The Busselton Jetty Swim 2023 will be held on 11th and 12th February.

Ballot open 1st – 9th October 2022

Entries for the Kids Swim open on 17 October 2022

ENTRY PROCEDURE

STEP 1: Enter the Ballot

During the Ballot Period you will be able to click on the ‘Enter Event’ button below 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 may register for one event only; eg Solo OR Team Relay OR One Mile Swim to Shore OR Simon’s 500m Shortcut Swim.  

Ballot entries close at 23:59 pm Australian Western Standard Time (AWST), Sunday 9th October 2022.

You can also check the status of your entry by checking our 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 via email to rego@busseltonjettyswim.org.au

 

STEP 2: Wait for your Confirmed Entry Email

All Ballot entries (successful and unsuccessful) will be notified by email on Monday 17th October 2022.  Payments will be processed for successful Ballot registrations on Monday 17th October 2022. 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 11th Feb from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm OR Sunday 12th February from 6:00 am  -7:00 am.  Swimmers in the Kids Swim and 500m Swim must check on Saturday 11th February between 9:00 am and 12:00 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.

During the ballot period

The following is a list of entries submitted in the Event Ballot only. This does not guarantee you an entry into the swim. Successful swim registrations and the subsequent Waitlist will be confirmed and available on the website on Monday 17th October 2022.

Important

  • During the Ballot Period you may alter any details of your entry 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.
  • All confirmed entrants to all swim categories are updated automatically.  Swimmers can update their personal entry data using the login information from their confirmation email. 

Submitted Ballot Entries

Click on the button to check submitted Ballot Entries

Available 1 October 2022

Confirmed Swim Registrations

Click on the button for Confirmed Swim Registrations

Available 17 October 2022

View the Current Waitlist

To view your position on the current waitlists click the button below

Available 17 October 2022

Access your Entry

Swimmers can update their personal entry data using the login information from their confirmation email

Available 1 October 2022

Before Entering The Race

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

Entry to the Busselton Jetty Swim is by Online Ballot Entry only

Due to feedback from swimmers in 2022, registration for Busselton Jetty Swim 2023 will again be a ballot process.

Please read the details of the ballot process below and note that you may register for one event ONLY and that duplicate entries will result in automatic disqualification from the event for a period of two years.

To enter the event you MUST register for the Ballot which opens at 6:00 am Saturday 1st October 2022.
The Ballot closes 11:59 pm Australian Western Standard Time (AWST), Sunday 9th October 2022.

Entries for the Kids Swim open at 6:00 am Monday 17th October 2022 and close at 6:00 pm Australian Western Standard Time (AWST), Sunday 5th February 2023, unless sold out earlier.

Entries will be capped at: 100 x 2 person relay teams, 50 x 4 person relay teams, 2800 solo swimmers, 800 One Mile Swimmers, 300 500m Swimmers and 200 Kids Swimmers. Race organisers reserve the right to vary the capped entries and/or refuse entry to any swimmer.

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

Ballot Process

This Ballot Process applies for entry to the event in a Team of Two, Team of Four, Solo Swim or One Mile Swim. Entry to the Kids Swim will open on 17th October, 2022 and will remain open until 5th February unless sold out sooner.

To be considered for entry into the Busselton Jetty Swim 2023, you must apply for the Ballot which opens at 6:00 am Saturday 1st October 2022 and closes at 11.59 pm (AWST) on Sunday 9th October 2022 (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 allocation processes and available places in the event.

All Ballot entries (successful and unsuccessful) will be notified by email on Monday 17th October 2022.

Payments will be processed for successful Ballot registrations on Monday 17th October 2022.

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 Wednesday 19th October 2022 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 17th October 2022.

