Registrations for 2025 will open on 1st October

 

WHAT'S YOUR DISTANCE?

3.6km (Solo, 2 Person Team or 4 Person Team)

WHEN: Sunday 9th February at 8:00 am.

This is our signature event in the pristine waters of Geographe Bay. Swim 3.6km around the Busselton Jetty, either solo or in a relay team of two or four.  

One Mile Swim to Shore (1.6km)

WHEN: Sunday 9th February at 9:30 am.

Jump in at the far end of the Jetty, then swim back to the shore.  Swimmers walk to the end of the Jetty, enter the water and swim 1.6km (1 mile) back to the beach.

Simon’s 500m Shortcut Swim

WHEN: Saturday 8th February at 1:30 pm

Not ready to swim the entire way around the Jetty?  Take the shortcut by swimming out 200m, ducking UNDER the Jetty before swimming toward the finish. 

Busselton Jetty Kids Swim (222m)

WHEN: Saturday 8th February at 2:30 pm 

Our dedicated children’s event lets 8 to 12 year olds  join the excitement by swimming around the outside of the Busselton Swimming Jetty.  

ENTRY PROCEDURE : 3.6KM (SOLO & TEAM) + ONE MILE SWIM TO SHORE

STEP 1: Enter the Ballot

  • Click on the ‘Enter Ballot’ button, select your chosen swim category and complete all details
  • You may register for one event only:  Solo Swim OR Team Relay Swim OR One Mile Swim to Shore
  • Once complete, you will receive a confirmation email and can check the status of your entry via the Confirmed Ballet Entry link below
  • If you do not receive a confirmation email and your entry does not appear on the Confirmed Ballot Entry list contact the organisers as soon as possible rego@busseltonjettyswim.org.au
  • Your card will not be charged until your entry has been confirmed.  This maybe either following success in the initial Ballot draw (16 October) or when you are promoted from the waitlist (16 October to 5 February)
  • If you, or someone acting on your behalf, has inadvertently created a duplicate entry, you will need to cancel the duplicate entry in the registration platform or via email to rego@busseltonjettyswim.org.au prior to the Ballot closing
  • Following closure of the Ballot, anyone found to have duplicate entries (including team members) will be removed from the Ballot and banned from the event for a period of two years. If the duplicate Ballot registration is a member of a team, that team will not be eligible for the Ballot and the person/people with duplicates will be banned for a period of two years.
  • During the Ballot Period you may alter any details of your entry by using the link in your confirmation email or via the Access Your Entry button below.
  • During the Ballot Period you may withdraw/cancel your Ballot entry at any time in the registration platform or via email to rego@busseltonjettyswim.org.au
  • Entries submitted in the Event Ballot will be listed below. This does not guarantee you an entry into the swim.

STEP 2: Wait for your Confirmed Entry Email

  • All Ballot entries (successful, unsuccessful and waitlisted) will be notified by email on Monday 16th October 2023.
  • Payments will be processed for successful Ballot registrations on Monday 16th October 2023.
  • If you are unsuccessful in the initial ballot, please check the Waitlist to determine your position and likelihood of receiving an event entry. Waitlisted swimmers may withdraw their registration at any time prior to being promoted into the event without charge, however once you are promoted into the event, normal refund conditions will apply.
  • You can update your personal entry data at any time by using the login information in your confirmation email.

STEP 3: Check-in at the Swim

  • Confirmed entrants will be emailed an eTicket containing their entry details and race number in the week prior to the swim. Please bring the eTicket and your photo ID.
  • All swimmers or their Legal Guardian (if under 18yrs) must also check-in IN PERSON at the beachfront marquee on either Saturday 10th Feb from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm OR Sunday 11th February from 6:00 am – 7:00 am. 
  • Swimmers in the Kids Swim and Simon’s 500m Shortcut Swim must check on Saturday 10th February between 9:00 am and 2:00 pm.
  • At Check-In, swimmers present their e-ticket and photo ID and will receive their swim cap, timing band, race number tattoo and start wave.
  • You are unable to collect a pack for other people except dependents under the age of 18 years.

For the overall safety and effective management of the event the race organisers reserve the right to restrict entries and/or refuse entry to any swimmer.

We recommend you read all the information below prior to entering the event.

Only competent swimmers who are fit and adequately trained should enter.

BEFORE ENTERING

Event Details for Busselton Jetty Swim 2024

This information is subject to change and will continue to be updated. Last updated 25 September, 2023.

Numbers will be capped at:
  • 3000 Solo
  • 100 x 2 person Relay Teams
  • 50 x 4 Person Relay Teams
  • 1000 x One Mile Swim to Shore 
  • 500 x Simon’s 500m Shortcut Swim
  • 300 x Kids Swim

Total swimmers 5200.

Date: Saturday 10 February and Sunday 11 February 2024 at the Busselton Jetty.

Start:

Saturday

  • 500m Shortcut Swim: 1:30 pm.  
  • Kids Swim: 2:30 pm (waves of 8 swimmers at 30 second intervals).

Sunday

  • 3.6km (Gold Caps): 8:00am 
  • 3.6km (Solos and Teams): 8:01am – Beach/Rolling start per cap colour, after initial gold cap start.
  • One Mile Swim to Shore: 9:30am.

Finish:

  • Official race cut-off times is 11:00 am for the Solo Swim, Team Swims and One Mile Swim to Shore.
  • Cut off is 45 minutes for Simon’s 500m Shortcut Swim and 30 minutes for the Kids Swim.

Swim Fee:

3.6km Solo – $85

One Mile Swim to Shore – $85

2 Person Relay – $170

4 Person Relay – $340

Simon Seagull’s 500m Shortcut – $50

Kids Swim (8-12 years) – $30

Pre-Swim Check-in:

Saturday 10 February 2024

9:00 am – 5:00 pm (preferred option)
OR Sunday 11 February 2024 6:00 am – 7:00 am

Please note that check-in for the Kids Swim and Simon’s 500m Shortcut Swim will only be open on Saturday 10 February between 9:00 am and 2:00 pm.

At check-in swimmers show their e-ticket, receive their swim cap, timing band, start wave and race number tattoo. You will be required to provide photo ID and are unable to pick up a pack for others, apart from dependents under the age of 18 years.

  • We recommend you read all the information below prior to entering the event.
  • Only competent swimmers who are fit and adequately trained should enter.

SOLO, TEAM AND ONE MILE SWIMS

  • Entry to the Busselton Jetty Swim’s Solo Swim, Team Swims and One Mile Swim to Shore are by online ballot entry
  • Please read the details of the ballot process below and note that you may register for one event ONLY on Sunday. Duplicate entries will result in automatic disqualification from the event for a period of two years.
  • The Ballot opens on Sunday 1st October 2023 and closes on Monday 9th October 2023.

kids swim and Simon's 500m Shortcut Swim

  • Entries for the Kids Swim and Simon’s 500m Shortcut Swim open on Monday 16th October 2023 and close on  Monday 5th February 2024, unless sold out sooner.
  • The Kids Swim is for children aged 8 to 12 years on event day (Juniors). 

  • All Juniors need to provide evidence of having passed their Level 8 Swimming Certificate as per Royal Life Saving or equivalent.  Only competent swimmers who are fit and adequately trained should enter.

  • Parents or guardians must email all required documents to juniors@busseltonjettyswim.org.au by 5 February 2024.  Parents or guardians will also be required to sign the declaration/waiver at swimmer check-in. No award will be issued to the youngest swimmer.

Ballot Process

  • This Ballot Process applies for entry to the event in a 2 Person Team, 4 person Team, Solo Swim or One Mile Swim to Shore
  • Ballot entries open on Sunday 1st October 2023 and close on Monday 9th October 2023 (the Ballot Period).
  • Application for the Ballot means completing the registration form in entirety. During this process you will be asked to nominate if you would like to be on the Waitlist if unsuccessful in the Ballot.
  • Payment details are required to enter the Ballot, however payment will only be processed once you are successfully allocated a place in the event.
  • Once registered in the Ballot you will receive a confirmation email and your name will appear in the Ballot List on the event website.
  • Ballot entries will be allocated at random according to available places in each event.
  • All Ballot entries (successful and unsuccessful) will be notified by email on Monday 16th October 2023.
  • Payments will be processed for successful Ballot registrations on Monday 16th October 2023.
  • Failed payments for successful Ballot registrations will be notified via email and automatically retried the following day. Following a second failed payment, Ballot registrations will have until 12:00 pm Friday 20th October 2023 to make a manual payment. If payment is not received by this time the participant will be withdrawn from the event.
  • All initially unsuccessful Ballot entries who nominated to be included on the Waitlist will form the Waitlist. The Waitlist will be live on the event website on Monday 16th October 2023.

