Registrations are closed

Online registrations are now closed but you can register at the event! Please come along to the registration tents at Williamstown Beach approximately 90 mins before your event. On the day registrations will close 30 mins before the event.


Williamstown Swimming and Life Saving Club


Sunday, 17 December 2017


Williamstown Beach

Registration closes on:

Saturday, 16 December 2017 at 4:00 PM - (GMT+10:00) Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

** Please note registration for the Victorian Open Water Championships 5km, 7.5km and 10km closes on 4 December 2017 at 11.59pm **

This fantastic event incorporates both the Victorian Open Water Championships (open to Swimming Australia members) and the WOW Challenge (open to the general public).

The event is conducted by the Williamstown Swimming and Life Saving Club and Swimming Victoria. Swimmers of all ages and abilities will have the opportunity to choose from a range of swim distances.

The WOW Challenge provides the chance to swim with the best swimmers from around the world, is part of the Great Victorian Swim Series and raises funds for not-for-profit organisations.

The two great improvements on last year's event are that all swimmers receive a free event t-shirt and everyone can swim in a wetsuit if they choose to (including Swimming Victoria Championship swimmers). Also, use of a fluoro swimming vest is optional.


Enter any of the WOW Challenge or Victorian Open Water Championship events by 30 November for your chance to win a fabulous TYR Hurricane C3 Fullsuit, valued at $799, provided by event sponsor Aqua Shop!

And don't forget if you registered before 18 November, you can take your receipt into the Melbourne Aqua Shop any time prior to the WOW Challenge Sunday 17 December 2017 and receive 30% off MRP of all race gear. Discount limited to one per entrant.




5km Swimming Victoria Championship Event (member only entry)


7.5km Swimming Victoria Championship Event (member only entry)


10km Swimming Victoria Championship Event (member only entry)


750m Kids WOW Challenge - Optus Junior Dolphin Chase the Champ


750m Multiclass Event 


1.2km WOW Challenge 


2.5km WOW Challenge 


5km WOW Challenge 


10km WOW Challenge


1.2 and 2.5km WOW Joint Challenge


The Championship and WOW 5kms events will be swum together.

The Championship and WOW 7.5km and 10km events will be swum together.

Children 11 years and under who would like to swim in the 1.2km, 2.5km or 5km WOW Challenges can apply for a Coach Endorsement form for registration access to these events. Please email us for this form.

The Victorian Open Water Championships will be swum under the rules of FINA and is a qualifying event for National Championships. The 5km, 7.5km and 10km Championship events are only open to Swimming Australia members and international swimmers from an affiliated swimming association.

Registrations for the 5km, 7.5km and 10km Championship events close at 11.59pm on December 4, 2017.

The 10km Championship swim (and the 10km WOW Challenge swim) is a qualifying event for the Rottnest Channel Swim. The qualifying time is 4hrs 15min, and swimmers must have commenced the fourth (and final) lap within 3hr 15min of the start time.

Swimming Victoria reserves the right to clear the field if swimmers have not commenced the fourth (and final) lap within 3hr 15min of the start time in the 10km Championship swim.

PLEASE NOTE: There will be ADDITIONAL charge of $5 for on the day registrations.  This excludes the 750m Kids Challenge.

EVENT TIME (Subject to change)



Registrations Open


Marshalling Opens


750m Optus Junior Dolphin Chase the Champ

(Kids Challenge)

8.00am – 8.20am (approx.)

750m Multiclass

8.05am - 8.20am (approx.)

Male 10km & 7.5km

8:30am – 8:50am (approx.)

Female 10km & 7.5km

8:30am – 8:50am (approx.)

Male 5km

8:50am – 9.10am (approx.)

Female 5km

8:50am – 9.10am (approx.)

Male 2.5km


Female 2.5km


Male 1.2km


Female 1.2km




  • For WOW Challenge swimmers, you can collect your race pack on Saturday 16th Dec between 1pm and 4pm from the Williamstown S&SLC. Otherwise, please arrive at least 1 hour before your race to collect your pack.
  • For Swimming Victoria Championship swimmers, packs can be collected from the Swimming Victoria merchandise stand at MSAC during the Friday 15th December morning heats session of Victorian Age Championships, or from the Williamstown S&SLC on Saturday 16th between 11am - 3pm, or by 7.20am on race day.


Swimming Victoria and Masters Swimming Victoria are back with 2 great clinics for Open Water Season.  Practical clinics with 7 times Pier to Pub winner Sam Sheppard and SV open water coach Michal Skrodzki.  Clinics will cover starts, finishes, drafting, sighting and what to expect on race day.

Clinics are aimed at beginner/intermediate adults, kids and multi class swimmers.  Gain race tips and technique from our coaches to make the most of your open water swim experience.  

Brighton Open Water Clinic Nov 19, 9.30 – 11.00am to register visit

Williamstown Open Water Clinic Nov 26, 9.30 – 11.00am to register visit

Swimming Victoria will also be hosting a FREE Open Water Information session with SV distance/open water coach Michal Skrodzki information session for parents, coaches and all swimmers on December 11 at MSAC at the outdoor pool marshalling room after the morning race session of SV Age Championships (time approx 1.15pm).  This session will provide information on wetsuits, the course, pre race preparation feeding station and race rules.


Swimming Victoria By-Laws apply. These By-Laws stipulate that refunds will not be provided unless an entry is rejected. Refunds are not provided for any other reason; including medical grounds.

Extract from Swimming Victoria Competition By-Laws

1.10 Open Water Swimming

1.10.1 All SV Open Water Swimming Championships and Open Water Swimming competitions shall be governed by FINA and Swimming Victoria’s Rules and By Laws, as determined from time to time and detailed in the information book published for each Open Water swimming event.


The WOW Challenge has a total prize pool value of $2,500. Medals will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place getters in each age group/swim distance.  The top 10 finishers in the 10km swim event will be awarded medals. 


For more information go to WOW Challenge or Swimming Victoria