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Event Update - Summer Full of Open Water Incoming

Announcement of the Open Water Calendar for the 2024-25 Summer


Swimming NZ is proud to be continuing our partnership with the Banana Boat NZ Ocean Swim Series for the 2024 - 25 summer. The series will be run over 7 events throughout the country, with a return of an old favourite as the new addition to the calendar. It's the perfect way to Unlock Your Greatness by being active in the water with your mates this summer.


As part of our continued partnership, we are excited to announce that the 2025 Apollo Projects NZ Open Water Swimming Championships will be held across two days in Lake Taupo on 11 - 12 January 2025. There has been lots of learnings and planning to help this event grow in 2025 as the second year of this event delivered as part of the Banana Boat NZ Ocean Swim Series.


Swimming NZ's Head of Participation & Events, Dale Johnson, is looking forward to the summer ahead.

"We are excited to be continuing our partnership alongside Dan and his Banana Boat NZ Ocean Swim Series team. We have reviewed the events across the summer just gone and looking forward to growing the offering for our community. The return to 2 days of competition in Taupo is a big win for our swimmers, so we can't wait for the summer to roll around."

Johnson also noted the calendar announcement is great incentive for Kiwis to stay active in the water during the cooler months.

"The calendar has some stunning locations to swim at and it's a great chance for Kiwis to Unlock Their Greatness by being active in the water this summer."

Banana Boat NZ Ocean Swim Series Event Director, Dan Feisst, is also excited about the summer ahead.

"We are very excited for the upcoming season, with a new team our focus is to deliver on our promises to our customers and swimmers by providing fantastic events. We are thrilled to be continuing to partner with Swimming NZ to provide opportunities for swimmers across the summer."

As part of this calendar announcement, we will also continue offering opportunities for secondary school students to participate in open water swims in partnership with the Banana Boat New Zealand Ocean Swim Series. This includes the NZ Secondary School Open Water Swimming Championships being held at the stunning Blue Lake (Rotorua) again, and with the updated calendar we will be hosting three Zonal Secondary School Open Water Swimming Championships across the summer (Nelson, Auckland and Mt Maunganui).


More event information will be released in the coming months for the Apollo Projects NZ Open Water Swimming Championships and school events, available from our Open Water events calendar.





Multi-pass entries for the Banana Boat NZ Ocean Swim Series have now opened, with individual entries opening in the coming weeks.





Don't miss your opportunity to get involved in the open water this summer and Unlock Your Greatness.


2024-25 Banana Boat NZ Ocean Swim Series Calendar


Harbour Crossing

19 October 2024

Auckland


2024-25 Southern Zonal Secondary School Open Water Swimming Championships & The Big Tahuna

2 November 2024

Nelson


Beach to Bay

30 November 2024

Russell


2025 Apollo Projects NZ Open Water Swimming Championships & The Epic Swim

11 - 12 January 2025

Lake Taupo


2025 Northern Zonal Secondary School Open Water Swimming Championships & Rangitoto Swim

1 February 2025

Auckland


2025 NZ Secondary School Open Water Swimming Championships & Legend of the Lake

29 March 2025

Rotorua


2025 Central Zonal Secondary School Open Water Swimming Championships & The Mount Swim

19 April 2025

Mt Maunganui



In addition to opportunities available within New Zealand, there are some great opportunities for a swimcation nearby.


Ocean Swim Fiji

4 - 8 November 2024


5 days. 3 swims. 0 worries...Ocean Swim Fiji is back for a 2nd event in 2024!

From breathtaking beach and island locations to dreamy relaxation, cultural encounters, and classic Fijian hospitality, Ocean Swim Fiji is a world-class event and the ultimate swimcation for 2024. Discover the incredible five-day luxury experience in Fiji from 4th to 8th November and immerse yourself in crystal clear waters, relaxing beaches, hosted dinners, and social events. Choose from 1km or 3km swim options at three stunning island locations. All-inclusive packages feature luxury rooms at Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa. Hurry, only 200 swim spots available.




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