Esperance Open Water Swim Thru

More than 60 swimmers are expected to take part in this year’s Australia Day Open Water Swim Thru, with registrations now open.

The 2.5 kilometre open water race will start at 8am on January 26 from the James Street groyne.

Event organiser Lara McIntyre said the event was all about participation and encouraged people to give it a go.

This year’s event will feature a strong emphasis on swimmer safety, with Esperance Goldfields Surf Life Saving Club, Sea Search and Rescue, The Department of Transport and Goodwin McCarthy Helicopters all pitching in to patrol the beach. 

Ms McIntyre said she was grateful to those involved for volunteering their time.

“The Surf Life Saving Club have always looked after our swimmers and they will have an inflatable Rescue boat and a jet ski, with heaps of surf club paddlers,” she said.

“We’re going to have a lot of people in the water and on the water, keeping an eye out and keeping swimmers safe.

“It’s just reassuring for all of the swimmers.”

Having committed to being long term sponsors of the event, Ms McIntyre said those involved were grateful for the support of Esperance Toyota.

“They’re just so supportive of the event and really get what our event is about,” she said.

To enter the event, participants must be 12 years of age and over and be able to complete the swim in a time of one hour and 15 minutes.

Ms McIntyre said the trick was to ‘pace yourself’, having seen most first time swimmers in a swim event go ‘too hard too early’. 

“For new swimmers in a swim event, I always tell them to start really slowly and you’ll pick up your pace as you go and stay relaxed in the water,” she said.

Participants can register by searching Esperance Swim Thru at www.registernow.com.au 

Registrations close January 24, 2018.