Ballot Rules

  • You may register for one distance ONLY (ie. Solo, 2 Person Team, 4 Person Team OR One Mile Swim to Shore).
  • During the Ballot Period you may alter any of your details by using the link in your confirmation email.
  • During the Ballot Period you may withdraw/cancel your Ballot entry at any time in the registration platform or via email to rego@busseltonjettyswim.org.au.
  • If you, or someone acting on your behalf, has inadvertently created a duplicate entry, you will need to cancel the duplicate entry in the registration platform or via email to rego@busseltonjettyswim.org.au requesting one entry be removed prior to closure of the Ballot.
  • Following closure of the Ballot, anyone found to have duplicate entries (including team members) will be removed from the Ballot and banned from the event for a period of two years. If the duplicate Ballot registration is a member of a team, that team will not be eligible for the Ballot and the person/people with duplicates will be banned for a period of two years.
  • Team entries must be complete (all swimmers nominated) at the time of registration. Limited swimmer changes will be permitted after successful event entry, ie. no more than two changes for teams of four and no more than one change for teams of two.
  • Event registrations cannot be transferred privately. Any successful entrant who is unable to participate may officially withdraw and receive a partial refund (as per conditions of withdrawal) at any time up to Tuesday 16th January 2024.
  • Your registration at the close of the Ballot Period is final and changes between event distances will not be permitted. If you are unable to participate in your nominated distance you may officially withdraw and receive a partial refund (as per conditions of withdrawal) at any time up to Tuesday 16th January 2024.
  • As new places become available in the event (following swimmer withdrawals), swimmers on the Waitlist will be promoted into the event in order of the Waitlist. Promotions from the Waitlist into the event will continue until Monday 5th February 2024.
  • Successful Waitlist promotions will be charged automatically against their provided payment details at the time of the promotion. Failed payments for Waitlist promotions will be notified via email and automatically retried the following day. Following a second failed payment, Waitlist registrations will be notified by email and have until 5:00 pm the following day to make a manual payment. If payment is not received by this time the swimmer will be withdrawn from the event.
  • Waitlisted swimmers may withdraw their registration at any time prior to being promoted into the event.

KEY DATES:

Date Action
1-Oct-23 Ballot period opens for Solo Swim, 4 Person Team, 2 Person Team and One Mile Swim to Shore
9-Oct-23 Ballot Period concudes (ballot closes)
16-Oct-23 All entrants notified by email of ballot results
16-Oct-23 Waitlist live on event website
16-Oct-23 Entries for the Kids Swim and Simon’s 500m Shortcut Swim open
12-Dec-23 Cut-off for withdrawal with refund (minus $15 administration fee)
16-Jan-24 Cut-off for withdrawal with 50% refund
5-Feb-23 Waitlist promotions close
5-Feb-23 Entries for Kids Swim and Simon's 500m Shortcut Swim close (if not sold out sooner)
11-Feb-23 Simon's 500m Shortcut Swim and Kids Swim
12-Feb-23 3.6km Swim (Solo and Teams) and One Mile Swim to Shore

Entry procedure

Step 1: Enter the Ballot

  • During the Ballot Period you will be able to click on the ‘Enter Event’ button and register for your chosen event category. Complete all details of the online entry system and ensure that you receive a confirmation email once complete. You can also check the status of your entry by checking our Confirmed Ballot Entry link. If you do not receive a confirmation email and your entry does not appear on the Confirmed Ballot Entry list, contact the organisers as soon as possible rego@busseltonjettyswim.org.au

Step 2: Wait for your Confirmed Entry Email

  • From the 16th of October, successful applicants will start to receive notifications of their event entry – either from the initial ballot or from a Waitlist promotion. If you are unsuccessful in the initial ballot, please check the Waitlist to determine your position and likelihood of receiving an event entry. Waitlisted swimmers may withdraw their registration at any time prior to being promoted into the event without charge, however once you are promoted into the event, normal refund conditions will apply.
  • You can update your personal entry data at any time by using the login information in your confirmation email.

Step 3: Check-in at the Swim

  • Confirmed entrants will be emailed an eTicket containing their entry details and swim number in the week prior to the swim. Please bring the eTicket and your photo ID to check in.
  • All swimmers or their Legal Guardian (if under 18 years) must also check-in at the Signal Park marquee on either Saturday 10th Feb from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm or Sunday 11th February from 6:00 am to 7:00 am.  The Swimmer Briefing starts at 7:15 am near the start area.
  • Swimmers participating in the Kids Swim or Simon’s 500m Shortcut Swim must check-in on Saturday 10th February between 9:00 am and 2:00 pm.
  • At Check-In, swimmers present their e-ticket and photo ID and will receive their swim cap, timing band, race number tattoo and start wave.
  • You are unable to collect a pack for other people except dependents under the age of 18yrs

Junior Swimmers

  • The minimum age for swimmers is 8 years old on event day 
  • All swimmers aged 8 to 12 years (Juniors) on event day need to provide evidence of having passed their Level 8 Swimming Certificate as per Royal Life Saving or equivalent.  Only competent swimmers who are fit and adequately trained should enter
  • Juniors swimming in the Solo 3.6km Swim, One Mile Swim to Shore or Team Swims will also need a letter from a swimming coach or swim instructor stating that they are competent to complete their registered event and distance
  • The minimum age for the Solo 3.6km Swim is 12 years
  • Parents or guardians must email all required documents to juniors@busseltonjettyswim.org.au by 5 February 2024.  Parents or guardians will also be required to sign the declaration/waiver at swimmer check-in. No award will be issued to the youngest swimmer.

Support Paddlers:

Personal support paddlers, vessels or personnel are not permitted. However, if you feel you have a special need requiring your own support or provisions prior written permission from the organisation must be obtained. A request for such assistance must be made as part of your online entry under ‘special needs’. An exclusion zone will be in effect during the event, under control of the Department of Transport. Paddlers breaching the exclusion zone may be subject to cautions or fines.

Swim Aids

  • Wetsuits and/or swim-aids are permitted but participants using these will not be eligible for awards.
  • Wetsuits and/or swim-aids must be declared upon entry. Swim-aids include flippers, snorkels, wetsuits, pull buoys, speed-suits.
  • Swimsuits must be FINA approved to be eligible for awards.

Entry Waitlist

  • The Waitlist for the 2024 event will be automatically generated from unsuccessful entries in the Ballot.
  • The Waitlist will be on the event website from Monday 16th October 2023.
  • As new places become available in the event (following swimmer withdrawals), swimmers on the Waitlist will be promoted into the event in order of the Waitlist.
  • Promotions from the Waitlist into the event will continue until Monday 5th February 2024.
  • Successful Waitlist promotions will be charged automatically against their provided payment details at the time of the promotion. Failed payments for Waitlist promotions will be notified via email and automatically retried the following day. Following a second failed payment, Waitlist registrations will be notified by email and have until 5:00 pm the following day to make a manual payment. If payment is not received by this time the swimmer will be withdrawn from the event.
  • Waitlisted swimmers may withdraw their registration at any time prior to being promoted into the event.
IMPORTANT NOTES
  • Promotions from the Waitlist to the event may still occur after the refund cut-off date.
  • If you are promoted into the event after the refund cut-off date you will not be eligible for a refund.
  • It is up to swimmers to monitor their position on the Waitlist and withdraw if they no longer wish to participate in the event.
  • Once you are promoted into the event, normal refund conditions will apply

Transfers

  • No private transfer arrangements will be allowed for the event in 2024.  Swimmers who no longer wish or are unable to swim are to officially withdraw and may receive a refund as per conditions of withdrawal.  Their registration will be allocated to the next person on the Waitlist.

Refunds

  • If you choose to cancel your swim entry, you can apply for a refund (conditions apply).
  • Full refunds, less a $15 administration fee, are only available if applied for in writing or by email to rego@busseltonjettyswim.org.au and must be applied for prior to Tuesday 12th December 2023. 
  • A 50% refund is available if applied for in writing prior Tuesday 16th January 2024.
  • Full refund, less a $5 administration fee, applies for Kids Swim withdrawals until 16th January 2024.
  • No refunds for swimmer-initiated cancellations will be made after 16 January 2024.

Team Transfers

  • Team entries must be complete (all swimmers nominated) at the time of registration in the Ballot. Limited swimmer changes will be permitted after successful event entry, ie. no more than two changes for teams of four and no more than one change for teams of two.
  • Team swimmer details may be changed online any time before Monday 5th February 2024. 
  • Replacement team swimmers must register online or complete an entry form and sign the swimmer waiver at Check-in.

If any unforeseeable circumstance occurs which is beyond the control of event organisers / Busselton Allsports Inc resulting in the cancellation of Busselton Jetty Swim 2024, the following options of swimmer fees will be offered:

  1. Full refund less a $15 administration fee ($5 for the Kid’s Swim) will be offered and transferred to the nominated account within 14 working days of the cancellation announcement of the event.
  2. Donation of swimmer fee to Busselton Allsports Inc. (Busselton Jetty Swim) to help ensure the continuation of our event into the future. 

Where relevant restrictions only result in a reduction in the number of possible participants and not in a complete cancellation of the event, we reserve the right to allocate the reduction (and cancel swimmer registrations) in such way as we see fit in order to preserve the safety of competitors and the integrity and continuation of the event. We will try to do this as fairly as we reasonably can. In these circumstances, cancelled swimmers will be entitled to refunds on the same principles set out above.

Please note, any donations pledged to Busselton Jetty Environment Fund by swimmers when entering the event are non-refundable.

All swimmers registering for this Event will need to agree to these Terms & Conditions as part of the online registration process. If you are a registered swimmer you have agreed to these Terms & Conditions.

