Where is my chosen pool located? What time will the event take place?

  • Musgrave Park Pool, Edmonstone St, South Brisbane (photos 11:00am, welcome 11:30am, swimming 12:00 - 8:00pm)
  • Ithaca Pool, Caxton St, Paddington - entry via Caroline Street (times TBC)

  • Yeronga Park Pool, School Rd, Yeronga (times TBC)

  • Bellbowrie Pool, 47 Birkin Rd, Bellbowrie (times TBC)

  • Petria Thomas Swimming Pool, Jubilee Ave, Mullumbimby (times TBC)

  • Stanthorpe Swimming Pool, Talc St, Stanthorpe (times TBC)

  • Cotton Tree Aquatic Centre, 412 Cotton Tree Pde, Maroochydore (times TBC)

If you are participating at a location other than Musgrave Park, please check with your team leaders to confirm your swimming times. 

I don't live near any of the listed pools. Can I still take part?


In 2017 we had keen swimmers taking part in Swim for the Reef in Canada, Germany, and even swimming at the Great Barrier Reef itself (thanks to some amazing UQ Reef scientists!).

Just register as "Other location" and follow the same process to set up your fundraising page.

Consider recruiting your local pool to be on our main list - check out the tab 'Recruit your pool'.

I can't take part on 20 January. Are there other options?

We are more than happy if swimmers choose the day that suits them best. Just get in touch with your local pool manager and share your plans with them. 

It's going to be hot. Do you have any tips to cope with the weather?

  • Bring sun protection (hats, sunscreen, umbrellas, water bottles, etc.)

  • Consume plenty of fluids at the water stations and take adequate rests in shaded areas

  • Watch-out for your fellow swimmers (lifeguards will also be on duty)

  • We suggest participants bring snacks and send someone out on the day to pick up dinner for their team.

  • If you would rather avoid the heat, feel free to choose a cooler time or day to swim. We totally understand! We would just ask that you let your team leader and Swim for the Reef staff (at swimforthereef@edoqld.org.au) know about your change of plans.

How do my laps get added to the total tally?

The overall tally of laps in 2018 will be added to last year’s laps, as we aim to swim the equivalent distance of the Great Barrier Reef. 

For events that take place on 20 January 2018:

Team leaders are resposible for logging your laps and sending them in to the Swim for the Reef team by email at swimforthereef@edoqld.org.au(Just remember to put your team name and event location in your email.)

For events held on different days (or at other locations):

Send in your total laps by email to swimforthereef@edoqld.org.au or phone (07) 3211 4466.  Our office is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.  We look to hearing from you!  (Just remember to put your team name and event location in your email.)

How does my team enter the best costume competition?

If your team would like to enter our best costume competition you will need to upload a photo of your team to Facebook and/or Instagram using the hashtag #swimforthereef. The deadline to have your photos uploaded will be communcated to your team leader closer to the time.  (Judging will take place once all teams have uploaded their photos.)

For Musgrave Park Pool event only:

There will be a separate best costume competition for teams that swim at Musgrave Park Pool.  We will send a photographer to take team photos at Musgrave Park  Pool from 11-11:30am.  Judging will be at 11.30am.

Will food be provided?

We suggest participants bring snacks and water along on the day. Individual locations have on-site cafes but this will vary between the different pools. Perhaps you can send someone out on the day to pick up dinner for your team?!

Please check with your team leaders to confirm any food arrangements.


What will happen on the day? Will it be serious swimmers only??

Here’s how it works:

  • Swim any style or distance you prefer

  • Only one swimmer per team is allowed in the pool at a time

  • Flotation devices and swimming aids are permitted

  • Amusing costumes and team names are encouraged!

  • Prizes may be awarded for best costumes, most laps swum, best team spirit and best Reef helpers.

Each team is responsible for registering the team, creating team rosters and counting and recording laps. (Teams, please make sure all your participants are registered!)


Are there any rules & safety tips I need to know?

  • It is the responsibility of all participants to ensure their health and safety at the event

  • Participants under 18 years are to be supervised by a responsible adult at all times during the Swim for the Reef event

  • Parents or legal guardians of participants under 18 years of age must provide written consent for participant when registering.  Additionally, Everyday Hero requires children under 16 years to have parent permission to use their website.  Please see the Terms and Conditions tab below.

  • The order, duration and number of times a team member swims are at the discretion of the team.

  • Good sportsman-like conduct will be demanded of all participants. 

  • If you are tired and feel you can't go on, let your team know.

  • Wherever you swim, you are an ambassador for Swim for the Reef. Please be courteous and considerate and adhere to the rules and safety regulations of your chosen location.

Swim etiquette for pools

As there may be more than yourself swimming in the same lane, please take note of the following:

  • Stay as far to the left in the lane as possible

  • Always be mindful of other swimmers

  • During the night hours, please be aware that there may be people living near the pool

  • No diving in the shallow end

  • Have fun, enjoy the challenge and look out for each other!

Safety for other venues (beaches, lakes, etc)

  • We recommend only swimming in areas supervised by qualified lifeguards and following their safety rules

  • Pay attention to local conditions and swim safely

  • While you are swimming, make sure someone on land knows where you are at all times

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