Q&A: The pre-40’s ocean swimming challenge that made Jamie ‘mildly obsessed’

During the 2016-17 summer season, Jamie Cairns approached OceanFit to help him achieve a goal he’d been wanting to knock off for years, and with his 40th birthday approaching, now was the time to take it on!

We spoke to Jamie about how his challenge came about, what his training was like and what it felt like to have achieved his goal.

Top 5 open water swimming books

Are you looking to learn as much as you can about ocean and open water swimming?

Beyond the vast resources available on OceanFit’s website (including 100+ video lessons) there are a number of great books available in hardcopy or for your digital reader.

Some of these books are focused entirely on open water swimming, others are more general swimming-based, but I have read them all and can highly recommend them.

Here are my 5 most recommended open water swimming books (+ two bonus favourites):

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.

Are you drinking enough water?

Around 70% of your body and 85% of your brain is made of water!

Most of our blood consists of water and it’s important to be able to pump it around the body to deliver oxygen, hormones and nutrients to different areas. If we don’t have enough water, our blood vessels will have to work much harder to pump the blood around (as there will be a smaller volume of blood) and our blood pressure will increase.

Don’t leave it too Late: Train smarter not harder

The biggest problem with being involved in health is people get better.

So it is sometimes hard to get repeat business if you keep fixing people.

But the flip side is if you try and lower your moral standards and treat slower or deliberately stop people from getting better then the “courts of public opinion” quickly catch up with you and you find the doors permanently shut on the business.