The Open Water Swimming races will be held at the Williamstown Life Saving Club, Williamstown. Williamstown LSC is an easy train ride from the CBD, and is a premier life saving club, often holding State and National Championships.

The OWS Races will be set on a 2.5 km course, and there will be the opportunity for 5 km and 2.5 km races. [3 miles, and 1.5 miles respectively.] It will start and finish at the beach, with the course outlined in the photo. Wet suits may be worn but will be scored and categorized separately [The water will be 20+-2 C]. Awards will be given to non-wetsuit swimmers. Those wearing wet suits will be presented as exhibition swimmers.

Anyone 18 years of age or older, regardless of ability, is welcome to participate.

Competition will take place Sunday morning 23 February, with a start time of 9.40am for the first IGLA Wave. Registration is open from 7.00am and marshalling open from 9.30am. All swimmers must attend the mandatory course safety briefing at 9:30 am.

Registrations are now closed.

Wave times for Big Bay Swim 2020 & IGLA Championships 2020
Registration Open​7:00 am
Event Open​8:00 am
Marshalling Open​9:30 am
Big Bay Swim & IGLA Championships 5K & 2.5KMarshalling​​START
IGLA 5km event *9:40 am10:00 am
Big Bay Swim 5km event *9:45 am10:05 am
IGLA 2.5km event9:55 am10:15 am
Big Bay Swim 2.5km event10:00 am10:20 am
Big Bay Swim 2.5km11:00 am
Big Bay Swim 5km12:00 am
All swim courses closed13:00 am

* All 5km swimmers must have rounded the last turn buoy and be heading for the beach finish 2 hours and 15 minutes after their wave start time.

An aerial view of Williamstown Beach - the Melbourne2020 IGLA Championships Open Water arena.

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Open Water Swimming

Melbourne2020 IGLA Championships will hold the openwater swimming competition at Williamstown Life Saving Club, Williamstown

Please note. Schedule is subject to change.

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