02
April
8:00 am — 1:00 pm
Auckland

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Regardless whether you come in first or second to last (maybe even if you come flat last too), you’ll feel like royalty as you gracefully glide up the beach and under the finish line at the King of the Bays. Why? Because, you have conquered the noble challenge of a classic open water swim in the stately surrounds of Takapuna Beach. With Rangitoto watching your every stroke, along with the large safety contingent of life guards from Surf Life Saving New Zealand, the stunning scene leaves you poised to see off summer in style.

The King of the Bays, on Saturday 2nd April, offers the full suite of event distances including the ‘Tag Team Relay’, meaning there’s absolutely a swim (or two) to fit your level of awesomeness.

Are you a chlorine junky new to swimming in the briny blue ocean? This is the perfect time and place to dip your toes in the good stuff. A safe and reassuring environment will ensure your confidence grows and your personal challenge is ticked off in style!

Do you have friends, family or work colleagues? Can they swim?

The stars have aligned because we now have a fun-filled event for you and your buddies to take part in together as a team – the ‘Tag Team Relay’! Click here to find out more and double the good times at this year’s King of the Bays.

All participants will receive a FREE Swim Program and silicon swim cap.

Key Event Information

Your swim pack will contain;
• A Timing Chip and Strap*
• A silicon swim cap that you must wear for the event
• A numbered gear bag
• Bus Tickets (if applicable)

*Please fasten the timing chip securely to your ankle with the supplied strap. The chip is on loan to you and must be returned after the event. A replacement chip is $30.00

Bag Transport Service – ‘I’m Going Long’ 2.8km
A gear bag transfer is available for all competitors of the ‘I’m Going Long’ 2.8km swim. Only the plastic drawstring bag we provide may be used, packed with essentials. Bags will need to placed into the appropriate bag cages at the start area at Milford Beach. Your bag will be transported to the main event site at Takapuna, and will be available for collection after your swim.

Bag Storage Area – Takapuna Beach
An area designated for gear bags will be available for all ‘Step it Up’ 1km, ‘Give it a Go’ 300m, ‘OceanKids’ 200m and ‘Tag Team Relay’ swimmers. This will be situated at the main event site on Takapuna Beach. Please only use the plastic drawstring bags we have provided you.

Bus Transfer – ‘I’m Going Long’ 2.8km
An optional one-way bus transfer from 136 Hurstmere Rd, Takapuna to the ‘I’m Going Long’ 2.8km event start in Milford is available for swimmers on the morning of the event. Buses will depart Takapuna at 7.00am and 7.15am. If you wish to travel on one of these buses, please purchase a bus ticket with your online registration or by contacting us at info@oceanswim.co.nz.

Series Prize Giving
Please note that the Series Prize Giving will commence at the conclusion of the King of the Bays Prize Giving at approximately 1.45pm.

Cut off times
Each event has a cut off time:
• ‘I’m Going Long’ 2.8km Swim – the total cut off time is 1 hour 45 minutes after the last wave starts. All swimmers must make the 980m buoy in 38 minutes.
• ‘Step it Up’ 1000m – the cut of time is 40 minutes after the event start.
• ‘Give it a Go’ 300m Swim – the cut off time is 13 minutes after the event start.

Sponsor Goodies at the Finish Line
Upon finishing you will receive a heap of sponsor goodies to enjoy including Tasti bars, Good Health nutritional products, Banana Boat sunscreen and more.

Warm Showers
Thanks to Plumbing World, this season you’ll have the chance to rinse off the salty water after your swim in a nice warm shower “Turning Up the Heat – It’s What We Know”.

Event Safety
Our talented support team on the water will be with you for your every stroke. Find out more HERE.

‘I’m Going Long’ 2.8km – click on image to enlarge

 

‘Step It Up’ 1000m – click on image to enlarge

 

‘Give it a Go’ 300m – click on image to enlarge

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‘OceanKids’ 200m – click on image to enlarge

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Contingency Course

Decisions for all swims will be made by the Race Director in conjunction with Surf Life Saving NZ

‘I’m Going Long’ 2.8km Swim

In the event of weather  preventing the ‘I’m Going Long’ swim going ahead safely, the swim will be moved to Takapuna Beach and a 1km triangle course will be swam twice. If this is the case all competitors will be advised prior by email, text message, on the New Zealand Ocean Swim Series Facebook page and website.