These Terms and Conditions apply to the 3.6km Solo Swim, Relays, One Mile Swim to Shore, Simon’s 500m Shortcut Swim and Kids Swim

  1. In consideration of and as a condition of acceptance by Busselton Allsports Inc. (“Organisation”) of my entry in the Busselton Jetty Swim 2024 (“the Event”) to the maximum extent permitted by law, I for myself, my heirs, executors, administrators and legal personal representa­tives hereby waive all and any claim, right or cause of action which I or they might otherwise have or at any future time have against the Organisation for or arising out of loss of life or injury (including psychological trauma) damages or loss of any description whatsoever (including property damage) which I or my equipment may suffer or sustain in the course of, or consequent upon, my entry or participation in the Event howsoever arising.
  2. I hereby indemnify, release and discharge the Organisation, together with all persons and entities involved or otherwise engaged in promoting, staffing or operating the Event (including and without limitation Busselton Surf Life Saving Club Inc, Surf Life Saving Western Australia Inc and the Organisation’s other suppliers and Event sponsors, hosts, promotors and land owners and lessees – referred to as “Event Partners”) together with their employees, officials, members, volunteers, agents and contractors, from all liability for loss of life or injury (including psychological trauma), damages or loss of any description whatsoever (including property damage) which I or my equipment may suffer or sustain, or which I may cause or contribute to, in the course of or consequent upon my entry or participation in the Event howsoever arising except to the extent limited or prohibited by law. To the extent necessary to perfect my indemnity, release and discharge to Event Partners, I hereby appoint the Organisation as trustee to hold those rights on behalf of the Event Partners. This clause 2 is intended to inure to the benefit of those Event Partners notwithstanding that they are not parties to these Terms & Conditions.
  3. I hereby declare that I am medically and physically fit, not showing any signs of sickness, and will not be affected by drugs or alcohol on Event day. I am psychologically fully capable of participating in and have undertaken adequate training for the Event.  I undertake to voluntarily withdraw from the event if any of these statements prove to be incorrect on the Event day.
  4. I hereby consent for myself to receive such medical treatment that may be deemed advisable in the event of injury, accident and/or illness during or immediately after the Event. I have listed with my entry my medical or physical conditions from which I suffer that might affect my performance or be relevant if medical treatment is needed.
  5. I hereby acknowledge and agree that the Organisation will have the right to modify the Event or any aspect thereof (including the race rules) or to cancel the Event:
    • In event of any circumstances which prior to or during the Event, in the sole discretion of the Organisation, pose or may pose an unacceptable risk or danger to people or property. Without derogating from the generality of the above, such circumstances may include but are not limited to storm, rain, winds, currents, attack or risk of attack by sea creatures or any other inclement weather or ocean conditions
    • Should it be required under any statutory framework or should the Organisation be so directed or ordered by any authority or agency with relevant jurisdiction
    • Should any circumstances reasonably outside the control of the Organisation necessitate modification or cancellation of the Event
    • In event of such modification or cancellation of the Event the Organisation will have no obligation to refund my Event entry fee or any portion thereof.
  6. I agree to participate in the Event in accordance with the Race Rules and conditions as determined by the Organisation. I further agree to adhere to the Swimmer Code of Conduct and accept that if I breach the Race Rules or Code of Conduct I may be banned from participating in the Event for a period of two years.
  7. I acknowledge and agree that details of all Event participants will be entered into a database and publicly published/displayed by or on behalf of the Organisation, including but not limited to official event results and my name, age group, gender, event race number and finish time.
  8. I grant the Organisation and all Event Partners a royalty free worldwide licence in perpetuity, to use and allow the use of my name, image, likeness, voice, interview and statements in broadcasts, telecasts, web casts, media press materials, promotional materials and otherwise in connection with the Event.
  9. I undertake to use my best endeavours to complete the Event for which I have entered:
    • In case of the 3.6km Solo and Relay events, by 11:00 am
    • In case of the One Mile Swim to Shore, by 11:00 am
    • In case of the 500m Swim, within 45 minutes of my official start time
    • In case of the Kids Swim, within 30 minutes of my official start-time
  10. I acknowledge and agree should I not complete the said Event within the abovementioned timeframe:
    • To leave the water when instructed to do so by a race official; and
    • Should I not leave the water when instructed to do so, that I may be removed by Event officials from the water for my own safety and for the safety of others.
  11. I acknowledge and agree that:
    • Participation in the Event is inherently dangerous and physically and psychologically demanding
    • Participation in the Event could result in serious injury or death to/of participants (including me)
    • The risk of injury or death may be aggravated by changing sea and weather conditions, attacks from or contact with sea creatures (like large marine species, stingers, jelly fish or blue bottles), other participants, vessels, debris or other objects in the ocean, human error and/or participants’ (including my) failure to participate in a safe and reasonable manner or to comply with these terms and conditions of entry or the race rules or directions from Race officials
    • I have read and understood this warning and voluntarily accept and assume the inherent risks in participating in the Event.
  12. Under the provisions of the Fair Trading Act 2010 (“Act”) several conditions are implied into contracts for the supply of certain goods and services. Pursuant to the Act the Organisation is required to ensure that the recreational services supplied to participants as part of the Event are:
    • Rendered with due care and skill; and as fit for the purpose for which they are commonly bought as it is reasonable to expect in the circumstances; and
    • Reasonably fit for any particular purpose or might reasonably be expected to achieve any result the participant has made known to the supplier.

Under the Act, the Organisation is entitled to ask participants to agree that these conditions do not apply to your participation in the Event. By signing this entry form I agree that my rights to sue the Organisation under the Act if I am killed or injured because the services in relation to my participation in the Event were not rendered with due care and skill or they were not reasonably fit for their purpose, are excluded, restricted or modified in the way set out in this form and to the maximum level permitted at law.

NOTE: The change to your rights, as set out in this form, does not apply if your death or injury is due to gross negligence on the supplier’s part.

13. I agree that, if anything in these terms and conditions of entry, race rules or swimmer code of conduct are considered to be unenforceable, illegal or void for any reason then it shall be read down and, if necessary, severed so that the balance of these terms and conditions of entry, race rules and swimmer code of conduct remain of full force and effect.

14. I acknowledge and agree that the Organisation may in its sole discretion vary or supplement the terms and conditions for entry and/or participation in the Event by giving reasonable notice and that such notice may include but will not be limited to such varied or additional terms and conditions being displayed or publicly announced at the Event Venue or at the Event starting point or on the Event website: busseltonjettyswim.org.au

15. I acknowledge and agree that:

  • During “Check-in”, the Organisation will issue me on a loan basis with an electronic timing chip device and ankle strap (“Timing Device”) for the purpose of timing my participation in the Event:
  • I must return the timing device to the area designated by the Organisation for that purpose as soon as I have completed, or withdrawn from, the Event, but in any event not later than 5:00pm on the day of the Event; and
  • I shall be liable for payment of an amount of $AUD25 (including GST) to the Organisation if I fail to return the timing device in accordance with sub-clause (b), which amount will be payable on day of the Event at the “Check-in” point or otherwise on demand.

16. I acknowledge and agree that:

  • A limited number of participants will be allowed to participate in the Event
  • The Organisation reserves the right to determine in its sole discretion the number of participants for the Event
  • The Organisation reserves the right to accept or reject any entry at their discretion and also to issue special invitations

17. I acknowledge and agree that:

  • I have read and fully understand these Terms and Conditions of entry, the Race Rules and Swimmer Code of Conduct
  • I fully understand the legal consequences of agreeing to these Terms and Conditions of entry, the Race Rules and Swimmer Code of Conduct and the risk of participating in the Event
  • I have the legal capacity to enter into these Terms and Conditions of entry and to accept the Race Rules and Swimmer Code of Conduct
  • I understand that my entry is non-transferable and agree not to allow any other person to participate under my name or using my allocated race number
  • I agree to be bound by and to comply with these Terms and Conditions of entry, the Race Rules and Swimmer Code of Conduct
  • Completion of the online entry form and payment of the entry fee for the Event will be prima facie evidence of my agreement to and acceptance of these Terms and Conditions of entry, the Race Rules and Swimmer Code of Conduct

18. I acknowledge and agree that:

If any unforeseeable circumstance occurs which is beyond the control of event organisers / Busselton Allsports Inc resulting in the cancellation of Busselton Jetty Swim 2024, the following options of swimmer fees will be offered:

  • Full refund less a $15 administration fee ($5 for the Kid’s Swim) will be offered and transferred to the nominated account within 14 working days of the cancellation announcement of the event.
  • Donation of swimmer fee to Busselton Allsports Inc. (Busselton Jetty Swim) to help ensure the continuation of our event into the future.

Please note, any donations pledged to Busselton Jetty Environment Fund by swimmers when entering the event are non-refundable.

19. Abovementioned Terms and Condition of Entry, Race Rules and Swimmer Code of Conduct for adult participants apply mutatis mutandis (that is with the necessary modifications) to the Busselton Jetty Kid’s Swim.

