The Channel 7 Brighton Jetty Classic is South Australia’s largest open water swim and street festival. Held on the first Sunday in February annually since 2006. It attracts a field in excess of 1,000 entries for the 1,500m and 400m swims. It also has distances for the younger ones to build confidence in the ocean, with the Austswim kids swims of 300m, 200m and 100m, so everyone from 7 years old can be involved.

In the water, the blue ribbon events are the Elite 1,500m Brighton Jetty Classic and the City of Holdfast 400m invitational Fast Lap with cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd.

In 2022 Trophies will be awarded in each of the age group swims in both the 1,500m and 400m swim waves.

The addition of 300m, 200m, and 100m swims for the younger 7-12 year olds allows more of the family to get involved and enjoy the open water swimming.

On top of all that is the crowd favourite Marilyn Jetty Swim, which has raised more than $500,000, over the past seven years, for South Australians impacted by cancer.

Organised by the Brighton Surf Life Saving Club, with the support of our sponsors and corporate partners.

The Channel 7 Brighton Jetty Classic is the major fundraiser for the year, ensuring the Brighton Surf Life Saving Club continues to provide community services it has become known for and maintain and purchase vital capital equipment.

The Brighton Surf Life Saving Club is a not for profit organisation, run by volunteers and providing essential community and surf life saving services for Brighton.

Click here to contact us about sponsorship opportunities, to become a stall holder/ Street vendor or just to ask us any other questions.

Are flippers or swimming aids allowed?

Flippers and other swimming aids (pool buoys etc) are not allowed.

Are Wetsuits allowed?

Wetsuits and swimsuits are allowed.

City of Holdfast Bay Fast Lap

The Fast Lap is a premium sprint race around the Jetty with cash prizes. The race is aimed at elite swimmers.

  • To qualify for this event nominate a 200m freestyle time on your entry.
  • The Brighton Jetty Classic Race Committee will select a maximum of 25 male and 25 female swimmers for this race.
  • For Fast Lap consideration swimmers must be registered in the 400m Swim Event.
  • The Fast Lap is a free Event and if chosen you are also eligible to swim in your age group 400m event.
  • Those who have been chosen for the Fast Lap will be notified by the Monday before the event and via the email address provided on entry.

Tell me about the Swim?

There are three swims on offer:

The Jetty Swim, which is approximately 400 metres, the “Channel 7 Brighton Jetty Classic” which is approximately 1500 metres, and the “On the Same Wave Swim”, which is approximately 100m.
There is also the Marilyn Jetty swim and Charity 400m swim for those who are raising funds for one of the Fantastic charities.

Entry to the 1,500m swim is open to ages 12+. Swim time and race is determined by age group, with an all ages elite swim also available. This event is timed, and prizes are awarded.

Entry to the 400m swim (and Charity swims) is open to ages 10+. Swim time and race is determined by age group, with an invitational 400m Fast Lap for those that are eligible. This event is timed, and prizes are awarded.

Entry to the 100m Family “On the Same Wave” swim is open to ages 8+. All entries swim together and this event is not timed.

Race Rules

IMPORTANT: Swimmers should aim to be in close proximity to the Marshalling Area at least 20 mins prior to your allotted starting time.

At the discretion of the Race Director, age group waves may be combined or delayed. Keep close to the Marshalling Area and listen for any announcements.

Competitors entered in the 400 Fast Lap (males and females) and in the Open 1500 (males and females) must marshall and mark their name off with the Chief Marshall at least 5 mins prior to their start time, or they will not be permitted to compete. The start time will not be held for late competitors.

All swimmers will be required to have an official swim cap and an official body marked identification number. All swimmers will be timed  and will require a timing band on their ankle. The timing band must remain on the individual throughout the event. There is a timing Band for each event that you swim in, so please be aware of which Timing Band is for which event.

Swimmers must swim the course as marked on the race map below. Any variation to the course will be announced prior to the start by the Race Director.

Swimmers who cross the start line before the starting horn or take course short cuts are liable for disqualification.

Race Officials shall have the authority to remove a competitor from the race if the competitor is judged to be physically incapable of continuing the race without risk and injury to themselves or others. This can include swimmers who are deemed unable / unlikely to complete the 1500 course in 50 minutes.

No extraneous aids are allowed. This includes, but is not limited to, fins, boards, snorkels, and personal support teams.

Brighton Jetty Classic: Duty of Care: For water safety reasons, Rash Shirts, T-Shirts, Stinger Suits, Fast Skins and Wet Suits are permitted.  Remember to Slip – Slop – Slap.

Protests must be made in writing and given to the Race Director within 15 minutes of the announcement of the provisional results. All decisions of the Race Director are final.

What safety is there for the swim?

For the Day of the Brighton Jetty Classic, you will find that the Brighton Jetty Classic course is the Safest water in Australia! Brighton beach is naturally a very safe beach, because of the beach profile and a general lack of surf / wave conditions brought on by its position in the gulf of St Vincent.

The answer for water safety, is “what ever it takes.” For the First Sunday in February, every single patrolling member of the Brighton Jetty Classic is rostered onto Beach Patrol. Many choose boards, rescue tubes and surf skis to patrol and view the race from the best place, the water! Inflatable rescue boats which are one of Surf Lifesaving’s front line assets for water rescue. The State Jet Rescue Boats will visit, while the Westpac Rescue Helicopter spends most of the day circling overhead. Surf Lifesaving South Australia has its RWC (rescue water craft – waverunners / jetskis) on patrol as well. These excel in providing water safety at events such as the Brighton Jetty Classic. Plus visits from the Water Police, Sea Rescue and the Coast Guard, for one day we have the most heavily patrolled water in Australia.

On the Beach, a full Beach Patrol is available to perform first aid, while we also get invaluable assistance from the volunteer St Johns first aid teams onsite.

Where can I park my car?

Parking will be at a premium for the event. The Esplanade, and Bindarra Road will be closed to traffic. Parking along side streets is limited, and will be policed by parking inspectors. Extra Parking is available at the Brighton Train Station, and around the train line, where it intersects with Jetty Road, Brighton.

Alternatively, parking is also available at Brighton Oval, on the eastern side of Brighton Road.

Where does the event start and finish?

The Brighton Jetty 1500 is a water start on the south side of the Brighton Jetty. It swims away from the jetty, turns back and swims to the north side of the jetty, and finally, finishes on the Beach, infront of the Esplanade Hotel, on the north side of the jetty. Depending on the tide and the sandbar / beach conditions on the day, this could be a wade / run of up to 30 metres.

The Jetty 400 swim is a beach start on the waterline on the south side of the Brighton Jetty. It swims around the Jetty and finishes on the beach infront of the Esplanade Hotel, on the north side of the jetty.

What is the course for the swim?

See the map below for the course details.