The soft golden sands and rolling surf is the epitome of a classic Kiwi summer scene, so we’re pumping up this popular event to celebrate everything there is to love about Mt Maunganui’s natural beachfront, island and mountain landscape at The Generation Homes Mount Swim.
Whether you’re keen on swimming around Rabbit and Leisure Islands in the long swim 2.8km, setting your sights on the Amphibian swim/run event, or a bit of everything, there’s loads happening in the water and on the sand to make sure you have a day full of awesome memories.
Why not make the most of this beautiful region over the weekend and bring along your family or a bunch of mates! Beaches, shopping, a vibrant dining scene and countless outdoor activities like climbing up the Mount await in the beautiful Bay of Plenty.
Swims on offer:
The event headquarters are located at the Mount Main Beach.
ALL swimmers are encouraged to collect their swim pack Friday 1st April between 1-5pm from the Mount Main Beach. If you are not able to collect your swim pack on Friday they will be waiting for you in your start area on Saturday. These are sorted by swim cap colour and you will receive an email in event week with this information.
For safety reasons and to ensure the day runs to schedule, our swims have a cut-off time. The times vary for each swim distance.
Around Rabbit Island 2.8k Swim: 1hr 45mins
Around Leisure Island 1250m Swim: 50mins
The Main Beach 500m Swim: 20mins
Banana Boat OceanKids: 100m 5 mins & 200m 10 mins
Amphibian: 750m Swim: 30mins 4.5km Run: 45mins Total: 1hrs 10mins
Around Rabbit Island 2.8k Swim: 12 years and older
Around Leisure Island 1250m Swim: 10 years and older
The Main Beach 500m Swim: 8 years and older
Banana Boat OceanKids: 100m & 200m 7 – 10 year olds
Amphibian: 12 years and older
Live results will be available as soon as you have crossed the finish line. The results link will be updated prior to event day
Due to Covid restrictions, we are not able to host a prizegiving at this event. We will send your medals out to you as soon as we can after the event.
Spot prizes are randomly drawn at each compulsory safety briefing. Listen for your name and give us a yell so we can get your prize to you. Thanks to Generation Homes one lucky swimmer will win a Webber BBQ!
The Amphibian is returning for the third year! This event gives you a new perspective of the incredible Mount Maunganui (Mauao). Prior to the event safety briefing, there will be a designated transition area to place your running shoes to change into, plus a towel to quickly dry off if you need. You can place these anywhere in this area that suits so you will be able to easily find them after your first swim.
The event sees you starting from the main event site with a 750m swim, in a triangular course off Mount Main Beach. On exiting the water head up to the transition area where you can put your running shoes on.
The run will take you on a 4.5km run along the beach to the start of the Mount Maunganui trail, around the base of the Mount and then back along to the beach to race through the finish line arch way to the cheers of your friends and family.
All Banana Boat New Zealand Ocean Swim Series events are patrolled by trained lifeguards and first aid qualified personnel who are present to assist you at all times.
So that the events are safe and enjoyable for all swimmers, there are some rules for the event. Find out more here.
An area designated for gear bags will be available for all participants to store your bags while you swim (or run!). This will be situated in your individual start area . You will need to bring your own bags along.
There is plenty of car parking on the streets surrounding the main beach at Mount Maunganui, however these can go pretty quickly so be prepared for a short walk to get to the event site.
The Generation Homes Mount Swim is proud to host the 2022 Aquaknights Zonal Secondary School Open Water Swimming Championships. All swimmers enrolled in a Secondary School (Year 9-13) within the Aquaknights Zone on the date of this event can opt to compete in these championships by selecting their school in the entry form. Championship swim distances include a2.8km, 1250m & 500m, distances. Swimmers will be eligible for both Secondary School and Banana Boat Ocean Swim Series prizes and medals. Entries close Thursday 24th March at 5 pm
For more information visit the Swimming New Zealand website.
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