 

 

Race Rules for Busselton Jetty Swim 2024

This information is subject to change and will continue to be updated – (last updated 21st August, 2023)

  1. An official online entry must be completed by each swimmer, swimmer’s guardian, or team member
  2. Completion of the online entry form represents acceptance of these Race Rules and the event Terms and Conditions.
  3. All swimmers, or their Legal Guardian if under 18 years, must check-in at the marquee on the Busselton Foreshore on either:
    1. Saturday 10th February 2024 between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm (preferred); OR
    2. Sunday 11th February 2024 between 6:00 am and 7:00 am.
  4. Check-in by proxy is not permitted.
  5. Swimmers must be at least 8 years of age on race day. All swimmers aged between 8 and 12 years need to present a swimming certificate of level 8 or higher in accordance with Royal Life Saving or equivalent.  This applies to all event categories.  Parents or guardians are required to email swim stage proof to juniors@busseltonjettyswim.org.au. by Monday 5th February.  Kids aged 8-12 years on Sunday must also provide a letter from a swim coach or swim instructor stating that they are capable of completing their selected swim.  The minimum age for the Solo 3.6km Swim is 12 years.
  6. The following age categories apply for males and females : under 15; 15-19; 20-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65-69; 70-74; 75-79, 80-84, 85 and over. Age category is based on age on race day.
  7. Relay members must physically tag their teammate at the relay change-over point. Race marshals will be present to monitor the relay changeovers.
  8. Swimmers or support craft are not permitted to go under any part of the Jetty unless directed by Race Officials.  Wetsuits and/or swimming aids are permitted but wearers will not be eligible for awards.
  9. Wetsuits and/or swimming aids are permitted but wearers will not be eligible for awards.
  10. Wetsuits and/or swimming aids must be declared on the entry form. Swim-aids include: flippers, snorkels, wetsuits, pull buoys, speed-suits.
  11. Swimsuits must be FINA approved.
  12. Swim caps indicating starting wave and team category will be supplied and must be worn.
  13. Swimmers will be required to have their race number tattoo displayed on their front left thigh and left arm.
  14. All swimmers will be given a timing band to be worn on their left ankle.
  15. Solo swimmers and the last swimmer in each team will be timed as they cross the timing mats at the beach finish. Swimmers finishing on the jetty must walk over the timing mat at the foot of the jetty to “check-out” of the swim and hand in their timing band.
  16. Swimmers withdrawing from the event on race day must present themselves at the Check-in desk and confirm their withdrawal.
  17. Failure to return a timing band will result in a $25 penalty 
  18. On water safety and support is provided by Surf Life Saving and personal support paddlers are no longer permitted, however if you feel you have a special need requiring your own personal support or provisions this must be indicated as part of your online entry under ‘special needs’.
  19. A swimmer may be disqualified at the discretion of the race organisers for contravening the race rules or for unsporting conduct or a breach of the Swimmer Code of Conduct.
  20. If a member of a team cannot swim on the day, a replacement may be approved at the Check-in desk for a team member only, not for solo entrants or whole teams. The replacement team swimmer must fill in an entry form and sign the waiver at the Check-in desk. Note, limited changes to team swimmers apply.
  21. The event organisers reserve the right to cap numbers or close entries early.
  22. The organisers of the swim, Busselton Allsports Inc., reserve the right to accept or reject any entry at their discretion and also to issue special invitations.
  23. If there is any dispute to any of the following points, the Organisation’s decision will be final and binding:
    1. The race distance, starting, existing or finishing points
    2. Finishing times or finishing positions or making of awards or placing or positioning of participants
    3. Information provided in any trophy, medal or award
    4. Compliance with or interpretation or application of any race rule

Participants in the Busselton Jetty Swim are expected to adhere to the following Swimmer Code of Conduct at all times, not just on event day:

  1. Read and understand the Event Terms & Conditions prior to registering.
  2. Follow the Race Rules at all times. Understand that many are in place for the safety of all participants, event volunteers, officials, staff and contractors.
  3. Understand that some decisions are made for the greater good rather than any individual circumstance.
  4. Be respectful of event volunteers, officials, staff and contractors. All are giving their time to ensure the enjoyment of swimmers and the success of the event.
  5. Verbal, cyber or physical abuse is not acceptable at any time or through any medium.
  6. Respect the rights and dignity of all involved regardless of their gender, ability, age, ethnicity, cultural background or religion.
  7. Use the appropriate Race Rules and event Terms and Conditions as guidelines to resolve any dispute.
  8. Follow directions and instructions from officials and volunteers on event day.
  9. Be a good sport – recognise the efforts of all involved.
  10. Respect our environment, including the jetty, the beach and of course the ocean you swim in. Do no harm.
  11. Participate for your own fun, enjoyment and the many benefits associated with it.

The Busselton Jetty Swim is delivered by a committee of dedicated volunteers with support from contractors. In order to support all volunteers and staff who work on this event:

  1. The Committee reserves the right to refuse entry to any person deemed to be in breach of this Swimmer Code of Conduct; and
  2. The Committee will impose a sanction consisting of a two-year event ban for any person deemed to be deliberately in breach of this Swimmer Code of Conduct, the Race Rules or any of the Event Terms & Conditions.
  3. The Committee may also impose a lesser sanction for an unintentional breach at its discretion.

Swimmer Information

  • Swimmers may enter  the 3.6km Solo Swim, 2 Person Team Relay , 4 Person Team Relay, One Mile Swim to Shore (a 1.6km solo swim), Simon’s 500m Shortcut Swim or the Kids Swim.
  • The swim course is marked with yellow buoys. Swimmers should use these as a guide.
  • Swimmers or support craft are not permitted to go under any part of the Busselton Jetty unless directed by Race Officials.
Swimmer Distance Where do I start? Where do I finish? Getting to the start
Solo 3.6km Beach (east)  Starting area Beach (West)  Finish chute Initial Gold Caps start commences at 8:00am. All other cap colours beach/rolling start commencing 8:01am Swimmer rounds the end of the Jetty. Swim to shore.
2 Person Relay Team  – swimmer 1 1.4km Beach (east)  Starting area Allie’s Landing Rolling start after solo swimmers. Ladder exit.
2 Person Relay Team  – swimmer 2 2.2km Allie’s Landing Beach (west)  Finish chute Walk to Allie’s Landing (1.4km). Jump or ladder entry. Swimmer rounds the end of the Jetty. Swim to shore.
4 Person Relay Team  – swimmer 1 1.0km Beach (east)  Starting area Jetty Platform  (east) Rolling start after 2-person relay teams. Ladder exit.
4 Person Relay Team  – swimmer 2 1.0km Jetty Platform  (east) Underwater Observatory Ramp Walk to the 1.0km mark. Jump or ladder entry. Swimmer rounds the end of the Jetty. Ladder exit.
4 Person Relay Team  – swimmer 3 0.6km Underwater Observatory Ramp Jetty Platform  (west) Walk to Underwater Observatory Ramp (1.6km) Jump or ladder entry. Ladder exit.
4 Person Relay Team  – swimmer 4 1.0km Jetty Platform  (west) Beach (west)  Finish chute Walk to the 1.0km mark. Jump or ladder entry. Swim to shore.
1 Mile Swim to Shore 1.6km Underwater Observatory Ramp Beach (west) Finish chute Walk to Underwater Observatory Ramp (1.6km) Start swimming at 10:30am Jump or ladder entry. Swim to shore.
Kid’s Swim 222m Beach, east of the swimming jetty Beach (west) Finish chute Assemble on the beach at 10:50am. Start commences at 11:00am.
  • Busselton Jetty Swim 2024 will cap team entries at 100 x 2 person relay teams and 50 x 4 person relay teams.  
  • Team entry is via ballot only during the Ballot Period which opens on Sunday 1st October 2023 and closes on Monday 9th October 2023.
  • Individuals may register for the Ballot for one distance ONLY – you may only register for the Solo swim OR a Team Swim OR the One Mile Swim to Shore.
  • Following closure of the Ballot, anyone found to have duplicate entries (including team members) will be removed from the Ballot and banned from the event for a period of two years. If the duplicate Ballot registration is a member of a team, that team will not be eligible for the Ballot and the person/people with duplicates will be banned for a period of two years.
  • Team entries must be complete (all swimmers nominated) at the time of registration. Limited swimmer changes will be permitted after successful event entry, ie. no more than two changes for teams of four and no more than one change for teams of two.
  • All Ballot entries (successful and unsuccessful) will be notified by email on Monday 16th October 2023.
  • Unsuccessful Ballot entries will form the Waitlist and be promoted as other teams withdraw from the Event.
  • Please read our event details page for more information.
4 Person Relay Team Transition Points
  • The under-jetty platforms located 1 km along the jetty will be used for the first and third transitions of 4 person relay teams.
  • The second transition for 4 person relay teams is at the Underwater Observatory Ramp.
  • The 4 person relay swim distances are: first swimmer 1.0 km, second swimmer 1.0 km, third swimmer 0.6 km, fourth swimmer 1.0 km.
2 Person Relay Team Transition Point
  • Allies landing is the transition point for the 2 person relay swim.
  • The 2 person relay swim distances are: first swimmer 1.4 km, second swimmer 2.2 km.
Notes
  • Teams may be created by a team captain.
  • At the relay change-over points, relay members must physically tag their team-mate.
  • Race officials will be present to monitor the relay changeovers.
  • Swimmers finishing or starting on the Jetty must be able to get to their start point, climb a ladder to exit the water and jump or climb down a ladder to enter the water.
  • For information on what details are required for each swimmer please see our FAQ page 
FAQ's

Kids Swim

The Busselton Jetty Kids Swim is open to children 8 to 12 years of age.  The 222m swim is around the small jetty on the Busselton foreshore on Saturday 10th February at 2:00 pm. The swim will be supervised by event organisers and strongly supported by the Surf Life Saving WA.

The Busselton Jetty Kids Swim complements the Busselton Jetty Swim by providing an opportunity for families to train and swim together.

Entries for the Kids Swim open on 16th October and close on 5th February, unless sold out sooner.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The age qualification is 8 to 12 years on event day. All swimmers aged between 8 and 12 years need to present a level 8 or higher swim certificate in accordance with Royal Life Saving or equivalent.  This applies to all event categories.

