Portsea Swim Classic

Thank you all for making the 2021 Portsea Swim Classic such a memorable event. The number of emails that we have received from you all, thanking the club for not giving up, and for staging the event during such challenging times. was greatly appreciated. This, coupled with the successful staging of the club’s second major swimming event, The Pier to Perignon in February, completed an amazing swimming calendar for the club. A result which was made possible by our large number of dedicated volunteers.
With all of that now behind us, we are pleased to announce, that the 36th continual running of the Portsea Swim Classic, is now scheduled to be held on the 15th January 2022. The 1500m Classic and 2500m Gold, will be held in the afternoon, to coincide with out-going currents. Timing, of the other events on the day, will be advised once finalized.
We look forward to welcoming you all back to the pristine water of Point Nepean National Park in 2022 and until then please stay happy, safe and healthy.
Portsea Surf Lifesaving Club – Swim Classic Committee.


Please click the below button for all the required information concerning the Portsea Swim Classic 2021. 

This document contains all the important information related to COVID-19 procedures and PSC-21 protocol for the Swim Classic day. 

Swim Classic 2021 COVID-19 Plan and Race Information
Your transponders will be available from quarantine tomorrow
Please visit the Information tent with your team name to be directed to the row to collect your transponder and cap. 


Portsea Swim Classic will be held on Saturday 23rd January 2021

Registrations for the Tribe event in the PSC-21 are available below. 

All other PSC-21 events are SOLD OUT (including 1500m, 2500m, Junior). 

PSC-21 Registration


Please find below the final wave times for the 2021-PSC.

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Registrations have now CLOSED for this year’s Portsea Swim Classic. The Junior, PSC-1500 and PSC-2500 (GOLD) classes have all SOLD OUT.

Your support has confirmed for us the need to persevere and make this Race happen 

Thank you and we now look forward to seeing you all next Saturday for what will be a memorable event.

Please note that access to the Waitlist will close at 7.00 pm Sunday 17th January for all classes except for Tribe, which closes on Wednesday 20th January at 5.30 pm.



Due to some issues experience by entrants we have opened a waitlist option online for the 1500m and 2500m
We will allocate the last available spots from people on these lists. 
You will need to do this very quickly to get a spot as it is extremely limited and is strictly first come first serve
Any person who is unsuccessful will have their money refunded
This will be locked tomorrow and there will be NO more opportunities to gain entry and correspondence on this will not be answered. 

Please be advised, that we will not be considering any further requests for the cancelation/refund of an entry to the Swim Classic. This position is covered in our Published Terms and Conditions of Entry.   

We apologise if this causes any inconvenience, but we have now commenced the full allocation of entries and final determination of the structure of the waves and times for these waves.

Please click on the button below to view the PSC-21 COVIDsafe plan. 

PSLSC Swim Classic 2021 COVID-19 Safety Plan

Portsea Swim Classic – Update 11th Jan 2021. 

Please click on the “PSC-21 Update 11th Jan” button below to view the latest update concerning the Swim Classic event. 

PSC-21 Update 11th Jan

Rental Wetsuits

ORCA will be back at the Portsea Swim Classic with rental wetsuits. To ensure that you don’t miss out please book your rental on our new online wetsuit rental portal. Click the button below to view the new online wetsuit rental portal.

ORCA Rental Wetsuit Hire

ORCA will be at the swim for wetsuit rental collection, however due to COVID-19 restrictions on the day, it will make your morning far easier if you are able to collect from our warehouse in Moorabbin prior to the event.

If you are unsure of your size please refer to this size guide here: ORCA wetsuit size guide.

Wetsuit size availability is subject to demand, so make sure you get your order in early prior to the PSC-21 event!

Our offer to deduct the $50 rental fee off the purchase of a new wetsuit will be available, for the period of 2 weeks post the PSC-21.

Registrations for PSC-21 opening Wednesday 16th December at 8.00am.

PSC-21 Registration

We welcome you all to the Portsea Swim Classic 2021 (PSC-21) registration portal.

Yes, it is really happening!

Please be aware that the PSC-21 will be run differently this year and you will all need to keep yourself up to date with the requirements.

We will advise you over the next month of the requirements and changes to the on-day registration process and the wave format. Please be careful to ensure that your details are correct when you enter them during registration. This is critical to you receiving the things that you will require for entry on the day.

Please click the PSC-21 registration button above to be sent to our new registration platform that is supported by ‘Register Now’. 

Junior Swim – Restricted to 120 swimmers

“The Junior Swim Classic is a great entry point for those aged up to 12 to be part of the iconic Portsea Swim Classic Day.  Competitors will swim 500m (swimming with the tide) in the pristine waters of the Quarantine Station finishing at the Swim Classic finish line.  The field size is strictly limited to 120 competitors and all participants will receive their own “Portsea Junior Swim Classic” t-shirt and swimming cap (to be worn during the event).  Registration link is below, and packs can be collected on the day.  The entry fee is $35 but the bragging rights are priceless!


