SWIMMERS of all ages are being encouraged to take part in the third Australia Day ocean swim organised by the Mandurah Masters Swimming Club.
There will be three distances – 1km, 2km and 4km – starting from Doddi’s Beach on Halls Head Parade at 8.30am, with registrations at the Old Mandurah Yacht Club from 7 to 8.30am.
Mandurah Masters spokesman Ivan Wingate said the most popular distance had been 2km, with 146 entering the event last year.
“This year we have dropped the minimum age to 10 year olds for the 1km distance,” he said.
“We have the 4km swim, but expect the majority will still opt for 2km.”
Mr Wingate said the club had held an annual Open Water Swim for the past 13 years, starting in the canals before moving to Silver Sands.
“Three years ago we jumped at the opportunity to claim the official ‘Australia Day Ocean Swim’ when we learnt that our sister club Carine was unable to continue after 24 years with the swim at Scarborough,” he said.
“With the assistance of the City of Mandurah, we were able to host it at Doddi’s Beach, with our headquarters in the Old Mandurah Yacht Club building.”
He said the swim would be held around a rectangular 1km course in the boating exclusion zone up to the reef and back, much of it in waist-deep water.
Safety will be monitored by the Mandurah Water Rescue Group and the Mandurah Paddling Club.
Entry is open to everyone from 10 years old, with prizes for winners in age groups.
Spot prizes will also be drawn out to swimmers who competed and are present at the time.
Visit www.mandurahmannas.org.au or call 0417 819 458.