2020 HOBART 

 MS 12 HOUR 



The MS 12 Hour Mega Swim is a fun team relay event where teams have a swimmer in the water for the entire 12 hours and compete for laps swum and money raised, in support for people living with multiple sclerosis. It is one of Australia’s most popular and fastest-growing fundraising events, bringing communities together.

People of all ages and abilities can take part in the MS 12 Hour Mega Swim with each team creating a roster to suit each swimmer. Some swim for 10 minutes, others for 4 hours! The MS 12 Hour Mega Swim is a competition with points awarded to each team; 1 point for every $10 raised (banked funds) and 1 point for every 500 metres swum.


Free parking is available at the venue

Validate your ticket in the Centre prior to leaving


Café open from 8am-5pm Saturday



Overall Winning Team

Top Fundraiser

Youth Award

Best Dressed Team





Raised so far


Our goal





Saturday, 10 October 2020
10.00AM - 10.00PM






Hobart Aquatic Centre
Hobart TAS 7000


What COVID-19 Safety measures are in place at this event?

New COVID-19 Safety Measures Implemented by MS and Doone Kennedy Hobart Aquatic Centre (DKHAC) towards the 2020 Hobart MS 12 Hour Mega Swim as follows:

  • All participants are encouraged to download the COVIDSafe app
  • Participants and spectators will be required to sign in on pool deck upon arrival at Doone Kennedy Hobart Aquatic Centre.
  • Upon sign in, participants and spectators will be required to use the provided hand sanitizer at the registration table. Hygiene Station are also available at the venue.
  • All participants are reminded to physical distance and practise good hygiene.
  • Appropriate indoor Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for volunteers, staff and community hosts will be provided
  • Cashless registrations and donations process on the day
  • Physical distancing procedures during presentations

As stated on their website, Doone Kennedy Hobart Aquatic Centre will:

  • Increase cleaning and sanitising commitments across the centre.
  • There will be limited changeroom access adhering to physical distancing of 1 person per 2sq/m
  • No access to showers, pool deck showers available to rinse off
  • No access to sauna, spa and steam room
  • No access to Leisure pool and recreation area
  • No access to lockers
  • No direct drinking from water fountain, only used for refills
  • Maximum 3 swimmers per 25m lane at the one time

For further information on Venue COVID-19 Safety measures please visit www.hobartaquaticcentre.com.au/

What are the Conditions of Entry to the Doone Kennedy Hobart Aquatic Centre?


You are not permitted entry to the Centre if you:

  • are experiencing any flu-like symptoms (sore throat, runny nose, persistent cough, shortness of breath, fever);
  • have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 (during the period of time in which the virus is contagious);
  • are awaiting the results of a test for COVID-19;
  • reside with anyone who is awaiting the results of a test for COVID-19;
  • have recently returned from international travel and failed to observe the government requirement to quarantine for 14 days. 
  • All participants, spectators and suppliers will be required to enter the venue via the side doors on Aberdeen Street. Parking in the main car park is encouraged and only a short distance to the side doors.
  • You will be required to supply your contact details to assist with contact tracing in the event of an outbreak or potential exposure to someone with COVID-19. Please note, contact details will be provided to DKHAC at the conclusion of the event. The Centre will ensure records are used only for the purposes of tracing COVID-19 infections and are stored confidentially and securely.
  • Please maintain social distancing and avoid gatherings immediately outside the premises of DKHAC.

Please read DKHAC’s full Conditions of Entry here: https://www.hobartaquaticcentre.com.au/About-us/Conditions-of-Entry

What are the current Tasmanian restrictions for an indoor venue?

Tasmania is currently under ‘Stage 3’ Tasmanian Government advice as part of Tasmania’s Roadmap to Recovery.

Stage 3 states that gathering limits are determined by the density of the area with a maximum 250 people for an undivided space in an indoor premise.

For more information visit: coronavirus.tas.gov.au

Can I register on the day?

On the day registrations are available until 9pm Saturday 10 October.

For health and safety reasons we encourage all registrations to be completed online. Once registered, simply present your registration confirmation to one of our friendly team members at the registration desk and they will be able to assist you from there.

