Andre Slade

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

Posts by Andre Slade

How the Melbourne Cup is like an ocean swim

Today we have the race that stops a nation, and as much as we’d like it to be the Pier to Pub, Bondi To Bronte or Jetty To Jetty, it’s the Melbourne Cup.

It’s actually a super busy time of the year for me, as when I’m not teaching ocean swimming, I work in the racing and sports betting industry.

It’s an odd mix (pun intended), but it keeps the dream alive.

When you think about it, racing in the Melbourne Cup is actually a lot like an ocean swim event.

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The ocean swims calendar is starting to come alive as we move into November.

Have you decided on your early season swims yet?

If you’ve been swinging the arms over during the off-season, you’ll feel confident taking on the longer distances, but if you’ve been slack, then maybe use one of the popular 1km swims to warm up into it.

Take a swim on the wild side

I’ve been getting wild lately, really wild.

Not the angry kind of wild (that’s reserved for Council’s that schedule beach-side works in the spring).

I’m talking about the ‘wild swimming’ kind of wild.

The term has snuck into Australia over the last couple of years from the UK, and it’s now becoming a permanent part of the ocean swimmer’s vocabulary.

So, what is it?