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 Christmas 10K 
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WA's premier 10km Rottnest qualifying swim
Merry Mile (1600m) & 1-Lap Cruiser (3.4km) community swims
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The Christmas 10K Swim is WA's premier 10km Rottnest qualifying swim - enjoyed by more than double the number of swimmers of any other 10km race in WA because of its unique approach of "swimmers first" and a focus on creating an event "by swimmers for swimmers".

Our 10km swimmers are offered a long 3.4km circuit and this event is the only one in WA where swimmers can be accompanied by their own personal support paddlers for the full 10km of the race - the best possible preparation and practice for a Rottnest swim crossing!

But it is not just a 10km qualifier, the Christmas 10K Swim is also now firmly established as a fun and enjoyable community event which takes place at Coogee Beach on the Saturday before Christmas - this year offering two shorter distances to challenge community swimmers of all abilities:
- Port Coogee 1-Lap Cruiser (3.4km) 
- City of Cockburn Merry Mile (1600m)

Last year we offered 400 places - all fully sold out in advance - and the capacity for this year's event was increased to 600, with 300 of those places allocated to the Fremantle Ports 10km Challenge.

Amazingly all 3 race distances are SOLD OUT and online registrations have now been closed.
There will also be no Late Entries on the day.

Keep an eye on this website and social media for further event updates. A full Race Briefing will be sent out by email to all registered swimmers and paddlers in the last few days before race day.


  Event organisers continue to work closely with all key stakeholders to ensure the event is delivered in accordance with the relevant State COVID-19 Directives applicable at the time of the event - presently Phase 5.  Some aspects of the event may require modification at short notice if circumstances change and our focus will be on ensuring the safety of swimmers, volunteers and spectators at all times.

Christmas 10K Coordinating Team - Nick, Elena & Pete aka The Three Wise Turkeys

Next Event
Saturday 18 December 2021
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This year's event is completely SOLD OUT.

All online entries have now been CLOSED and, with all 3 race distances at full capacity, there will be NO LATE ENTRIES available on the day.
Fremantle Ports 10km Challenge
WA's premier 10km Rottnest qualifying swim. Swim the whole race with your personal paddler and "socially distance" in style as you complete 3 laps of the huge 3.4km circuit course in the pristine waters at Coogee Beach.
Port Coogee 1-Lap Cruiser (3.4km)
Challenge yourself with a 3.4km cruise around this beautiful 1-lap course at Coogee Beach. Anyone completing this pre-Christmas cruise will surely enjoy a bit of Christmas pud and a few days off!
City of Cockburn Merry Mile (1600m)
Swim along with your friends and family and enjoy the new Merry Mile, a perfect pre-Christmas community dip that gives you a good reason to feel good about yourselves and then start on the real Christmas treats after your swim!



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The experienced team behind the Christmas 10K just simply love swimming and organising events so they created this event for you, the swimming community. It's a cracker of a swim run by swimmers, for swimmers. After another record-breaking event in 2020, we are all looking forward to the biggest and best ever Christmas 10K on Saturday 18 December 2021....

Qualify for Your Rotto Swim

The Fremantle Ports 10km Challenge is an approved qualifier for your Rottnest Channel or Port to Pub solo swim.


Come along and join the most popular 10km qualifier in WA at the perfect location of Coogee Beach and at the perfect time, a week before Christmas. Your official time will automatically be recognised and forwarded to your designated event manager.

Merchandise Offers

Pick up one of our supersized 5L Dry Bags perfect to keep your "stuff" on your support kayak.

Or, for your training sessions and races without a kayak by your side, your new "must-have" item is a Safer Swimmer Float. "Be seen and be safe" with this fluoro orange flotation device with in-built waterproof storage to improve your visibility and safety during longer open water swims.


Classic items such as the C10K Vacuum Drink Bottle are also still available.


And you will again be able to buy ocean essentials like Ocean Grease products and Fiski goggles through the C10K event thanks to partnerships with both of these event sponsors.

All C10K merchandise, Ocean Grease and Fiski goggles are available online through the entry process.


Practise with Your Paddler

Like no other 10km race in WA, all swimmers in the Fremantle Ports 10km Challenge have the option of swimming alongside their own personal support paddler for the entire course. 

Great for moral support as well as the best opportunity for feeding practice, hydration and in-race communication with your paddler.

