5 x 10km in one year – are you ready?

Marathon swims challenge is completing five Marathon open water swims (10 km) in Australia. Vlad created
5x 10 km Challenge, a one-of-a-kind series that joins five of the most iconic 10 km open water events on Australia’s East coast. The swims could be completed anytime.


Swim 1. Lake Burley Griffin around 9km (December)

This swim starts from Scrivener Point on Lake Burley Griffin and finishes at Grevillea Park Beach. Enjoy the natural beauty of the lake and views of the Government House, Parliament House, The Australian Museum and the National Library. The swim is in freshwater and is split into four legs of 1.8km, 2.5km, 2.9km and 1.8kms. All swimmers require a support paddler.  Registration:

Swim 2. Vladswim Challenge 10km (December)

The Vladswim Challenge is held in December at beautiful Chinamans Beach. Swimmers start at Chinamans Beach and swim around Balmoral's iconic inflatable Santa buoy. The 10km race sees swimmers do four laps of this course. The water temperature is between 19 and 20 degrees, with easy surf conditions in the harbour and a relaxed festive atmosphere.  Vlad and Viktoria run the event from Vladswim. Entries at

Swim 3. Gold Coast 10km Swim (April)

The Burleigh Heads to Surfers Paradise Ocean Swim starts on Burleigh Beach in Queensland. The Gold Coast Open Water Swimming Club organised the event and has a great atmosphere, with many swimmers raising money for charity. All swimmers need a support paddler.

Swim 4. South Head Roughwater 10km (May)

This epic swim is known as the Bondi to Watsons Bay Ocean Swim. The swim starts from North Bondi Beach and heads north around Ben Buckler and along the coastline to South Head. Swimmers enter Sydney Harbour and swim past Lady Bay and Camp Cove before finishing in front of the Watson’s Bay Hotel.  All swimmers must have a support boat and paddler.

Swim 5. Magnetic Island to Townsville Open Water Swim 8km (July)

Starting from Picnic Bay Surf Life Saving Club on Magnetic Island, this incredible 8km swim finishes on Stand Beach in Townsville. All swimmers must have a support paddler.

Your Vladswim program

Any swimmer can sign up for the Vladswim program and be ready to take on this new challenge.  You will have lots of fun, learn about yourself, challenge your limits, travel and meet new people. You’ll love it.  Get out of your comfort zone and take the first step on this adventure. Contact us today, it is easy.

  1. Contact us
  2. Set up you weekly swim timetable example
    Swim: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Ocean swim on weekend
    rest day Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
  3. Understand your swim program and plan for till February
  4. Share your swim goals with your friend or join any swim group or sigh in Swimming pool membership
  5. For ocean swim find a friend or swimming group. Never swim alone
  6. Enjoy and have a fun

What does the program involve?

You will participate in three to four pool sessions and one open water swim of 5-10km per week.  Your swimming will improve greatly as you benefit from the expertise of our coaches who provide constant feedback on your progress.

How long does the program go for?

The program starts in September, with the initial 15 weeks preparing swimmers for the first two 10km swims in December.  As these swims are in the same month, the focus will be on building endurance and a strong mindset for these long-distance challenges.

Following the second race in mid-December, swimmers commence a seven-week transition phase. The focus will be on maintaining mileage per week, improving technique and enjoyment.

From February to May swimmers move into the second phase of the preparation, focused on the next three 10km swim events. The focus will move to improving pace over a long distance, being resilient in any surf conditions, increasing mileage per week and refining nutrition during long swims.

So what’s next?

Let us know that you’re interested in this challenge and we can talk to you about your goals. You will then be placed in one of three groups to ensure you get the most out of your training program.

Group A – for swimmers who have competed in 5km ocean swims and wish to tackle a longer event for the first time.

Group B – for swimmers who have competed in one or more 10km races and want to improve their swimming strength and endurance to tackle all five 10km events.

Group C – for experienced distance swimmers who want to improve their times and even place in these events.  Your plan will help you to improve your overall speed and importantly your ability to maintain and increase pace at the end of these races. Elite swimmers will focus on maintaining high intensity throughout races.