Register at The Macquarie Bank Big Swim and/or The McGrath Pittwater Little Big Swim tent for your ankle band and swim cap. Registration opens at 7:30am for the Little Big Swim and 9am for the Big Swim.
Wearing a distinctive cap is compulsory for safety reasons; to ensure you’re seen clearly in the water, as well as identifying your wave number.
Bluebottles - please feel free to bring a rash vest to provide some protection in case of bluebottles.
Flippers are only acceptable in the Fins n Skins event.
Brown Bros Trucks will be in the parking area at Palm Beach, north of the pavilion. Trucks will be signed A, B, and C. Note which truck your belongings go in. Make sure you can easily identify your bag.
At Whale Beach, there will be areas by the beachfront pine trees marked A, B, & C. Collect your personal gear there.
Make yourself comfortable, use the outdoor showers and male & female change facilities. Refresh with the BBQ food and drinks and stay for the Awards Presentation. Buses will take you back to Avalon Soccer Fields Parking or Palm Beach Ferry.
The start for The McGrath Pittwater Little Big Swim is 8:30am and The Macquarie Bank Big Swim will start at 10am.
Waves are generally staggered by gender and age. More detail on waves will be available closer to the time.
Each entrant is fitted with a secure ankle band with a unique computer chip.
At the finish, entrants run over a special pad equipped with sensors which read the chip, instantly tabulating the finishing time and referencing the entrant’s name.
Times recorded by the official electronic timing are the only acceptable times.
For those swimmers entering both The Macquarie Bank Big Swim and The McGrath Pittwater Little Big Swim, there are different timing anklets for each race. These should not be worn at the same time.
An electronic pad records your ankle band at the start and as you cross the finish line.
Results and winners posted as soon as possible for Awards Presentations.
Marshals will be positioned to take off your ankle straps.
Re-hydrate at the free water station.
Help yourself to the free fruit in the marquee shade.
Outdoor showers and enclosed change facilities.
Stay for the Awards Presentation of prizes by Federal and local government members for top place getters in Big Swim age categories.
Quality 50th Event medals, T-Shirts, Rexona and Dove toiletries gift packs.
Lucky entrant number prizes. Great atmosphere, worth staying for.
Food and drinks available with seating, tables and sun umbrellas.
Whale Beach BBQ
Following the race, Whale Beach Surf Life Saving Club will be putting on a barbecue, serving sausage sandwiches, rissoles sandwiches and a selection of soft drinks, beers and wine.
FREE colourful Car stickers for all entrants.
Buy your eye-catching T-shirt, just $25.