FAQs

What is the Westpac Chopper Swim?

The Westpac Chopper Swim is a 20km swim fundraiser, where swimmers will be raising vital funds for the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust whilst reaching an amazing personal achievement.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, this year we are going virtual throughout the entire month of March! Three different routes will be provided to participants throughout North Shore, Eastern Bays and Waiheke Island which can be completed (and tracked live) on any day in March.

Unlike a race, this swim is recognised as a great personal achievement and for a great cause. Every swimmers agrees to fundraise as part of their entry for the Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopters.

Can anyone enter the Westpac Chopper Swim?

20km is no easy feat. If you are an experienced ocean swimmer you can register your interest in taking part in the Westpac Chopper Swim.

Anyone who intends to swim the entire 20km must have proof of having swum 10km in a recognised event prior to event day.

Your entry in to the swim is not confirmed until you receive an acceptance email.

All participants must organise their own own support crew, have ocean swimming experience, and fundraise for the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust. Any swimmer who has not fundraised prior to event day may be withdrawn from event results.

I have not received a confirmation email yet. When will I hear if I am successful?

We aim to review entries within three working days. If three working days have passed and you have not received an acceptance email yet, we are either awaiting more information from you, or your submission was not successfully uploaded in to our system. Please email support@chopperswim.co.nz to follow up.

If your entry is unsuccessful you will be sent an email explaining why. You may have the opportunity to resubmit your entry.

Can I swim in a team?

Yes! If you have ocean swimming experience, you and your friends can enter a team.

If you are not quite ready for 20km or haven't completed a 10km swim yet, entering a relay team with your friends or workmates is a great way to ease in to long-distance ocean swimming. It's also a great team day out on the water.


We recommend teams consist of two to five swimmers. When registering a team, make sure you ask that your support boat will be able to safely onboard everyone (including your kayaker) in an emergency.

Please contact support@chopperswim.co.nz if any member in your team plans to swim over 10km.

What do I need to bring with me on the day?

Wetsuit, sunblock, floatation device, lots of food and water, towels, dry clothing, goggles, dry bag, a bag for your belongings, medication, spare cap (we'll send you an event swim cap!).

Do I need to provide my own support crew?

Yes. All participants must agree to follow safety measures set out by organisers and have a support boat and/or kayak.

Your safety is your own responsibility.

What is the swim route?

Check out the map on the Donate page to zoom in and look at the different routes we have suggested.

These are:

Long Bay to Devonport - 20km
Okahu Bay to St Heliers - 5km or 10km return
Matiatia to Onetangi - 20km

What pre-requisites are required if I am wanting to swim the whole 20km?

You must be able to provide proof of having swam at least 10km in a recognised event if you plan on swimming the majority or all 20km of the Westpac Chopper Swim.

How can a donor make donations to my fundraising page?

When your fundraising page has been created, you will be sent a link that you can share with your friends and family. They can make a direct donation online and choose the amount they would like to donate. Any donations made on your page will show on your page as well as any team page you may be a part of.

Will donors receive a receipt for their donation?

Donors will receive a receipt from their donation which is automatically sent through the fundraising platform Raisely. As donations are sponsorship of a swimmer/team and not a direct donation to the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust, a tax-deductible receipt cannot be issued.

If your donor can not see their receipt, ask them to check junk/spam folders before contacting organisers to reissue another receipt.

Can donors receive a refund of their donation?

Please contact katie@arht.org.nz to discuss refunds.

Is there a community page on social media I can join?

Feel free to join the ‘Chopper Swim Challenge’ Facebook group. This page is run by organisers and a place to share questions and information within the Chopper Swim community.

Are there any prizes?

Yes! There are prizes up for grabs for the top fundraisers.

Each swimmer will receive a medal on completion of the swim.

Please note, this event is not a race. Whilst the swim is a personal achievement for all who take part, the focus is on fundraising for the efforts of the Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopters.

What happens if I am unwell or injure myself?

Please advise organisers and your support crew if you have any injuries that may prevent you from being able to take part in the Westpac Chopper Swim. If you feel ill or have any symptoms of Covid-19, stay home and advise organisers and support crews of your absence as soon as possible.

If you feel unwell or become injured during the swim, you can abort the swim at any time. Your safety is the number one most important thing!

Where can my friends and family watch my progress on the day?

Your friends and family can view your progress online through live tracking that will be set up prior to you starting. They can find live tracking here on the website for the month of March.

Being a close to coast swim, your friends and family can cheer you on from multiple beaches along the way!

How do I set up live tracking?

You will be sent details of how to set up live tracking prior to your swim so that your friends and family can see how you are progressing along your route.

