Andre Slade

Andre is the owner of OceanFit with over 20 years in the swimming education, lifeguarding and coastal safety industry.

Courses by Andre Slade

Posts by Andre Slade

Top 5 tips for your post City2Surf recovery swim

Running in the City2Surf this weekend?

The weather is looking superb, with a high of 21 degrees and no rain forecast for Sunday’s race.

When you’ve slugged it out for 14km’s from the sea of concrete in the city, to the sea of surf at Bondi, there’s nothing better than to take a dip in the ocean to cool off, recover, and wash away the hard earned sweat.

Here are OceanFit’s top 5 tips for your post City2Surf recovery swim:

Sea Lice: That nasty rash you get after swimming in the ocean

Sea lice, the likely reason you’re itching after swimming in the ocean

Have you ever been ocean swimming and felt like you’ve got an itchy bite? or come out in a rash after open water swimming?

The chances are it’s the result of what’s commonly referred to as ‘sea lice’.

In fact, it’s not ‘sea lice’ or ‘sea louse’ in the way fishermen might think of it. This type of sea lice/louse is a marine parasite that affect fish by feeding on the mucus, epidermal tissue, and blood of host marine fish, and actually have nothing to do with the itchy rash you’ve experienced.

Seal your ears for pain-free open water swimming

Have you ever experienced swimmers ear – that pain you get in your ears after swimming?

It could’ve been from swimming so much, or the water being freezing cold, maybe the water was dodgy, or maybe your ears are just a little bit precious, whatever it was, it wasn’t nice and you definitely don’t want it to happen again, right?

Well, you’ll be happy to know there’s now a preventative treatment that isn’t having to wear earplugs!

10 winter swimming motivational tips

In these cooler autumn-winter months, if you’re like me you find it harder to motivate yourself to get to the pool.

Don’t worry, you’re not alone, in fact I go through this dilemma every winter and it never gets any easier trust me.

Having just got back into the pool again after a break from summer ocean swimming, I though I’d share some of my tips for getting motivated to start winter swimming, and then to stay winter swimming!