Can I donate on the day?

Yes, however due to health and safety reasons we strongly encourage donations be done online.

Unlike cash donations, online donations will display online instantly, contributing to the Hobart event’s fundraising total.

You will also receive a tax receipt via email for donations over $2.



I am a Team Captain, what do I need to know around swim scheduling and managing my team?

Please read all COVID-19 FAQs thoroughly and inform your team of the new safety measures in place.

Please roster your team schedule so there is always

  • 1 person in the pool
  • 1 person at the end of the lane to tally laps

Remaining team members are encouraged to be seated on the grandstand with ‘one person, one bag rule’ eg. keeping one seat between you and the next person to enforce 1.5m physical distancing.

Please ensure your team members maintain social distancing and avoid gatherings immediately outside the premises of DKHAC.

We encourage you to bring your own food, as the venue café will have limited offerings and reduced hour. Unfortunately, there will no MS BBQ cooked onsite this year.

Drink fountains at the venue will be available for refill only. Please ensure each team member brings a water bottle to the event. Alternatively, water can be purchased from the café during opening hours.

Any team members feeling unwell should stay home, if you have less members than expected due to illness, give our friendly team a call on 1300 733 690 or email megachallenge@ms.org.au and we will assist you with merging teams.  

I am a participant, what do I need to know?

Please read all COVID-19 FAQs thoroughly and inform your team members of the new safety measures in place.

Any team members feeling unwell should stay home, if you have less members than expected due to illness, give our friendly team a call on 1300 733 690 or email megachallenge@ms.org.au and we will assist you with merging teams. 

What are the updated lane etiquettes?

A summary of the DKHAC updated lane etiquettes in response with COVID-19 health and safety measures are as follows:  

  • Maximum 3 Swimmers per 25mtr Lane
  • Turning space must be kept clear.
  • Yellow Witches Hats identify rest points. One swimmer only in this area
  • Keep to the left of the lane in single file
  • Do not stop in the middle of the lane.
  • Lifeguards will not loan equipment during COVID 19 restrictions.

For a full outline of lane etiquettes from DKHAC, click here

Can I use the venue facilities, i.e. water fountains, shower, change rooms, lockers?

Water fountains

As per DKHAC guidelines, water fountains are available for refills only. Do not directly drink from the water fountains. We encourage everyone to bring along their own water bottle for refills.

Showers and changerooms

It is highly recommended for participants to shower and change at home where possible. There will be no access to showers at the venue. Pool deck showers are available for those who are desperate to rinse off. Access to the changeroom is limited subject to density limits.


Keep non-essential items at home, there will be no access to lockers at the venue

Will the venue café be available?

The venue café will be available with limited offerings and reduced opening hours. Venue café seating area to cater for one person per 2 square metres.

Participants are encouraged to bring own food and water to reenergize throughout the event. Unfortunately, there will be no MS BBQ cooked onsite this year.

Will there be presentations at the event?

Presentations will be held at 10.10pm with physical distancing measures in place.

Winners will be announced by the Master of Ceremonies, awards will be left on the presentation table for winners to collect themselves.

Clapping is encouraged, handshakes and hugging others including family and friends are not permitted.

The Master of Ceremonies will make announcements where required to ensure everyone adheres to social distancing during presentations.

Can my friends and family attend as spectators

Yes, all spectators are required to sign in at the registration table upon arrival and use the provided hand sanitiser.

Spectators must be seated in the grandstands with 1.5m social distancing in practice.

What if I am feeling unwell on event day?

We encourage everyone to make choices that support public safety and wellness. Stay at home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough, sore throat, or difficulty breathing, do not participate in public events and seek medical advice.

Stay at home if you have been in contact with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19, have travelled interstate or overseas in the last 14 days.

Let your Team Captain and team members know you can’t attend.

Please follow advice from the State and Federal Government authorities and Australian Health Department. Follow the directions of Government Health Authorities and always practise good hygiene. The Australian Government provides advice on hygiene practices. For more information, visit the Australian Government website.