Kiwanis International - Kiwanis Club of Whakatane

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Lake Rotoma Swim
Photograph by Kiwanis Club of Whakatane

The Kiwanis Lake Rotoma Swim is held each Waitangi Day (New Zealand's national day: 6th February). It features twenty events open to all comers and all ages. 

The Kiwanis Club of Whakatane claims that the course is the only buoyed barrage swim course in the world outside of established 2000 m. rowing/canoe courses. A 1500 m. rope is suspended below the lake surface by orange buoys and droppers every 10m. Larger buoys mark the corners and finish line. The course is triangular and has legs of 550 m., 550 m. and 400 m.

lotsa swimmers     

The start of one of the events.                                                                                                                                      Buoyed course.

swim cap
Kiwanis swim cap worn by all swimmers.
The swimmers wear colour coded Kiwanis caps so the participants in the several races that occur at the same time can be identified. Power boat support as well as a number of kayaks are provided for swimmer safety and course monitoring.
pace boat
A kayak paces one of the swimmers.





For 2014 - 2016 The Lake Rotoma Swim will be one of 3 events staged on the Rotorua Lakes. Complete all 3 events and receive a Famously Rotorua "Swim the Lakes" T-shirt. The other events will be held on 25/26 January at the Blue Lake and on 16 March at Lake Okataina.

For information on the next Lake Rotoma Swim event, contact the Kiwanis Club of Whakatane Secretary, Leigh Baker or by telephone at +64(7)308-7086.

To download an entry form click here and return it to Leigh Baker.   2017 swim times here:

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Page last updated by Mark Franken on 13 February, 2017.
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