Swimming is invigorating, fun and extremely good for the mind, body and soul. Take your pick – the Banana Boat New Zealand Ocean Swim Series provides an excellent stage to set yourself challenges and achieve your goals. Whether you want to get into open water swimming, or are looking for added motivation to maintain your fitness or simply enjoy swimming, the Banana Boat New Zealand Ocean Swim Series is for you.


Four Achievable Distances

The events offer a range of achievable distances – with opportunities for almost all ages and abilities to take part. These include:

‘I’m Going Long’ 2.6km – 3.5km
The ‘I’m Going Long’ swim is a great challenge for individuals who have trained or have swimming experience. This swim distance varies from 2.6km up to 3.5km – check event pages for distances at each location. If you have ever considered entering a longer open water swim, the Banana Boat New Zealand Ocean Swim Series provides an ideal and safe opportunity to do this. Age eligibility is from 12 years old and over.

‘Step it Up’ 1000m
The ‘Step It Up’ 1000m is ideal for those swimmers who would like a challenge but perhaps aren’t quite ready to enter the ‘I’m Going Long’ swim. This is a good swim distance for those with swimming experience that haven’t swum in open water before, are training for a triathlon or who have previously swum in the ‘Give it a Go’ 500m swims. Age eligibility is from 10 years old and over.

‘Give it a Go’ 500m
The ‘Give It A Go’ 500m swim is a great introduction to ocean swimming and is suitable for most swimming abilities and ages from young to old! The ‘Give it a Go’ 500m course is typically a triangular course which is close to the beach. Age eligibility is from 8 years old and over.

‘Banana Boat OceanKids’ 200m
The ‘Banana Boat OceanKids’ 200m swim is a great ocean swimming event designed for kids wanting to get into ocean swimming, or for those who can swim 200m in a pool. The course is along the shore (sometimes over their heads) and heavily supported by Surf Life Saving guards. Age eligibility is 7 to 12 years old. Click here to find out more about this special event.


Join Our Community

Our Facebook Group is a great way to chat with like-minded swimmers – find someone in your local area to swim with, ask for advice from our experienced swimmers and coaches, or simply just share news about the ocean swimming world – Join us today!


Training Events and Clinics

We partner with reputable events and clinics around New Zealand that we believe are great to aid your preparation for a Banana Boat New Zealand Ocean Swim Series event. Training events and clinics give you open water experience and also help to build your confidence in the ocean. Click here to find a training event or clinic in your area.


Event Safety

All Banana Boat New Zealand Ocean Swim Series events are patrolled by trained Surf Life Saving NZ lifeguards who can assist you at any time. So that the events are safe and enjoyable for all swimmers, there are some rules for the event. Read more about Event Safety and Rules here.



Wetsuits are not compulsory but will provide warmth and buoyancy. Click here to find out more information about ocean swimming specific wetsuits and where to purchase/hire for an event.


Wave Starts

All events are split into wave starts (start groups) seeding you with swimmers of similar ability/speed. This is calculated by the estimated swim time selected during your entry process. This means you shouldn’t have to pass or be passed by too many other swimmers, making the event more enjoyable for everyone!


Medal Age Categories

The age category for an individual event is determined by your age on the day of the event/s you choose to swim. Medals will be award at prize giving on event day. More information can be found here.


Series Competition

If you choose to take part in three or more ‘I’m Going Long’ distance swims in one summer you will automatically be part of the Series Competition. The points from your three best results will be added together and those swimmers with the highest point totals at the end of the Series will place in their respective age groups. The age group category that a Series participant is automatically entered into will be determined by their age as at 18 November 2017 (the date of the first event of the Series – ‘Harbour Crossing’). Find out more about the Series Competition.

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