Body Science Australian Swim Series
The Great Australian Swim Series is a series of ocean swimming events that take place throughout the year, before stopping in Sydney for a thrilling race! This is one event that you do not want to miss!
Details About the Event
If the 2015 event follows the 2014 schedule, the final event for the Great Australian Swim series will take place at Farm Cove in Sydney. The series is open to all ages and abilities. The event was founded by Olympian and Ironman Champion Ky Hurst. The main swim is 2.2 km with categories in all age groups from youth to masters. For swimmers with less experience, there is a 750 metre swim while kids can participate in the Junior Kids 300 metre swim for those who are 12 or younger.
There are other fun events including the 'Dash for Cash' and the anything goes category. In the latter race, you can swim with others and/or use swimming aides, such as flippers. On shore, participants will enjoy sponsor exhibitions, places to buy food and drinks, and giveaways.
How to Participate?
To participate in the event, you can either pre-register or register on the day of the event. If you're planning on registering the day of, get there early. The registration open at 6:30 a.m. and closes at 8 a.m. Races take place between 8:30 a.m. and end at 10:30, starting with the Junior Kids race and ending with the 2.2 km Elite Event.
If you decide to participate, there are a few things you should note. Remember to wear plenty of sunscreen and apply it at least 30 minutes before your race begins. Parking is limited so where possible, carpool with other participants or use public transportation. Rehydrating drinks can be found at the finish line when the race is over. If you can't finish the race, be sure to continue to the finish line to turn in your timing chip.
The event is not just for fun; it was also created to help raise money for charity. This year the highlighted charity of the swim series is The Black Dog Institute, a facility created to help those with mood disorders. The 'Exercise Your Mood' program encourages those with depression to exercise to help alleviate symptoms.
Things to do in Sydney
With the Great Australian Swim Series Final taking place only on one day, there will be plenty of time to explore Sydney if you decide to stick around. The Sydney Opera House is probably the most well-known site in Sydney. Other attractions include Harbour Bridge, Sydney Harbour, Royal Botanic Gardens, and Watson's Bay.
Museums in the area include the Sydney Jewish Museum, Australian National Maritime Museum and Art Gallery of NSW. If you want to enjoy more of the sand and sun, head to Palm Beach, Shelly Beach, or Coogee Beach. If you're looking for some pampering after the day of swimming, consider heading to a local spa such as Chang Sabai Thai Massage & Spa or The Observatory Day Spa.
When heading to Sydney for this event, you'll need comfortable accommodation. Holiday rentals in Sydney provide comfort and space whether you're travelling with your family or with a group of mates. From one-bedroom apartments to homes with multiple bedrooms, you can choose a rental near the beach or in the heart of the city. With the ability to cater to the size of your group, you can have privacy and amenities that you could never find with other accommodation.
Note: All dates & information in the above article were correct as of August 8th 2014