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

OceanFit teaches Nepalese students how to stay safe in the water

Earlier this month OceanFit was contacted by Hamro Institute of Business Technology (HIBT) who have students that come to Australia from (mainly) Nepal to study.

Nepal is a landlocked country where most people grow up without learning how to swim or how to identify dangers associated with bodies of water.

Tragically, within the last few months, six Nepalese students have drowned in Australia, and this prompted HIBT to take action and introduce a program for their students to teach them about how to stay safe when visiting the many open water location in Australia, including beaches, rivers, lakes, lagoons.

On Wednesday 22 February OceanFit welcomed 40 students to Bondi Beach for a tailored water safety education session.

How to prevent sea-sickness when ocean swimming

Over the years I’ve had a handful of OceanFit participants who’ve suffered from sea-sickness when swimming in the ocean – and it doesn’t sound good!

Some of them first realise it will be a problem while participating in one of our clinics (when we bob up and down out behind the waves learning ocean swimming techniques), others get a rude shock when taking on their first ocean swim.

What to look for in an open water swimming wetsuit

Are you thinking about purchasing a wetsuit for open water swimming, or ocean swimming?

As an ocean swimming instructor I spend a lot of time in the water… a lot!

Sometimes the water is warm, other times it’s freezing (see Coriolis effect: when the water gets cold in the summer), but one thing remains true, just being in the water for a long time can quickly drop your core temperature.

So, whether I’m coaching, or ocean swimming, if I’m wearing a wetsuit I want to be wearing one that’s comfortable, flexible and that will give me an edge.