‘Step it Up’ 1km Swim, ‘Give It A Go’ 300m Swim and OceanKids

In the event of weather that prevents the swimmers from being able to complete the swim courses safely, the swims maybe altered from the advertised courses to provide the safest and most enjoyable swimming conditions.

What is the minimum age for each swim length?

• ‘OceanKids’ 200m – for children aged between 7 – 13 years old
• ‘Give It A Go’ 300m – the minimum age is 10 years old
• ‘Step It Up’ 1000m – the minimum age is 12 years old
• 2.8km ‘I’m Going Long’ – the minimum age is 14 years old

For swimmers under these minimum ages that have consent from a legal guardian to enter, you must seek pre-approval from the Race Director by contacting us proving their ability to swim in this race.

How do I enter?

Entries are accepted online, click here.

How do I know I am entered?

You will receive an event confirmation email, confirming your registration.

I haven’t received my confirmation email, can you send it again?

Your confirmation email was sent to the email address you provided on your entry form. Please check your junk mail/spam folder. For any queries, please contact us at info@oceanswim.co.nz.

What time does my swim start and from where?

Please refer to the “Event Times” box on the right hand side of this webpage. Or for more information click on the “Timetable” tab above. We also send regular email newsletters, so be sure that you have subscribed to this.

Can I change my estimated swim time?

Yes, you can change this by emailing us at least 10 days before the event.

What do I get in my swim pack?

• A Timing Chip and Strap*
• A silicon swim cap that you must wear for the event
• A numbered gear bag

*Please fasten the timing chip securely to your ankle with the supplied strap. The chip is on loan to you and must be returned after the event. A replacement chip is $30.00

When will I get my bus ticket?

If you have pre-booked your bus ticket with your online event registration your ticket will be included in your swim pack.

How do I wear the timing chip?

Thread the thin part of the strap through the timing chip and fasten the Velcro strap securely around your ankle. We recommend you put your wetsuit over the chip to keep it secure. If you lose it, you will be liable for a replacement cost of $30. Once you have completed the event your chip is collected at the finish line. If you have a problem fastening your timing chip just ask one of the event officials on event day, they will be able to assist you.

Are there entry limits for the events?

Yes. For safety reasons, there is a maximum number of competitors allowed at each event. Enter early to avoid disappointment.

Can I enter on the day?

Yes, providing entries haven’t sold out online prior. We recommend you enter online to avoid disappointment.

How can I see the results?

Results will be published on the event website on the evening of each event. All swimmers that took part in a timed event will be able to download a certificate from the results page.

What is a ‘wave start’?

A ‘wave start’ requires smaller groups to start at different times to reduce congestion and will be based on the estimated times.

I still have my timing chip – what do I do?

If you have taken it home by mistake, please post it back to us at the following address:

Quantum Events Ltd
PO Box 605
Orewa
Auckland 0946

Note that if you have registered with a ‘Series Pass’ and are taking part in 3 or more events this season, you can keep your timing chip to use at all of your events over the Summer. Please return your timing chip to us following the final event that you are taking part in.

If it’s cold, can I swim with booties/skull cap/gloves?

It has been approved the use of the following:
• wetsuit booties
• skull caps  (your event swim cap must be worn over the skull cap and must remain visible for the duration of the race)
• wetsuit gloves (must NOT be webbed)

What happens in bad weather?

A decision to run with the contingency plan for the ocean swims will be made in the event of bad weather or circumstances beyond the control of the event management. The Race Director in conjunction with Surf Life Saving New Zealand will make this decision on race morning in the interest of your safety. Updates will be given to you on race morning. For contingency decisions made the day prior – please check our website home page & event page as well as your own email inbox for the latest information.

What happens if I have difficulties in the water?

Simple! Stop! Raise your arm high into the air to identify yourself to a lifeguard. If this is not possible, simply roll on to your back to float in a relaxed position. If you are near an athlete experiencing difficulties, please make sure they are alright, assist if necessary, and alert a lifeguard.

I can no longer make it, can I get a refund?

