Get Ready to Dive into the Waves: Cooly Classic Ocean Swim 2023

The Cooly Classic Ocean Swim is an annual swimming event held in Coolangatta, Gold Coast, Australia. It is a highly anticipated event in the swimming community. Moreover, it is known for its friendly and inclusive atmosphere. Read on to learn more about this year’s Cooly Classic Ocean Swim event.


Experience the Best of Coolangatta’s Ocean Waters with the Cooly Classic Ocean Swim 2023


The Cooly Classic Ocean Swim will take place on April 30, 2023. It offers a range of distances for swimmers of different levels, with options from 1km to 5km. However, the 2.0km event from Snapper Rocks up to Kirra Beach is the most popular among participants.
The swim starts at Snapper Rocks. It is among the world’s most renowned surf breaks. What follows is an unbending line to Kirra Beach, passing by Greenmount, Rainbow Bay, as well as beaches of Coolangatta.


Whether you opt for the 2.0km, 3.0km, or 5.0km distance, you can expect to immerse yourself in the clean Southern Gold Coast waters in autumn. It is an experience no swimmer should miss. For those looking for a greater challenge, the 3.0km long course offers an extra leg beyond Kirra Point. Meanwhile, the 5.0km marathon distance swim is an extension of the existing 3.0km course. In this event, participants make a turn close to the North Kirra SLSC and go back to Kirra Beach.


Despite the range of options, the Cooly Classic 2.0 remains the main event and draws a large crowd every year. The swim commences at Snapper Rocks and follows the coast north, passing by Rainbow Bay, Greenmount, and Coolangatta before concluding at the iconic Kirra Beach.

Prize Categories for Cooly Classic Ocean Swim 2023


The World Series Swims offers enticing prizes to participants, with elite swimmers having the chance to compete for cash prizes in selected events. At the event presentations, overall prizes will be given to the top three female and male finishers in each event, such as the 1000m Junior Giants, Cooly 1000 (1.0km), Cooly Classic (2.0km), Cooly 3.0 (3.0km), and Cooly 5.0 (5.0km).


Winners of the 1000m Junior Giants and Cooly 1000 events will receive WSS product prizes, while the top three finishers of the Cooly Classic (2.0km) and Cooly 3.0 (3.0km) events will receive WSS product prizes, and age group winners will get a Cooly Classic Hydro Bottle. The Cooly 5.0 (5.0km) event will award cash prizes to the top three finishers, with the first-place winner receiving $500, followed by $300 for second place and $200 for third place. Age group winners in this event will also receive a Cooly Classic Hydro Bottle.


Details on How to Enter


In 2023, it will not be possible to register on the day of the event. However, participants have until 7:00 pm on Friday, April 28, to fill out the online entry form. The entry fee covers various benefits, such as fresh fruit at the finish line, an Engine swim cap, a Cooly Classic Mesh Trucker Cap, and digital timing with live online results.


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Wetsuit Policy


In most ocean swimming events, wetsuits are generally not allowed. However, they can be helpful for swimmers who lack experience or confidence in open water. Wetsuits are allowed for swimmers participating in the Mates Wave and Age Group Waves. On the other hand, swimmers in the Elite Wave, competing for overall prizes and cash awards, are not allowed to wear wetsuits.


Register Now and Make a Splash at the Cooly Classic Ocean Swim 2023!


Don’t miss out the opportunity to join in the exciting Cooly. The best thing is that there’s an event for everyone, from the 5.0km marathon to the 1.0km short course option. Also, there are great prizes up for grabs. Among those are cash prizes for elite swimmers and product prizes for age group and overall winners, it’s an event not to be missed.


So be ready to push your limits and experience the thrill of swimming along the stunning Gold Coast coastline. Enter now and be a part of this incredible event!


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