The Swim


When will the next Marilyn Jetty Swim occur?

Every year the Marilyn Jetty Swim is held as part of the Channel 7 Brighton Jetty Classic which is held on the first Sunday in February. Our next swim will be Sunday 5 February 2023.

Who can register for the Marilyn Jetty Swim?

Anyone can register to take part as long as they are 10 years or older on the day of the swim and they can swim to a moderate level.

Is there a registration fee?

Registration fees vary from $40-$65 depending on what type of Marilyn you choose to be. All registrations cover the cost of entry to the Brighton Jetty Classic swim and for first-time participants (‘New Marilyn’s’) this also includes a Marilyn wig and love heart sunglasses to help complete the Marilyn look.

Do I have to be an elite swimmer to take part?

Absolutely not! The Marilyn Jetty Swim prides itself in being inclusive of all people, regardless of swimming ability. Obviously, basic swimming skills to paddle 400m is required, but Surf Life Savers are on patrol during the event and are very happy and willing to assist the Marilyn’s—in fact some Marilyn’s have been spotted on the back of jet-ski’s in the past!

Can I take part if I’m under 18 years of age?

Of course you can, Darling. Participants must be able to swim and be 10 years or older on the day of the swim though.

Can I transfer my entry or obtain a refund?

If you cannot make the swim, we strongly suggest you transfer your registration to another participant. Registration for the swim can also be refunded, please contact Cancer Council SA on 1300 65 65 85 for assistance.

When does registration for the Marilyn Jetty Swim close?

As we need to provide swimmers full details to organisers of the Brighton Jetty Classic, registrations usually close one week before the event.


I'd like to fundraise online, how do I set up my personal fundraising web page?

Setting up your personal fundraising page is easy. Once you click 'Register', you'll be prompted through each step of the process which includes setting up your fundraising account. Your Marilyn Jetty Swim page can be personalised with your own photos and messages. You can link it to your Facebook and Twitter account, send emails to your friends, even bank your cash donations there. If you have any problems with setting up your fundraising page, please contact Cancer Council SA on 1300 65 65 85.

Can I create a team?

Of course you can, Darling! Marilyn’s love to fundraise together and do joint fundraisers to support each other. Funds raised on your individual pages will count towards your team’s goal. Just make sure all team members can swim and are 10 years or over on the date of the swim.

Can people who donate to my page get a tax-deductible receipt?

Donations of more than $2 are tax-deductible. Online donations will be automatically receipted to the email address provided when the donation is made. For any offline donations that require a tax-deductible receipt, please call Cancer Council SA on 1300 65 65 85 and we will send you the receipt to issue to your donor.

Can I donate from overseas?

Absolutely darling—with online fundraising there are no geographical limits.

How do I find the link to my personal fundraising page?

Every participant is given a unique website address (URL) for their event. Please check your registration confirmation email for your personal URL or log into your account and select 'My fundraising' where you will see your 'Personal Page URL’. If you have deleted or misplaced your registration email, just let us know and we can resend it to you.

What do I do with the money I raise?

There are various ways you can deposit the money you raise:

Online. This is the best way for Cancer Council SA to receive donations. It saves time and valuable resources. If you've received cash donations, you can pay the amount using your own credit card and then reimburse yourself with the cash. You'll still be able to generate receipts for all donors—just make sure you enter all of their details. To bank funds online, login to your fundraising page and click on make a donation. A donation from a friend or family member will be receipted however, with a donation from an event or cash lump sum no receipt will be issued.

My company wants to contribute, how can they do this?

Many companies like to support their employees’ fundraising efforts by matching the funds they raise—have a chat to your workplace. Alternatively, your workmates can donate individually via your fundraising page.

Can I collect donations offline and pay using my credit card via my fundraising page?

If some people pay you in cash, you can keep that money and either bank it at the end of your event or pay us using your credit card. In order to give them tax receipts, be sure you enter their name and email address or send in a donation slip with your host return paperwork you will receive in the post after registering. You must use your personal fundraising page only for the purposes of raising funds for Cancer Council SA in connection with your participation in the Marilyn Jetty Swim. In using your personal fundraising page (or sharing any link to it) you must:

  • comply with all applicable laws
  • not infringe the rights of any third party
  • not include information or content that is false, misleading, deceptive, offensive or inappropriate
  • not adversely affect the brand of Cancer Council SA, the Brighton Jetty Classic or Brighton Surf Lifesaving Club
  • If Cancer Council suspects that you not complied with these terms, it may suspend or cancel your personal fundraising page.

What if I have forgotten my username/ password?

If you have forgotten your password, click on the ‘Forgot Password' link and follow the instructions. If you have any questions, please contact Cancer Council SA on 1300 65 65 85.

The Swim

What do I get when I register for the Marilyn Jetty Swim?

  • When you register for the Marilyn Jetty Swim you will receive a confirmation email and be sent your welcome pack in the post (which will include your wig and sunglasses if you have registered as a New Swim Maryiln or New Shore Marilyn).
  • Swimsuits can be purchased during your registration via our online shop, but are not included in the registration fee for the swim - they cost $30.

What do I wear?

Marilyn swimmers:

  • White halter neck swimsuit – available for purchase ($30) during your registration in our online shop.
  • Marilyn wig – provided in your registration as a ‘New Marilyn’
  • Love heart sunglasses – provided in your registration as a ‘New Marilyn’
  • Australian flag swim ring – available for purchase ($15) during your registration in our online shop.

