The First National Kimberley Lake Argyle Swim is held on the first Saturday each May.
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 kilometers.
The event categories for competitors are:
Duo - teams of 2
Team - teams of 4
Minimum Age: The age requirement for the Lake Argyle Swim is a minimum of 14 years of age on the day of the swim.
Entries Open: 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.
Registration Payment: Payment must be made online at the time of registration for your entry to be received.
Swimmers Details: Initial registrations will only require the Team's Captain details. We will collect full team details closer to the event.
Entry Fees: Solo 10km $290, Solo 20km $340, Duo $510 per team, Quad entry fee $940 per team. Entry fees includes race merchandise and a ticket to the gala presentation dinner Saturday night for each swimmer, the skipper (except 10km solo) and the paddler.
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.
Support Boats: 10km solo swimmers compete without a motorised support boat - with a paddler only. Our hard sit-on-top kayaks are included in all 10km solo entries. 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.
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.
*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).
Paddlers: All solo, duo and quad teams require a support paddler/kayaker.
It is compulsory that paddle craft be used to assist the swimmer/s and skipper on the day.
Swim Suit Regulations: Any suit improving buoyancy or propulsion would exclude the wearer/team from winning prizes; anyone who wants to wear one is still able to participate. (International Open Water Swimwear Rules apply).
20km race starts 8:00 AM (Allow a minimum 60 minutes travel time from the boat ramp to the start line); and
10km race start 10:00 AM for Solo's, 10:10am for teams (Allow a minimum 40 minutes travel time from the boat ramp to the start line).
5:30 AM – 20km Race crews must be at Lake Argyle Resort. Boat ramp coordinators commence organising boat launches.
6:30 AM - Bus at Lake Argyle Resort to pick up all Start Line Cruise passengers.
6:50 AM – Boats depart for 20km start line
6:51 AM – Boat Ramp Coordinator begins to launch 10km race boats
7:30-7:50 AM – Boats arrive at 20km start line
8:00 AM –Official 20km race start
9:00 AM – 10km race boats depart.
9:40 AM – 10km race boats arrive at start
10:00 AM –Official 10km race start solo's, 10:10am Teams start
3:30 PM – Sweeper boat instructs all remaining teams swimming to pick up their swimmer and return to the finish line
4:00 PM until late - Gala Dinner Party starts. Great music, great hosts and dancing into the night!
Presentation: The presentation of prizes will be held at Lake Argyle Resort during the Gala Dinner on race day.
Cash or voucher prizes will be awarded to first place in the Solo, Duo and Quad categories.
Event Cancellation: An event of this nature is dependent upon weather conditions. The Lake Argyle Swim Inc. Committee has the right to alter or cancel the event if adverse weather conditions prevail or are likely to occur. No swimmer or team is to disregard this decision.
Weather: The following outlines the average weather conditions found in Lake Argyle in the months of April and May:
Average daily temperatures May: maximum – 32.9 minimum – 19 degrees Celsius
Average relative humidity May: Morning – 34% Afternoon – 26%
Average rainfall: April: 26.1 mm, May: 7.5 mm
Average wind speed May: Morning – 15.5km/h, Afternoon – 12.9km/h
Lake Argyle expected water temperature: 22 - 26 degrees Celsius
2022 Competitor Handbook (update 17/4/2022):