Waterman's to the Wall
Every year towards the back end of the surf year, the Sorrento Surf Life Saving Club celebrates the season that was with the “farewell to Summer” iconic Watermans to the Wall classic open water swim. Spanning the shoreline from the scenic Watermans Bayto the Hillarys Marina wall, the 2.4k course takes on some of Perth’s most picturesque coastline. Marine life abounds but the star attractions are the dolphins who are often seen frolicking along the course.
The event is targeted at a broad spectrum of athletes–from elite top lodders having the thrill of a lifetime. For the serious swimmers there is the 2.4k long course, for the teams there is a two-leg category each at 1.2k. Then for the sprinters and the “have-goers”, there’s the 1.2k short course. The Event is run by members of Sorrento SLSC, who are water loving beachies. You’re in safe hands as Bronze Medallion surf rescue personnel patrol the water and the foreshore ensuring youhavea safe swim.
Experts on JetSkis, IRB’s, Surf Skis, Row Boats, and Surf Rescue Boards are never far from you as they keep a careful watch on all the swimmers. The mass of safety craft on their own are a spectacular site and then the many hundreds of swimmers just add the finishing touch to an awesome occasion.
The 2023 event will be held on Sunday 16th April and online registration will open live 1st February.
The early bird registration fee is $40.00 for solos long course and short course.
$80.00 for long course teams.
Early bird closes on the 1st April after which the entry will become $45.00 for solos and $90.00 for teams.
Late Registration on race day is limited and must be completed by 8.00am.
$55.00 for solos and $100.00 for teams
The swim start for the long course is at 9.00am on Watermans Bay beach. It will be a deepwater start. The short course startisat 9.25am, this be on the beach halfway between the MAAC and the Sorrento southern groyne. It will be a beach start.(Beach entry J201). On the day pre-race athlete check in will occur in the main hall at the Sorrento SLSC from6.30am. This is compulsory for all athletes. Registration closes at 8.30am. Why WTTW? Try this for starters. Long course competitors (solo & teams) get the chance towing the $500.00 cash prize for nominating an expected finish time for their swim (recorded when you register online). The athlete that gets closest to their time wins. Medals are awarded to winners only–open, male and female, under 16, male and female in long and short course and first place in the team. The “Champion Club” pennant introduced in 2021–is awarded to the Club achieving the best results in the long course. Solo and teams. Your club must register at least ten entries to qualify for this award as your 10 best results tallied. Previous winners include City of Perth Swim Club as the inaugural winners with Sorrento SLSC claiming bragging rights in2022.
You’ll love this swim because..... it’s got the full package–excitement, dare, effort andchallenge. When you’ve swum “Watermans” you qualify for the bragging rights to callyourself an open water ocean swimmer.