Ballot Rules

  • You may register for one distance ONLY (ie. Solo, Team OR One Mile Swim to Shore OR Simon’s 500m Shortcut Swim).
  • 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.
  • No registrations will be accepted following closure of the Ballot Period (excluding Kids Swim).
  • 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 refund (as per conditions of withdrawal) at any time before 11.59 pm Sunday 15th January 2023.
  • 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 refund (as per conditions of withdrawal) at any time before 11.59 pm Sunday 15th January 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 6:00 pm Sunday 5th February 2023.
  • 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:

Junior Swimmers

  • Swimmers must be at least 8 years of age on race day.
  • Swimmers aged 12 years and under must provide proof of passing stage 8 (as per Department of Education) or equivalent to be eligible to swim in the event.
  • Parents or guardians are required to email proof to juniors@busseltonjettyswim.org.au prior to race day.

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.

Event Details for Busselton Jetty Swim 2023

This information is subject to change and will continue to be updated. Last updated 28 August, 2022.

Numbers will be capped for teams and individuals at: 100 x 2 person relay teams, 50 x 4 person relay teams, 2800 solo swimmers, 800 one mile swimmers, 300 500m swimmers and 200 kids swimmers = Total swimmers 4500.

Date: Saturday 11 February and Sunday 12 February 2023 at the Busselton Jetty.

Start:

Saturday

Simon’s 500m Shortcut Swim: 1:30 pm.  Rolling start.

Kids Swim: 2:00 pm, waves of 8 swimmers at 30 second intervals.

Sunday

Solo Swim & Teams : Beach/Rolling start per cap colour. After the initial gold cap group start at 8:00am, Solos and Relay Swimmers commence at 8:01am.
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-Race Check-in:

Saturday 11 February 2023 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (preferred option)
OR Sunday 12 February 2023 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 11 February between 9:00 am and 12:00 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.

ENTRIES:

To enter the event you MUST register for the Ballot which opens at 6:00 am Saturday 1 October 2022.
The Ballot closes 11:59 pm Australian Western Standard Time (AWST), Sunday 9 October 2022.

Entries for the Kids Swim open at 6:00 am Monday 17 October 2022 and close at 6:00 pm Australian Western Standard Time (AWST), Sunday 5 February 2023, unless sold out earlier.

On-water safety coordinated by Busselton Surf Life Saving Club with assistance from other Surf Life Saving clubs.

Entry Waitlist

The Waitlist for the 2023 event will be automatically generated from unsuccessful entries in the Ballot.

No registrations will be accepted following closure of the Ballot Period (excluding Kids Swim).

The Waitlist will be live from Monday 17th October 2022.

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 6:00 pm Sunday 5th February 2023.

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 2023.  Swimmers who no longer wish or are unable to swim are to officially withdraw and receive their 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 11.59 pm (AWST) on Sunday 15th January 2023.

Full refund, less a $5 administration fee, applies for Kids Swim withdrawals until 15th January 2023.

No refunds for swimmer-initiated cancellations will be made after 15 January 2023.

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 6:00 pm on Sunday 5th February 2023.  Following this, a replacement swimmer may be approved at the Check-in desk on event weekend.  

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

Race Rules for Busselton Jetty Swim 2023

This information is subject to change and will continue to be updated – (last updated 28th August, 2022)