Parents or Guardians are required to email certificates to juniors@busseltonjettyswim.org.au by Monday 5th February 2024.

 
The minimal entry fee of $30.00 is great value and includes:
  • Entry to Busselton Jetty Kids Swim 
  • Busselton Jetty Swim official swim number tattoo
  • Busselton Jetty Swim cap
  • Participation medal
  • Ice cream voucher donated by Sun Cream Ningaloo
  • Fruit and water at the finish
  • Certificate of Achievement and voucher courtesy of Miami Bakehouse

For any enquiries, contact juniors@busseltonjettyswim.org.au

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  • Simon’s 500m Shortcut Swim will commence on the eastern side of the Jetty on Saturday 10th February at 1:30 pm.  The 500m Swim complements the 3.6km Busselton Jetty Swim by providing opportunities for families and friends to train and swim together. 
  • Simon’s 500m Shortcut Swim will be supervised by event organisers and strongly supported by the Surf Life Saving Society of WA. 
  • Entry to Simon’s 500m Shortcut Swim opens on Monday 16th October 2023 and closes on Monday 5th February 2024 unless sold out sooner. 
The following information should be used as a guide, and is still subject to change. Please check back for updates.
  1. The swim is scheduled to start at 1:30 pm.
  2. The swim will use a rolling start and friends can swim together.
  3. Swimmers self-seed. Times will not start until you cross the timing mat as you enter the water.
  4. The official race cut-off time is 2:15 pm. If you have not finished the swim by 2:15 pm you must leave the water if instructed to do so by a race official.

For any enquiries, contact rego@busseltonjettyswim.org.au

  • The One Mile Swim to Shore allows participants to enter the water one mile out to sea, then swim back to the beach.
  • Swimmers  enter the water on the western side of the Jetty, from the ramp near the Underwater Observatory, and swim approximately 1.6km (or 1 Mile) to the finish line.
  • Swimmers must be able to walk the 1.6km to the start and jump or climb into the water from the ramp (about 1 metre).
  • There are 1000 individual places available
  • Entry is via ballot only during the Ballot Period which opens Sunday 1st October 2023 and closes on Monday 9th October 2023.
  • Individuals may register in the Ballot for one distance ONLY (ie. Solo Swim , Team Swim, or One Mile Swim to Shore).
  • Following closure of the Ballot, anyone found to have duplicate entries (including team members) will be removed from the Ballot and banned from the event for a period of two years. If the duplicate Ballot registration is a member of a team, that team will not be eligible for the Ballot and the person/people with duplicates will be banned for a period of two years.
The following information should be used as a guide, and is still subject to change. Please check back for updates.
  1. The swim is scheduled to start at 9:30 am.
  2. Please allow half an hour to walk to the end of the jetty.
  3. The event has a rolling start and friends are able to swim together.
  4. Swimmers self-seed and your time will not start until you cross the timing mat as you enter the water.
  5. We anticipate all swimmers will be in the water within 30 minutes and no swimmers will be allowed to commence 40 minutes after the official start.
  6. Please do not enter the ramp until you are directed to do so by race officials. The 4 person relay teams will also be using the ramp so we want to make sure they are able to complete their event first.
  7. To avoid congestion, spectators will not be allowed on the ramp until all swimmers are in the water.
  8. The official race cut-off time is 11:00 am. If you have not finished the swim by 11:00 am you must leave the water if instructed to do so by a race official.
  9. For a gold coin donation there will be a bag drop at the One Mile start for any clothes/shoes you wear for the walk out. Please no valuables!! A bag will be provided and only this bag may be used. The bag will fit 1 pair of thongs, 1 shirt and 1 water bottle. Your bag will be transferred back to the bag drop area in the check-in tent after the start. Please label your bag with your race number so it can be easily identified for collection post-event. If you are a fast swimmer you may need to wait for your bag!

For any enquiries, contact rego@busseltonjettyswim.org.au

Junior Swimmers

The minimum age for swimmers is 8 years old on event day. 

All swimmers aged 8 to 12 years (Juniors) on event day need to provide evidence of having passed their Level 8 Swimming Certificate as per Royal Life Saving or equivalent.  Only competent swimmers who are fit and adequately trained should enter.

Juniors swimming in the Solo 3.6km Swim, One Mile Swim to Shore or Team Swims will also need a letter from a swimming coach or swim instructor stating that they are competent to complete their registered event and distance.

The minimum age for the Solo 3.6km Swim is 12 years.

Parents or guardians must email all required documents to juniors@busseltonjettyswim.org.au by 5 February 2024.  Parents or guardians will also be required to sign the declaration/waiver at swimmer check-in. No award will be issued to the youngest swimmer.

In 2024  Busselton Jetty Swim participants will have access to additional protection as part of their entry.

Automatic personal accident insurance

Personal accident cover is included for all participants as part of their entry fee. Benefits include death & permanent injuries, non-Medicare medical expenses and loss of income following an injury occurring whilst participating in the Busselton Jetty Swim 2024.

Please note: Personal accident insurance has been arranged by BMS Risk Solutions on a group basis without taking into account individual circumstances.

This cover provides benefits to purchasers who, through injury or accident, incur financial loss and who would otherwise not have received assistance. The policy cannot provide 100% cover of a benefit for every loss that occurs. Federal Government legislation prevents insurance companies from paying any insurance benefit for a medical service that is covered by Medicare. This legislation also applies to the Medicare gap. In addition to this Personal accident insurance all participants are encouraged to consider taking out Private Health insurance, income protection insurance and life insurance if their individual circumstances require it.

Please refer to the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) for full policy terms, conditions and exclusions.  The Organiser cannot and does not provide advice on insurance or related financial matters.   Participants are recommended to seek their own professional advice.

Should you wish to make a claim:

Complete a claim form CLICK HERE to download – and submit as instructed in the document.  You may like to contact the Account Director of Sports & Events, Tim Bowden via email tim.bowden@bmsgroup.com

Event Day Information

Check-in at the Swim

  • All swimmers, or their Legal Guardian if under 18 years, must Check-in at the marquee on Signal Park on either:
    1. Saturday 10th February 2024 between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm (preferred). Please note that check-in for Simon’s 500m Shortcut Swim and the Kids Swim will be on Saturday 10th February between 9:00 am and 2:00 pm.
    2. Sunday 12th February 2022 between 6:00 am and 7:00 am. The swimmer briefing starts on the beach at 7:15 am.
  • Check-in by proxy is not permitted.
  • At Check-in, swimmers:
    1. Present their e-ticket (emailed to you during event week) and photo ID*
    2. Will receive their swim cap, timing device, start wave and race number tattoo

Please note, for underage swimmers a parent or guardians photo ID will be accepted.

At check-in, swimmers:

Present their e-ticket (emailed to you during event week) and photo ID*

*Please note that for underage swimmers a parent or guardian’s photo ID will be accepted.

Timing Bands

  • Swimmers will be timed and checked-in and out of the swim electronically with their timing band.
  • All swimmers must wear their timing device on their left ankle at all times during the race.
    In order to accurately record your time, AND as a matter of safety, it is vital that each swimmer crosses a timing mat at the end of their swim.
  • Solo swimmers and the last swimmer in each team will cross timing mats at the designated beach finish line.
  • Timing bands are collected as you leave the finish area.
  • Team swimmers exiting on the Busselton Jetty must walk over the timing mat at the designated exit point to “check out” of the swim and hand in their timing device.

SWIMMER IDENTIFICATION

  • Swim caps will be supplied to indicate starting wave and team category and must be worn at all times during the swim.
  • Swimmers will be required to display their race number tattoo on their front left thigh and left arm at all times during the race. Please apply your race number tattoo vertically on:
    • FRONT left thigh (preferred option), AND
    • FRONT left arm
  • Tattoo may be applied to a wetsuit.
  • Relay Teams:  EVERY swimmer wears a timing band and a race number tattoo.

Withdrawal during the swim

  • If you withdraw during the race or decide not to swim, you must notify Check-in as soon as possible and return your timing band.
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This information is still subject to change and will continue to be updated – last updated 25 September 2023

Busselton Jetty Swim’s focus is on swimmer safety and to accommodate the number of swimmers, the main 3.6 kilometre swim around the jetty will be a self-seeded rolling start for solo and relay swimmers.

You must wear the swim cap provided.  It indicates your estimated swim time and should enable you to swim with swimmers of similar ability.

Prior to the rolling start there will be 50 Gold Cap swimmers who will start en masse at 8:00 am.

3.6km Solo Swimmers and Relay Team Swimmers will start on the beach with a rolling start in intervals commencing at 8:01 am in the following order:

  1. Solo swimmers – Gold swim cap
  2. Solo swimmers – Silver swim cap
  3. Solo swimmers – Dark green swim cap
  4. Solo swimmers – Purple swim cap
  5. Solo swimmers – White swim cap
  6. Solo swimmers – Pink swim cap
  7. Solo swimmers – Aqua swim cap
  8. 2 person relay – Orange swim cap
  9. 4 person relay – Lime Green caps
  10. One Mile Swim to Shore – Yellow swim cap
  11. 500m Swim – Assorted caps
  12. Kids Swim – Assorted caps
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Sunday events

3.6km Solo and Teams swimmers: please assemble on the beach in your holding bay according to cap colour by 7.45 am. Beach marshals will direct you to your starting group location. Please allow enough time to move into place.

