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News: Dec 12 2019

Early Bird extended till December 19.

We’ve also set up a 1+1 charity bundle option, so that swimmers can opt to pay an extra $250 to sponsor a Splash Swimmer to race the 1.5km Cold Plunge.

We have 20 slots on offer. Swimmers can sponsor up to 10 Splash swimmers by filling up the last option on the registration page before checking out.

Splash Foundation provides free learn-to-swim lessons to the under-privileged communities in Hong Kong. It has taught thousands how to swim and some of their graduates have become active open water swimmers.

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Start Times/Locations for the Cold Half Extreme Marathon Swim, and the Cold Plunge

Race date:  Sunday, 19 January 2020
Registration closes on January 12, 2020 (Early Bird ends on December 5, 2019)

Cold Half start time: 10am and 11am, Stanley Main Beach.  Registration starts at 9 am at the Sea School Pier on the right side of Stanley Main Beach (when looking at the water).

Cold Plunge: 2:00 pm, Deep Water Bay Beach (1.5km).  Registration starts at 1pm on the beach behind bus stop (near the VRC).

The Cold Half is a 15km winter marathon charity swim on Hong Kong Island from Stanley Main Beach to Deep Water Bay Beach. This is a SOLO or 2-person RELAY only race. There will be 2 categories – Naturally Ocean (no wetsuit) and Wetsuited & Buoyant. For relay, change is mandated at every 30 mins, or one change only at the 7.5km point. The cut-off time is 6hrs. Please contact race organiser if unsure about your ability to finish in time. This event in only for advanced swimmers with confidence and dare. Limit to max. 30 solos.

A support motorboat is mandatory for all 15km relay teams. A motorboat or a support paddler is a must for 15km solos. “YAK” paddle/swim is accepted for relays, upon organiser’s assessment on race day temperature and condition. Wetsuit only and no inflatables will be allowed.

For those who love swimming in the chill but mind the extreme distance, please sign up for the 1.5km satellite race happening concurrently in Deep Water Bay Beach – The Cold Plunge. This is the only winter swimming event of its kind in HK. Wetsuits welcome. Age group prizes.

Swim caps and souvenirs will be provided for all participants. There will be hot showers. A post-race BBQ, meal and awards will be held at Victoria Recreation Club in Deep Water Bay.

The event is organised by AVRA and supports Ocean Recovery Alliance, a Hong Kong based ocean conservation and education charity.

Hosted by
Open Water NRG – Extreme Open Water Swimming

Organized by


Venue Partner

Victoria Recreation Club





Registration closes on January 12, 2020. Early Bird ends on December 5, 2019

Cold Halfers have two options to pay: online (with 5% fee) or offline (with no fee). Cold Plungers must pay online.

For off-line payment, please still register yourself or your team via the link above, just do not proceed with c/c payment at the very end. Make a direct bank transfer, with all bank fees charged to yourself if any, to HSBC# 652-237231-838 (account name: Shu Shu Limited). Email your payment proof to or whatsapp to Shu@ +852-51993314. We will confirm your registration once your payment has cleared.

Feel free to write to Shu at, or Whatsapp +852-51993314 if you have any questions.


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