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Victorians love their swimming. With over 1,800 kilometres of coastline, as well as rivers, lakes, outdoor pools and aquatic centres, swimming opportunities are sure to be nearby.

Open water swimming events

Head to the coast for the excitement of a traditional swimming event in the open sea. Watch the competitors battle it out or join in the race yourself.

  • Lorne Pier to Pub

    January. This is the largest open water swim in the world with 4,000 participants. The 1200 metre course is from the pier to the foreshore in front of the Lorne Surf Life Saving Club. (Lorne)

  • Portsea Swim Classic

    January. Around 1,800 swimmers compete in this open water 1500 metre swim from near the pier to the historic Quarantine Station within Point Nepean National Park. (Portsea)

  • San Remo Channel Challenge

    February. The event consists of a swim across the channel from San Remo to Newhaven, then a foot race across the bridge back to San Remo. On the day, San Remo comes alive with a number of activities for visitors and spectators including a market, food stalls, childrens rides, a fashion parade, a hole-in-one golf challenge and live music and entertainment. (San Remo)

Aquatic centres and pools

For fun in the water during the warmer times of year, enjoy a swim in one of Victoria's public pools. For year round water activities, visit an aquatic centre with their indoor heated pools and other recreational facilities.