Ocean Swim


Join North Auckland’s exciting new weekly ocean swim event

The G.J. Gardner. Homes Orewa Beach Series is an Auckland ocean swim series to suit all ages and abilities.  Whether you’re a competitive swimmer or simply out for some social, physical activity, come along and swim at your own pace.

The Orewa Beach Series is now in it’s 3rd year and with over 200 nightly participants it’s the most exciting weekly exercise event on the Hibiscus Coast. So grab your friends, grab your family and make the most of the beautiful Orewa beach.

Event Distances

We have swim distances that cater from the competitive, right down to the first-timer. 14 weeks of racing will see your fitness and confidence soar. Will you step up to a longer distance mid-season?

  • 250m Junior Swim (12yrs and under)
  • 500m Ocean Swim
  • 1000m Ocean Swim
  • 1500m Ocean Swim
  • 2000m Ocean Swim

If you’re looking to introduce your kids to Ocean Swimming, the Orewa Beach Series is the perfect environment. We asked three of our incredible young guns about their switch from the pool to the ocean, and their rise to the top of the medals podium – click here to read all about them.

Series Competition

You will be eligible for Overall and Age Category medals if you participate in a minimum of 7 events in one event distance. Step-up mid season to complete 7 events in a new distance, and you’ll be eligible for medals in BOTH! Head over to our Series Competition page for more info.

Entry Pass Options

You can choose to purchase a single event pass, or 6,10 or 14 event series pass – the more events you sign up for, the cheaper the price per event!

We also offer series pass discounts to families, local club members and participants who want to participate in both the Orewa and Takapuna event series. Click HERE for more entry fee information.


The Orewa Beach Series is proud to have blueseventy as an event sponsor. For you, this means the blueseventy tent is onsite at each event, loaded up with great deals and expert advice. On top of that, blueseventy generously provide our amazing wetsuit spot prizes, and offer our participants an exclusive discount. Check out their Sponsor Deals page for more information.

New to Ocean Swimming?

Ocean swimming is both challenging and exciting – you’ll love it! When making the switch from indoor to open water swimming, it’s a good idea to start with a smaller distance and work your way up as your confidence grows. Download our Free How-To Ocean Swim Guide for more tips and tricks or just ask one of the many top notch swimmers there on the night.

Safety First! All our events are guarded by professional lifeguards and one way they manage your safety is requiring all participants to wear correctly coloured swim caps. Your first swim cap is free with your series pass, however, if you change event distances you can purchase a new swim cap from registration; these are $10.

Still need to know more? Head to our New to the Event page or click below to sign up to one of our free ocean swim clinics!

Event Safety and Rules

  • Event Rules and Safety Guidelines can be found HERE and at the event base each week
  • Snorkels, flippers, fins and other swimming aids are not permitted
  • Swimmers will be deducted series points or disqualified if found to be swimming over the top of or pulling on other swimmers
  • For your safety is is compulsory for all participants to attend their event briefing each week. Briefings are held at Event Base in Takapuna Reserve, with Junior briefing at 5.45pm and Adult briefing at 6.20pm
  • If predicted weather or wave height falls outside our safety parameters, the event may be held at our reserve location; Stanmore Bay
  • All participants must be wearing either a series or on-the-day timing transponder before heading down the start shoot
  • It is compulsory for all participants to read and accept our Terms & Conditions and Waiver. These will be included in your online entry, but can also be found HERE.


It is important that participants check their course map on the event base info board as adult courses will be alternated at random each week.

Our lifeguards will adjust the angle of the course to best suit weather conditions on event night. Any adjustments will be explained at the Event Safety Briefings, however, to better understand these adjustments, please ensure you have already familiarised yourself with the days course map. If you are unsure please ask one of the Orewa Beach Series crew before your safety briefing.

Junior Swim Course (250m)

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Adult Swim Course #1 (500m, 1000m, 1500m & 2000m)

Adult Swim Course #2 (500m, 1000m, 1500m & 2000m)

Event Dates and Timetable

The Orewa Beach Series runs for 14 weeks over summer and is held on Thursday evenings at Orewa Beach. We hold our first event of the season on a Sunday so that more of the community can take part. For a full list of the dates, and the event day timetable, click HERE.

To make life that little easier, click the button below to have all the Orewa Beach Series events (plus our pre and post season events!) added to your chosen calendar.


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