About the swim


All swimmers can register online prior to the event at Malabar on 17 February 2019. You can register as an individual and then create a team of 4 swimmers once each individual has registered. Each swimmer or team will have the opportunity to raise funds online for Rainbow Club Australia.

Race day

Late registrations will be available on the day from 7.00am. Registration will close at 8.30 am for the 1km Swim and at 9.30 am for the 2.5km Swim. Entrants will be issued with a race kit - swim caps, race numbers and timing chips - which must be worn during the swim.

The 1km Swim starts at 9.00am and the 2.5km swim starts at 10.00am.

The course

The Murray Rose Malabar Magic Ocean Swim course offers a choice of a 1km swim or a 2.5km swim, or a combination entry in both swims. The start and finish is on Malabar Beach. Marker buoys are positioned to indicate the course for each swim.

Swimming with a disability

The Murray Rose Malabar Magic Ocean Swim is the only ocean swim event in NSW with its own disability category! 'The Magic' has a Junior and Senior category for both the 1km and 2.5km swims. Swimmers who declare themselves with a disability at the point of registration are eligible for the Swimmer with a Disability Awards. Companion Swimmers can be organised if required. There is mat across the beach to make it easy for those with a disability to access the edge of the water. Beach wheelchairs will be available if required (subject to availability).

The Malabar Magic is an inclusive event and swimmers with a disability participate alongside mainstream ocean swimmers. If you would like a companion swimmer to join you in your training or on the day of the swim, or require a beach wheel chair on event day, please let us know by emailing events@rainbowclubaust.com.au




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

Team Entries (4 swimmers per team) 

Teams of four may enter in either the 1km or 2.5km swims in the Open Category (no age restrictions). All members of a team enter as individuals (enter your exact team name when you register as an individual to connect with your other team mates). There is no extra charge for team entries. Team entries must be entered by Wednesday 13 February 2019. No team entries will be accepted on the day.

Teams and individuals are encouraged to combine their networks to fundraise and raise money for Rainbow Club, supporting children with a disability learning to swim.

Set a target to raise funds for Rainbow Club, you can get an info sheet on fundraising tips from events@rainbowclubaust.com.au , just ask us.

preferred Wave Start

Only the 2.5km swim will offer an 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 extraneous swim aids such as flippers, snorkels, wetsuits or other flotation devices and will be entered in the relevant age category.  However these entrants will not be eligible for age category prizes (unless the swimmer is also entered 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.

Safety and Risk

For the protection of all swimmers, water control and safety will be under the authority of Randwick Council lifeguards and district surf clubs. The course will be patrolled by IRBs, jet skis, ski and board paddlers. Qualified personnel in emergency first aid and medical procedures will be on site.

It should be noted that ocean swimming is a demanding sport. Swimmers enter at their own personal risk and are responsible for their physical condition by undertaking adequate training and having a medical check prior to the event.

If a swimmer feels unable to continue they should attract the attention of the water safety personnel and assistance will be provided.

A swimmer judged incapable of finishing the course will be brought to shore by the safety personnel. Any swimmer who pulls out of the swim must notify officials on the beach immediately.

Water bottle filling stations

In an effort 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 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.