Sunday 28 February 2021

2020 Results

Wave Times (see below)

Past Results

Sunday 28 February 2021 has been set as the date for this season’s Big Bay Swim
Due to you know what, details and distances to be confirmed

After 30 years of hosting the Big Bay Swim across the bay from Port Melbourne to Williamstown, the Rotary Club of Gellibrand passed on the swim to the Williamstown Swimming and Life Saving Club

The date has been set for a new(ish) swim challenge in Melbourne this summer – Sunday 28 February 2021 at Williamstown Beach.

This year’s Big Bay Swim will have two distances, 2.5km and 5km plus a Special BBS TEAMS event for the 2.5km swim. (To be confirmed)

Teams of 3 or 4 people compete for a special “teams only” prize of $500 (prize money to be confirmed).  All 2.5km swimmers will have registered as individuals and can also win prizes as individuals.  The first three team members across the finish line will contribute their score to the team total.  The team with the lowest score wins.
e.g. Team 1 places 1st, 30th and 42nd for a total score of 73. Team 2 places 3rd, 11th and 50th for a total of 64.  Team 2 wins.
Teams are mixed gender teams.  All 2.5km swimmers start at the same time

email us for more information or even call 0448 581 306 for assistance.

Wave Times



Wave times for Big Bay Swim 2021
Registration Open ​7.00
Event Open ​8.00
Marshalling Open ​9.30
Big Bay Swim 5K & 2.5K Marshalling​ ​START
Big Bay Swim 5km event * 9.45 10.05
Big Bay Swim 2.5km event 10.00 10.20
Big Bay Swim 2.5km 11.00
Big Bay Swim 5km 12.00
All swim courses closed 13.00


Hello to all our BBS Participants!

We hope you are all feeling good and looking forward to Sunday’s event.

Here are a few details in advance to make your preparations a little smoother.

  1. Please collect your timing device and swim cap from the registrations desk in good time prior to marshalling for your event.
  1. There will be large maps of the course around the event site for you to look at before entering the water. Please make sure you familiarise yourself with this information before you reach the start line. These maps are located at Registrations, outside the First Aid area on the beach, and at the marshalling point.
  1. All events on Sunday will start and finish on the beach. Should you require assistance either entering or exiting the water, please notify us via email with subject line “WATER ENTRY/EXIT ASSISTANCE – (YOUR NAME)” to
  1. There is no feeding platform or assistance for this event. Should 5km swimmers wish to feed during the race, you may do so only in the feeding area as marked on the attached map. You are welcome to have a feeding support person in the water, however they are not permitted to enter the course under any circumstances, and should remain on the beach side of the pink marker buoys. Swimmers should cross to the beach side of the pink marker buoys before stopping to feed.
  1. Please do not thrown rubbish of any sort into the water (eg. Tear-off gel tops). Your support person should deposit any refuse in the bins provided on the beach around the event site.
  1. Once you have completed your swim, please make sure you cross under the finish arch on the beach and return your timing device to the collection staff who will assist you to remove it. All timing devices must be returned immediately on exiting the water.

* NB: All swimmers must have past the final turning buoy (between markers #3 & #2) by 12.20pm. Any swimmer who has not reached this point by 12.20pm will be escorted from the course. The course closes at 1pm without exception.

Williamstown Swimming & Life Saving Club looks forward to welcoming you all to our community on Sunday! 

Big Bay Swim Enquiries

email us for more information or even call 0448 581 306 for assistance.

Course map 2.5km one lap, 5km = 2 laps 🙂