On the Day

Event Schedule

6:30amRegistrations open – All distances and late entry
7:15amSwim registrations close for all distances
7:30am400m compulsory race briefing
7:40am400m wave start
7:45am800m, 1600m, and 3200m compulsory race briefing
8:00am3200m wave start
8:05am1600m LiveLighter Masters Swimming WA
State Champions wave start
8:10am1600m public wave start
8:15am800m wave start
10:00amRace concludes (approximate time)
9:30am – 10:00amPresentations (approximate time, presentations will begin 15 minutes after the last swimmer has left the course)

Pre-Race

The registration will be set up on the grassed area adjacent to the Mullaloo Surf Life Saving Club.  Free parking is available to the north and east of the surf club. Check-in opens at 6.30am and closes at 7.15am. All swimmers must be checked in at the registration area by 7.15am.

Late registrations will be taken on the morning subject to availability. If you intend to get a late entry please arrive when registrations open. We will be accepting cash and card payments.

The first thing to do when arriving is scan the QR code via the SafeWA or Services WA app. Then, head straight to registration. You will receive a swimming cap, racing band, and unique swimmer number tattoo. All of these must be worn throughout the day.

A compulsory race briefing will begin (7:30am for the 400m swim, 7:45am for all other swims) which will tell you about safety protocols, information about the course, and general race information. This will be held on the beach adjacent to the finish arch. Please note that if you miss this race briefing, you will not be able to compete on the day.


Cap Colours

Please note: the below information is a guide only. Cap colour allocations may be changed before race day.

400m Try ItGreen
800m NovicePurple
1600m Classic Mile PublicGold or Light Blue
1600m LiveLighter Masters State OWS ChampionshipsYellow or White State Champs
3.2km ChallengePink or Orange

Race Start

Swimmers are to go through the start chute – all swimmers must be compliant with the WOW Swims Rules and Regulations from this point as they will be inspected as they make their way through the chute.

Start times
7:40am | 400m “Try-It” course
8:00am | 3200m course
8:05am | 1600m LiveLighter Masters Swimming WA State Championships course
8:10am | 1600m Public course
8:15am | 800m course


Race Finish

When approaching the finish, all distances will be directed to the same buoy where paddlers will be stationed so that all swimmers know where to go. The paddlers will direct swimmers to the official finish line, marked by two black and white buoys.

Swimmers will proceed to the blueChip timing mat in the order that they swam through the black and white buoys to complete their course. Times will be recorded as swimmers pass over the timing mat.

As swimmers pass through the finishing chute, they are requested to take off their timing band before they head over to the fruit and water station.


The Course

The course for each distance is a rectangle swum in a clockwise direction commencing between the shore and the yellow buoy closest to the black & white checkered buoys. The 3.2km distance will be two circuits of the 1600m course. Swimmers should keep all turning buoys to their right and in the final circuit keep the green buoy on their right, before finishing at the black and white checkered buoys and finish arch.

The order in which swimmers pass through the black and white buoys will be the order maintained on the beach over the timing mat. Marshalls will ensure the order is maintained. Please do not try to overtake swimmers after passing through the checkered buoys. This is a swimming race, not a running race. Your time will be taken as you pass over the timing mat and through the finish arch. Marshalls will be available to assist swimmers up the beach after they have passed through the buoys.

If you have any concerns about needing assistance to leave the water at the end of the race please reach out to an official prior to starting the swim,


Swimwear Regulations

There are rules relating to appropriate attire for the race. Please read the information relating to your category below.

1600m LiveLighter Masters Swimming WA State Championships
FINA swimwear rules apply. No zips, no clasps, no wetsuits. If you have any doubts about the eligibility of your swimwear please see the Race Referee at check-in, and bring a spare pair of bathers just in case.  Items such as watches, jewelry, wearable fitness devices and other fashion items must be removed before the swim.

Please be aware that you may only wear one pair of bathers.

All other distances
Swimmers may wear any type of swimwear that is comfortable for them. Items such as watches, jewelry, wearable fitness devices and other fashion items must be removed before the swim. 


Prizes and Presentations

Presentations and spot prizes will take place on the beach against the curved wall in front of the Mullaloo SLSC at approximately 9.30am, or 15 minutes after the last swimmer finishes. Prizes will be awarded for the following categories:

  • 400m – 1st, 2nd 3rd place overall
  • 800m – 1st, 2nd and 3rd male and female
  • 1600m public –  1st, 2nd and 3rd male and female
  • 1600m States – 1st, 2nd and 3rd male and female, first team (6 members) and age group winners
  • 3.2km – 1st, 2nd and 3rd male and female

This year, 1st place male and female winners of the 1600m State Championships will be awarded the Kerensa Allason Memorial Trophy.


Food and Refreshments

Fruit will be available at the end of the event for all competitors.  With thanks to our sponsor, Mercer Mooney Tropical Fruits for providing this. Cups of water will also be provided at the finish line. 

A free swimmers brekkie roll will be available after your race from the grassed area near registration. These rolls are only for registered participants and will not be sold separately. There will be limited vegetarian options available. Thank you to Pauline Lyon – Peard Real Estate for providing this, and to Superfins WA for cooking the food.

Please bring your own filled water bottles, re-filled from the public water bubblers near Boardies Kiosk. We will not be providing plastic bottles of water.

Coffee and additional food can be purchased from Swell Cafe or Boardies Kiosk just off the Surf Club.


COVID-19 Safety

Our event will be hosted in accordance with current State Government Guidelines. We ask that participants and accompanying spectators scan the SafeWA QR codes that will be available throughout the check-in area. 

Masks must be worn when not swimming, and you must socially distance whenever possible. In line with Level 2 Public Health Measures announced earlier this week, spectators are limited to parents/guardians/immediate family of swimmers. Young children are able to accompany their parents as spectators.

Mullaloo Beach is a public space, so the general public will be allowed to use the beach as normal alongside our event. We ask that if your friends and family would like to spectate as general beach goers, please ensure that they stay away from designated event areas including registration, the finish line and the presentation area. This ensures we are able to comply with the current Health Measures.

Please do not attend the event if you are feeling unwell, experiencing flu-like symptoms, have been in contact with a positive COVID-19 patient, are awaiting COVID-19 test results or have been instructed to self-isolate. Participants at check in with very obvious cold or flu-like symptoms on race day may be asked to withdraw themselves from the event. As per our Terms and Conditions, no refund will be given in this instance.

If you have any questions, please contact communications@mswa.asn.au


Competitor Etiquette

In the interests of safety of all swimmers and spectators, participants should avoid the following:

  • Spitting or snorting mucous
  • Sharing of personal gear or equipment, particularly water bottles
  • Hugging, kissing or handshaking

Have a Different Question? Contact Us

Email: communications@mswa.asn.au
Phone: 08 9328 9469


Thank You to Our Event Sponsors and Supporters

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