Cook Community Classic, Cronulla ocean swim
Sun, 18 Nov 2018
The Cook Community Classic is becoming a staple on the Cronulla sporting calendar.
Cronulla – about half an hour south of Sydney’s CBD – actually boasts eight beaches with kilometres of coastline, so there’s plenty to see after the formalities are done and dusted.
There are two swims available on the day: a 1km swim and a 2km swim, with both courses comprising of circuits around South Cronulla Beach.
But there’s more to the Cook Community Classic than ocean swimming! There’s also beach soccer tournament, a community carnival, fundraising raffle, gala charity dinner, and even a pollie paddle.
If you’re after a swim or day away from the beaches in Sydney’s north and east, head down to Cronulla and experience all that Cronulla has to offer.
Both the 1km and 2km ocean swims in the Cook Community Classic are circuits around South Cronulla beach.
South Cronulla is the most protected out of Cronulla’s easily accessible beaches, but conditions can still be intimidating if there’s a big swell.
Despite protection from Cronulla Point and Shark Island, it is still an open beach with banks, gutters, currents, breaking waves – if there’s a swell – and potential rips.
1km ocean swim
The shortest of the swims for the day, the 1km swim is perfect for beginners and as a warm up for the longer swim not long after.
2km ocean swim
A 2km circuit around the buoys off South Cronulla Beach. Nice and sheltered for the most part, but still a challenge from the usual inshore factors.
While you’re there
The exact schedule of events in the Cook Community Classic will differ from year to year, but this is much more than just an ocean swim.
If you’re up for a day away with the family, book in a day to head down to Cronulla and experience the south in all its glory.
In 2015, there will be a beach soccer tournament, the two public ocean swims, followed by a competitive carnival between the four surf clubs in Cronulla, known as the Bate Battle, and that’s just on the beach.
Away from the sand, there’s live music, dancing, entertainment, petting zoos, and so much more.
Get down to Cronulla and help the Cook Community Classic raise money for charities and community organisations in the Sutherland Shire.
Travel and parking
It’s perhaps the Shire’s greatest asset… free beach parking! As per usual, you need to either get there early or chance your luck later in the morning.
The train goes all the way to Cronulla beach, so that’s a legitimate option – after a long day in the Shire you’ll be sleeping on the 1-hour journey back to the city.