The Easter holidays are here, with four days of pure leisure at your disposal.
Whether you’re having a staycation, or tripping up or down the coast to find your piece of paradise, there may be an ocean swim near you.
There’s one NZ swim and a handful on offer in Australia.
Long weekends are a great time to get away from home and try ocean swims a little further out of your bubble. Regional swims are smaller and generally more social too.
No events near you? Why not meet up with a local ocean swimming group, they’re located all over the country and members love meeting new ocean swimmers.
I’m not sure where I first found out about the inaugural , but I do know that when I first saw it I had no intention of participating in it.
Just one look at the distances – a total of 17km made up of 3km in swimming and 14km in running – was enough for me to quickly switch back to my off-season of surfing, camping and Friday night drinks.
The mistake I made was mentioning the event to Jules, I remember saying something sarcastic like, “we should do this in a team, haha”… unfortunately (or fortunately) these turned out to be famous last words, because that night Jules said she’d organised her employer to sponsor our entry fees – thanks!, entered us in the mixed team category and booked time off for the event!
Over a long weekend (16-18 March) we hiked into the Royal National Park with nine keen ocean swimmers for our most recent Wet & wild weekend.
It was a beautifully balanced 3-days of wild swims, ocean swimming and training.
In between all the swimming, we chilled out in the peaceful surrounds of Burning Palms, soaking up the sound of the surf by day, and the brightness of the stars by night.
Here’s a . Wish you were there? Join us next season!
Children love the beach, it’s the greatest playground on earth!
But as a parent it can be a daunting experience, because while it’s loads of fun, it’s also busy with no boundaries and packed with potential dangers.
Swimmers of all abilities can get into trouble at any time in the water for a variety of reasons.
It might be because they’ve got out of their depth, or they’ve been overwhelmed by a wave, perhaps they’ve taken in too much water, or they’ve had a medical emergency, to name a few.
By Trevor Hendy, Six-time Australian Ironman champion and four-time Ironman series winner.
There’s always a temptation to see an organised swim as purely a race but relax into it and you’ll find there’s so much more to ocean swimming than simply coming first.