Recycle your swimming caps at the Coogee Island Challenge

Since the start of the 2013/2014 Ocean swimming season, around 20,000 swimming caps have been handed out to competitors at the various ocean swims in NSW. If you are a regular ocean swimmer, it doesn’t take too long before you have more caps than you know what to do with. Some may be used again in the pool, and some given to friends and family, but the vast majority of these caps will end up in land-fill having spent most of the season at the bottom of your swimming bag.

This year at the 2014 Coogee Island Challenge, we are running a swimming cap amnesty. Bring down your old caps that you no longer use, or donate after your swim, and we will save your caps from an ignominious end in land-fill or as rubbish scattered on the beach. There are no companies that recycle swimming caps, mostly made of latex or silicone, so the collected caps will be donated to the following organisations for re-use (which is better than recycling anyway):

·   The Frugal Forest is a One Off Makery project, supported by Midwaste, the Australia Council for the Arts and Glasshouse Port Macquarie. Drawing in artists, musicians, scientists, community, business and industry, we aim to build an intricately detailed forest entirely from salvage. Why? Because nothing is wasted in the forest, and we could really learn from that. For more information, to watch the project unfold, donate your junk or to get involved:

·    Reverse Garbage is Australia’s largest creative reuse centre, committed to diverting resources from landfill – approximately 35,000 cubic metres or 100 football fields’ worth per year. Almost 40 years from its founding, Reverse Garbage is now an internationally recognised, award-winning environmental co-operative committed to promoting sustainability through the reuse of resources, as well as providing support to other community, creative and educational organisations.  For more information:

·    Various Council Pools to be used by those needing a cap on the day.


Where: Coogee Island Challenge Ocean Swim, Coogee Beach

Where: The tent

When: 13 April 8.30-11:30am


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Coogee Island Swim - April 2013

5.30 am                        IRB Set up - 800m, 1km Swim and 2.4km swim course laid
Volunteers arrive to setup beach area.
Set up of tents, registrations area, start and finish areas.                                   
6.30 am                        Set up for Sponsors arrive
Volunteers arrive for registration
7.00 am                        Registrations begin.  Registrations will close at 9.45am.
8.00 am                        800m Coogee SLSC Junior Dash water safety briefing
8.15 am                        Call for all Junior Dash competitors & swim briefing
8.29 am                        Junior Dash race commences. 

8.55 am                        Final call for competitor's registration for 1km swim
                                    Water safety briefing
9.00 am                        Registration for 1km swim closes
9.05 am                        1km Swim Briefing
9.10 am                        Final call for competitors to the marshaling area
9.15 am                        1km swim starts (2-3 waves - 2 minutes apart).
9.20 am                        Final call for competitor's registration for 2.4km swim
9.30 am                        Registration for 2.4km swim closes & area to be packed up by

                                    ANZAC Day March and Ceremony

9.45 am                        2.4km Swim Briefing
9.50 am                        Call for competitors to the marshaling area        
9.55 am                        Final call for competitors to the marshaling area
10.00 am                       2.4km swim starts (7 waves - depending on numbers of competitors - 2 minutes apart).
11.30 am                       Competitor interviews on the beach
                       800m, 1 km & 2.4km Swim Presentations
11.30 am                       Results posted on the promenade wall
12.30 pm                      Pack up concludes - to Coogee Surf Club for de-brief

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How to Get There

Affectionately known as "Sydney's Seaside Village", Coogee is located just minutes from both the City's Central Business District and Sydney's Airports

There are many ways to reach Coogee.


From the city: 374,373

From Bondi Jnct: 316


Parking at Coogee is usually limited in Summer. There is council ticket parking at the northern end of the beach and next to Coogee oval. Most street parking is limited to 2 hours, except for residents

Where to eat:

Chish and Fips are located in the centre of the beach and serve a variety of hot and cold food, as well as your morning coffee.

Where to stay:

Coogee Bay Hotel has a number of accommodation options.


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Island Challenge in Pictures

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Swim Details

Coogee Island Challenge provides three different swims to cater to all cross sections of the community.


800m swim for juniors

1km swim

2.4km, around the island.

Below is a layout diagram of the swim. Please note that all distances are approximate as exact course layout will depend on conditions.

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