Andre Slade

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

Posts by Andre Slade

Why I wear Vorgee’s Missile and Vortech goggles

It’s no surprise that I only wear Vorgee goggles, OceanFit has had a nine year partnership with Vorgee stretching right back to when OceanFit was launched in 2009.

Why did I choose Vorgee way back in the beginning? There were two things that stood out,

  1. They are an Australia owned and operated business, based out of Queensland, and everyone who works there is passionate about developing amazing products for swimmers, and
  2. Their range of goggles is second to none, and their commitment to innovation is delivering swimmers technically superior goggles year after year.

Like all goggle brands, Vorgee has a large range of goggles for recreational to competitive swimmers, with faces of all shapes and sizes.

So, why did I choose the Missile and the Vortech as my two favourite goggles?

The tortoise and the hare

There once was a rookie swimmer who bragged about how fast he could swim.

Tired of hearing him boast, Slow and Steady, the local old salty dog, challenged him to a race out the back. All the beachgoers on the shore gathered to watch.

The rookie swam straight out into the surf, just as a large set was rolling in. He looked back at Slow and Steady and cried out, “How do you expect to win this race when you are still waiting on the beach?”

Ocean swimming keeps the black dog at bay for Hanby

Criminal lawyer Justin Hanby was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2013 and he now swims daily as a way to take control of his mental health.

He’s a passionate advocate for the Black Dog Institute – raising money for them through his swimming – and is currently on top of his age bracket on the Swimming NSW Summer Swim Leader Board.

His result in the Cole Classic will be crucial in order for him to secure a series win.

Let’s find out more about Justin, and get some tips for your next ocean swim, from someone who does lots of them!

2018 Australia Day weekend ocean swims

We all love a good long weekend – three whole days of forgetting about work, and getting in as much ocean swimming as possible!

For this Australia Day long weekend we’ve put together a list of every ocean swim in Australia, so you can find an event near you, or better still, head off on an adventure to swim somewhere new!

No events near you? Find a social ocean swimming group and make new friends.

While you’re out swimming, take a photo and post it to Instagram with the hashtag #oceanfitphotochallenge to go in the draw to WIN some awesome prizes! Learn more

Timing is everything

When it comes to ocean swimming, timing is everything.

We time our ocean swims on the tide & the wind.

We time swimming out through the wave zone in lulls, preferably in rip currents after big sets.

If we get our timing right, we can swim onto waves and surf them to shore.

Negotiating waves also requires getting our timing right, and it’s likely the timing you’ll need to perform the most often when you’re ocean swimming.

With every approaching wave, you need to think about timing.