The Fremantle Ports Swim Thru is the second of the WOW Swim Series, "the community swim series for all". It is the oldest open water swim in Perth, first swum at South Beach in 1922 and won by 14 year old Maisie Boyle, the only female ever to have won.
The swim was revived by the Fremantle Masters Swimming Club in the early 2000's and offers the traditional mile (1.6km) format as well as a 3.2km Challenge and a 400m Try it swim.
The 1600m and 3200m swims do one or two laps of a 1600m rectangular course.
The Swims commence at the southern end of South Beach and head north up towards the Fremantle Sailing Club sea wall. Swimmers turn around buoys here and then head South swimming parallel to the beach before turning around buoys marking the southern end of the course. Swimmers round a final buoy before heading through the finish line and back up the beach though the timing arch.
The 400 m Swim is a separate course using the same finish line. Chaperone swimmers and paddlers accompany the Try it Swim.
South Beach is a great place to spend a few hours; lots of nearby cafés are open for brunch or take the free CAT bus and enjoy a stroll around historic funky Fremantle.
While you’re here stay around for lunch, take in a gallery or wander the wonderful Fremantle streets enjoying the gold rush architecture A free CAT bus leaves from just near the beach from 10am and runs all day.
You might want to take in Western Australia's oldest public building ( the Round House) or stroll out to the South Moll lighthouse and watch the ships come and go from Fremantle Port.
Parking is available on nearby Wilson Park. Trains run to and from Fremantle Station with the connecting free CAT services starting at 10m on Saturdays.