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Take up Your Own Challenge

This year's event will also be offering shorter races for community and club swimmers so challenge yourself by taking part in the Port Coogee 1-Lap Cruiser (3.4km) or the new City of Cockburn Merry Mile (1600m).


Ideal for anyone looking for some pre-Christmas exercise which gives you a good excuse to enjoy the Christmas festivities, eat, drink and be merry and wind down afterwards (maybe) with a few days off?!

Ocean Swim Packs

Successfully introduced to the swimmimng community at last year's event, Sportzcorp's Ocean Swim Pack will again be on sale.

Based on our own Rottnest solo experiences, the Ocean Swim Pack is the perfect combination of essential items to help you with your long distance swimming needs before, during and after your 10km and Rottnest races.


This great value pack includes a 5L dry bag, Fiski goggles, Ocean Grease and a smorgasbord of other items you'll use before, during and after your swim. 

Sportzcorp's Ocean Swim Pack is available to buy through the online entry process and is also available in-store at Blooms The Chemist Port Coogee and Blooms The Chemist Joondalup.

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Event Photos
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Official event photographer The Nomad Company again captured some amazing images throughout the morning of the event. Remind yourselves just how good the Christmas 10K Swim is by taking a look at these links:

2021 Event Photos available here
2020 Event Photos available here

2019 Event Photos available here
2018 Event Photos available here
Hypothermia is a serious risk for long distance open water swimmers.  Do you know the warning signs?  How can you minimise the risk of becoming hypothermic? For important information on preventing and treating hypothermia click here and for a Hypothermia Check List for your paddler and support crew click here.
Caring for Our Swimmers
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C10K & Second Harvest
Helping Others

The Christmas 10K is once again proud to be supporting the amazing work of Cockburn-based charity Second Harvest.


Make a donation through the online registration process or drop off goods at the race day Collection Point. All items will be used for emergency relief packs or as sale items in the Second Harvest op-shop to assist families in need.

Examples might include stationery, non-perishable grocery items (cereal, tinned food, biscuits, baby formula) & personal hygiene products (soap, shampoo, combs, toilet paper, sanitary items).
Any new or second-hand clothes in good condition will also be accepted.

No donation is too small and every donation makes a huge difference, so help us help others through the amazing work of Second Harvest.

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Spreading Some
Christmas Cheer

Look out for lots of pre-event fun and games, with online promotions and prize giveaways thanks to the support of our sponsors. 

The Three Wise Turkeys and their merry band of helpers will have everything under control and set you up for an enjoyable and challenging pre-Christmas hit out before your turkey and Christmas pudding.



We are excited to acknowledge the generous support provided by the following team of event partners and sponsors for this year's Christmas 10K Swim.

If you are interested in becoming involved as one of our Christmas 10K sponsors (or support other related events), please email
Major Event Partners
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10km Challenge

Merry Mile


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Zone Sponsors

Recovery Zone

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Paddle Craft Zone

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Gold Sponsors
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Silver Sponsors
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City of Cockburn

Building on solid historical foundations, the current Council’s vision is to ensure that the Cockburn of the future will be the most attractive place to live, work, visit and invest in, within the Perth Metro area.


We are proud to partner with the City of Cockburn and play our part in trying to get the community active again in these post-COVID times.

Fremantle Ports

Fremantle Ports has been part of the community for over 120 years and in that time, has built a reputation for being a trusted partner. 

With a focus on maximising social outcomes and a commitment to building the capacity of local catchment communities, Fremantle Ports is generously supporting our event through their community investment program.

Port Coogee

Port Coogee offers you the best in coastal living with beautiful beaches, a world-class marina and a vibrant environment. Just 5km from Fremantle, Port Coogee offers a true neighbourhood way of life where residents can enjoy living in a safe environment with a strong community spirit. A variety of living options are available from low maintenance cottage lots, family-sized lots, premium waterfront lots, and exclusive island lots through to future apartments and penthouses.

Pure Leasing

Perth's purest property management specialists doing leasing the way it should be done!


Pure Leasing's experienced team is the most active team in Perth, leasing your property faster, keeping them to the highest standard and at the best return.


Not only the most active leasing team in Perth, Pure is active in the community by generously supporting events like the Christmas 10K and other community events over many years. We look forward to welcoming Cameron and the "Pure" team to the event, and will look out for them in the finish chute where they will be looking after the Recovery Zone on race day.

