41st Warriewood to Mona Vale Ocean Swim

Don Jenkin Memorial Swim


A second, shorter swim added to the program at Mona Vale in 2018 Do the new 900m Little Swim at Mona Vale, then hop on the free shuttle to Warriewood for the 2.2km back along the beach into Bongin Bongin Bay.

This is a “Family, Friendly Swim”, as the organisers style it. The event is named for late Mona Vale club stalwart, Don Jenkin, who helped raise this swim to the standing it has today.

What you need to know…

  • Event – 41st Warriewood-Mona Vale Ocean Swim + The Little Swim
  • Venue – Warriewood Beach, Sydney northern beaches, registration and swim HQ on beach at Warriewood.
  • Distances – 900m (Mona Vale to Bongin Bongin Bay), 2.2km Warriewood to Mona Vale (Bongin Bongin Bay)
  • Time/Date – Sunday, January 21, 2018, 9am race start (900m), and 10:30am (2.2km)
  • Registration – Race day – From 7:30am (at Mona Vale SLSC for The Little Swim), then from 8:30am at Warriewood Beach for the 2.2km swim (park at Mona Vale and catch the free shuttle over to Warriewood, or park at Warriewood and schlepp back there after the swim)
  • Entry fee – $30 for each swim ($40 on race day) or $50 for both swims (online only – if you enter on race day for both swims, you will pay $80.
  • Minimum age – 12
  • Online entries close – 3pm, Saturday, January 20, 2018
  • Under 18 swimmers – Parents/guardians of swimmers aged under 18 must complete the online entry form, not the swimmers themselves. They must include their consent to the entry with full name and  phone contact. Just a phone number, a first name, or a number and first name will not do. Entries of U18 swimmers are not complete without this complete parental/guardian consent. Entries without valid parental consent will not be accepted.
  • Conditions – This swim runs from Warriewood Beach along behind the break to Mona Vale beach, then around the rock shelf at Mona Vale to finish in Bongin Bongin Bay. It poses particular challenges with different breaks at each end of the course. The break at Warriewood at the start can be difficult, with rips, undertoads, gutters and shifting banks. The new finish in Bongin Bongin Bay at Mona Vale offers a much simpler exit, but potentially with a sharp shore dump. Depending on conditions, it can be a challenge at both ends.
  • Getting there – Drive in a car, or something like that, or catch public transport. Check www.131500.com.au/plan-your-trip/ to work out your trip by public transport
  • Parking and Gear Drop – With the amalgamation of the three local councils along the Northern Beaches, there no longer is free parking at this event. Make sure you park legally, and make sure you feed the meter. Rangers along Sydney’s beaches are zealous to the max. Best to park at Mona Vale and use the free shuttle between Mona Vale SLSC and Warriewood both before and after the swim. There is a bag drop at Warriewood to bring your gear back to Mona Vale.
  • Gear transport – Organisers will transport your gear back to Mona Vale whilst you schlepp along the beach behind the break. Secure gear stowage also available at Mona Vale SLSC.