Refunds are not available, but we can transfer your entry across to another swim in the New Zealand Ocean Swim Series at the cost of $15. Please contact us at info@oceanswim.co.nz to arrange this transfer. Should you decide not to swim, you are still entitled to collect your event swim pack, please advise crew of your decision so that you are not issued with a timing chip.

I don’t feel ready for my event, could I transfer to another race?

Yes you can. It comes at a cost of $15 to a transfer your entry to a different event or you can choose to transfer to a smaller length swim, in the same event, for no extra charge. Please contact us at info@oceanswim.co.nz to transfer your event registration.

Do I need a wetsuit?

Although not compulsory, we suggest wearing a wetsuit for the long ocean swim distances. Please visit our online store for the purchase/hire of wetsuits.

Details

Date:
2 April, 2016
Time:
8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Bay of Islands Classic

Event Times


200m 'OceanKids'
11:50am
11:55am
Paihia Beach
Briefing
Swim Start
Location
300m 'Give it a Go'
11:25am
11:30am
Paihia Beach
Briefing
Swim Start
Location
3.3km 'I'm Going Long'
8:50am
9:00am
Russell Beach
Briefing
Swim Start
Location

Harbour Crossing

Event Times


2.9km 'I'm Going Long'
7:40am
8:05am
Quinton Park
10:15am
Briefing
Race Start
Location
Prize Giving

Capital Classic

Event Times


200m 'OceanKids'
12:10pm
12:15pm
Oriental Bay Beach
Briefing
Swim Start
Location
300m 'Give it a Go'
11:20am
11:25am
Oriental Bay Beach
Briefing
Swim Start
Location
1000m 'Step It Up'
11:20am
11.25am
Oriental Bay Beach
Briefing
Swim Start
Location
3.3km 'I'm Going Long'
8:40am
9:00am
Frank Kitts Park
Briefing
Swim Start
Location
300m 'Tag Team Relay'
12:20pm
12:25pm
Oriental Bay Beach
Briefing
Swim Start
Location

La Grande Swim

Event Times


200m 'OceanKids'
9:40am
9:45am
Corsair Bay
Briefing 
Swim Start  
Location
300m 'Give it a Go'
9:15am
9:20am
Corsair Bay
Briefing
Swim Start
Location
1000m 'Step It Up'
8:25am
8:30am
Corsair Bay
Briefing
Swim Start
Location
3.3km 'I'm Going Long'
11:20am
11:30am
Corsair Bay
Briefing
Swim Start
Location

Sand to Surf

Event Times


200m 'OceanKids'
11:15am
11:20am
Mount Main Beach
Briefing
Swim Start
Location
300m 'Give it a Go'
10:25am
10:30am
Mount Main Beach
Briefing
Race Start
Location
1000m 'Step It Up'
10:25am
10:30am
Mount Main Beach
Briefing
Swim Start
Location
2.6km 'I'm Going Long'
8:20am
8:30am
Mount Main Beach
Briefing
Race Start
Location
300m 'Tag Team Relay'
11:35am
11:40am
Mount Main Beach
Briefing
Race Start
Location

King of the Bays

Event Times


200m 'OceanKids'
11:20am
11:25am
Takapuna Beach
Briefing
Swim Start
Location
300m 'Give it a Go'
10:30am
10:35am
Takapuna Beach
Briefing
Swim Start
Location
1000m 'Step It Up'
10:30am
10:35am
Takapuna Beach
Briefing
Swim Start
Location
2.8km 'I'm Going Long'
8:10am
8:30am
Milford Beach
Briefing
Swim Start
Location
300m 'Tag Team Relay'
11:40am
11:45am
Takapuna Beach
Briefing
Swim Start
Location

Blue Lake Swim

Event Times


200m 'OceanKids'
1:35pm
1:40pm
Blue Lake
Briefing
Swim Start
Location
300m 'Give it a Go'
12:45pm
12:50pm
Blue Lake
Briefing
Swim Start
Location
1000m 'Step It Up'
12:45pm
12:50pm
Blue Lake
Briefing
Swim Start
Location
3.5km 'I'm Going Long'
10:20am
10:30am
Blue Lake
Briefing
Swim Start
Location
300m 'Tag Team Relay'
1:55pm
2:00pm
Blue Lake
Briefing
Swim Start
Location

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