It’s official, the Gold Coast is now home to Australia’s largest swimming festival!
Gold Coast Swim Week is a week-long celebration of swimming that sees two existing major events join forces, plus leading coaches and special guests hosting clinics and training sessions along Gold Coast beaches and pools.
The 14th annual Cooly Classic Ocean Swim will open the program on April 30. This is the Gold Coast’s largest ocean swimming event, with swims from 1.0km to 5.0km starting at Snapper Rocks. It attracts a huge range of abilities, from past and present Olympians to the general public of all ages, including age categories from 8 to 70+ years.
Your Start line, Snapper Rocks, is one of the world’s most famous surf breaks. Then, your course is a straight line to Kirra Beach, passing Rainbow Bay, Greenmount and Coolangatta Beaches as you swim.
On the following weekend, May 6th, Swim the Gold Coast – a 21km marathon distance swim, from Kirra Beach to the iconic cityscape of Surfers Paradise. There are solo and team categories that require support boats to participate, plus a new 10km course has been added for 2023 that only requires a support paddler.
Throughout the week, there’ll be a range of small group sessions and clinics with guest coaches. This is a chance to receive specialist coaching and also swim with local squads at some of the Gold Coast’s favourite open water training locations.