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 on some of Victoria’s most iconic beaches.
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The David Tapscott Portland Ocean Challenge swim
Sunday the 7th January 2024
The Port Fairy (or Moyneyana Open water swim)
Saturday 30th December 2023
The “Tony Ryan Memorial” Warrnambool swim
Saturday 27th January 2024
The Port Campbell, 12 Apostles swim
Sunday February 4th 2024
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 four shipwreck coast swims combined offer four unique ocean swims in 4 different and picturesque beach environments. They have been running as a 3 race series since 2004 and added the Portland swim in 2022.
Warrnambool SLSC is the oldest Surf Life Saving Club in Victoria (celebrating their 90th anniversary in 2019), Portland SLSC was formed in 1931 and officially founded in 1947, Port Fairy SLSC was founded in 1951 and Port Campbell formed in 1963, all four clubs have a close relationship and the swim series is the most public evidence of this.
A Swim with a Cause
The four 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, Portland’s swim crosses an actual ship wreck and the Port Campbell swim ventures out to the iconic dual headlands of the Port Campbell beach. Spend the day exploring each city’s unique offerings.
The swim series represents a major fund raiser shared equally between the clubs and contributes to help fund 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 four or just one, two or three individual races, here’s the link to register!