One Mile Swim to Shore:  will commence with a rolling start at 09:30 am and friends will be able to swim together.

Saturday events

Simon’s 500m Shortcut Swim will start on the beach at 1:30 pm  

The Kids Swim will start at 2:30 pm on Saturday, in waves of eight at 45 second intervals.

  • The finish is marked with two large chequered buoys. Use these to align yourself with the finish chute.
  • Timing bands are collected as you leave the finish area. Continue up the ramp for your finishers towel and follow the instruction of volunteers to fruit and water.
  • Provisional times will be available on the event website. Official race times will be available at the presentation and on our results page
  • Prior to the start of each event a Swimmer Briefing will be held. It is essential that you listen to the briefing for your swim.
  • Support Craft crews are also required to attend a briefing specific to their role.
  • The time and location of all briefings are as follows:
    • Solo, Teams and One Mile Swim Briefing: 7:15 am near the start area.
    • Simon’s 500m Shortcut Swim Briefing: Saturday at 1:20 pm near the start area.
    • Kids Swim Briefing: Saturday at 2:20 pm at the Kids Swim start, east of the swimming jetty.
    • Authorised support craft: 7:00 am, conducted by Surf Life Saving, location TBC

Download the swimmer briefings here:

Swimmer Briefings

Swimmer Identification

EVERY swimmer must wear their timing band, race number tattoo and allocated swim cap at all times during the race.

This includes every swimmer in every team.

Swim number tattoo and timing chip

Tattoo may be applied to a wetsuit

Timing band on LEFT ankle.

Race number tattoo vertically on:

  1. FRONT left thigh (preferred option), AND
  2. FRONT left arm

 

 

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Busselton Jetty Swim - Awards List

  • The Organisers will use their best endeavours to provide all swimmers with a finisher item either as they exit the finish area or as they exit Busselton Jetty (Team swimmers).
  • No awards will be posted or sent.
  • Age category is based on age on race day.
  • Swimmers using swim-aids (including wetsuits, speed-suits, flippers, snorkels, pull buoys) are ineligible for race awards.
  • Awards will be presented near the finish line throughout the morning as results are confirmed.  Please listen for announcements.  
  • Trophies are awarded as per the award list below. Trophies must be collected at the official awards presentation (in person or by proxy). No trophies will be posted or sent.
  • The Kids Swim and Simon’s 500m Shortcut Swim are participation events. Every swimmer receives a medallion. No other prizes are awarded.
  • Awards will be made at the organiser’s discretion and are subject to change at any time.
  • BREAK THE RACE RECORDS: A bonus $1500 cash award is on offer for the fastest solo male to break the existing male Solo 3.6km Swim record and the fastest solo female to break the existing female Solo 3.6km Swim record.  GNOT (Gaining No Other Trophy) does not apply to this bonus award.
  • Awards are allocated in the following order gaining no other trophy (GNOT)

AWARDS FOR 3.6KM SOLO SWIM 

  • 1st Open Male
  • 1st Open Female
  • 2nd Open Male
  • 2nd Open Female
  • 3rd Open Male
  • 3rd Open Female
  • 1st Busselton Male
  • 1st Busselton Female
  • 1st Under 15 Male
  • 1st Under 15 Female
  • 1st 15-19 Male
  • 1st 15-19 Female
  • 1st 20-24 Male
  • 1st 20-24 Female
  • 1st 25-29 Male
  • 1st 25-29 Female
  • 1st 30-34 Male
  • 1st 30-34 Female
  • 1st 35-39 Male
  • 1st 35-39 Female
  • 1st 40-44 Male
  • 1st 40-44 Female
  • 1st 45-49 Male
  • 1st 45-49 Female
  • 1st 50-54 Male
  • 1st 50-54 Female
  • 1st 55-59 Male
  • 1st 55-59 Female
  • 1st 60-64 Male
  • 1st 60-64 Female
  • 1st 65-69 Male
  • 1st 65-69 Female
  • 1st 70-74 Male
  • 1st 70-74 Female
  • 1st 75-79 Male
  • 1st 75-79 Female
  • 1st 80-84 Male
  • 1st 80-84 Female
  • 1st 85 and over Male
  • 1st 85 and over Female

AWARDS FOR 2 PERSON TEAM 

  • 1st 2 Person Team

AWARD FOR 4 PERSON TEAM

  • 1st 4 Person Team

AWARDS FOR ONE MILE SWIM TO SHORE 

  • 1st Open Male
  • 2nd Open Male
  • 3rd Open Male
  • 1st Open Female
  • 2nd Open Female
  • 3rd Open Female

Considerable effort goes into maximising the safety of participants in this event.

On-water safety

  • On-water safety is co-ordinated by the Busselton Surf Life Saving Club with assistance from other surf life-saving clubs.
  • Surf Life Saving (SLS) have jet skis, IRB’s, surf skis, board paddlers, spotters on the jetty, life-saving equipment and radio communications. They are highly trained for this role and are your first option if you need help in the water. Raise your arm to attract attention.
  • Follow the yellow buoys and keep a safe distance away from the Jetty. If you stray too far off course SLS will guide you back.
  • Tired swimmers may hang on to a ski or a float. You will not be disqualified unless your forward progress is aided.
  • Swimmers or support craft are not permitted to go under any part of the Jetty unless directed by race officials.
  • Participants and spectators may not swim or stand in the cordoned off area near the finish line that is needed for essential Surf Life Saving personnel and equipment.
  • All vessels in the vicinity of the event must comply with and abide by the Navigable Waters Regulations. Race officials will enforce and police these regulations as part of the overall safety provisions for the Event. Unauthorised craft may not enter the swim exclusion zone (within 250m of the Jetty).
  • This event has been granted a part exemption from these regulations for bona fide support craft only.

Helicopter patrol

  • The surrounds of the swim will be patrolled forlarge marine species prior to and during Sunday’s events. A pilot and spotter will be in continuous radio contact with the SLS Water Safety Coordinator and Race Director. Please note that whilst water safety provisions are made for Saturday’s events (500m & Kids Swim), the helicopter patrols are not in place on this day.

Evacuation

  • The on the water emergency evacuation signals are: 3 short air horn blasts; raised red flags by spotters on the jetty; and continuous whistles by surf ski paddlers.
  • If you see or hear any of these signals, please exit the swim as directed by SLS personnel.  
  • There are ladders every 75m along the Jetty marked with banner flags.  These flags are numbered to assist with evacuation and emergency responses.   
  • Landings are marked by large pink buoys.  Please follow directions given by the SLS officers on the water or via the public address system on land.
  • The emergency muster point is near the stage in the grass amphitheatre, adjacent to Shelter Brewery.

Personal support craft

  • If you feel you have a special need requiring your own support or provisions, prior written permission from the Organisation must be obtained.  This request must be made as part of your online entry under ‘special needs’.
  • Support paddlers must be pre-approved and are required to attend the SLS briefing and wear the hi-viz vest provided.  All support paddlers must see event officials at check in. 
  • An exclusion zone will be in effect under control of the Department of Transport.  Paddlers breaching the exclusion zone may be subject to cautions or fines.

Stingers

  • Concerned swimmers should be prepared and take personal measures for protection.
  • Preventative measures include wearing a stinger suit or rash vest and applying protective lotion. 
  • If stung, please attend a first aid station or seek advice from a Surf Life Saver.

First Aid

  • If you need help please attend the first aid posts adjacent to the Recovery area and at the base of the jetty. 

Fluid & energy replacement

  • Water and fresh fruit are available at the finish.

Sun

  • Please use sunscreen, which is available at the first aid tent. Wear hats, cover up and seek shade.

Smoking, alcohol, drugs

  • The Busselton Jetty Swim is a non-smoking, alcohol and drug-free event.  this includes vaping and the use of e-cigarettes.

The Jetty Structure

  • Footwear is recommended when walking on the jetty. Watch out for the railway tracks.
  • The Jetty Train will commence operating at 11:00 am on Sunday.

Personal responsibility

  • This is an ocean swim. You swim in an uncontrolled, natural environment. The weather, sea conditions and sea life, your own exertions and numerous other factors all introduce an element of risk. The organisers go to considerable lengths to keep you safe but ultimately it is your choice to swim. Your welfare is your personal responsibility or the responsibility of your legal guardian.
  • If you are not officially entered in Busselton Jetty Swim please do not swim while the event is in progress.

FOR Further Information

  • Please ask one of the event crew in the Green Crew T shirts.
  • For a gold coin donation to a local community group, there will be a bag drop available for all swimmers on the foreshore and at the One Mile start.
  • Only the bag provided may be used. It will fit a water bottle, t-shirt, hat, thongs and phone.
  • Please no valuables
  • If you are a fast swimmer you may need to wait a while for your bag to return to the foreshore

 

Resource Information

Road Safety

Event organisers recommend participants and spectators who are intending to drive to Busselton for the event, should prepare a fatigue management plan prior their drive.

Some simple tips to manage fatigue and consider in the lead up to the event.

  • Plan your trip and allow for scheduled stops to help keep you alert.
  • Be aware of how much sleep you have had in the previous nights before the drive and event. A lack of sleep in the few days before can impact your fatigue management for the drive.
  • If possible, share the driving, swap drivers every 200km / 2hrs, or if you feel tired.
  • Create a fatigue management plan – this may be a big weekend for some competitors, not only the swim but the potential of a long drive before and after the event.
  • Ensure you have planned for regular stops on both drives to stop and revive.