  1. An official online entry must be completed by each swimmer, swimmer’s guardian, or team within the Ballot Period of 1-9 October 2022. Completion of the online entry form represents acceptance of these Race Rules and the event Terms and Conditions.
  2. All swimmers, or their Legal Guardian if under 18 years, must check-in at the marquee on the Busselton Foreshore on either:
    1. Saturday 11th February 2023 between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm (preferred); OR
    2. Sunday 12th February 2023 between 6:00 am and 7:00 am.
  3. Check-in by proxy is not permitted.
  4. Swimmers must be at least 8 years of age on race day. Swimmers 12 years of age and under must provide proof of completing and passing stage 8 (as per Royal Life Saving) or equivalent to be eligible to swim in the event. Parents or guardians are required to email swim stage proof to juniors@busseltonjettyswim.org.au
  5. 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.
  6. Relay members must physically tag their teammate at the relay change-over point. Race marshals will be present to monitor the relay changeovers.
  7. 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.
  8. Wetsuits and/or swimming aids are permitted but wearers will not be eligible for awards.
  9. Wetsuits and/or swimming aids must be declared on the entry form. Swim-aids include: flippers, snorkels, wetsuits, pull buoys, speed-suits.
  10. Swimsuits must be FINA approved.
  11. Swim caps indicating starting wave and team category will be supplied and must be worn.
  12. Swimmers will be required to have their race number tattoo displayed on their front left thigh and left arm.
  13. All swimmers will be given a timing band to be worn on their left ankle.
  14. 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.
  15. Swimmers withdrawing from the event on race day must present themselves at the Check-in desk and confirm their withdrawal.
  16. Failure to return a timing band will result in a $25 penalty 
  17. 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’.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. The event organisers reserve the right to cap numbers or close entries early.
  21. 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.
  22. If there is any dispute as to:
    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

    the Organisation’s decision will be final and binding.

Refund Policy

If Federal or State or other legal restrictions are imposed resulting in the cancellation of Busselton Jetty Swim 2023, 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 the 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.

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.

Event Day Information

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.

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 for sharks prior to and during the Event by a dedicated event helicopter.  A pilot and spotter will be in continuous radio contact with the SLS Water Safety Coordinator. 

Please note that whilst water safety provisions are made for Saturday’s events (500m & Kids Swim), only the Surf Life Saving helicopter will be patrolling the coast 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. 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.

Personal support craft

Personal support paddlers, vessels or personnel are not permitted. 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 must be pre-approved and are required to attend the SLS briefing and wear the hi-viz vest provided.

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.

First Aid

If you need help please attend the St John Ambulance first aid post adjacent to the Check-in area and at the base of the jetty. This is staffed with a paramedic and ambulance.

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.

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 organizers 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.

This information is still subject to change and will continue to be updated – last updated 7 September, 2022

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 teams swimmers will start on the beach with a rolling start in intervals commencing at 8:01 am in the following order:

  1. Solo swimmers – Silver swim cap
  2. Solo swimmers – Purple swim cap
  3. Solo swimmers – Yellow swim cap
  4. Solo swimmers – Dark Green swim cap
  5. Solo swimmers – Pink swim cap
  6. Solo swimmers – Aqua swim cap
  7. Solo swimmers – Orange swim cap
  8. Solo swimmers – Red swim cap
  9. 2 person relay – Lime Green caps
  10. 4 person relay – White caps
  11. One Mile Swim to Shore – Light Pink caps
  12. Simon’s 500m Shortcut Swim – Assorted caps
  13. Kids Swim – Assorted caps
swim start

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.


Simon’s 500m Shortcut Swim starts on the beach at 1:30 pm on Saturday and ends on the beach.

The Kids Swim starts at 2:00 pm on Saturday, in waves of eight at 30 second intervals.

The Finish

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 via Live Tracker on your mobile. Official race times will be available at the presentation and on our results page

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 indicating starting wave and team category will be supplied 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.

Relay Teams:  EVERY swimmer wears a timing band and a race number tattoo.

Withdrawal

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.

tatoo timing band

Busselton Jetty Swim - Awards List

The Organisers will use their best endeavours to provide all swimmers with a finisher’s award either as they exit the finish area or as they exit the Busselton Jetty. No awards will be posted or sent.

Age category is based on age on race day.

New in 2023 – 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.

The following 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.

NOTE: Swimmers using swim-aids (including wetsuits, speed-suits, flippers, snorkels, pull buoys) are ineligible for race awards.

