Newport Beach Ocean Swims

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The Newport Beach Ocean Swims are held in Newport Beach, California in July and August.

The Newport Beach lifeguard-organized ocean swims are summer classics in Southern California and annually draw a large field of participants from newcomers to Olympians. The swims include the 2-mile Newport Pier-2-Pier Swim in July and the Don Burns 1-mile Scholarship Swim (or the Don Burns Mile) in August.


Newport Pier-2-Pier Swim Course

Newport Pier-2-Pier Swim starts at the Balboa Pier and goes along the Newport Beach coastline to the Newport Pier. The 2-mile course is annually held in mid-July weekend.

The course starts from the beach next to the Balboa Pier. Athletes swim to a buoy offshore and then up the coast to a buoy right off the Newport Pier. They round the buoy at the Newport Pier and finish on shore in front of Lifeguard Headquarters.

Don Burns 1-mile Scholarship Swim Course

The Don Burns 1-mile Scholarship Swim (or the Don Burns Mile) is held at Big Corona Beach at Corona del Mar State Beach. Check-In is at Lifeguard Tower #3 – next to the jetty.

The course starts from the beach next to the Corona del Mar jetty. Athletes swim to buoy 100 yards offshore and down coast past spectacular cliffside homes and beautiful rocky coastline to the secluded cove of Little Corona. The swimmers round buoys on their right shoulder, return upcoast to the first buoy, and swim to an onshore finish at the starting line.

Directions to Corona del Mar State Beach

Directions: From the 405 Freeway of the San Joaquin Tollway (the 73) in Orange County, take the MacArthur exit and follow it towards the ocean to Pacific Coast Highway. Turn left (south) and follow the streets in alphabetical order to Marguerite. (Bonus if you notice that the streets are named after flowers!) Starbucks and Brueggers are on your right at Goldenrod. Turn right at Marguerite and right again at Ocean Blvd. Drive down the large driveway to the City parking lot, $15, or park on the streets above and walk down.

Entry Fees

Registration with a T-Shirt is US$25 or US$45 for both swims. Souvenir T-Shirts are US$10. Donations are accepted for the Don Burns Scholarship


All swimmers must have a current U.S. Masters Swimming registration card. U.S. Masters Swimming rules govern both races.

2011 Newport Pier-2-Pier Swim

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