In over 45 years, The Macquarie Big Swim has been conducted safely
Water safety is carried out by surf lifesaving club members from Whale Beach SLSC and nearby clubs.
There are at least 5 inflatable rescue boats together with jet ski patrols – all with radio communications with each other.
A surveillance helicopter hovers over the event.
Surf lifesavers on rescue boards and rescue skis accompany swimmers.
The Maritime Rescue Patrol from Broken Bay has a number of boats positioned along the course.
The Macquarie Big Swim Event Controller reserves the right to insist on pulling a swimmer from the water if they appear unable to complete the course within an appropriate time.
Swimmers may encounter bluebottles on the course. Stings can be treated quickly.
As with swimmers who tire and seek help, swimmers requiring assistance should raise their hand and water safety personnel will come to their aid.
No sharks have been sighted in all the years of the swim.
Don’t breaststroke around buoys.
Don’t stop suddenly without checking for possible obstructions you may be causing to other swimmers.
Be tolerant: clashes and contacts are inevitable.
Just because someone hits you in their stroke, it doesn’t mean they did it deliberately. With 2,000 swimmers in the water together, some contact is bound to happen.
Don’t take it personally and don’t retaliate gratuitously.
Be tolerant of obstructions caused by other swimmers, too. Some swimmers will be slower than you. They can’t help it. Don’t get cranky just because someone is in your way.
By the same token, don’t knowingly cause obstructions. Don’t get into a row of breaststrokers, causing a broad barrier that faster swimmers coming from behind can’t get around. They will have to go through you.
If you see another swimmer who seems as though they may be in trouble, check whether they need assistance.
We’re all fine ocean Swimmers. We’re in this together.