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Cooly Classic Ocean Swim

Cooly Classic Ocean Swim

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

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

Cooly Classic Ocean Swim, 2022 Dates Coolangatta, Gold Coast

The main event of the Cooly Classic ocean swim is a 2km course that starts with a big challenge to conquer the long waves at Snapper Rocks. A kilometre into the race, competitors will pass through Rainbow Bay, then to another challenging set of waves at Coolangatta and finally end with a sprint finish on Kirra Beach. There is now a new 3km event that follows the same course, but with an additional leg added beyond Kirra Point.

Athletes who find the 2km course too daunting take the easier 1km Cooly 1000. The course starts with a sprint from Coolangatta Beach and also ends at Kirra Beach. It is only half the challenge of the main event but many competitors still find this course to be very challenging.

For kids who wish to complete, they can take part in the 1000m Junior Giants which is for those aged 10-16 yrs. This is not only a great way for families to get the most out of the event but also introduces kids to the world of this elite sport.

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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