PSC 1500 – Restricted to 1500 swimmers

This iconic race is swum at the spectacular, “Quarantine” course over 1500m. The heart and soul of this great day and one that has become a favourite among open water swimmers. Normally, this event is only swum in age group and gender categories but this year we add the new Mixed Class that allows groups of two or more of any age or gender to swim together. To swim in this class you must, prior to the end of December, ensure you have nominated a group name and all participants are registered in this group.


PSC 2500 (GOLD) – Restricted to 400 swimmers

Our single wave event for everyone of all ages and gender that like the challenge of a large field and that extra distance of 2500m. Yes, there is a great deal of jostling with lots of feet and hands but wow the adrenalin rush is amazing. This is the race where you get to enjoy that extra time in the water to soak up the wonders you get to see in the pristine water of Port Phillip Bay and to hopefully be visited by our local dolphins.


PSC TRIBE – Womens’ Team Event – Restricted to 120 swimmers

Portsea Swim Classic Tribe is a female-only team swim event.

This team consists of three swimmers who swim together over the 500m course. A great event for both friends or family to swim together and for their times to be combined to determine their place on the day. This event has seen families of three generations swimming together, enjoying both the wonderful environment of the pristine waters of ‘Quarantine’, but also a very special moment. Come down and join the movement and a wonderful experience with all of us.

PSC-21 Update as at 10th December 2020

After months of uncertainty, it is with much excitement that we are able to announce that we will be opening registrations for Portsea Swim Classic 2021!

As I am sure all of our swimmers will understand, there will be a few changes, given the need to comply with COVID-19 safety guidelines. I am sure everyone will understand, and will hopefully be thrilled to be part of a non-virtual community sport event. It has been a long year! The restrictions will see us cap the number of competitors for our first-round of registrations. This is necessary to ensure that we can operate the event in accordance with COVID-19 DHHS requirements. All registrations will be filed in order of when you register – so please do get in fast.

I would personally like to thank you all for your patience in waiting for us to announce the date for the opening of registrations for the Portsea Swim Classic 2021 event day.

We have been working hard to develop new systems, procedures and strategies to enable us to bring this great event to you in 2021. I am sure you can all appreciate that being able to get us to this point has been a major undertaking. As you are aware this event is run by the Portsea Lifesaving Club and all the people involved volunteer their time to deliver this event for you. I am sure you will all join me in thanking them, for their time and perseverance, which has meant that we are now in the position to proceed.

We would also like to make special mention of the ‘Australia Day Council’ who have approved a grant for the Club.  This grant is helping to cover the additional costs that the Club is incurring to stage this event in a COVID-19 environment and has been a major factor in this event proceeding.

PSC-21 will see several changes including registrations, gear collection, wave format and how people will be managed on the day. Please be assured that these changes have been carefully considered and will, we believe, deliver a more professional, safer, and enjoyable experience for you. Please read the requirements for the swims, understand the changes, check the site for updates and follow the stated rules.

PSC-21 will once again include the following:

Race Categories Distance Swimmer Restriction
PSC-21 1500m Restricted to 1500 swimmers
PSC-21 Gold 2500m Restricted to 400 swimmers
PSC-21 Tribe Women’s Team Event Restricted to 120 swimmers
PSC-21 Junior Under 12 Restricted to 120 swimmers

At this stage, there will NO ‘walk up’ entries on the day, and the restricted numbers are less than we normally accommodate…..so do not be disappointed – get online, register and spread the word to your friends to do the same!

NEW IN 2021

After many requests, we are excited to announce, that we have now included a new MIXED CLASS for the PSC-21 1500m. This new class will allow people of any age or gender to swim together in the same wave. Please note that for this class, you will need to ensure that you will be part of a group. The new registration platform will allow you to create a Group, have friends and/or family register as part of that Group or join the Group after they have registered up until the end of December. So, if you register in Mixed, you can do your registration and then revisit the site before the end of December to advise the Group that you belong to. All members must have an active event registration in the mixed class. This ensures that you will be processed as a Group, and when allocations occur, that you will be put together in the same wave.

Once again thank you for your patience and we look forward to seeing you on the 23rd January 2021.

Craig Evans – Director Portsea Swim Classic

SAVE THE DATE: 23 January 2021

Please note that the date the 35th running of the Portsea Swim Classic has been scheduled for is Saturday 23rd January.

The Portsea Swim Classic provides the Portsea Surf Life Saving Club funding which contributes to the provision of vital lifesaving equipment and helps us keep the beach safe. We thank you for your patience and look forward to the PSC-21. 



We are excited to welcome back our title sponsor Blazer, who continue to provide the event with its iconic t-shirt and cap – arguably the best that you will find at any mass participation event. 

This year, we welcome Grainshaker, a handmade Australian Vodka, and Crestone Wealth Management, a leading wealth advice and portfolio management services provider as Gold sponsors. People4Ocean will also be returning as a sponsor of the Portsea Swim Classic.

We thank these companies and the many other partners we have for their continued support without which we could not deliver this great event.