Coogee Island Challenge – Two Events , Twice the Challenge!
Preparations are now well underway at Coogee Surf Life Saving Club for the 2016/17 Coogee Island Challenge Ocean Swim series and this year it is all about two events
For over 14 years the Coogee Island Challenge has launched the ocean swimming season in Sydney and this season we will also be closing the season. The Coogee Island Challenge continues to increase in popularity with entrant numbers increasing steadily since the swim’s inception, with a record 1800 swimmers taking the plunge in November 2013.
Both events boast three race courses:
• 800m Junior Dash, which follows a circuit inside Coogee Bay.
• 1km Splash and Dash, which follows a circuit inside Coogee Bay.
• The historic 2.4km Island Challenge, which circumnavigates historic Wedding Cake Island.
Coogee Bay is protected by headlands to the south and north and also by Wedding Cake Island that sits offshore. Conditions are fairly calm; Coogee is not known for currents, rips or difficult surf. But don’t relax too much, previous competitors have been know to find the ride around Wedding Cake Island a little choppy and challenging.
Coogee Surf Club President, Matt Scanlon, ‘We are really excited about running two events in 2015/16 and particularly proud to be offering the 800m Junior Dash across both events. Our Nippers are the future of Coogee Surf Life Saving Club and it is vital that we offer events that continue to engage them.
Ocean swimming continues on track as one of the fastest growing sports in the country, with thousands of keen competitors gathering, virtually every weekend in summer, at beaches around the country for another gruelling swim. Ocean swimmers can be found from Bondi to Bronte, from Perth to Rottnest Island, Byron Bay to Wategos and even in the Antarctic temperatures of the Victorian coastline.
Ocean swims are also a vital part of the fund raising activities of the hosting Surf Life Saving Clubs where entry fees contribute to the purchase of vital lifesaving equipment required during the warmer seasons.