Awards for the 3.6km Solo Jetty Swim

Awards are allocated in the following order gaining no other trophy (GNOT)

  • 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 Relay Team

Awards are allocated in the following order gaining no other trophy (GNOT)

  • 1st 2 Person Team
  • 2nd 2 Person Team
  • 3rd 2 Person Team

Awards for 4 Person Relay Team

Awards are allocated in the following order gaining no other trophy (GNOT)

  • 1st 4 Person Team
  • 2nd 4 Person Team
  • 3rd 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

Swimmer Briefing

Prior to the swim start we will hold a Swimmer Briefing. Whether you are swimming as a Solo, in a team, in the One Mile Swim to Shore, 500m Swim or the Kids Swim it is essential that you listen to the briefing.

We also require Support Craft crews to attend a briefing specific to their role.
Please note the time and location for our Swimmer Briefings:

Swimmers Briefing: 7:15 am near the start area.

Simon’s 500m Shortcut Swim Briefing: Saturday at 1:15 pm near the start area.

Kids Swim Briefing: Saturday at 1:45 pm at the Kids Swim start, east of the swimming jetty.

Authorised support craft: 7:00 am, conducted by Surf Life Saving, location TBA

Download “2021 Swimmer Briefing”

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Swimmer Identification

Timing band on LEFT ankle.

Race number tattoo vertically on:

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

Tattoo may be applied to a wetsuit

Relay Teams

EVERY swimmer wears a timing band and a race number tattoo

 

Check-in at the Swim

All swimmers (or their Legal Guardian if under 18 years) must check-in IN PERSON* at the Beachfront Marquee on either:

  1. Saturday 11th February between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm OR
  2. Sunday 12th February between 06:00 am and 07:00 am.

Please note that check in for Simon’s 500m Shortcut and the Kids Swim will be on Saturday 11th February between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm

Check-in by proxy is not permitted

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.

At check-in, swimmers will receive:

Your swim cap, timing band and tattoo. (Please note that there is a $25 replacement fee for lost timing bands).

Swimmer Information

In 2023, 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 2023.

Please note: Personal accident insurance has been arranged by SRG Group Pty Ltd 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, Steve Wells via email timb@srggroup.com.au

The Busselton Jetty Swim 2023 will cap team entries at 100 x 2 person relay teams and 50 x 4 person relay teams

Teams entry is via ballot only during the Ballot Period which opens at 6:00 am Saturday 1st October 2022 and closes at 11.59 pm (AWST) on Sunday 9th October 2022.

Individuals may register for the Ballot for one distance ONLY – you may not register for a solo swim AND a team swim OR 500m Swim.

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.

No registrations will be accepted following closure of the Ballot Period (excluding Kids Swim).

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 17th October 2022.

Unsuccessful Ballot entries will form the Waitlist and be promoted as other teams withdraw from the Event.

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

Team change-over Transition Plans for 2023 are available as a guide from our PDF Downloads page under Event Info

NOTES:

Teams may be created by a team captain.

For information on what details are required for each swimmer please see our FAQ page.

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

Swimmers may enter for a 3.6km solo swim, a relay team of 2, a relay team of 4, the One Mile Swim to Shore (a 1.6km solo swim) or the Kid’s 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.

SITE MAP

Don’t get lost at the Busselton Jetty Swim.  Download our site map, which shows the whereabouts of services on the Busselton beachfront.

Download “2022 Site Map”

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Kids Swim

Please note the change of day for this swim, which will now be held on Saturday 11th February at 2:00 pm.

The Busselton Jetty Kids Swim will be open to children between 8 and 12 years of age who hold a minimum Level 8 Swimming Certificate. The 222m swim is around the small jetty on the Busselton foreshore on Saturday 11th February at 2:00 pm. The swim will be supervised by event organisers and strongly supported by the Surf Life Saving Society of WA. The Busselton Jetty Kids Swim will complement the Busselton Jetty Swim enabling opportunities for families to train together and swim together.

* IMPORTANT NOTE: The age qualification (8 to 12 years inclusive) means age at the date of the event. Parents or Guardians are required to email proof of swimming ability to juniors@busseltonjettyswim.org.au once they have completed the online entry. A certificate or letter must be received by 11:59pm on 31st January 2023.

