What’s it all about?

If you’re new to the event, watch our promotional video for a quick introduction:

Ocean Swim, Stand-Up Paddle or Run – you choose

The Harcourts Cooper & Co Beach Series is a weekly event held each Tuesday evening during summer on Takapuna Beach. Participants can choose how many times to participate within a season – it could be 1 event you attend, 18 events, or any number in between.

Three great Event Disciplines to choose from:

Ocean Swim Series

    • Junior Swim 250m
    • Swim 500m
    • Swim 1000m
    • Swim 1500m
    • Swim 2000m

Run Series

    • Junior Run 2.5km
    • Beach Run 5km
    • Coastal Run 7km

Stand-Up Paddle Series

    • SUP 1km
    • SUP 3km
    • SUP 4km

For more information on each of the 11 event categories, check out the three event discipline pages on this website. Choose from either the popular Ocean swim options, awesome Beach and Coastal Runs or our fast-growing Stand-Up Paddle.

Choosing the best Entry Pass for you

You choose how many times to participate within a season – the more events you enter at a time, the cheaper the price per event. You will also receive some additional goodies for buying a 12 or 18 event pass.

All entries are once again flexible this season. This means you’re able to enter the 1500m swim event and have this as your default, however if one evening you decide to give something else a go, no problem, just let the team in registration know you are changing for that night.

You will always be entered into your default category so it is important if you change that you let us know. If a swimmer changes to a run or SUP then you must purchase a singlet from registration to be able to take part; these are $15.00. If a runner or SUP’er changes to the swim you must purchase a swim cap from registration to be able to take part; these are $10.00.

Most importantly, entering online will save you money enter now!

For full details on the entry options and prices click HERE

How to enter an event

Enter online:

Entering online offers big savings across all Event Passes as well as some cool online-exclusive rewards (see Entry Fees page for details). It is also cheaper to enter online and will save you time on event night. Online registrations close at 2pm sharp each event day.

Enter Event


Enter offline (Franc’s Bar):

On the event day, you can choose to register inside Franc’s Bar (opposite the Takapuna Beach Reserve) from 5.00pm up until 15 minutes before your event starts. Please allow plenty of time when entering on the night, registration can get busy at times.

Topping up your event pass
If you have already registered (online or offline) during the season you can top up your credits at registration (inside the Franc’s Bar) – just visit the “Top Ups” line (there is no need to fill in a New Entrant Form again).

Timing Transponders

Every Harcourts Cooper & Co Beach Series participant must wear a timing transponder on their ankle for their event to record their completion time.

Temporary timing transponders: With all ‘single pass’ entries, you will be provided a temporary timing transponder which will need to be collected from registration inside Franc’s Bar before each event. This will record your completion time and must be dropped in the timing transponder bins (in the finish chute) after your event.

Permanent timing transponders: When purchasing a 6, 12 or 18 Event Pass, you will be provided a permanent timing transponder for the duration of your season, saving you valuable time by not having to queue up for a temporary timing transponder before each event. At the end of the season (or the final event you choose to take part in) you will have to return it back to event officials, leaving it in the timing transponder bucket within the finish chute. Loss/failure to return this timing chip will incur a $35 fee. This $35 deposit will be paid automatically when you register, refunds will be made at the completion of the season.

Event Safety & Rules

Before the event each week there is a compulsory Safety Briefing which all participants must attend. You can also read Event Safety information HERE before you head down to the event, to ensure you have a fun and enjoyable time. Your event’s compulsory Safety Briefing times and locations are listed on here as well.

Event Start & Finish

Start Marshals and Start Positions

  • All event disciplines will have a start marshal. They will determine whether the field is set and ready.
  • Please remain behind your start line for your event, otherwise your event will not start.
  • When the orange flag in front of a field is raised (and still), you will then be in the starter’s hands. To avoid a false start or being disqualified, leave your start line/area only when you hear the hooter sound and when you see the orange flag lowered in front of your start line by the start marshals.

Finish Line

  • The finish line is the blue mats you go over when running through the finish arch. Please don’t stop until you reach this mat as your time will be recorded at this point.
  • Take note of your time on your watch in case of any timing issues and email us through the contact us page after the event to rectify this. 
  • Please click here for an event information sheet.