Williamstown Swimming and Life Saving Club


Saturday, 9 February 2019


Williamstown Beach

Registration closes on:

Friday, 8 February 2019 at 4:00 PM - (GMT+10:00) Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

The WOW Challenge & Victorian Open Water Championship will now be held on Saturday 9th of February 2019.

The WOW Challenge has not been cancelled, just postponed.

We have consulted with stakeholders and swimmers to find the best option for our rescheduled event and we really hope you can make it!

The wave times remain the same.

** Please note registration for the Victorian Open Water Championships 5km, 7.5km and 10km closed on 3 December 2018 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.

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.

The WOW Challenge is 


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


PRICE (Plus Booking Fee)

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


1.2km and 2.5km WOW Joint Challenge


* For Multiclass swimmers, if you need a swim buddy or want to bring your own swim buddy to accompany you, please  email us  for more information.

For any swimmers experiencing any difficulties completing the registration process, please email us for assistance.

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 3, 2018.

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

Swimming Victoria reserves the right to clear the field if swimmers have not commenced the fourth (and final) lap within 2hrs 45mins of the start time in the 10km Championship swim.

Event Times are Subject to change.  (WOW age group marshaling times for Open & Junior with other age groups staggered at 5 minute intervals)

2018 WOW Challenge and Victorian Open Water Championships
Registration open    05.30
Event open 07.00
Swimmers Safety Briefing    07:30
Marshaling open 07.40 
Male VOWC 10km & 7.5km (ALL AGES) 7.40 08.00
Female VOWC 10km & 7.5km (ALL AGES) 7.45 08.05
Male VOWC 5km (ALL AGES) 7.50 08.10
Female VOWC 5km (ALL AGES) 7.55 08.15
WOW 10K, 5K Male 08.00 08.20
WOW 10K, 5K Female 08.05 08.25
WOW MultiClass Challenge 08.30 09.00
Optus Chase the Champs 09.20 9.40
Santa arrives on surfboat    10.00
WOW 1.2K Junior, Open & Senior Mens 10.00 10:20
WOW 1.2K Junior, Open & Senior Womens 10.05 10.25
WOW 1.2K Masters & Veterans Mens 10.10 10:30
WOW 1.2K Masters & Veterans Womens 10.15 10.35
Presentation of VOWC & WOW champions begins   10:30
WOW 2.5K Junior, Open & Senior Mens 11.30 11.50
WOW 2.5K Junior, Open & Senior Womens 11.35 11.55
WOW 2.5K Masters & Veterans Mens 11.40 12:00
WOW 2.5K Masters & Veterans Womens 11.45 12:05




  • For Swimming Victoria Championship swimmers and WOW Challenge swimmers, you can collect your race packs
    • Friday 14th Dec between 5pm and 7pm from the Williamstown S&SLC.
    • Saturday 15th Dec between 1pm and 4pm from the Williamstown S&SLC.
    • Otherwise, please arrive at least 1 hour before your race to collect your pack. 


Swimming Victoria and Masters Swimming Victoria will be back with clinics for the Open Water Season.   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. 

Williamstown open water clinic and Swimming Victoria distance squad training at Williamstown Beach supported by WSLSC on Sunday November 25.

  • 8.00am – 9.30am SV Distance squad & technical officials open water session: Coaches and officials tbc
  • 9.30am – 11.00am MSV Open water clinic – multi-class, kids and adults
  • 9.30am – 11.00am – Sam Sheppard & Chloe McCardel.

Swimming Victoria will also be hosting a information session for parents, coaches and all swimmers entered into the Victorian Open Water Championship on a date to be advised at MSAC at the outdoor pool marshalling room after the morning race session of Swimming Victoria Age Championships (time TBA).  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.


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 Open Water Championships