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The minimal entry fee of $30.00 is great value and includes:
  • Entry to Busselton Jetty Kids Swim 2023
  • Busselton Jetty Swim tattoo
  • Busselton Jetty Swim cap
  • Participation medal
  • A $10 voucher (redeemable at Miami Bakehouse)
  • Young Achievers Award donated by Miami Bakehouse
  • Fruit/water at finish

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

There wouldn’t be many swims anywhere that you could start one mile out to sea to swim back to the beach, that’s jumping in at the deep end!

Swimmers will enter the water on the western side of the Jetty, from the ramp near the Underwater Observatory, and will swim back to the beach to finish. That’s a distance of approximately 1.6km (or 1 Mile). NOTE: 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 800 individual (solo) places available and entry is via ballot only during the Ballot Period which opens at 6:00 am Saturday 1st October 2022 and closes at 11.59 pm (AWST) on Sunday 9th October 2022.

Individuals may register in the Ballot for one distance ONLY (ie. Solo, Team, One Mile Swim to Shore or 500m Swim).

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.

No registrations will be accepted for the One Mile Swim to Shore following closure of the Ballot Period.

Please use the following information as a guide.

It is still subject to change so check back for updates.

  1. The swim is scheduled to start at 9:30 am. We suggest you allow half an hour to walk out. There is no rush. Swimmers self-seed and your time will not start until you cross the timing mat as you enter the water.
  2. This will be a rolling start, with friends able to swim together.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. To avoid congestion, spectators will not be allowed on the ramp until all swimmers are in the water.
  6. 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.
  7. 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!! 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 a while for your bag!

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

Simon’s 500m Shortcut Swim will commence on the eastern side of the Jetty on Saturday 11th February at 1:30 pm.  The 500m Swim will complement the Busselton Jetty Swim, enabling opportunities for families and friends to train together and swim together. 

Simon’s 500m Shortcut will be supervised by event organisers and strongly supported by the Surf Life Saving Society of WA. 

Entry to Simon’s 500m Shortcut is via ballot only, during the Ballot Period with opens at 6:00 am Saturday 1st October 2022 and closes 11:59 pm (AWST) on Sunday 9th October 2022.

Individuals may register for the Ballot for one distance ONLY – you may not register for a solo swim AND/OR a team swim AND/OR the 500m Swim.

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.

No registrations will be accepted following closure of the Ballot Period (excluding Kids Swim).

All Ballot entries (successful and unsuccessful) will be notified by email on Monday 17th October 2022.

Unsuccessful Ballot entries will form the Waitlist and be promoted as other 500m Swim entrants withdraw from the Event.

Please use the following information as a guide.

It is still subject to change so check back for updates.

  1. The swim is scheduled to start at 1:30 pm. Swimmers self-seed and your time will not start until you cross the timing mat as you enter the water.
  2. This will be a rolling start, with friends able to swim together.
  3. 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

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.

  • Can’t stop yawning
  • Begin to blink
  • Start squinting
  • Have trouble keeping your head up
  • Eyes close for a moment or go out of focus
  • Wandering, disconnected thoughts
  • Can’t remember driving the last few kilometres
  • You have slowed unintentionally
  • Break too late
  • Drift over the centre line or to the left or right
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Some suggested resources to manage your fatigue and prepare for the drive to and from the event.

Busselton Runners Club

Masters Swimming

Margaret River Region

Busselton Jetty

Wunderground

Busselton Jetty Weather Report

Ocean Swims

Busselton Festival of Triathlon

Ironman Western Australia

View our FAQs by category

Click on the category name below and all questions relating to the category will be displayed.

Swaps or transfers between individuals are not permitted for the 2023 event. Withdrawn registrations will be offered to the next eligible person on the official waitlist.

On closure of the Ballot Period (open 6:00 am Saturday 1st October 2022, closes 11.59 pm AWST Sunday 9th October 2022), 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 17th October 2022.