If you notice signs of fatigue, it is best to get out of the car, walk around for a bit and have a drink, this will help a driver remain focused.

Some suggested resources to manage your fatigue and prepare for the drive to and from the event.

Download the Fatigue Safety FAQs here 

 

Take the Test

Driver fatigue is a silent killer on WA roads.  Take the fatigue test here.

 

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Swaps or transfers between individuals are not permitted for the 2024 event. Withdrawn registrations will be offered to the next eligible person on the official waitlist.

On closure of the Ballot Period (opens Sunday 1st October 2023, closes Monday 9th October 2023), entries will be allocated at random according to allocation processes and places available in the event. All initially unsuccessful Ballot entries will form the Waitlist. The Waitlist will be live on the event website on Monday 16th October 2023.

Please don’t swim without a valid entry; for the sake of you and your loved ones, for the sake of Surf Life Saving, your fellow swimmer’s and the event organisers and supporters. Our event is looked at closely each year for safety and if we can’t show that we run a safe event then the Busselton Jetty Swim will not be permitted, simple as that! We (SLS and the Volunteer BJS Event organisers) need every swimmer’s entry details as a minimum to assist with our duty of care on race day. As an unregistered swimmer we don’t know your name, age, level of fitness, special needs, medical condition, emergency contact etc. You also have not agreed to our conditions of participation or agreed to accept responsibility for the risks that an open water swim presents. Any breach of the Race Rules and / or Code of Conduct will result in the swimmer/s being banned from participating in the Event for a period of two years.

So every un-entered swimmer throws a level of doubt onto the management of the event and causes direct concern for those volunteers doing their best to look out for the safety of you and 5000 other swimmers. Please don’t disrespect the volunteers, Surf Life Saving and your fellow swimmers who work so hard to make the Busselton Jetty Swim such a great annual event.

For each swimmer you require the following information:

  1. Name
  2. Have they swum the event previously using another surname (so we can collate swimmer results)
  3. Estimated swim time (EST for calculating correct start wave) – not required for Kids Swim, One Mile Swim to Shore, Simon’s 500m Shortcut Swim or Team Swims
  4. Gender
  5. Date of birth
  6. Address
  7. Mobile phone number
  8. Email – Please don’t use your work email – We recommend you use your private email address for entering the swim or signing up for notifications. Many swimmers miss vital communications from us as their work server blocks emails with attachments or our news and automated emails could trigger spam settings or filters. Other swimmers miss our communications as they are on leave and cannot access their work email.
  9. Emergency contact (name and phone number of somebody not swimming on the day)
  10. Any medical conditions (provided to St Johns and Surf Life Saving in case of emergency)
  11. Using wetsuit or swim aid (wetsuit, flippers, snorkel, speed-suit, pullbuoy)
  12. Special needs (this includes requesting a support paddler)
  13. How many times have they entered the swim
  14. How did they hear about the swim
  15. Why are they participating and what most appeals to them?
  16. How may family/friends/colleagues will be coming along as spectators/supporters
  17. Any suggestions
  18. How many nights will they be spending in Busselton (option for local resident or day visit)
  19. What type of accommodation (option for local resident or day visit)
  20. Do they have a story to share about entering the swim

TEAMS (additional information)

  1. Team Entrants will have to select a swim leg
  2. Teams must now be entered as complete teams during the ballot. 
  3. Teams of two will now only be permitted one change of team member and teams of four will be permitted no more than two swimmer changes before event day.

Payment details are required to enter the Ballot, however payment will only be processed once you are successfully allocated a place in the event. Please make sure your payment details are valid or you could miss out.

Can I use my work email to enter?

Why didn’t I get a receipt when I entered?

I didn’t get an e-ticket

I didn’t receive the newsletters

We recommend you use your private email address for entering the swim or signing up for notifications.  Many swimmers miss vital communications from us as their work server blocks emails with attachments or our news and automated emails could trigger spam settings or filters.  Other swimmers miss our communications as they are on leave and cannot access their work email. 

No. 

Entry into the 3.6km swim (Solo and Teams) and One Mile Swim to Shore are via the Ballot (opens 1st October 2023 and 9th October 2023)..

Entry into Simon’s 500m Shortcut Swim and the Kids Swim will open on the 16th October 2023, and remain open until 4th February 2024, unless sold out earlier.

Junior Swimmers

The minimum age for swimmers is 8 years old on event day. 

All swimmers aged 8 to 12 years (Juniors) on event day need to provide evidence of having passed their Level 8 Swimming Certificate as per Royal Life Saving or equivalent.  Only competent swimmers who are fit and adequately trained should enter.

Juniors swimming in the Solo 3.6km Swim, One Mile Swim to Shore or Team Swims will also need a letter from a swimming coach or swim instructor stating that they are competent to complete their registered event and distance.

The minimum age for the Solo 3.6km Swim is 12 years.

Parents or guardians must email all required documents to juniors@busseltonjettyswim.org.au by 5 February 2024.  Parents or guardians will also be required to sign the declaration/waiver at swimmer check-in. No award will be issued to the youngest swimmer.

No.  Entry into the 3.6km swim (Solo and Teams) and One Mile Swim to Shore is via the Ballot (open 1st October 2023 and 9th October 2023).  After the 16th October you may enter the waitlist.  Swimmers will be promoted from the waitlist until Monday 5th February 2024.

Entry into Simon’s Short Cut and the Kids Swim will open on the 16th of October 2023, until Monday 5th February 2024, unless sold out earlier.

Only online entries will be accepted. 

We are only accepting entry and payment online. You can use a credit card, debit card or Pay Pal to complete the registration.

In 2024, all swimmers receive automatic personal accident insurance as part of their entry fee.  For more information on insurance CLICK HERE

One of our risk controls for the Kids Swim is to limit the number of children to 8 per wave at 30 second intervals and not to have adults in the water thus reducing the likelihood of collisions and allowing SLS to focus solely on the children and to do their job unimpeded.

If a child has a particular need for additional on-water support, then an emailed request to juniors@busseltonjettyswim.org.au will be considered on its merits.

All swimmers aged 8 to 12 years (Juniors) on event day need to provide evidence of having passed their Level 8 Swimming Certificate as per Royal Life Saving or equivalent. Only competent swimmers who are fit and adequately trained should enter.

Parents or guardians must email all required documents to juniors@busseltonjettyswim.org.au by 5 February 2024. Parents or guardians will also be required to sign the declaration/waiver at swimmer check-in. No award will be issued to the youngest swimmer.

Juniors swimming in the Solo 3.6km Swim, One Mile Swim to Shore or Team Swims will also need a letter from a swimming coach or swim instructor stating that they are competent to complete their registered event and distance.

The minimum age for the Solo 3.6km Swim is 12 years

All swimmers aged 8 to 12 years (Juniors) on event day need to provide evidence of having passed their Level 8 Swimming Certificate as per Royal Life Saving or equivalent.  Only competent swimmers who are fit and adequately trained should enter.

Parents or guardians must email all required documents to juniors@busseltonjettyswim.org.au by 5th February 2024.  Parents or guardians will also be required to sign the declaration/waiver at swimmer check-in. No award will be issued to the youngest swimmer.

The Kids Swim is open to all Juniors aged 8 to 12 years who have passed Level 8 Swim Certificate as per Royal Life Saving.

For Simon’s 500m Shortcut Swim, the minimum age requirement is 8 years.  All swimmers aged 8 to 12 years must provide evidence of completion of Level 8 swimming certificate as per Royal Life Saving.

No. All swimmers, or their Legal Guardian if under 18 years, must Check-in at the marquee on Signal Park on either:

  1. Saturday 10th February 2024 between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm (preferred). Please note that check-in for Simon’s 500m Shortcut Swim and the Kids Swim will be on Saturday 10th February between 9:00 am and 2:00 pm.
  2. Sunday 11th February 2024 between 6:00 am and 7:00 am. The swimmer briefing starts on the beach at 7:15 am.

At Check-in, swimmers must Present their e-ticket (emailed to you during event week) and photo ID*

* Please note, for underage swimmers a parent or guardians photo ID will be accepted.

You will automatically be allocated a Swim Number once entries have closed. Your Swim Number will be emailed to you in an eTicket in the week prior to the swim. Please bring your eTicket together with Photo ID to pre-race check-in. 

Yes. Your Swim Number will be a tattoo that you must wear for risk management and safety. The tattoo may be applied to your skin or wet-suit.

The tattoo goes vertically on your front left thigh. Option two front left arm/shoulder. Tattoos may be applied to wet-suits.

A team name, team captain, payment and all team members details in full are required to confirm a team entry.

Swimmers can log-in later to amend or update swimmer details including changes to swim order (up until entries close, Monday 5th February 2024). Note that limited team changes are permitted.

Note that you may only register for the Ballot for one distance, i.e. you may NOT register for a Solo Swim and a Team Swim. This will result in cancellation of your entry and a two-year ban for anyone with duplicate entries.

