Tathra Wharf To Waves Ocean Swim On Again


Ocean swim fans - and those who think they want to be – should set their sights on the NSW Sapphire Coast this month for the annual Tathra "Wharf to Waves".

Tathra Hosts The Annual Wharf To Waves Ocean SwimThe swim – on Sunday, January 16 – is being run for the 10th year, and could be seen as the highlight of what promises to be an action-packed weekend on the far south coast of NSW. But wait … there is more! On Saturday, January 15, there’s a two-kilometre fun run on Tathra Beach, from the Country Club to the Surf Club, while mountain bike enthusiasts will be in action later that day, for a 30km ‘Bridge to Bridge’ ride from Bega to the coast. 

Experienced triathletes and anyone who wants to give it a shot could sign up for all three activities, but traditionally it is the swim that is the attraction, with organisers expecting well over 500 entrants this year.

Would-be participants can enter one of a series of 600m swims according to their age bracket (eight classes) or the 1200m ‘Splash for Cash’ open race, which offers a $500 prize for the first male and first female onto the beach.

All the races start from the historic Tathra Wharf, a remnant of the days when steamers carried goods and passengers along the coast. In use from 1862-1952, it was restored by the National Trust and local residents. 

A wide range of people have taken part in the event over the last 10 years so entrants might find themselves lining up with seasoned ocean swimmers, AFL footballers and Commonwealth Games medallists, with competitors coming from around Australia on a regular basis.

Safety is a priority for the organisers, and the swim course is under the watchful eye of a big team of experienced lifesavers. Weather conditions are monitored carefully – if conditions are deemed to be too rough, an alternative course has been organised at the mouth of the nearby Bega River.

“While our event is not part of the official ocean swim series, we do attract a lot of the regular competitors,” says organising committee member, Linda Badewitz-Dodd.

“But it’s also a great way for someone who wants to try an ocean swim to get a taste of the sport. It’s not too big a distance (600m) and there are plenty of people to share the experience with. The lifesavers who are on guard are always willing to give out a few tips too!”

Mrs Badewitz-Dodd says the onus is on swimmers to correctly assess their fitness and capability and enter the event accordingly.

Entries can be done on line (www.tathrawharf2waves.com) until January 12, or in person until the day of the event. For more information, see the website or email the organisers on info@tathrawharf2waves.com

You can find details on accommodation as well as more information on other activities in the region by visiting the Sapphire Coast website website (www.sapphirecoast.com.au) or calling toll-free on 1800 150 457. 


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