Shore Marilyns:

  • White halter neck dress
  • Marilyn wig
  • Love heart sunglasses

Marilyn’s are required to look uniform. Only Marilyn-approved wigs & Australian flag swim rings are allowed. Participants will need to meet these requirements upon check-in before the swim. 

For water safety reason, swimmers will only be allowed to swim in attire that is considered safe—this is at the Brighton Jetty Classic’s Race Director’s discretion.

Are SunSmart measures considered as part of the Marilyn Jetty Swim?

The Marilyn’s regularly apply sunscreen which is provided by Cancer Council SA volunteers as a part of the event. Marilyn’s, spectators and participants are all encouraged to be SunSmart and in addition to sunscreen, Cancer Council SA also provide shade in conjunction with the Channel 7 Brighton Jetty Classic.

Where do I leave and collect my belongings?

Participants are provided a Marilyn Jetty Swim branded bag during check-in where you can store a small amount of items that volunteers will store during the swim. However, we’d hate for your valuables to go missing, so please arrange to leave anything of value with family and friends who are not participating in the swim, or better yet leave them at home.

How will I receive my wig, sunglasses and/or swimsuit?

Once you have registered for the Marilyn Jetty Swim, your wig and sunglasses will be sent to you in the post within two weeks (approximately). Swimsuits can be purchased during your registration via our online shop.

I’m not a confident swimmer, will I feel safe in the water?

Absolutely darling. Lifesavers are on the beach and in the water during the entire Brighton Jetty Classic—including the Marilyn Jetty Swim. They are proficient volunteers who are predominantly members of the Brighton Surf Lifesaving Club, supported by neighbouring surf clubs or representing Surf Life Saving SA (those in helicopter, on jet boat and jet skis). Patrol members on duty wear the distinctive yellow and red SLSA Surf Rescue Cap and Uniform. They are there to provide assistance as needed, and are more than willing to help our group of blonde bombshells.

What time is the Marilyn Jetty Swim?

The time of the Marilyn Jetty Swim is stipulated by organisers of the Channel 7Brighton Jetty Classic and information on the exact time will be available closer to the event date. In previous years we have participated approximately between 10.00 am – 11.00 am.

When will I receive confirmation of my entry?

Confirmation of entry will be sent to you via your nominated email address once your registration has been processed. If you don’t receive a confirmation email, please contact Cancer Council SA on 1300 65 65 85.

How long is the swim?

We swim/paddle 400m around the Brighton jetty. From when we first step onto the sand to completion it is about 30 minutes (maximum) but the actual swim is roughly 15-20 minutes. It is so much fun you won’t even realise!

Where do I park my car on swim day?

Marilyn Jetty Swim participants get ready together at Marilyn HQ—a few blocks from the Brighton esplanade. Parking can be tricky on the day and restrictions apply due to the event, so it’s best to carpool, get dropped off or catch public transport. More information will be provided to participants closer to the event date.

Can I volunteer to help?

We would love to have your help! Roles can vary from checking in Marilyn’s at Marilyn HQ with their swim tag, to providing water or sunscreen assistance at the marquee along the Brighton esplanade. For more information, please contact Cancer Council SA on 1300 65 65 85.

Where can I get more information on what will happen on the day?

Details on the event can be found on the website here, and if you're a participant you will receive email communications leading up to the event.

Do I need to swim the whole distance of the jetty?

The Marilyn Jetty Swim is certainly not a race, so we take our time and do it all with style and grace. Surf Lifesavers are on hand during the entirety of our swim and will assist anyone unable to complete the swim on their own. In prior years some Marilyn’s have been spotted sitting gracefully on the back of a jetski or two!

Where does the money raised go towards?

All funds raised through the Marilyn Jetty Swim will go towards funding cancer research, prevention, advocacy and support programs for South Australians impacted by cancer through Cancer Council SA. Click here to find out where your money goes.


What are you doing to make sure that the event is COVID-safe?

Cancer Council SA, together with the Channel 7 Brighton Jetty Classic and SA Health, have developed COVID-safe plans which cover the pre-event registration at Yester Avenue, the march down Jetty Road and swim at Brighton Beach.

To ensure that you are COVID-safe, the following restrictions have been put in place this year:

  • At your arrival to Yester Avenue, you will be asked to check in via the designated check in desk. At the check in desk you will need to:
    - Check in via the mySA GOV website or paper
    - Collect your Marilyn Jetty Swim participant bag, which includes a Marilyn’s branded face mask to be worn at all times, unless in the water.

What’s different this year?

At this year’s swim, it’s more important than ever before to follow SA Health guidelines. This means social distancing at all times, wearing your face mask and using hand sanitiser regularly. Before the march down Jetty Road, you will also need to make sure that you wait on Yester Avenue and not on any private properties on the street, as private properties are capped at a maximum of 10 people.  All of Yester Ave will be closed to traffic for the duration of our event.

How will you ensure participants maintain social distancing?

Your swim ring is your key to social distancing. By keeping two swim rings away from other Marilyn’s, you will be making sure that you appropriately socially distanced from other swimmers. Plus, it’s also the best accessory to complete your Marilyn’s look!

For further information about the Marilyn Jetty Swim during the Brighton Jetty Classic, please refer to the Brighton Jetty Classic website