Online Fundraising

About The Swim

Online registration

All swimmers can register online prior to the event at Malabar on 16 February 2020. You can register as an individual and then create a team of swimmers at the point of registration. Each swimmer or team will have the opportunity to raise funds online for Rainbow Club Australia and a fundrasing page will be created for you if you select to fundraise. Online entries close at 3pm on Saturday 15 February 2020.

Entry Fees: $30(13yr - 19yr), $40 (20yrs+), Elite (both swims) $45 (13-19) - $55(20yrs+)

Race day

Late registrations will be available on the day from 7.00am. Registration will close at 9.00 am for the 1km Swim and at 10.00 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 10.00am and the 2.5km swim starts at 11.00am.

Late Entry Fees: $40 (13-19), $50(20yrs+), Elite (both swims) $50(13-19)-$60(20yrs+)

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

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  • Eligibility
    • 1km swim: Swimmers aged 10 years and above who have adequately trained for the event.
      2.5km swim: Swimmers aged 14 years and above who have adequately trained for the event.

  • Team Entries
    • Swim Teams

      Swim Teams can enter in either the 1km or 2.5km swims in the Open Category (no age restrictions). Swim Teams are made up of teams of 4 people we will contact you in the week before the event to help you organise your members into groups of 4 swimmers.

      Companies, Clubs, Schools and families are encouraged to train and swim together in the 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.

      Swim Teams and fundraising

      Once you have created a team through registration, 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 and we will be in contact in the week for the event to help you organise your groups of 4 swimmers for the event day.

      Teams are encouraged to set a target to raise funds for Rainbow Club. We will be happy to provide tips on fundraising to all our registered swimmers - email

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

      Please remember that ocean swimming is a demanding sport. Swimmers enter at their risk and are responsible for their physical condition by undertaking adequate training and having a medical check before 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
    • 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.