Make the ocean swims a family affair



JETTY Beach is set to be a hive of activity tomorrow morning with large numbers expected to turn out for the Novotel Pacific Bay Ocean Swims.

To get under way at 9am, three separate swims will be held starting with the 600m swim around the jetty.

The two-kilometre swim is set to kick-off an hour later to be followed by the popular 250m charity swim to start in front of the Coffs Harbour Yacht Club.

"Entries are pouring in and we look like we'll have record numbers this year," event organiser, Mick Maley, said.

"Last count at mid week there were more than 350 entries but that will be much higher now.

"Online entries have been very popular this year but many people still prefer the postal service."

Registration for the swims will be at the yacht club, on the northern end of the Jetty Beach, with registration times being 2pm to 3.30pm today and from 6.30am to 8.15am tomorrow.

"It will cost you an extra $10 late entry fee if you leave it until the last minute on Sunday morning to put in your entry," Maley said.

"All entries are welcome, but the late ones on Sunday cause a lot more work and stress.

"We're trying to make it as easy as possible to enter the race.

"It's a great day that everyone enjoys and every entry means more money goes back into the community through charities for children and sporting clubs.

"Those who know the weather have told me to expect a warm and calm day, so everything looks perfect."

The ocean swims have become one of the more enjoyable community events in Coffs Harbour and organisers are hoping that not only competitors head to Jetty Beach tomorrow but also that families grab the sunscreen and make a day of it to remember.



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