Welcome to the Shire 10km and 5km Cronulla swim. Starts at south Cronulla 07:00am on Saturday 22nd February 2020 or if bad weather, the following contingency dates:
- 29th February
- 14th March
- 21st March
All entries for this event will close on 8th February, sorry no late entries. This is for safety reasons to co-ordinate the safety logistics and support for the swim which involves Council life guards, Drone aerial survey of the course, surf Life savings, first aiders, support boats and official timer.
The swim starts and finishes at Cronulla Beach comprising of a 10km swim to Boat Harbour. The swim is open to solo swimmers only. The 10km marathon swim is open to qualified solo swimmers. The 5km swim will start approximately 30-45 minutes after the 10km swimmers and swim to Wanda then return back around Shark Island to South Cronulla beach.
All swimmers will finish the event on Cronulla beach south end near the surf club after swimming around Shark Island. Race cut off time is 11:00 or 4 hours after start of race. First Aid responders will be on the beach to attend to any medical emergencies and issues.
10 km swimmers will require kayak support for their swim. 5km swimmers may choose to swim solo or with kayak support on the water. Under 18 swimmers will require kayak support unless they are elite swimmers. Swim cut off time for 5km swimmers will be 2hours 45 minutes.
- As support paddler in the 10km swim, your role is to:
- Ask your swimmer which side they prefer you to paddle on (left/right).
- Paddlers must stay within 1-3m of their swimmer.
- Guide your swimmer and take responsibility for their safety.
- Continually assess the swimmers performance. Assess their stroke rate in the varying conditions. Make sure they cognisant, able to talk and safely continue to swim.
- Remember the paddler is responsible for your safety, listen to his instructions and directions.
- Swimmers sometimes find it hard to hear because of the latex swim cap, water in their ears or the use of ear plugs; use effective communication to ensure they follow instruction. Consider hand signals as well as speech.
- Paddlers for solo swimmers will need to feed their swimmer by passing the food over. You can give them liquids by throwing them a bottle attached to a rope. Have a nutrition run-sheet worked out with your support crew and swimmer.
- Ensure that you have food and water for your own requirements too.
- What to Wear:
- It is most important that you fully protect yourself from the sun.
- Wear bright colours or something distinctive so the swimmer can easily find you at the start.
- Paddler equipment:
- A large, wide-brimmed hat
- Zinc and sunscreen
- Long sleeved rash vest or shirt
- Windproof jacket
- Board shorts or leggings/wetsuit if cold
- Sunglasses (have a strap if possible)
- Camel back or water bottle – you will need to drink plenty of fluid on the day.
You must wear a PFD personal flotation device.
Standard swim equipment:
One swimsuit made of porous, textile material. For males, the suit must not extend below the knee or above the waist. For females it must not extend below the knee, onto the neck, or beyond the shoulder.One bathing cap made of latex or silicone.Goggles, earplugs, and noseclips. Sunscreen and grease.
Wetsuits permitted but swimmer not eligible for prizes.