KOTUG Maritime Services

KOTUG International is a leading Towage Services provider, with a fleet of 50+ tugs active across the globe. Global knowledge is combined with local expertise in several Joint Ventures with local partners, with clients in industries such as Oil & Gas, Mining, Renewables, Offshore and Port Authorities.

KOTUG supports various good causes, with a view to help other people and to contribute to a sustainable and safe environment. As a family-owned company, KOTUG is strongly engaged in helping people in need and contributing to a safe society and has also established the KOOREN FOUNDATION, a charity with an ambition to help those in need of support and guidance find their way back into safe harbours.  

We are grateful to welcome KOTUG as a new Gold Sponsor of this event, and thank them for their contribution to the local community through this initiative.

Blooms The Chemist Port Coogee

Our local Blooms The Chemist team based at Port Coogee Village Shopping Centre is proud to be part of a truly community-minded network of Pharmacies, providing the highest level of professional health service and advice to you and your family. Support local!

ASB Branded Merchandise

You know the power of a lasting first impression. So, it makes sense to ensure that your brand ‘Looks Brilliant’.  

At ASB, you get to partner with a team of fun-loving folks who are highly experienced and their dream-team recipe ensures every brand looks its best.

ASB's service model is the perfect storm of creativity, sustainability, tailored solutions, impeccable in-house design, quality products and customer service. As a member of the Australasian Promotional Products Association (APPA), ASB can source the latest merchandise from all over the world and specialise in customizing products for their clients.

Driven by an ethos of sustainability, ethical supply chains, going green, sourcing an increasing amount of carbon-free and palm-oil free products and seeking partnerships with companies who have an anti-slavery policy; it is ASB's mission to do their best.

Now, take a deep breath, visualise your brand looking and feeling its best and get in touch with the ASB team. Like they have with our event, they are ready to help you - Looking Brilliant has never been easier.

Fuel 4 Sport

Fuel4Sport believes that sport plays a critical role in the promotion of positive behaviours, a healthy lifestyle and achieving your best. With the help of strategic partners who share this vision, Fuel4Sport aims to support clubs and organisations in the moulding of our current and future generations through dedication, achieving goals and sportsmanship.

Proudly continuing its support of the Christmas 10K event, Fuel4Sport offers a range of products to use before, during and after your race including E3 Champion Formula ("E3"), whey protein, energy bars and gels.


E3 drinks will be available for all swimmers in the Recovery Zone as you finish your swim, and Fuel4Sport will also have a full product range on display at the event.


E3 is a premium sports drink designed to help you achieve your best. The premium blend of carbohydrates, electrolytes and protein, is designed to increase performance, sustain energy, optimise hydration and boost recovery. It’s everything a champion needs. Developed in Perth, Western Australia and made from the finest quality ingredients, E3 is quickly becoming the go-to product for athletes that want to take their performance to the next level and is perfect for our Christmas 10K swimmers.

Stirling Capital - Windfall Residences


At Stirling, we’re committed to putting people where they belong – at the centre of everything we do.

When it comes to the needs of our customers, we don’t just consider the here and now, but plan into the future. Stirling developments create lasting value through high-quality design and inclusions, spacious apartments, and world-class amenity.  We’re proud to challenge what’s expected of us and work closely with our customers, communities and partners to deliver ongoing benefits.

Stirling’s new apartment development in Port Coogee, Windfall Residences, has been crafted with a people first and foremost philosophy: how they live, interact, and connect within spaces to continue to build on and grow the positive community within Port Coogee.



Sportzcorp provides a diverse range of support services to sporting events, associations, clubs and their members including event management, event services and consulting services.

Also part of the Sportzcorp team is Yellow Event Services (YES), a specialist event services business which has developed a reputation for expert and reliable execution of all aspects of planning, design, delivery and management services required by owners and organisers of mass participation sporting events in WA. YES delivers high quality, consistent, safe and professional events for all stakeholders involved.


The Christmas 10K is proudly part of WOW Swims, the community swim series for all. WOW Swims are designed for swimmers of all ages and abilities to experience the thrill of open water swimming in a range of settings and over a variety of distances,  and to encourage participation in community events as part of a healthy lifestyle.

Check out all the WOW Swims here.

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