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?

Swim with a social ocean swimming group this season

First we welcomed spring, and now, just like that, it’s October!

There’s actually only a handful of ocean swims on around the country this month, which isn’t surprising really, as the water temps are still climbing out of their winter depths.

What we do start seeing at this time of the year are fair-weather ocean swimmers waking from their winter hibernation, and social ocean swimming groups throughout the country welcoming them back.

Did you know that you can join these groups for a regular swim?

Do you know, what you don’t know?

Two weekends ago I participated in the Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety course, delivered by Austswim.

This is the course that gives you the knowledge and skills to become a swim teacher.

Now, you might be thinking “how does Andre not have his swim teacher certificate after running OceanFit for eight years!” (the short answer is that we hold surf lifesaving awards)

I did a quick count, and I reckon I’ve held three different swim teacher certificates in my life time, and I’ve achieved them on two continents, and my home Island nation.

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.