Series Competition

If you choose to take part in four or more of the following swims in one season, you will automatically be part of the Series Competition:

  • Harbour Crossing 3.2km – 19th October – Auckland Harbour
  • The Big Tahuna 3.2km – 2nd November – Nelson
  • Beach to Bay 3.3km – 30th November – Russell
  • Epic Swim 5km – 11th & 12th January – Lake Taupō
  • Rangitoto Swim 4.6km – 1st February – Auckland
  • Legend of the Lake 3.5km – 29th March – Rotorua
  • The Mount Swim 2.8km – 19th April – Mount Maunganui (Easter eggs!)

The points from your four 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.

It doesn’t matter whether you have entered your four or more events through a multi-event pass or individual registrations, as long as your name and date of birth are the same across the individual event registrations, your points will be collated.

The age group category that a Series participant is automatically entered into will be determined by their age as at 19 October 2024 (the date of the first event of the Series, the Harbour Crossing – Auckland).

Series Age Group medals will be presented to 1st, 2nd & 3rd placed participants in each of the age categories at the Series Prize Giving.

In the case of two participants having equal maximum points, the winner will be decided as follows;

  • If at any time during the Series the two tied participants have swum in the same event, the winner will be the participant who has the biggest average winning margin over the other.
  • If the two participants have not swum in the same event, then the winner will be the participant with the greatest average points margin between first and second place in the events they have won.


Event points are allocated based on where you finished relative to the winner in your age group – first placed male and female swimmers in each of the age categories receive the full 100 points, and then subsequent swimmers are awarded points as a percentage of the winner’s time.

Eg. the swimmer who wins the 40-44yr women age group will receive the full 100 points. If the next swimmer in this 40-44yr age group crosses the finish line directly after them they will receive a point figure close to 100 (eg. 97points) however if this second swimmer finishes further back from the winning swimmer they would not receive as many points (eg. 70points).


Under 15, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+

A participant’s Series Competition age group category is determined by their age as at 19 October 2024 (the date of the first event of the Series)

This means that any swimmers who have a birthday within the summer season will remain in their original age group for the Series Competition and will earn their Series points based on where they finish compared to others within this Series Competition age group.

Please note that the individual event age group medals are always based on the swimmer’s age as of event day. This means swimmers who have a birthday in the middle of the season could potentially earn a gold medal in their new individual event age group (based on age as of event day), but not receive the full 100 points for winning their Series Competition age group.

E.g. if a swimmer turns 50 early November, they will be in the 45-49yr age group for the Series Competition as they were 49yrs as at the start of the season. In events after their birthday they will continue to earn their Series Competition points against their fellow swimmers in the 45-49yr age group, however if they are the first swimmer through in the 50-54yr age group for  The Mount Swim in April they could win the individual event gold medal for the 50-54yr age group – but would not necessarily be awarded the full 100 series points unless they were also the first swimmer through in their 45-49yr Series Competition age group.


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