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Cooly Classic Ocean Swim

Cooly Classic Ocean Swim

The Cooly Classic is the most iconic open-water swimming competition on the Gold Coast.

Every year, elite swimmers flock to this event to compete and conquer three of the country’s most challenging surf breaks: Snapper Rocks, Coolangatta and Kirra.

Cooly Classic Ocean Swim, 2024 Dates Coolangatta, Gold Coast

There are four distances, from 1km to 5km, but it’s always the 2.0km Cooly Classic from Snapper Rocks to Kirra Beach, which attracts the masses.

Your Start line, Snapper Rocks, is one of the world’s most famous surf breaks. Then, your course is straight to Kirra Beach, passing Rainbow Bay, Greenmount and Coolangatta Beaches as you swim.

Regardless of your distance, you’re guaranteed to experience the crystal clear waters of Southern Gold Coast in autumn, and that’s a must-do for any swimmer.

This is the big one, a 5.0km marathon distance swim. This course will be an extension of the current 3.0km course, with swimmers making a turn near the North Kirra SLSC and returning to Kirra Beach.

If you’re a seasoned ocean swimmer, sometimes, 2.0km isn’t enough. Push your limits in the 3.0km long course. The new course will follow the 2.0km point-to-point format, adding an extra leg beyond Kirra Point.

The Cooly Classic 2.0 is, without a doubt, the main event and always attracts a big crowd. Starting at the popular Snapper Rocks surf break, the course follows the coast north, passing Rainbow Bay, Greenmount and Coolangatta en route to the finish at legendary Kirra Beach.

The Cooly 1000 is a 1.0km short course option from Coolangatta to Kirra Beach. This is a perfect introduction for less experienced ocean swimmers and retains the popular point-to-point format.

The Junior Giants event is an excellent opportunity for kids aged 10 to 16 years to compete with other swimmers their age. We also encourage family and friends to share the experience and swim the course alongside the kids – you’ll need to enter this event too. The 1000m event will use the same course format as the 1000m Short Course event starting at Coolangatta Beach.

All World Series Swims will have some great prizes up for grabs, and elite swimmers will also have the opportunity to compete for cash prizes in nominated events.

Pre-registration is preferred; however, you can enter on the day. Limited places will be available, and a late entry fee will apply.

The Cooly Classic Ocean Swim is usually held during Australia’s autumn months. It finishes around noon, yet there are plenty of activities to enjoy after the race, including swimming, beach games and water sports.

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What date is the Cooly Classic Ocean Swim?
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7:30am - 8:30am: 5.0km Check-in
8am - 9:30am: 2.0km Check-in
8:30am - 9:45am: 3.0km Check-in
10am - 11am: 1.0km Check-in (incl Juniors)

10:00am: Cooly 5.0 Start @ Snapper Rocks
10:10am: Cooly Classic 2.0 Start @ Snapper Rocks
10:20am: Cooly 3.0 Start: @ Snapper Rocks
11:10am: Safety Briefing (1000m) @ Coolangatta Beach
11:15am: 1000m Junior Giants Start @ Coolangatta Beach
11:20am: Cooly 1000 Start @ Coolangatta Beach
10:30 - 12pm: Presentations (at time of finish) @ Event Site – Kirra SLSC
11:30am - 12:30pm: Age Group Prize Collection @ Event Site – Kirra SLSC

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What are the Cooly Classic Ocean Swim entry prices?
Cooly 5.0 (5.0km): $59.50
Cooly 3.0 (3.0km): $54.50
Cooly Classic (2.0km): $54.50
Cooly 1000 (1.0km): $49.50
Junior Giants 1000m: $34.50

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