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The Challenge – 3 Kilometres and Swim the Reef

22nd October 2022

This day has both a serious race and race distance, and also an opportunity for those that simply want to enjoy a swim over the Great Barrier Reef – that opportunity to just do so. Held around a 1 Km course over Moore Reef 50 kms off Cairns. 

The 3KM Challenge

The 3Km Challenge will be held in these age-bands: Mens, Ladies, age groups: Up to 29 years on the date of the swim, 30/39, 40/49, 50/59, 60+ This race will be swam under our regular race rules of entry. Entrants must be able to finish the course within 2 hours.

The 3Km Challenge will start first, separated into age groupings if necessary. Timing is monitored by Masters Swimming Queensland, and all times and placings will be recorded. Trophies to be presented post race. The race is anticipated to take approximately 1.5 hours until final finishers.

The course is marked out by buoys over a 1km distance, as outlined to the right – though this may change, subject to conditions and ensuring turning buoys are placed over sand and not coral

The Pontoon takes a maximum of 300 people – and we have exclusive use of it and the entire boat for the day. However, it is 300 people only

– so secure your spot.

A Full Day out on the Great Barrier Reef from Quicksilver:
  • Return boat trip to the reef – approximately 1.5 hours in each direction across the stunning Barrier Reef waters. Departing Cairns Marina approximately 8.30 am (TBA.)
  • Morning and afternoon teas on board.
  • Reef presentation by marine biologist.
  • Hot and cold tropical smorgasbord lunch.
  • All snorkelling equipment provided.
  • Stinger/Lycra Suits provided if desired.
  • Qualified lifeguard supervision throughout the swims and stay on the reef
  • Underwater observatory fish & coral viewing
  • Coral viewing by semi-submersible vessels
  • Fish feeding [conducted by crew]
  •  Medical Support
  • Return approximately 5.30pm

Swim the Reef – 1Km

If you simply want to enjoy swimming a ‘race’ over the Great Barrier Reef, with no time or real racing pressure – this is the one for you. Regular rules are thrown out of the window – wear fins, snorkels, paddles, whatever you choose. Swim 1 Km around a course you will die for, and take your time!


This swim is spectacular – skirting the edges of this section of the barrier reef and offering prime viewing as you race. Your day out will include all the opportunities to snorkel and scuba etc, but as a venue for a race – you will never forget it. Every Swimmer is a spectator! Two hour maximum time limit.

These are the inclusions:

All swims include:

  • A full day out on the Great Barrier Reef, Social functions and other events and benefits
  • Pre-race briefing
  • Race course marked out by buoys and a truly spectacular venue
  • The race….
  • The most gorgeous ocean swim you will ever take part in
  • A chance at seeing Nemo and a 100% likelihood of seeing beautiful marine life, coral and blue, blue ocean. 
  • Warm-up and the most beautiful swim down opportunities you will ever experience.
  • Timing information
  • Underwater and above water photography, drone coverage and videos for all competitors
  • Merchandise package including Race Swim Cap, Participation Medal, Equipment bag, Baseball Cap
  • Access to Ocean Swim Clinic with Australian Olympic Coach (Limited space.) Click here for information
  • Evening Social Functions, with guest speaker/Q&A from the swimming world, including our event ambassador, Triple Olympic Gold Medalist, Leisel Jones OAM, who will also be attending all the 2022 swims. Click here.
  • A swim like no other.



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