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RealSwim Race Series

RealSwim Race Series

Join us for an awesome six race series this summer!

Welcome to the RealSwim Race Series for 2021/2022. We are excited to return for another season of open water swim racing in Corsair Bay, Lyttelton Harbour. This season we are bringing you a six race series across January and February. Providing this swim series for swimmers in Canterbury allows us to continue our aim to get more adults active, to support swimmers gaining confidence in the open water, to help improve water safety skills and to provide opportunities for you to prepare for the many national swimming and multi-sport events such as IronMan NZ, Challenge Wanaka and the Ocean Swim series.

Race Dates, Times and Locations;

Wed 12 Jan 2022: Corsair Bay. Race Start: 6:30pm

Wed 19 Jan 2022: Corsair Bay. Race Start: 6:30pm

Wed 26 Jan 2022: Corsair Bay. Race Start: 6:30pm

Wed 2 Feb 2022: Corsair Bay. Race Start: 6:30pm

Wed 9 Feb 2022: Corsair Bay. Race Start: 6:30pm

Wed 16 Feb 2022: Corsair Bay. Race Start: 6:30pm

Race Distances

Short = 500m
Medium = 1000m
Long = 2000m

Event Timeline
  • Registration opens at 5:30pm
  • Registration closes at 6:15pm
  • Compulsory race brief will be at 6:25pm
  • Race Start will be in 3 waves, starting from 6:30pm. The long course swimmers will be set off first. Waves are started 2mins apart.
  • Course cut off is 70mins after race start
  • Prize giving is immediately after the final swimmer is out of the water

There are 500m, 1000m, and 2000m race categories. The 500m race involves one lap of the course, the 1000m race is two laps, and the 2000m is 4 laps of the course. Each distance has a male and female category for individuals.


Please note: the full series swim pass is not a discounted pass, it is provided for the convenience of booking. We are doing our best to deliver an awesome swim series in challenging times. Thanks for your support.


Colours have been selected for high visibility and safety in open water

  • Yellow must be worn by long distance competitors
  • Pink must be worn by medium distance competitors
  • Orange must be worn by short distance competitors

All swimmers must wear the appropriate coloured cap. You may wear your own cap as long as it is the correct colour. Yellow, pink and orange caps will be available to purchase as part of the registration or on the night for $5.

Race Rules
  • All online entries must be received by 1400 on the day of the race. LATE ENTRIES ARE ACCEPTED ON THE NIGHT – $40, CASH ONLY.
  • Competitors YOUNGER THAN 16 years on the day who are competent swimmers may seek dispensation from the race director to enter via their parent or guardian. Please e-mail to info@fitandabel.com
  • All competitors must wear the appropriate coloured cap. (Long = Yellow, Medium = Pink, Short = Orange). It may have any branding but must be the correct colour. Correct coloured caps are available for $5.
  • All swimmers must attend the safety briefing 5mins before race start at every event.
  • Race start is 1830 at Corsair Bay. The start line is waist deep to prevent toe stub running injuries.
  • Race cut off is 70mins after race start – you must complete your swim by this time or you will be asked to leave the water.
  • Prizes will be awarded for first place male and female for each distance.
  • Un-sportsperson like behaviour will not be tolerated, this is a community, fun swim event. Anyone deemed to be in breach of this, will be asked to leave the venue.
  • Competency – swimmers are responsible for ensuring they have completed sufficient training to ensure they can competently complete this event. If in doubt speak to a staff member prior to beginning. We recommend a private swim coaching lesson and preparation in the group open water coached swims prior to swim racing.
  • The race director has the final say on race course layout and race participation.

For RealSwim Race Series feedback and queries email us on events@fitandabel.com

Keep an eye out for updates and other opportunities including our regular Fit&Abel swim coaching posts on facebook.

Join the 2021/2022 race series! 

Terms and conditions RealSwim Race Series (RSRS):

By entering this event I agree I have read the race rules, am physically fit and capable to complete this open water swim and take full responsibility for my safety pre, during and post race.

If NZ moves into Covid Levels 2, 3 or 4, this event will be cancelled or postponed as per NZ Ministry of Health Guidelines. Your online race entry will either be;

  1. credited back to your FitandAbel TeamUp account to be used on the next available race OR
  2. if no races remain for the season, you will be credited the amount of your entry fee onto your FitandAbel Team Up account to be used towards another FitandAbel swim service.

By entering the RSRS you are agreeing to the above terms and conditions.


A big thank you to our community friends without whom the Funky Trunks and Funkita Race Series would not be possible: