About the swim

Funds raised

25 March 2021 marks the date for the annual Westpac Chopper Swim.

Get set for another epic Westpac Chopper Swim in support of your Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter. 25 March 2021 marks the return of the popular open water swim event where brave souls take to the waters of the Hauraki Gulf swimming 20km from Waiheke Island to Auckland City - with fun and fundraising the ultimate goal.

The Westpac Chopper Swim first came about in 2016 when a small and inspired group of long distance swimming devotees, decided to take the ultimate plunge and raise money for a cause they were all passionate about. The first challenge was a huge success raising over $40,000 for the chopper.

The Westpac Chopper Swim has now raised over$400,000. That’s 80 lives saved!

All participants agree to raise money for the vital Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter service. Everyone can participate in some way – get behind our swimmers and support them as they take on the challenge of a life-time that will help save lives.

Special thanks to those whose dedication and support make this event possible.

Find out about volunteer roles at this event.


Check out where we are swimming from.

The course

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