For each swimmer:

  1. Name
  2. Have they swum the event previously using another surname (so we can collate swimmer results)
  3. Swim order (for relay).  Entrants will need to select a swim leg.
  4. Gender
  5. Date of birth
  6. Address
  7. Contact phone number
  8. Email – Please don’t use your work emailsee our FAQ about your email address.
  9. Emergency contact (name and phone number of somebody not swimming on the day)
  10. Any medical conditions (provided to St Johns and Surf Life Saving in case of emergency)
  11. Using wetsuit or swim aid (Wetsuit, flippers, snorkel, speed-suit, pull buoy)
  12. Special needs (this includes requesting a support paddler)
  13. How many times have they entered the swim
  14. How did they hear about the swim
  15. Did they use our training program
  16. Why are they participating and what most appeals to them
  17. How many family/friends/colleagues will be coming along as spectators/supporters?
  18. Any suggestions
  19. How many nights will they be spending in Busselton (option for local resident or day visit)
  20. What type of accommodation (option for local resident or day visit)
  21. Do they have a story to share about entering the swim

Yes, swimmers can log-on to their entry and edit swimmer details or swim order using the log-in and password from their confirmation email. Note that only one change to swimmers is permitted for teams of two and two swimmer changes for teams of four.

This would be dependent upon your training and personal fitness. We cannot advise you on this. There are several distances to choose from: 3.6km Solo Swim, the One Mile Swim to Shore (1.6km), the 2 and 4 Person Teams and Simon’s 500m Shortcut Swim.

No. On water safety and support is provided by Surf Life Saving and personal support paddlers are no longer permitted, however if you feel you have a special need requiring your own support or provisions this must be indicated as part of your online entry. Swimmers can log-on to and amend their entry any time until entries close.

The main course is 3.6 km, out to the end, around the Busselton Jetty and back to shore.

The One Mile Swim to Shore: swimmers enter the water on the western side of the Jetty, at the ramp near the Underwater Observatory and swim 1.6km to the beach to finish.

The 2 Person Team relay distances are: first leg 1.4 km, beach start exiting at Allie’s Landing; second leg 2.2 km, starting at Allie’s Landing, rounding the end of the jetty and finishing on the shore.

The 4 Person Team relay distances are: first leg 1.0 km, beach start exiting at Jetty Platform (east); second leg 1.0 km, starting at Jetty Platform (east) rounding the end of the jetty and exiting at the Underwater Observatory Ramp; third leg 0.6 km starting at Underwater Observatory Ramp and finishing at the Jetty Platform (west); fourth leg 1.0 km, starting at the Jetty Platform (west) and finishing on the shore.

Simon’s 500m Shortcut Swim will commence on the eastern side of the Jetty.  Swimmers head out before ducking under the Jetty and swimming to the finish line.

The Kids Swim is 222 m around the outside of the Swimming Jetty.

Yes, you should be prepared. These are seasonal, as for most of the coastal areas of lower Western Australia.

Preventative measures include wearing a stinger suit or rash vest and applying protective lotion.  If stung, please attend a first aid station or seek advice from a Surf Life Saver.

Main swim : Up to 3000 swimmers.

One Mile Swim to Shore: Up to 1000 swimmers

Kids Swim : Up to 300 swimmers in waves of 8.

2 person Teams: 100 teams  (200 swimmers)

4 person Teams: 50 teams (200 swimmers)

Simon Seagull’s 500m Shortcut: Up to 500 swimmers.

Estimated swim time is used to allocate your start wave (fastest swimmers start first). Start waves have a maximum of 400 swimmers. Should more than 400 swimmers select the same estimated swim time they will be split according to date entered. Swimmers can log-on to their entry and edit swimmer details including estimated swim time using the log-in and password from their confirmation email.

Yes, swimmers can log-on to their entry and edit swimmer details including estimated swim time using the log-in and password from their confirmation email. This can be completed any time before 5th February 2023.

Choose the same estimated swim time. Estimated swim time is used to allocate your start wave (fastest swimmers start first). We would suggest not choosing a popular time like 60, 70, 80 or 90 minutes if you wish to swim together. Start waves have a maximum of 400 swimmers. Should more than 400 swimmers select the same estimated swim time they will be split according to date entered. Choosing an odd time like 0hr 57min 21sec, 83min 16sec, 1hr 12min 48sec etc with your friend will maximise your chances of being in the same start wave. Swimmers can log-on to their entry and edit swimmer details including estimated swim time using the log-in and password from their confirmation email.

Busselton Jetty Swim’s focus is on swimmer safety and to accommodate the number of swimmers in 2024, the main 3.6 kilometre swim around the jetty will be a self-seeded rolling start for solo and relay swimmers.

Prior to the rolling start there will be 50 Gold Cap swimmers who will start en masse at 8:00 am.

Rolling / Beach Start – 3.6km solo swimmers and relay teams Swimmers will start on the beach with a rolling start in intervals commencing at 8:01am in the following order:

Wave    Swim        Cap colour

A           Solo                       Gold

B           Solo                       Silver

C          Solo                       Dark Green

D          Solo                       Purple

E           Solo                       White

F           Solo                       Pink

G          Solo                       Aqua

J           2R Teams              Orange

K           4R Teams              Lime Green

One Mile Swim to Shore    Yellow

500m Swim                        Assorted

Kids Swim       Assorted

You must wear the swim cap provided. It indicates your estimated swim time and should enable you to swim with swimmers of similar ability. Rolling start will commence at 8:01am on the beach in cap colour order. Listen and move promptly to the beach when your cap colour is called. Do not panic if you end up with swimmers of different caps ~ your swim is timed according to when you cross the mat.

One Mile Swim to Shore – this will be a rolling start commencing at 9:30 am and friends will be able to swim together.

Simon Seagull’s 500m Shortcut Swim will be a rolling start commencing at 1:00 pm on Saturday.  Friends will be able to swim together. 

The Kids Swim starts at 2.00pm on Saturday  in waves of 8, at 45 second intervals.

Official race cut-off times is 11:00 am for the Solo swim, Team Relays and One Mile Swim to Shore. Cut off is 30 minutes for the Kids Swim and 45 minutes for the 500m Swim.

Yes. Swimmers in the Solo, Team or One Mile Swims receive a finisher towel as they exit the finish area or the foot of the Jetty. Trophies are also awarded as per the awards list (see race rules for category details). Swimmers must collect their awards and trophies by 11:45 am Sunday 11 February 2024. Awards and trophies will not be posted out.

Swimmers receive their finisher’s award (towel) as they exit the finish area or the foot of the Jetty. Finisher’s awards for the Kids swim will be issued as they exit the finish area. Trophies must be collected at the awards presentations during the morning. Trophies will not be posted out. Trophies may be collected by proxy.

All attempts are made to have the results available on the day of the event, after presentations. The results will available from the website before 7:00 pm on the day.

These are allowable but must be declared on the entry. If you swim with an aid, you will not be eligible for a category award. Swim aids include any device or swimsuit that may aid his/her speed, buoyancy or endurance;

  • Flippers
  • Snorkels
  • Wetsuits
  • Pull Buoys
  • Speed suits

You can wear whatever swimsuit you desire. If your swim suit aids your speed, buoyancy or endurance, it is considered a swim aid and must be declared on your entry (or at swimmer check-in) as you will be ineligible for an award.
Acceptable (non-swim-aid) swimsuits:

  • Are made from a textile fabric
  • Are flexible and soft folding
  • Any surface treatments or coatings do not close the overall open mesh structure of the base textile fabric
  • Do not contain buoyancy
  • Are not thicker than 0.8mm
  • Do not cover the neck or extend past the shoulders or ankles
  • Do not contain zips or other fastening systems

Swimsuits must be FINA approved to be eligible for awards.

Full refunds, less a $15 administration fee, are only available if applied for in writing or by email to rego@busseltonjettyswim.org.au and must be applied for prior to Tuesday 12th December 2023.  A 50% refund is available if applied for in writing prior to Tuesday 16th January 2024.

Full refund, less a $5 administration fee, applies for Kids Swim withdrawals until 16th January 2024.

No refunds for swimmer-initiated cancellations will be made after 16 January 2024.

Team entries must be complete (all swimmers nominated) at the time of registration in the Ballot. Limited swimmer changes will be permitted after successful event entry, ie. no more than two changes for teams of four and no more than one change for teams of two.

Team swimmer details may be changed online any time before Monday 5th February 2024.

Replacement team swimmers must register online or complete an entry form and sign the swimmer waiver at Check-in.

Entry swaps or transfers between swimmers are not available for 2024. Registered swimmers who cannot swim need to withdraw officially and their allocation will be given to the next eligible person on the waiting list through the registration system only. Private swaps will not be permitted. A swimmer swimming under another person’s entry or category will result in both swimmers being banned from participating in the event for a period of two years.

At this point you are unable to transfer your swim to another category. If you are unable to swim you will need to apply for a refund subject to normal refund conditions.

If we believe that all swimmers on the original Waitlist are likely to be promoted into the swim, we may reopen the Waitlist and you will be welcome to register for your preferred swim at this point.

There is plenty of parking around the area. Parking will also be provided via a gold coin donation in Signal Park with proceeds going to Busselton Primary School P&C. Overflow parking areas have been created however please take care and be mindful of current works being undertaken in and around the area.

Click the button below to download a City of Busselton Parking Map for the 2023 Busselton Jetty Swim.

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Yes, a bag-drop marquee will be provided and will be manned by volunteers from the Robins Hockey Club. The bag-drop service will be available from 6:00am on Sunday 13th February at the cost of a gold-coin donation. The location will be marked on the Site Plan which will be provided in your Swim Bag at check-in