swimmers running into the ocean at a competitive swim event

New to ocean swimming or keen to increase your distance?

Our 500m training program is what you’ll need to prepare for your first ocean swim and our 1000m swim program is perfect for competent swimmers wanting to up their distance and confidence in the ocean.

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To make your first swim with us extra special, use the promotional code FIRSTTIME* in the online entry form and you’ll receive a FREE Banana Boat Ocean Swim Series beach towel at your first event! Ready to dive in?

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*The FIRSTTIME code can only be used by swimmers who have not participated in any event in the last three Banana Boat New Zealand Ocean Swim Series seasons.

"I never thought I could do it...until I did it!"

Natalie, 30, Auckland

"The team really made me feel supported when I did my first swim."

David, 45, Wellington

"I'm proof that you are never to old to try something new."

Gwen, 68, Northland

How long can you go?

Want to test yourself with one of our longer swims?

Take your swimming to another level with our 3000m Swim Training Program. It’s tailored to help you reach your best at any of our longer swim events around the country.

The perfect training program if you have a background in swimming already.

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Ready to swim to the top of the leaderboard?

Already training but want some tips on going from the pool to the ocean?

We’ve got you sorted with secrets from Olympic champions, and open water legends in our Top 10 tips to swim faster in the ocean.

Our Series Competition has some of NZ’s fastest swimmers battle it out to top of the leaderboard. Are you in?

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Banana Boat OceanKids is a fun, safe challenge!

From the courses to the safety procedures, ocean swimming tips, special prizes and awesome memories, we can help to grow confident ocean swimmers and create the next generation of champions, at six events around the country.

Every kid who enters gets an awesome pack of goodies!

Learn more and get the Top 10 Tips for Kids

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