Cooly Classic Ocean Swim 2019

10 Weeks Group Training.

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Learn To Ocean Swim

... and help us beat cancer.

Earlybird registration ($180) ends Sun 10 Feb.

Can Too Cooly Classic is our entry-level group training program preparing those who can can swim at least 50m freestyle non-stop for the Cooly Classic 1km or 2km.

We believe you CAN TOO learn to ocean swim!

You just need do it in a safe, supportive learning environment -- one step at a time.

Which is where Can Too makes such a difference.

You'll learn proper technique from qualified and experienced swimming coaches.

You'll be supported in the ocean by water safety crew from Rainbow Bay SLSC -- experts in local conditions.

You'll be supported with your fundraising by a local Team Captain and Mentors, because funding cancer research is why we exist.

This summer, face your fears, and safely learn to ocean swim.

Your Training Program

Your 10 week program is packed with value including two coached sessions per week.

In return for your program you will fundraise for lifesaving QLD cancer projects.

Pool training sessions

These sessions focus on:

  • Reinforcing efficient swimming techniques
  • Building swim endurance and speed
  • Practicing open water swim techniques
  • Drills to improve stroke correction

Ocean swim clinics

These sessions focus on:

  • Reinforcing how to enter and exit the water safely
  • Learning open water swimming skills
  • Increasing your open water swim distance under supervision

Choose Your Area

Location Availability
Gold Coast Waitlist Only 
Brisbane Waitlist Only



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Minimum Experience

required to join this program.




Pool swimming

freestyle / no stopping.



Ocean swimming

none required to start.

$180 Rego = $395 Value

... and a first timer guarantee.

Super-Earlybird ($160) ended.
Earlybird ($180) ended.
Standard ($200) from Mon 11 Feb.


No extra fees for qualified coaching.

Pool Entry

No extra fees for pool entry.


No extra fees for swimming costumes.

Online Yoga

No extra fees for follow-at-home yoga.


No extra fees for Fisiocrem.

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We can't price a life-changing experience.

You don’t have to be fit, you don’t have to be fast, and you certainly don’t have to be brave — I wasn’t! And if it helps create a world where no one needs to get cancer like I did, then that’s worth it, don’t you think?

— Samantha Guthrie, Can Too Ocean Swimmer & Cancer Survivor

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Our First-Timer Guarantee.

If this is the first time you've signed up for Can Too, and you give us a fair go (by attending four of the first six sessions) and genuinely don't enjoy it — we’ll refund your registration fee.

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Train With Purpose

... for a cancer-free future.

Lyndal Keith, Can Too Participant

Cancer took my aunty while she was surrounded by us all, my newborn Heidi tucked gently into her arms where we knew she would have spent so much more time if it weren’t for cancer robbing them both of that joy. Aunty Ree told me it’s important not to be angry about her cancer but to be brave. I promised her that I would make a difference, I knew I had to join Can Too.

— Lyndal Keith, Can Too Ocean Swimmer

Our Impact Since 2005


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Cancer Research Grants


Research Breakthroughs

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We  Cooly Classic Ocean Swim

... and you will too!

The Cooly Classic is a rare opportunity to swim a course with some of Australia’s most revered surf breaks as your backdrop – Snapper Rocks, Coolangatta and Kirra.

In 2019, the Cooly Classic celebrates it’s 10th birthday!

The Cooly 1000 is a 1.0km short course option from Coolangatta to Kirra Beach. This is a perfect introduction for less experienced ocean swimmers and retains the popular point-to-point format.

The Cooly Classic 2.0 is without doubt the main event and always attracts a big crowd. Starting at the popular Snapper Rocks surf break, the course follows the coast north passing Rainbow Bay, Greenmount and Coolangatta enroute to the finish at legendary Kirra Beach.

Can Too Cooly Classic Ocean Swim trains for both the 1km and the 2km distances.

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All our staff are regulars in our programs. We all started as beginners, faced the same challenges as you, and are here to share our experiences and advice.

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