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600 metre swim - Rules & Instructions

Race Rules


  • ​Minimum age for the 600m is 10 years on the day of the race.

  • No fins, paddles, snorkels or floatation devices permitted.

  • No individual escort or support items.

  • Course marshals shall have the authority to disqualify any competitors.

  • Medical staff shall have the ultimate and final authority to remove a competitor from the race if the competitor is judged to be incapable of continuing the race without risk of serious injury.

  • Good sportsman-like conduct will be demanded of all competitors. Any unsportsmanlike conduct will be grounds for instant disqualification.

  • Swimmers will be required to wear the official race number and race cap provided upon registration.

  • Wetsuits are allowed.

  • Time limit for race is 33 minutes for the 600m swim.

  • Competitors who want to compete in the open event (who are not in the open age group) may do so with the permission of the Race Director. Permission should be sought well in advance of the day of the race.

  • Swimmers will be required to have an official swim cap, a transponder on their ankle and an official identification on their wrist, which must remain on the individual through the event.

  • The Race Director reserves the right to accept, reject and cancel entries.

  • Swimmers must swim the course as marked. Any variation to the course will be announced at the start.

  • A competitor is judged to have finished when the competitor’s torso crosses the finish line. 

Swim Instructions



Marshalling will occur just to the ramp side of the start line. Please ensure that you are near the start line at least 15 minutes prior to your race start time. Swimmers will be grouped according to the colour of their official Rock2Ramp Swim cap. Please assist race officials by wearing your swim cap in the marshalling area and listening to instructions.

The Start:

At the direction of the Race officials, swim groups will enter the starting area. You will then be marshalled on the start line. You will receive a final briefing of the course and a 'gun or whistle' start at the race time will be used. 

The Course – 600m:

Carefully read the map of the course. You must pass through the two green buoys and then turn right at the first green buoy and swim along a set of yellow buoys staying to the left of them until you reach another buoy where you turn right and then head to the finish line. 

The Finish:

As soon as you have crossed under the finish line structure proceed quickly up the beach to the right to clear the way for other finishers.


The Anglesea SLSC provides the highest level of water safety per capita of all the swims in the area. Water Safety consists of Inflatable Rescue Boats and Rescue Boards, all manned by competent Surf Lifesavers together with a Medical Centre on land. If you feel you cannot go on, wave your hand over your head and you will be assisted immediately.

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