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Warriewood to Mona Vale ocean swim

Sun, 20 Jan 2019

The Warriewood to Mona Vale Ocean Swim, also known as the Don Jenkin Memorial Swim, is part four of the Pittwater Ocean Swim Series.

The main swim is a particularly challenging swim, heading north from Warriewood and travelling behind the break to Mona Vale.

This swim is actually one of the more challenging swims on the calendar, and despite the shorter 1.6km length, will prove tough for even the hardened ocean swimmer.

But both beaches are beautiful and provide more than enough motivation to get through the difficult challenge ahead.

As of 2018, a 900m swim, called ‘Little Swim’, is held in Bongin Bongin Bay.

You can enter both swims online for a discounted combined price. The event’s transfer bus will loop close to the finish line of the 900m swim to transfer those who have entered both swims to Warriewood for the start of the longer journey swim.[/vc_column_text]

Co-swimmer initiative

One of the more interesting endeavours as part of the Warriewood to Mona Vale Ocean Swim is the surf club’s co-swimmer initiative.

The surf club is offering a limited number of co-swimmers, surf lifesavers, to swim alongside novice swimmers who might not be confident in their abilities yet.

Each co-swimmer is a trained surf lifesaver who knows the course well and can offer help and expertise during the particularly tricky breaks on both beaches.

Nominating that you want a co-swimmer does incur a small fee, but it’s more than worth it if it’ll help you get motivated to take on the swim and develop your own abilities.

Pittwater ocean swim series

The Warriewood to Mona Vale Ocean Swim is the fourth part of the Pittwater Ocean Swim Series.

The five swims in the series are held across five different parts of Sydney’s Northern Beaches: Bilgola, Newport, Avalon, Mona Vale, and the Big Swim from Palm to Whale Beach.

If you manage to complete three of these five, you go into a random draw for a chance to win a weekend in Byron Bay.

But that shouldn’t be the only thing to entice you to tackle the Avalon Beach Surf Swim and the rest of the Pittwater Ocean Swim Series.

The entire series is a brilliant excuse to take in the beauty of five of Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

Mona Vale is also the location of the Winter Solstice Swim, held in June each year.

Swim courses

Starting in front of the club house, the 900m ‘Little Swim’ heads east before rounding the rock shelf and returning into Bongin Bongin Bay.

The 1.6km Warriewood to Mona Vale course starts on Warriewood, running south to north.

The break at Warriewood at the start can prove difficult, with rips, undertoads, gutters and shifting banks.

Once past the break, swimmers can take their foot off the pedal, but the run in to Mona Vale again poses challenges.

It can offer a run in, but has a longer break than at the start, and again has rps, banks and gutters.

Depending on conditions, it can be a difficult swim.

While you’re there

You’re spoilt for choice in the cafe department in the ‘vale.

You can’t go past the cute little Armchair Collective, Italian inspired Cinque Cucina Caffe or for something traditionally Aussie and with superb views, the Bronze Cafe.

Travel and parking

Much like all the northern beaches, there are beach carparks scattered along the beach and free on-street parking. The locals are beach people, and if you’re not there early you’ll be turning your swim into a walk swim walk.


2018 results (2.2km | 900m) | 2017 results | 2015 results | 2014 results


Mona Vale SLSC


Type of event
ocean swim
Course types
point to point
Swim lengths
Swim series
Pittwater Ocean Swim Series


Warriewood Beach
Warriewood NSW
Warriewood,New South Wales2102Australia
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