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!
On Sunday I stood under the OceanFit marquee for nearly 6-hours watching over 3,000 swimmers complete their 1km, 2km or 5km journeys at the Cole Classic.
I love seeing the joy on people’s faces as they complete their swim and achieve their goal, no matter how big or small, and it was great to see dozens of OceanFit’ers past and present enjoying their new ocean swimming lifestyles.
The perfectionist in me wasn’t overly impressed though.
The conditions were perfect, but the finishes were messy.
For many, Michael Klim would need no introduction – he’s one of Australia’s most successful swimmers of all time. He is a world champion, a world record holder and a three-time Olympian with medals from all three Olympic Games, including two gold medals.
In 2010, Michael Klim founded skincare company Milk & Co and since 2013 has partnered with World Series Swims, supporting events nationwide.
“At Milk & Co, we’re all about doing something today that your body will thank you for tomorrow, so we love being part of the ocean swims and seeing people challenging themselves”
Klim is also the Event Ambassador for the Noosa Summer Swim and regularly takes part in the events himself. Having made the post-career transition from pool to surf himself, he has some great tips for newcomers to the open water.
‘MK’ has kindly prepared his top five tips for tackling an ocean swim this summer for OceanFit.
The Cole Classic is Sydney’s favourite ocean swim and the first ocean swim for most ocean swimmers that come through OceanFit’s programs due to its timing after the new year festive season and the festival atmosphere created by the organisers.
If you’ve been holding off participating in your first ocean swim then there is no better opportunity than the Cole Classic. It’s perfect timing after new year and allows you plenty of time to prepare.
The course is beginner friendly and the sights under the water can add a level of excitement you’ll be hard-pressed to find at any other ocean swim.
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!