15
February
11:00 am — 3:30 pm
Akaroa, Christchurch

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The French inspired village of Canterbury’s Akaroa, plays host to the State La Grande Swim. Combine great food, wine and charming accommodation with some genuinely friendly locals and this is an event not to be missed by swimmers or their supporters.

An easy drive from Christchurch this swim is just as popular with North Islanders keen for a weekend away as it is with Mainlanders. This season offers the same four event distances to choose from including an ‘I’m Going Long’ 2.8km swim around the Bay, the ‘Step It Up’ 1000m swim, ‘Give It A Go’ 300m swim and last but not least, the 200m OceanKids event.

Due to the event being held one day after the opening game of the 2015 Cricket World Cup match which is being held in Christchurch, we advise booking flights and accommodation nice and early for those traveling from afar.

Swimmers wanting to make a weekend of their time in Akaroa can check out www.akaroa.com for ideas and options of what is on offer in this beautiful part of the country. Maybe the weekend could even include a ‘warm-up’ on Saturday, watching the Black Caps beat Sri Lanka in the World Cup opener at Hagley Park, Christchurch.

Key Event Information

Your swim pack will contain;
• A Timing Chip and Strap*
• A 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 $50.00

Event Day The swim start for I’m Going Long’ swimmers is on Main Beach at French Bay which is 300m from the event finish area. Swimmers will walk from the finish area to the start line.

Getting to Akaroa There is a shuttle bus that runs twice a day on the summer from Christchurch to Akaroa. For more information on this bus please see http://www.akaroashuttle.co.nz/departure-times/

Bag Storage Service A gear bag tent will be provided at the main event site at the Akaroa Recreation Ground. Please only use the bag provided and only pack essentials as there is limited space. For ‘I’m Going Long’ Swimmers you will get ready to swim at the finish area and leave your gear bag and walk to 300m to the start line.

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 after the last wave starts. All swimmers must make the 850m buoy in 35 minutes
– ‘Step it Up’ 1km Swim – the cut of time is 40 minutes after the start
– ‘Give It A Go’ 300m Swim – the cut off time is 13 minutes after the start

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

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

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

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

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‘State OceanKids’ 200m – click on image to enlarge

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Contingency Courses

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 that prevents the ‘I’m Going Long’ swim going ahead safely, the swim will be moved to a smaller course within the harbour. If this is the Race Director will inform you in the safety briefing.

‘Step it Up’ 1km Swim, ‘Give It A Go’ 300m Swim and State 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 – for children aged between 6 – 10 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 junkmail/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 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 $50.00

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 $50. 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 33-1057 Takapuna Auckland 0740

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

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.

Upcoming Events

Details

Date:
February 15
Time:
11:00 am - 3:30 pm

Bay of Islands Classic

Event Times


200m 'OceanKids'
11:00am
11:30am
Paihia Beach
Session    
Swim Start        
Location
300m 'Give it a Go'
11:50am
12:00pm
Paihia Beach
Briefing                               
Swim Start
Location
3.3km 'I'm Going Long'
1:00pm
1:15pm
Russell Beach
Briefing
Race Start
Location

Harbour Crossing

Event Times


2.9km 'I'm Going Long'
7:15am
7:45am
Quinton Park
9:45am
Briefing
Race Start
Location
Prize Giving

Capital Classic

Event Times


200m 'OceanKids'
12:55pm
1:25pm
Oriental Bay Beach
Activity Session
Swim Start
Location
300m 'Give it a Go'
12:25pm
12:30pm
Oriental Bay Beach
Briefing
Swim Start
Location
1000m 'Step It Up'
11:30am
11:40am
Oriental Bay Beach
Briefing
Swim Start
Location
3.3km 'I'm Going Long'
8:25am
8:45am
Frank Kitts Park
Briefing
Swim Start
Location

La Grande Swim

Event Times


200m 'OceanKids'
11:00am
11:30am
Children's Bay Beach
Activity Session  
Swim Start  
Location
300m 'Give it a Go'
11:00am
11:05am
Children's Bay Beach
Briefing
Swim Start
Location
1000m 'Step It Up'
2:00pm
2:10pm
French Bay Beach
Briefing
Swim Start
Location
2.8km 'I'm Going Long'
12:00pm
12:10pm
French Bay Beach
Briefing
Swim Start
Location

Sand to Surf

Event Times


200m 'OceanKids'
12:15pm
12:45pm
Mount Main Beach
Activity Session
Swim Start
Location
300m 'Give it a Go'
11:50am
12:00pm
Mount Main Beach
Briefing
Race Start
Location
1000m 'Step It Up'
11:00am
11:10am
Mount Main Beach
Briefing
Swim Start
Location
2.6km 'I'm Going Long'
8:10am
8:30am
Mount Main Beach
Briefing
Race Start
Location

King of the Bays

Event Times


200m 'OceanKids'
1:30pm
2:00pm
Takapuna Beach
Activity Session
Swim Start
Location
300m 'Give it a Go'
3:30pm
3:35pm
Takapuna Beach
Briefing
Race Start
Location
1000m 'Step It Up'
2:30pm
2:40pm
Takapuna Beach
Briefing
Race Start
Location
2.8km 'I'm Going Long'
10:40am
11:00am
Milford Beach
Briefing
Race Start
Location

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