About The Swim

Online Registration

We encourage all swimmers to register online prior to the event at Malabar on 18 February 2024 to ensure race entry. You can register as an Individual or as a Group(team). Each swimmer or Group can raise funds online for Rainbow Club Australia and a fundraising page will be created for you if you select to fundraise. Standard Price Online entries close at 3pm on Saturday 17 February 2024.

All swimmers must be able to complete the 5km swim within the cut off time of 150mins. If swimmers have not completed the first 2.5km within 75 mins, for their safety, the Race Director reserves the right to not allow them to complete the second lap.

Minimum ages for swimmers

1km: 10 years of age on day of swim
2.5k : 13 years of age on day of swim
5k : 13 years of age on day of swim

Swim Times: (Approx.)

8am       5k race starts
9am       2.5k racestarts
11am       1k race starts


More precise details regarding a rolling start and any other Race Day information will be advised nearer the day.

Race Day

Please make sure you register in advance online. Race day will be available pending the number of pre-race registrations and maintaining competitor safety. There is an addiotnal charge for Race day entries.

When you arrive at the park:

Collect your race pack
Move to the beach
Follow all signs and announcements regarding rolling starts

The Course

The Murray Rose Malabar Magic Ocean Swim course offers a choice of a 1km swim, a 2.5km swim or our 5km swim, which is two laps of our 2.5km course. The start and finish is on Malabar Beach. Marker buoys are positioned to indicate the course for each swim. Check out our course map here.

Team Entries

Swim Teams

Swim teams can enter all swims in the Open Category (no age restrictions). Get your friends, colleagues and family together to Share the Magic of Swimming!

Companies, Clubs, Schools and families are encouraged to train and swim together in a friendly team competition. The first team member to enter should pick and share a team name, and all other members of the team should enter the exact team name when they register. There is no extra charge for team entries. Teams may comprise male and/or female swimmers, and all members of a team must finish. If you would like a team time this can be organised after the event has been completed. There will be no Fastest Team Prize this year.

Fundraising as a Team

We encourage you to fundraise as a team. If you have selected to fundraise, the same team name will be created for you as a Team Fundraising page automatically. You can enter as many as you like into your fundraising team.

Groups are encouraged to set a target to raise funds for Rainbow Club. You will provided with tips and resources for fundraising. We encourage you to share your experiences through social media and via email.

Swimming with a Disability

The Murray Rose Malabar Magic Ocean Swim welcomes swimmers with a disability. You choose whether you wish to identify as a person with a disability when your register. Please go to our Swimmers with a Disability info page for more details or email info@malabarmagicoceanswim.com.au


  • Eligibility
    • 1km swim: Swimmers aged 10 years and above who have adequately trained for the event.
      2.5km & 5km swims: Swimmers aged 13 years and above who have adequately trained for the event.

  • Elite Wave Start
    • Only the 5km and 2.5km swim will offer a Elite Wave Start. The first wave into the water will be the Elite Wave. Top-ranked swimmers may elect to participate in the Elite Wave and will not be eligible for age category prizes.

  • Swimming Aids
    • Swimmers may use foreign swim aids such as flippers, snorkels, wetsuits or other flotation devices and can enter in the relevant age category. However, these entrants will not be eligible for age category prizes (unless the swimmer has also registered as a swimmer with a disability).

  • Cold Water
    • Wetsuits will be permitted if the water temperature drops below 18 degrees on the morning of the swim.

  • Risk Warning pursuant to Civil Liability Act 2002 (section 5M)
    • The Murray Rose Malabar Ocean Swim takes place in the open ocean and is conducted off Malabar Beach in Malabar Beach. Ocean swims are demanding and potentially dangerous events. Risks of injury or harm may arise in numerous ways, including, but not limited to drowning, natural obstacles, man-made or controlled obstacles, ocean craft, attack by marine animals (i.e. shark, bluebottle etc) and the condition of the ocean and the weather generally (i.e., ocean temperature, storms, lightening, currents or encountering rough water). Participants, enter the Murray Rose Malabar Magic Ocean Swim at their own risk.

      Participants should have a medical check prior to entering the Murray Rose Malabar Ocean Swim and prepare for the event by training. Water safety craft will patrol the course for the duration of the Ocean Swim. If a participant feels unable to proceed further in the swim, the attention of the water safety personnel should be sought. The Murray Rose Malabar Ocean Swim organisers cannot guarantee your safety. The Murray Rose Malabar Ocean Swim organisers reserve the right to bring to shore by the water patrol any participants which they deem to be incapable of competing further in the Ocean Swim. While in the competition area - including the beach and water environments - participants must follow all directions of Randwick Lifeguards and Murray Rose Malabar Ocean Swim organiser officials and water safety personnel. However, participants must be aware that certain risks, such as attacks by marine animals including sharks or changes in current and ocean conditions, can arise without warning.


  • Water bottle filling stations
    • Rainbow Club takes a positive and strong approach with use of plastics. We encourage all participants to be self-reliant and bring your own fluids, water, drinks in your own reusable water bottles. To keep our beaches beautiful and do our bit for the environment. We are trying to eliminate the requirement for single-use plastic water bottles. We will be providing refilling stations on event day, and we encourage all our participants to bring their own bottles or purchase a Malabar Magic water bottle as you register ready for collection on the event day. All proceeds will go towards Rainbow Club Australia to help provide more clubs in areas of great need. Hydration and fruit will be available for all swimmers. We ask you to support or mission and bring your own fluids.

  • Parking and Transportation
    • Please respect the local community in Malabar and do not park across private driveways and please follow all local parking restrictions and controls. Parking is extremely limited, we recommend carpooling or public transport to the swim. The 399 or 390X will take you to Malabar and a short 5-10min walk to the beach. Light Rail or 396 bus run from the CBD. 4P LIMITED Parking is available on Dacre St, Bay Parade, Malabar Ocean Pool Carpark, Malabar Boat Ramp Carpark and Fisherman's Rd. Please check Transport NSW for details close to you.