The course traditionally starts in front of Bondi Pavilion, runs out from Bondi, around Mackenzie’s Point and down the coast into Bronte Beach, a distance of 2.0 - 2.4km (depending on conditions dictating the positioning of the buoys).
All the buoys on the course are fluoro pink and we hang a large fluoro pink banner we hang from the south headland of Bronte, to give swimmers a long distance guide or in cases of big swell. The last buoy will be fluoro green so all swimmer know once they pass that buoy to head for Bronte Beach.
The finish is traditionally positioned at the north end of Bronte Beach, however is dependent on conditions on the day. Once you sight the large finishing arch positioned on the beach, make your swim into the shore – but don’t forget to look behind you.
Starting and finishing at two different beaches is one of the unique aspects of this journey. It gives all participants a sense of incredible personal achievement.
The Bondi to Bronte is one of Sydney's and Australia’s most iconic ocean swims and a true bucket list achievement. Starting at Bondi Beach, swimmers finish their journey at Bronte SLSC, the world’s first Surf Life Saving Club.
This iconic journey swim runs between the first two Surf Life Saving clubs in the world.
All swimmers must mark their name off the list at the registration tables which will take place in Bondi Beach. Registrations open at 7:30am, so you can collect your wave's coloured swim cap.
Don't be late, as the B2B swim registration closes at 9:40am, Race briefing on the beach at 9:45am and will be repeated prior to the start of each wave
Start time: 10:05am
Please note: Start times are indicative only and may be subject to change by the event organisers on the day of the event. Announcements will be made if changes are required. Your understanding and patience is appreciated.
Minimum Age of Competitors is 13 years old on race day.
The top 100 placed swimmers from the the previous edition event qualify for the Elite Division.
All other entrants for the 'Elite Wave' should submit an entry for the 'Elite Wave' to the Race Director for consideration.
Approval is given by the Race Director whose decision is final. If you would like to enter into the 'Elite Wave' on the race day you will have to seek approval from the Race Director at the 'Elite Wave' registration table. Please email the race director at firstname.lastname@example.org with 1 of the following -
If you are interested by the elite division, have a look also a our elite division swimwear policy
We offer each category for male and female.
|70 years +|
|Fins, Floaties, Families or Friends|
*The Bondi to Bronte Swim will offer a separate wave for the fastest swimmers. This Elite Open Wave will be the first wave off the beach. Please read the entry criteria section to find more about Elite Division
Teams (4 members whose ages are combined to give the total team age)
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|Wave Sequence||Start||Category||Fastest Time (2022)||Average Time (2022)|
|Wave 1||10:05am||Male - Elite||33:34||40:04|
|Female - Elite||34:17||41:07|
|Wave 2||10:08am||Male - U20's||37:57||53:36|
|Male - 20-24||38:07||56:26|
|Wave 3||10:11am||Male - 50-59||39:32||01:01:19|
|Wave 4||10:13am||Female- 50-59||42:27||01:03:15|
|Wave 5||10:15am||Male - 60+||45:41||01:04:08|
|Wave 6||10:17am||Female- 60+||50:17||01:05:55|
|Wave 7||10:19am||Male - Fins Floaties, Families & Friends||49:23||01:08:58|
|Female - Fins Floaties, Families & Friends||53:01||01:08:40|
|Wave 8||10:22am||Male - 35-39||44:04||01:00:23|
|10 minutes break|
|Wave 9||10:32am||Male - Wetsuit wearers||41:57||57:38|
|Female - Wetsuit wearers|
|Wave 10||10:36am||Female -30-34||44:22||01:01:03|
|Female - 35-39||41:37||01:01:57|
|Wave 11||10:39am||Male - 25-29||40:39||56:30|
10 minutes break
|Wave 12||10:49am||Male - 40-44||43:32||58:19|
|Female - 40-44||43:37||59:59|
|Wave 13||10:52am||Male - 45-49||38:34||56:39|
|Female - 45-49||47:10||01:01:48|
|Wave 14||10:55am||Male - 30-34||40:20||57:50|
This year we will be adopting a rolling start for each of our waves. This means that instead of all swimmers in a wave starting at the same time, they will be sent off in small groups (3-6 people) a few seconds apart. Every swimmer's official start time begins when they cross the timing mat at the water's edge of the swim start. Each athletes time is marked by their individual race chip, attached to the Velcro strip around their ankle. Listen for instructions from our volunteers helping to marshal swimmers at the start line.
Rolling starts are becoming far more common at ocean swimming and Ironman events. It allows for a smoother and safer swim as smaller groups are entering the water at the same time, helping to spread swimmers out across the course.
Join us post swim at the presentations as our incredible sponsors have some great lucky draw prizes to give away! Anyone that attends the swim presentations goes into the draw!
Unfortunately, due to the cost of postage we are unable to post prizes after the event.
$500 cash to the 1st male and female Elite category winners
Prizes will be awarded for 1st & 2nd Male & Female in each category. All prizes must be collected at the presentation at Bronte Surf Club 1:00pm following the swim, or from Bronte Surf Club.
Wetsuit wearers will have their own category and will not be eligible for overall or age category prizes. Find more about our wetsuit policy in the wetsuit policy section
Each team member (4 max) of the fastest team in their age category wins a prize!
Don't hesitate also to have a look at our prizes presentation page
First and foremost, our responsibility to is to ensure the safety and comfort of all swim participants and our Water Safety Team. Equally, we want every single person to enjoy their swim experience.
Water temperatures and surf conditions can vary significantly year on year. Swell direction can keep people in the water longer than their average 2km pool swim, which in turn keeps our water safety team in the water longer.
We have a clearly defined wetsuit policy that enables all swimmers to decide whether to wear a wetsuit on the day dependant on conditions. The policy allows for participants to have a fair and equitable opportunity to win prizes if that is a priority for them.
We provide a complimentary bag transport service from Bondi to Bronte for all participants, so feel free to bring your wetsuit and make the decision once you are at Bondi.
Please ensure, if you are keen to be in the running for a prize, that you have read and understood our complete wetsuit policy