WOW Challenge


Challenge Yourself! – Sunday 28 February 2021


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COVID-19 permitting, the WOW Challenge will be back in February 2021.

We’re looking into ways we can run a socially distanced open water swim.

The date is set for the biggest swim challenge in Melbourne this summer – Sunday 28 February 2021 at Williamstown.

Having less event distances and staggered wave times are two of the options we are looking at.

Package deals on accomodation and entry for international & interstate swimmers*

The Williamstown Open Water Championship – “The WOW Challenge” is Victoria’s world class, championship distance, open water swim event. The WOW Challenge is for everyone – champions, weekend warriors, kids, multiclass, fast, slow, young and old!

Past winners at Williamstown include 2015 World Champion Jordan Wilimovsky, Team USA’s Katy Campbell,  Australian Dolphin Sam Sheppard and Brazilian Olympian Lisandra De Carvalho.

The WOW Challenge is swum at Williamstown Beach on our famous championship 2.5Km course. The course is a deep water start and almost straight out for 500m. A right turn brings swimmers onto the legendary WOW Back Straight. For 1km swimmers follow NEW numbered hi-visibility buoys and 2m-high yellow inflatable cubes toward Altona, before turning back over The Crystal area. Coming east, swimmers turn left after the Rock Groyne and back to the beach area, feeding station or finish arch on the sand.

WOW Enquiries

Follow this link to register, or  email us for more information or even call 0448 581 306 for assistance.

WOW Volunteers

If you’d like to help out on the day (or before), please follow this link to sign up for volunteer duty, 
or  email us for more information or even call 0448 581 306 for assistance.

Events – To be confirmed

The event is conducted by the Williamstown Swimming and Life Saving Club. Swimmers of all ages and abilities will have the opportunity to choose from a range of swim distances.

The WOW Challenge provides the chance to swim with the best swimmers from around the world, is part of the Great Victorian Swim Series and raises funds for not-for-profit organisations.

All swimmers can receive a free event t-shirt and everyone can swim in a wetsuit if they choose to. Also, use of a fluoro swimming vest is optional.

WOW Challenge 400m

WOW Challenge 800m

WOW Challenge 1.2km

WOW Challenge 2.5km

WOW Challenge 5km

WOW Challenge 10km

10km Swimming Victoria Championship Event (member only entry)