The Junior Dash
The Kieser Great Australia Day Swim includes the Swimland Junior Dash for eight to twelve year old Junior swimmers. (Ages are as on Australia Day, 2023).
Seven year old swimmers may also enter the eight year old event at their parents discretion.
The Junior Dash is sponsored by Paul Sadler Swimland, and is conducted by The Rotary Club of Brighton in association with the Brighton Lifesaving Club. It is supported by Swim Australia and it’s affiliated swim schools and swim clubs.
The event is in semi-sheltered water alongside the Brighton Pier, behind the main breakwater.The 200m course (7/8 and 9 YO swimmers) next to the first landing on the pier to the beach. The 300m course (10,11 and 12 YO swimmers) starts next to the second landing on the pier. See the course map below.
The pier provides an outstanding spectator viewing location. Live entertainment and food stalls will be provided on the lawns adjoining the pier and baths.
“In our swim schools our kids learn and practice their skills in a very protected environment. We love the concept of the Swimland Junior Dash as it gives our eight to twelve year olds an opportunity to swim in a more challenging open water situation, with an appropriate level of safety and surveillance from the Brighton Life Saving Club. This is a great way for our kids to experience an open water swim and gain a skill for life”.
Paul Sadler. Founder Paul Sadler Swimland.
The event will be supervised by the Brighton Lifesaving Club. Parents can follow the event from the pier alongside the swim course. The event may be modified or canceled by the GADS Swim Safety Committee if it is the water conditions are considered unsuitable on the day.
Swimmers should confirm with their swim school or club coach that they are capable of completing the course. Swimmers should be able to swimm 1km in a swimming pool environment. Entrants will require the consent of their parent or guardian.
- Register and collect timing band by 8.45 am
- First swim group 9:45 am
- Medal presentations 10:50 am
Change room facilities are available for Juniors in the Brighton Baths and Gym. Parents swimming in the open water events should use the change facilities in the Yacht Club yard
The entry fee is $20 and is paid on-line by visiting the registration website and providing credit card details. The website contains entry Terms and Conditions. Permission to enter must be provided by a parent or guardian at the time of registration.
The event is limited to 180 entries.
At registration, swimmers will receive a gear bag containing sunscreen and a muesli bar, plus a GADS T Shirt and a colour-coded swim cap.
We will only accept registrations on Australia Day where this has been arranged in advance through our accredited swim schools.
After registering, swimmers should assemble at the 200m (8 and 9 YO’s) or at the 300m start point (!0, 11 and 12 YO’s) inside marina at the end of the pier. Marshals will direct swimmers to the low landings to enter the water in their age groups, according to their swim cap colour.
Swimmers will be electronically timed. Trophies will be awarded for first, second and third places for each entry category.Swimmers can download and print a certificate with their results
All swimmers who complete the event will also receive a Swimland event medallion
Water, fruit and Bulla ice cream will be provided at the finish.
Some age groups may be divided into two waves, for safety reasons. Results are based on the combined times for both groups. Results will be announced at the prize presentation at the end of the event and all results and swim times will be available on the event website. Swimmers can download their result certificate and swim time from the website.