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Key information for the 2017 GMHBA Lorne Pier to Pub

  • Sharkbait Club sales 31st of October 2016
  • General Entries 14 of November 2016
  • GMHBA Lorne Mountain to Surf Friday 6th Jan 2017
  • GMHBA Lorne Pier to Pub Saturday 7th Jan 2017

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Some Frequently Asked Questions

The first swim starts at 12.30pm on Saturday 9th January 2016
How long is the course?
1.2km open water swim from the Lorne Pier to the beach. Depending on the day and the tide the distance can be slightly longer than this. You should be able to confidently swim 1500m in a pool
How fit do I need to be?
The GMHBA Lorne Pier to Pub swim attracts swimmers from all ages and from all levels including recreational and professional. You will need to complete the swim in reasonable time, less than 40 minutes. Swimmers who take too long may be removed from the water for their own safety.
Do you have training tips?
See Training Tips
How much does it cost?
What happens when entries open?
Initially swimmers will be required to register for a ballot. Sharkbait members can enter the swim and all runners can enter the run.
How will I be notified if I am successful in the first round of the ballot?
If you are successful you will be notified via email. Swimmers will have 1 week to complete entry and make payment.
What if I miss out on the first round?
Unsuccessful ballots are placed into a waiting list for second round places and subsequent rounds.
Do I need a wet-suit?
A wet-suit is not essential, however many participants choose to wear one for warmth and comfort. We stongly recommend that you wear a wet-suit. Wet-suits will be available for hire on the day.
When will my results be available?
Results will be available on the surfclub's website on the day of the race.
I would like to sponsor the event? Who can I contact?
If you are interested in sponsoring the event, please contact our Sponsorship Co-ordinator for more information. Details can be found on our contacts page.
I am an EAD athlete. Who do I contact?
Mark Williamson, Race Director
What is this quickest time ever for the swim?
10 min 30 seconds
What is the average time?
22 min
Do I need a medical check up?
Yes, it is required.
Can I swim with a friend?
Absolutely. Please email the swim administrator and we will arrange for you be in the same wave. You do need to arrange this well ahead of time. Changing swim waves is at the discretion of the Race Director.
How old do I need to be?
You must be at least 12 years old on the day of the swim.
Why have you started using a ballot?
The GMHBA Lorne Pier to Pub Swim is now one of the most anticipated and popular events in the country. For 2008, the swim sold out in the first day and the demand made it very difficult for those who were not available on that day and those with slow internet connections, such as our rural swimmers
What is a Sharkbait swimmer?
Sharkbait is a club for those who have swum 10 or more times. After completing ten swims (note these don't need to be in a row) a medal is awarded. As recognition to these swimmers, preferential entry to the swim is allowed.
Won't Sharkbait swimmers take all the places?
Sharkbait members will have a period of time to enter the swim. Currently there are 1000 active swimming Shark-bait members so that still leaves more than 4,000 spots open for everyone.
I am a Sharkbait swimmer and I swam as Sharkbait previously
You will automatically be registered in the system as a Sharkbait member. Sharkbait swimmers can enter the GMHBA Lorne Pier to Pub and are guaranteed a place. If you miss this window then you will need to go onto the waiting list and hope that a place becomes available.
I was awarded a Sharkbait medal in 2015 What do I need to do?
Nothing, use your account and it will automatically have your sharkbait status attached
I am a Sharkbait swimmer and I have not registered an account before. What should I do?
You need to create your own account. You can do this right now. go to https://www.lornesurfclub.com.au When your account has been created you must send an email to the swim_administrator@lornesurfclub.com.au and include in this your Shakbait details and the name of your account. The swim administrator will check the account and register you as a Sharkbait swimmer.
How come there are more rounds and a waiting list?
Although we allocate all places for the swim, spots can still become available. This can happen for a number of reasons. Swimmers don't pay for their swim, people can injure themselves and have to pull out (note that a $15 fee is charged for this) and sponsors sometimes don't wish to use all their swim places and these become available.
I will be overseas or I don't have the internet. What can I do?
The entry system is available on the internet. You should therefore be able to use the internet wherever you are to register for the ballot or pay for your place. If you do not have access to the internet then you will need to arrange for a friend to act on your behalf.
I have a swim spot and I wish to transfer it. What can I do?
Swims and runs are not transferable.
I am a runner. How does this affect me?
There is no ballot for the run. However run entries are expected to sell out so get in early to avoid disappointment. The run will also offer waiting list to sell any places that become available.
I have a sponsor swim or run. What do I do?
The marketing team will be contacting you with coupons. Once you have a coupon, you can enter the swim at any time till the 11th of December.
I was a winner last year, what do I do?
We will be contacting you via email. Your win will automatically be added to your account giving you entry to the 2016 event. You can enter the swim at any time till the 11th of December.

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