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 4000 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, 500m or Teams
  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. To enter the event you MUST register for the Ballot which opens at 6:00 am Saturday 1st October 2022.

The Ballot closes 11:59 pm Australian Western Standard Time (AWST), Sunday 9th October 2022.

Entries will be open for the Kids Swim from Monday 17th October 2021 until Sunday 5th February 2023, unless sold out earlier.

The minimum age for swimmers is 8 years old on race day. Only competent swimmers who are fit and adequately trained should enter. We will be asking for proof of suitable swimming ability for swimmers 12 years and under. Please note that any junior swimmers must provide proof of completing and passing stage 8 (as per Royal Life Saving) or equivalent to be eligible to swim in the event. Parents or guardians are to email proof to juniors@busseltonjettyswim.org.au. Parents or guardians will also be required to sign a hard copy of the declaration/waiver at swimmer check-in. No award will be issued to the youngest swimmer.

No. To enter the 2023 event you must register for the Ballot which opens at 6:00 am Saturday 1st October 2022 and closes 11:59 pm Australian Western Standard Time (AWST), Sunday 9th October 2022.

No late entries will be accepted.

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 2023, 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 significant numbers of 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 tojuniors@busseltonjettyswim.org.au will be considered on its merits.

The age qualification (8 to 12 years inclusive) means age at the date of the event. If you are unsure, please get in touch with juniors@busseltonjettyswim.org.au .

No. Every swimmer over the age of 18 must check-in in person. Legal guardians may check-in for swimmers if under 18 – an eTicket must be shown.

Swimmers will be required to show Photo ID.

Swimmers will be emailed an eTicket in the week before the swim.

Check-in at the marquee at Busselton foreshore which will be open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Saturday 11th February 2023 (preferred option) or 06:00 am to 07:00 am Sunday 12th February 2023.  Swimmers in the Kids Swim and 500m Swim must check in on Saturday 11th February between 09:00 am and 12:00 pm.

ALL swimmers of Busselton Jetty Swim 2022 over the age of 16 years of age (as at 13 February, 2022) will be required to provide proof of double vaccination at check-in on the event weekend as part of the WA’s Safe Transition Plan.

We are NOT requiring proof of vaccination prior to the weekend however the expectation will be for swimmers to provide proof of double vaccination at check-in using the WA Government app; hard copy or digital copy of the COVID-19 certificate.

COVID Public Health & Social Measures

You will automatically be allocated a Race Number once entries have closed. Your Race 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 race 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, Sunday 5th February 2023). 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, 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. 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. With the 3.6km Solo event, the One Mile Swim to Shore, the 2 and 4 person relay events and the 500m Swim there are several distance options for a swimmer to choose from.

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 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 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 Seagull’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.

Main swim : Up to 2800 swimmers.

One Mile Swim to Shore: Up to 800 swimmers

Kids Swim : Up to 200 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 300 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 6:00 pm Sunday 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.

SunSmart Busselton Jetty Swim’s focus is on swimmer safety and to accommodate the number of swimmers in 2023, 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           Orange

E          Solo           Green

F          Solo           Aqua

G         Solo           Purple

H         Solo           Red

I          Solo           Pink

J        2R Teams   Blue

K       4R Teams   White

One Mile Swim    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 1:30 pm on Saturday  in waves of 8, at 30 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 12 February 2023. 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 ($5 for the Kid’s Swim), are only available if applied for in writing or by email to rego@busseltonjettyswim.org.au and must be applied for prior to 11:59 pm AWST Sunday 15th January 2023.

Full refund less $5 administration fee applies for Kid’s Swim withdrawals until 11.59 pm AWST 15th January 2023.

No refunds will be made after 15th January 2023.

If a member of a team cannot swim on the day, a replacement may be approved by 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 that only one change to swimmers is permitted for teams of two and two swimmer changes for teams of four.

Entry swaps or transfers between swimmers are not available for 2023. 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.

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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