The 2017 First National Kimberley Lake Argyle Swim will be held on Saturday 6th May 2017.
The race departs from a deep water start at the heart of Lake Argyle and finishes in the spectacular Bamboo Cove near the Lake Argyle Boat Ramp & Resort.
The distance of the race is 10 or 20 kilometres.
The event categories for competitors are:
Duo - teams of 2
Team - teams of 4
Situated 75 kilometres from the town of Kununurra, Western Australia, Lake Argyle is located 40 kilometres from the Northern Territory Border and covers 980 square kilometres at normal water levels. Twenty-one times greater in size than Sydney Harbour, Lake Argyle can increase to over 80 times the size of Sydney Harbour when in flood. Long since recognised as one of the most spectacular places to visit in Australia, the Lake Argyle Swim provides experienced swimmers with an unsurpassed outback adventure.
Clean freshwater awaits all solo, duo or quad teams, no sharks, bluebottles, ocean rips or chafing, just a very pleasant 22 - 26 degrees in 980 square kilometres of lake to enjoy.
The age requirement for the Lake Argyle Swim is a minimum of 14 years of age on the day of the swim.
Registration for the Lake Argyle Swim will open 0900 hours (WST) 1st November.
Entries will close when the swimmer capacity is filled.
Entry numbers are restricted for safety and logistical reasons.
Payment must be made online at the time of registration for your entry to be received.
Initial registrations will only require the Team's Captain details. Within one month you will be reuired to supply for each swimmer:
· First name
· Date of birth
· Telephone number
· Email address
First time solo swimmers, and previous solo swimmers who have not competed in the event in the last five years, may be required to provide a medical certificate. Entry fee $240 for a fully supported team, or $280 with the "paddler support only" option in the 10km solo.
Duos and Teams
Duo entry fee $470 per team. Quad entry fee $900 per team.
Entry fees includes race merchandise and a ticket to the gala presentation dinner Saturday night for each swimmer, one skipper and one paddler per team.
Compulsory Briefing & Gear Collection Sessions
Briefing material will be sent to all teams and be available online closer to the event. There will be plenty of opportunity to have any final instructions issued and have any of your questions answered at the Compulsory Briefing & Gear Collection Sessions.
Gear collection options will be in Kununurra Wednesday evening prior to the event, or at Lake Argyle Resort on Friday evening prior to the event.
10km solo swimmers can compete without a motorised support boat - with a paddler only.
There will be inflatable kayaks available for hire for 25 entrants in the 10km solo category. This will allow 10km solo entrants to fly into town with their paddler without the need to transport a kayak or organise a support boat. (Local 10km solo competitors can still utilise a motorised support boat if you wish)
All duo and quad swimmers and 20km solo swimmers require a motorised support boat that is a minimum of 4m in length. This boat is required to get your team, paddler and paddle craft to the start line of your event.
The support boat information that is required to complete your entry (one month after registration) is listed below:
· Boat registration number
· Make of boat
· Boat length, name (optional), colour
· Type of marine radio - 27Mhz or VHF
· Boat skipper name
· Boat skipper Recreational Skipper's Ticket number - *Northern Territory Skippers note that you require a WA recreations ticket or the equivalent (all other Australian States have an equivalent skipper ticket/registration requirement in place).
All solo, duo and quad swimmers require a support paddler/kayaker.
It is compulsory that paddle craft be used to assist the swimmer/s and skipper on the day.
*As noted above, there will be places available for 10km solo entrants to hire a kayak for use, allowing competitors to fly into town with their paddler and enter the event without the need to transport water craft. These competitors and kayaks will be transported to the 10km start line by Lake Argyle Tours.
The paddler details required to complete your entry: