Palm Beach to Shelly Beach Swim

You can attempt this swim at any time of year

From 26 to 28km depending on direction swum and conditions

You will pass 15 of Sydney’s northern beaches starting or finishing with Palm beach. Swimming down the coast you then pass Whale Beach, Avalon, Bilgola, Bungan, Mona Vale, Warriewood, Narrabeen, Collaroy, Dee Why, Curl Curl, Freshwater, Manly and finally, Shelly Beach.

Support boat, support kayak and a good team

Rough conditions, windy with strong currents

Summer season (October to April) 19-22°C
Winter season (May to September) 16-18°C

Between 7 to 12 hours

Race swim end of the March:
Registration on

Preparation for the swim

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 part. The focus will be on maintaining mileage per week, improving technique and enjoyment.

From February to May swimmers move into the second part 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.