Are there any prizes?

Yes! There are prizes up for grabs for the top fundraisers.

Each swimmer will receive a medal on completion of the swim.

Please note, this event is not a race. Whilst the swim is a personal achievement for all who take part, the focus is on fundraising for the efforts of the Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopters.

Can I swim in a team?

Yes! If you have ocean swimming experience, you and your friends can enter a team.

If you are not quite ready for 20km or haven't completed a 10km swim yet, entering a relay team with your friends or workmates is a great way to ease in to long-distance ocean swimming. It's also a great team day out on the water.


We recommend teams consist of two to five swimmers. When registering a team, make sure you ask that your support boat will be able to safely onboard everyone (including your kayaker) in an emergency.

Please contact support@chopperswim.co.nz if any member in your team plans to swim over 10km.

Can anyone enter the Westpac Chopper Swim?

20km is no easy feat. If you are an experienced ocean swimmer you can register your interest in taking part in the Westpac Chopper Swim.

Anyone who intends to swim the entire 20km must have proof of having swum 10km in a recognised event prior to event day.

Your entry in to the swim is not confirmed until you receive an acceptance email.

All participants must organise their own own support crew, have ocean swimming experience, and fundraise for the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust. Any swimmer who has not fundraised prior to event day may be withdrawn from event results.

Can donors receive a refund of their donation?

Please contact katie@arht.org.nz to discuss refunds.

Do I need to provide my own support crew?

Yes. All participants must agree to follow safety measures set out by organisers and have a support boat and/or kayak.

Your safety is your own responsibility.

How can a donor make donations to my fundraising page?

When your fundraising page has been created, you will be sent a link that you can share with your friends and family. They can make a direct donation online and choose the amount they would like to donate. Any donations made on your page will show on your page as well as any team page you may be a part of.

How do I set up live tracking?

You will be sent details of how to set up live tracking prior to your swim so that your friends and family can see how you are progressing along your route.

I have not received a confirmation email yet. When will I hear if I am successful?

We aim to review entries within three working days. If three working days have passed and you have not received an acceptance email yet, we are either awaiting more information from you, or your submission was not successfully uploaded in to our system. Please email support@chopperswim.co.nz to follow up.

If your entry is unsuccessful you will be sent an email explaining why. You may have the opportunity to resubmit your entry.

Is there a community page on social media I can join?

Feel free to join the ‘Chopper Swim Challenge’ Facebook group. This page is run by organisers and a place to share questions and information within the Chopper Swim community.

What do I need to bring with me on the day?

Wetsuit, sunblock, floatation device, lots of food and water, towels, dry clothing, goggles, dry bag, a bag for your belongings, medication, spare cap (we'll send you an event swim cap!).

What happens if I am unwell or injure myself?

Please advise organisers and your support crew if you have any injuries that may prevent you from being able to take part in the Westpac Chopper Swim. If you feel ill or have any symptoms of Covid-19, stay home and advise organisers and support crews of your absence as soon as possible.

If you feel unwell or become injured during the swim, you can abort the swim at any time. Your safety is the number one most important thing!

What is the Westpac Chopper Swim?

The Westpac Chopper Swim is a 20km swim fundraiser, where swimmers will be raising vital funds for the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust whilst reaching an amazing personal achievement.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, this year we are going virtual throughout the entire month of March! Three different routes will be provided to participants throughout North Shore, Eastern Bays and Waiheke Island which can be completed (and tracked live) on any day in March.

Unlike a race, this swim is recognised as a great personal achievement and for a great cause. Every swimmers agrees to fundraise as part of their entry for the Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopters.

What is the swim route?

Check out the map on the Donate page to zoom in and look at the different routes we have suggested.

These are:

Long Bay to Devonport - 20km
Okahu Bay to St Heliers - 5km or 10km return
Matiatia to Onetangi - 20km

What pre-requisites are required if I am wanting to swim the whole 20km?

You must be able to provide proof of having swam at least 10km in a recognised event if you plan on swimming the majority or all 20km of the Westpac Chopper Swim.

Where can my friends and family watch my progress on the day?

Your friends and family can view your progress online through live tracking that will be set up prior to you starting. They can find live tracking here on the website for the month of March.

Being a close to coast swim, your friends and family can cheer you on from multiple beaches along the way!

Will donors receive a receipt for their donation?

Donors will receive a receipt from their donation which is automatically sent through the fundraising platform Raisely. As donations are sponsorship of a swimmer/team and not a direct donation to the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust, a tax-deductible receipt cannot be issued.

If your donor can not see their receipt, ask them to check junk/spam folders before contacting organisers to reissue another receipt.

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