of their wave at Palm Beach until passing the finish line at Whale Beach. The fluro cap is a safety aid and any swimmer/s risk disqualification at the discretion of the Race Director in the event this condition is not observed.

  • A swimmer may not use extraneous aids eg. flippers, snorkels or flotation clothing or devices except in the Fins n Skins division/wave.

  • All swimmers are to behave in a fair and sportsmanlike manner without interference or aggression towards other competitors and any breach of this rule may result in disqualification from The Macquarie Big Swim and Associated events, such decision is at the exclusive discretion of the Race Director or his delegate representative.

  • If in the opinion of an event medical officer or a water safety official a competitor is physically or otherwise incapable of starting or completing The Macquarie Big Swim and Associated events or has been in the water for an inordinate time such competitor may be disqualified from starting or be removed from the water at any time.

  • If in the opinion of the Club the weather or swimming conditions are dangerous or unsuitable The Macquarie Big Swim and Associated events may be cancelled without notice.

  • In the event that the event is cancelled due to bad weather or safety concerns, no refunds will be made. We thank you for your understanding. Please refer to Item 6 in Conditions above.

  • Prize winners must be present to receive their prize.

Ruling On Hi-Tech Swimsuits In All Divisions / Waves Except The Fins n Skins Division

To be eligible for prizes, competitors must wear swimwear which conforms to FINA pool suit rules. For men this means swim suits shall not extend above the navel or below the knee for women - swim suits shall not cover the neck or extend past the shoulders or below the knee

Competitors who wish to compete in wetsuits, open water suits, buoyancy suits or other non-conforming suits may enter the fins and skins division

Competitors who do not wear conforming swimwear in any division other than the Fins and Skins division will be subject to disqualification

The exception to this item are entrants in the Fins n Skins wave/division. Entrants in the Fins n Skins wave are permitted to swim The Macquarie Big Swim course utilising aids such as flippers and wetsuits. Aids other than flippers and wetsuits are to be allowed at the exclusive discretion of the Race Director or his delegated representative.

Risk Warning (Section 5M Civil Liability Act 2002)

Warning is given to all Entrants in The Macquarie Big Swim and Associated events that there is the risk of harm to their person and/or property arising from any inadequacy of physical condition or stamina to complete the swim, hazardous sea and beach conditions including sea currents and waves and the presence of sea craft and sea creatures and other hazards.

You Can Enter Online Below At Oceanswims.com

With around 2000 entrants expected, with names, age groups etc to be processed before timing bands can be allocated, it is not practical to accept new entries on the day. Many have missed out in the past.

On-line entry closing time: 3pm, Saturday, January 30, 2021. Quickest and easiest entry is online through the oceanswims.com online entry facility.

Click on this link to enter. Oceanswims.com accepts Visa and Mastercard only. Attempts to enter using any other card will not succeed.


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