The Classics

The Classics - 3 Kilometres and 5 Kilometres

4th September 2022

These are our annual big races – held around a 1 Km course over Moore Reef 50 Kms off Cairns. The races are in these agebands: Mens, Ladies, age groups: Up to  29 years on the date of the swim, 30/39, 40/49, 50/59, 60+
The course is marked out by buoys over a 1km distance, as outlined to the right – though this may change, subject to conditions and ensuring turning buoys are placed over sand and not coral.
This swim is spectacular – skirting the edges of this section of the barrier reef and offering prime viewing as you race. Your day out will include all the opportunities to snorkel and scuba etc, but as a venue for a race – you will never forget it.
Every Swimmer is a spectator!
The 5Km race will start first, separated into age groupings if necessary, and then the 3Km race will start approximately 3/4 minutes after the 5Kms. Timing is monitored by Masters Swimming Queensland, and all times and placings will be recorded.
There is a perpetual trophy for each age band in this race
– get your name on there!
The Pontoon takes a maximum of 300 people – and we have exclusive use of it and the entire boat for the day. However, it is 300 people only – so secure your spot. 

There is a time limit of 2 hours for the 3Km swim and 3 Hours for the 5Km swim.
A Full Day out on the Great Barrier Reef from Quicksilver:
  • Return boat trip to the reef – approximately 1.5 hours in each direction across the stunning Barrier Reef waters. Departing Cairns Marina approximately 10.30 am (TBA.) We will ask you to meet at 9.30, by the Marina.
  • Morning and afternoon teas on board.
  • Reef presentation by marine biologist.
  • Hot and cold tropical smorgasbord lunch.
  • All snorkelling equipment provided.
  • Stinger/Lycra Suits provided if desired.
  • Qualified lifeguard supervision throughout the swims and stay on the reef
  • Underwater observatory fish & coral viewing
  • Coral viewing by semi-submersible vessels
  • Fish feeding [conducted by crew]
  •  Medical Support
  • Return approximately 5.30pm

These are the inclusions:

All swims include:

  • A full day out on the Great Barrier Reef, Social functions and other events and benefits
  • Pre- Race briefing
  • Race course marked out by buoys and a truly spectacular venue
  • The race….
  • The most gorgeous ocean swim you will ever take part in
  • A chance at seeing Nemo and a 100% likelihood of seeing beautiful marine life, coral and blue, blue ocean. 
  • Warm-up and the most beautiful swim down opportunities you will ever experience.
  • Timing information
  • Underwater and above water photography, drone coverage and videos for all competitors
  • Merchandise package including Race Swim Cap, Participation Medal, Equipment bag, Baseball Cap
  • Access to Ocean Swim Clinic with Australian Olympic Coach (Limited space.) Click here for information
  • Evening Social Functions, with guest speaker/Q&A from the swimming world, including our event ambassador, Triple Olympic Gold Medalist, Leisel Jones OAM, who will also be attending all the 2022 swims. Click here
  • A swim like no other.

Prices & Package:

To include all benefits listed above, $449.00 per swimmer. Maximum 120 swimmers in total.
We have a 15% discount at the Novotel & Pullman in Cairns – click here to check out 

Contact Us

Unit 14, 15 Holt Street Eagle Farm
Queensland, Australia

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