Frequently Asked Questions

Is the swim hard?

Who can register for Marilyn Jetty Swim?

When do registrations close?

Where do I get my Marilyn’s kit?

How long will my kit take to arrive?

Do I have to fundraise?

Is the swim hard?

The Marilyn Jetty Swim is a crowd favourite, and part of the Channel 7 Brighton Jetty Classic swim carnival.

The Marilyn Jetty Swim prides itself in being inclusive of all people, regardless of swimming ability. Obviously, basic swimming skills to paddle the 400m distance around Brighton Jetty are required – it is certainly not a race, so we take our time and do it all with style and grace.

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!

Surf Life Savers are on patrol during the event, wearing 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 and assist anyone unable to complete the swim on their own —in fact some Marilyn’s have been spotted on the back of jet-ski’s in the past!

John Cvetko, Chair of the Channel 7 Brighton Jetty Classic shares more information about the support you’ll receive in the water:

Who can register for the Marilyn Jetty Swim?

The Marilyn Jetty Swim prides itself in being inclusive of all people. 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. Please click here for more information on the Channel 7 Brighton Jetty Classic.

When do registrations close?

As we need to provide swimmers’ full details to organisers of the Brighton Jetty Classic, registrations will close at 5pm on Friday, 19 January 2024.

Where do I get my Marilyn's Kit

To be a Marilyn, you will need a few things to look the part, Darling! When you register for the Marilyn Jetty Swim you will receive a confirmation email and be sent your welcome pack in the post. If this is your first time participating in the swim, your kit will also include your wig and sunglasses.

You can find the rest of what you need through the exclusive Marilyn’s Shop which you can access during the registration process, or after you have registered.

Swim Marilyn:

  • 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 during your registration in our online shop.
  • White, halter-neck swimsuit (female) or Stars and Stripes suit (male)

Shore Marilyn:

  • White halter neck dress (Not supplied by Cancer Council SA)
  • Marilyn wig – provided in your registration as a New Shore Marilyn
  • Love heart sunglasses – provided in your registration as a New Shore Marilyn
Returning Marilyns:

  • If you require a new swimsuit, this can be purchased through the Marilyn's Shop, accessible through your online fundraising page after you have registered. 
Please note, no extraneous swimming aids are allowed. This includes, but is not limited to: fins, boards, snorkels and personal support items (wet suits are permitted).

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 and will be monitored on the day.

If you follow the information provided from the Marilyn Jetty Swim team at Cancer Council SA, you'll be fine darling!

How long will my kit take to arrive?

Your Welcome Kit and any merchandise purchased through the Marilyn’s Shop is dispatched from Cancer Council SA’s warehouse within 7-10 business days of your registration/order being received. You will receive a shipping notification via email containing your tracking number so you can keep an eye on the progress of your parcel delivery.

We will commence dispatching merchandise orders, week commencing 6 November 2024.

Merchandise orders placed between Friday, 19 January and 5pm Thursday, 1 February 2024 will be subject to pick up only, from Cancer Council SA - 202 Greenhill Road, Eastwood.

Please note: We are experiencing a production delay in the Men's Swimsuit option. We anticipate these items to be dispatched from Cancer Council SA's warehouse in early January 2024. 

Do I have to fundraise?

The Marilyn Jetty Swim started by one woman’s dream of a world without cancer. Since then, the Marilyn Jetty Swim community have raised over $1,000,000 to support the work of Cancer Council SA. All funds raised through the Marilyn Jetty Swim stay in South Australia and help fund cancer research, prevention, advocacy and support programs for South Australians impacted by cancer. Click here to find out more about how your fundraising efforts are helping to save lives.

Registration Questions

Is there a registration fee?

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Registration fees vary 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.

Registration fees:

  • New Swim Marilyn $75 (including wig and sunglasses)
  • Returning Swim Marilyn $50
  • New Shore Marilyn $35 (including wig and sunglasses)
  • Returning Shore Marilyn $10

Can I transfer my entry or obtain a refund?

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If you cannot make the swim, we strongly suggest you make contact with us ASAP. Registrations cannot be transferred to another participant after Monday 30 January 2024.

Partial registration fees for the swim can also be refunded, please contact Cancer Council SA on 1300 65 65 85 for assistance. 

Can I exchange my swimsuit size? 

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Although we hope you love all your items, darling, we understand buying swimsuits online can be tricky!

We have an exchange policy in place if you are not 100% happy with your fit.

Exchange policy:

We accept exchanges within 30 days of purchase, provided you have the following:

  • Proof of purchase (order number)
  • Item/s are in their original condition, unworn and with tags and hygiene stickers still attached

We are unable to accept returns or exchanges due to change of mind, unless deemed faulty. 

Should you have any queries, please contact the Marilyn Jetty Swim team on 1300 65 65 85.

Can I create a team?

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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.

You’ll be given the option to create or join a team when you register.

Fundraising Questions

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

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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 need assistance setting up your fundraising page, please contact Cancer Council SA on 1300 65 65 85.

I’m having trouble logging into my fundraising page. Help!

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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.

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

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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 and we can resend it to you.

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

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Yes. 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?

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

What do I do with the money I raise?

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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.

If you need any assistance with this process, please contact Cancer Council SA on 1300 65 65 85.

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

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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?

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Yes. 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. If you are hosting a fundraising event and will require donation receipts, please contact Cancer Council SA on 1300 65 65 85 for further assistance.

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, 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.

The Swim Questions

When will I receive confirmation of my entry?

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Your Marilyn Jetty Swim registration will be confirmed in an automatic email sent by Cancer Council SA. You will also receive a separate email from the Channel 7 Brighton Jetty Classic organisers confirming your entry into the Channel 7 Brighton Jetty Classic, closer to our big day. You can expect to receive this email between 22 January and 2 February 2024.

What time is the Marilyn Jetty Swim?

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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.

Where do I park my car on swim day?

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Marilyn Jetty Swim participants get ready together at Marilyn HQ—a private location 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.

Where do I leave and collect my belongings?

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We'd hate for your valuables to go missing, so please arrange to leave with your family and friends who are not participating in the swim, or better yet leave them at home. We do not have facilities to safely store your personal belongings, however do provide a bag for all Marilyn’s to leave on the sand during our swim.

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

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

For further information about the Marilyn Jetty Swim during the Channel 7 Brighton Jetty Classic, please refer to the Brighton Jetty Classic website

Can I volunteer to help?

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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.

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