South West’s Prestigious Open Water Swimming Event
The World Famous Shipwreck Coast Swim Series is
Victoria’s original ocean swim series and is a true
open water swimming experience.
All venues allow excellent spectator viewing and comfortably support a large gathering of supporters and spectators
Saturday January 2nd: from 10am (Time: various waves)
Saturday January 23rd: from 10am (Time: various waves)
Saturday February 13th: from 10am (Time: various waves)
About The Swims
A Piece of History!
It may not be as well known as the Lorne Surf Life Saving Club’s “Pier to Pub” swim, but the Warrnambool “Hopkins Mile Swim” (renamed the “Tony Ryan Memorial Swim”) boasts being the oldest open water swim in Victoria and the three swims combined offer a three unique ocean swims in 3 different beach environments. They have been running as a series since 2004.
Warrnambool SLSC is the oldest Surf Life Saving Club in Victoria (celebrating their 90th anniversary in 2019), Port Fairy SLSC was founded in 1951 and Port Campbell formed in 1963, all three clubs have a close relationship and the swim series is the most public evidence of this.
A Swim with a Cause
The three shipwreck coast swims each offer a unique ocean swim experience. The arced beach swim from Port Fairy’s East Beach, Warrnambool’s swim crosses Lady Bay and the Port Campbell swim ventures out to the iconic dual headlands of the Port Campbell beach. Spend the day exploring each cities unique offerings.
The swim series represents a major fund raiser shared equally between the clubs and contributes to their combined duty to patrol the South West’s beaches over summer and year round. Life Saving is a unique emergency service being run totally by volunteers, each club presents a social and strong knit community that warmly welcomes any new members.
Put your love of swimming to the community benefit by undertaking your Bronze medallion and helping us patrol our communities beaches.
Thank You To Our Partners
Register to Race!
Whether you are doing all three or just one or two individual races, here’s the link to register!