History

The Swim Thru Perth is Australia's oldest open water swim having been first held in 1912.  Although there have been many changes to the race course and distance over the years the race has always been held in the Swan River in January. Throughout the 105 year history of the event the race has only been interrupted by the two World Wars and a polio epidemic. 

WH Hawkins 1927
W. H. Hawkins wins the three mile Swim Thru Perth in 1927

Claremont Masters has been the proud Event Coordinators since 1985 and has seen the event grow steadily. From 50 swimmers in 1912, the event now attracts upwards of 250 swimmers who tackle the various race distances in the picturesque surrounds of Matilda Bay.

In 2017 Claremont Masters is proud to announce a new association with Swimming WA, which brings new race distances to the event: 5.0km, 2.5km, 1.25km and a 250m "Try It" event for beginners . 

Over its long history the Swim Thru Perth has attracted the cream of Western Australian and Australian swimming – it has been swum and won by Olympians and World Champions including our Event Patron,  Shelley Taylor-Smith who first swum the event aged 12.

The swim is a highlight of Perth’s busy open water swimming calendar, and – in addition to elite competitors – attracts swimmers of all ages and standards.  Each year, with support from all the Event Sponsors and competitors, the Swim Thru Perth commits to raise funds for a nominated charity, currently the WA Disabled Sports Association (WASDA).

Entries open each November for the annual race which is usually held on the third Sunday of January.