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 Jetty Road Swimkids 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.

Trophies are 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.

Also a part of the event is the crowd favourite Marilyn Jetty Swim which has raised more than $1,300,000 over the past decade for South Australians impacted by cancer.

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

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 400m Invitational

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 400m 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 a number of distances on offer:



100 metre Swim Wade (age 7 & 8 on the day of the swim)
200 metre Swim (age 9 & 10 on the day of the swim)
300 metre Swim (age 11 & 12 on the day of the swim)

City of Holdfast Bay INVITATIONAL FAST LAP 400m

The Brighton Surf Life Saving Club and Brighton Jetty Classic are proud to be the host and the home of the MARILYN JETTY SWIM at the Brighton Jetty Classic

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 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.

Race Rules

IMPORTANT: Swimmers should aim to be in close proximity to the Marshalling Area at least 15 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. Swimmers swimming multiple events will keep the same timing band until their last 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 items.

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.

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 Classic 1500 is a water start on the North side of the Brighton Jetty. It swims along the jetty, turning South to the southern then returning  to a can on the south side of the jetty, and finally, finishes on the Beach, on the south side of the jetty. Depending on the tide and the sandbar / beach conditions on the day, this could be a wade / run of some distance and varies as the tide rises and falls.

The Jetty 400 swim is a beach start on the waterline on the north side of the Brighton Jetty. It swims around the Jetty and finishes on the beach on the southern side of the jetty.

What is the course for the swim?

See the map below for the course details.