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Swimmers Briefing Notes

Swimmers Briefing Notes for the SunSmart Busselton Jetty Swim 2020 have not been finalised.  The information below is subject to change.  It is displayed to provide you with a general idea of how the event proceeds.  As the 2020 Swimmers Briefing Notes are updated, they will be published here.  Swimmers will also receive a hard copy of this briefing at check-in.

This information is still subject to change and will continue to be updated - last updated 1st November 2019


The organisers and sponsors welcome you to the SunSmart Busselton Jetty Swim 2020.
For an enjoyable and safe event please attend to the following:

The Course

A 3.6 km swim around the Busselton Jetty starting on the East side and finishing on the West.

The route is marked with yellow buoys; you should use these as a guide.

Today’s swimming conditions are:  TBA - Weather Briefing for Swimmers to be announced.

SWIM Starts

Swimmers will start with a rolling/beach start, in the following order:

TimeCategorySwim Cap Colour
08:00:00 Solo swimmers Gold
TBC Solo swimmers Yellow
TBC Solo swimmers Orange
TBC Solo swimmers Green
TBC Solo swimmers Pink
TBC Solo swimmers Purple
TBC Solo swimmers Red
TBC Solo swimmers Aqua
TBC 2 person relay, first swimmer Blue
TBC 4 person relay, first swimmer White 
09:30 One Mile Swim to Shore Silver
You must wear the swim cap provided at race check-in. It indicates your start position estimated by your swim time advised.  Listen and move promptly when your cap colour is called.

Timing Bands and Race Number Tattoos

Swimmers will be timed and checked-in and out of the swim electronically with their timing band.  Please check NOW that your band is secure on your left ankle and that your race number tattoo is applied and visible.  If you do not have your timing band or tattoo please return to check-in following this briefing. 

Marshalls will be checking for compliance.

Relay Swimmers

The four relay changeover points are:

  • Jetty Platform East : 1.0 km 4 person relay change

  • Allies Landing : 1.4 km 2 person relay change

  • Observatory Platform : 2.0 km 4 person relay change

  • Jetty Platform West : 2.6 km 4 person relay change

Relay swimmers should be aware that all landings are accessed by ladders.

Relay swimmers should know which relay point they are to start from and proceed there after this briefing.

Relay change-over points

The 2 person relay change-over  at Allies Landing is marked with a large BLUE banner visible from the water.

The 4 person relay change-overs are marked with large WHITE banners.

At each change-over there will be a large pink buoy 20 metres out from the jetty with a line of floats between.

Swim between the jetty and the buoy to tag your team-mate at the line of floats. See the diagram in your check in bag.

If you are not changing-over at a relay point please swim outside the large pink buoys.

Marshalls will monitor swimmer conduct and safety.

By tagging your team mate you are vouching for their safe arrival.

Team swimmers may "swim through" past the end of their swim leg but must exit the swim over the timing mat at the finish or at the foot of the jetty to record their safe exit from the event.

Post swim clothing

If you need a towel or clothing at the end of your swim make sure your team-mate takes it for you.

The Finish

The finish is marked with two large chequered buoys, use these to line up for the finishing shute.

Your time will be recorded as you pass over the timing mats some metres past the finish arch.

Assistance will be available for swimmers having difficulty getting up the beach.

Please move promptly through the finish area to keep it clear for following swimmers.

Timing bands are collected as you leave the finish area.  Continue up the ramp for your finisher's towel and back to check in for fruit and water.

Provisional times will be available at the check-in tent or via Live Tracker on you mobile.

Official race times will be available at the presentation and at www.busseltonjettyswim.org.au

Withdrawal - DNF - DNS (did not finish/did not start)

If you withdraw or decide not to swim you must notify check-in as soon as possible and return your timing band. 


Considerable effort goes into maximising the safety of participants in this event.

On-water safety

Surf Life Saving (SLS) will be attending to on-water safety.  They have jet skis, IRB's, surf skis, board paddlers, spotters on the jetty, life saving equipment and radio communications. They are highly trained for this role and will be highly visible. They are your first option if you need help in the water; raise your arm to attract attention.

Follow the yellow buoys and keep a safe distance away from the Jetty.  If you stray too far off course SLS will guide you back.

Tired swimmers may hang on to a ski or a float.  You will not be disqualified unless your forward progress is aided. 

Swimmers or support craft are not permitted to go under any part of the Jetty unless directed by race officials.

The swim will be monitored by the Department of Transport for compliance with the Navigable Waters Regulations.  This event has been granted a part exemption from these regulations for bona fide support craft.  Unauthorised craft may not enter the swim exclusion zone (within 250m of the Jetty).

Helicopter patrol

The surrounds of the swim will be patrolled for sharks prior to during. A trained SLS spotter will be in continuous radio contact with the SLS Swim Director.


The on the water emergency evacuation signals are: 3 short air horn blasts; raised red flags by spotters on the jetty; and continuous whistles by surf ski paddlers.  If you see or hear any of these signals please exit the swim as directed by SLS personnel.  There are ladders 75 metres apart along the Jetty marked with banner flags and the landings marked by large pink buoys.  Please follow directions given by the SLS officers on the water or via the public address system on land.  The emergency muster point is near the stage.

Personal support craft

Must be pre-approved, attend the SLS briefing and wear the hi-viz vest provided.


Concerned swimmers should be prepared and take personal measures for protection.

First Aid

St John Ambulance have a first aid tent with a paramedic and ambulance adjacent to the Check-in area. If you need help please go there.  Surf Lifesaving has first aid and resuscitation equipment on the beach, west of the finish.

Fluid & energy replacement

Water and fresh fruit are available at the finish.


Please use sunscreen, which is available at the first aid tent. Wear hats, cover up and seek out shade.

Smoking, alcohol, drugs

The Busselton Jetty Swim 2020 is a non-smoking, alcohol and drug free event.

The Jetty Structure

Footwear is recommended when walking on the jetty. Watch out for the railway tracks.

The Jetty Train will commence operating at 11:00am.

Personal responsibility

This is an ocean swim. You swim in an uncontrolled, natural environment. The weather, sea conditions and sea life, your own exertions and numerous other factors all introduce an element of risk. The organizers go to considerable lengths to keep you safe but ultimately it is your choice to swim today. Your welfare is your personal responsibility or the responsibility of your legal guardian.

If you are not officially entered in the SunSmart Busselton Jetty Swim 2020 please do not swim while the event is in progress.

Further Information

Please ask one of the event crew in the Orange Crew Safety Vests or green Crew T shirts.


At event check-in, we will be asking you to provide a printed and signed copy of Page 7 of our Swimmer Information & Waiver document. Click on the button below to go to our downloads page where you can click to download a copy or print page 7.