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?
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?
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.
Have you ever experienced swimmers ear – that pain you get in your ears after swimming?
It could’ve been from swimming so much, or the water being freezing cold, maybe the water was dodgy, or maybe your ears are just a little bit precious, whatever it was, it wasn’t nice and you definitely don’t want it to happen again, right?
Well, you’ll be happy to know there’s now a preventative treatment that isn’t having to wear earplugs!
is one we all know so well, a tragedy none of us could ever imagine.
Whilst competing in an ultramarathon through Western Australia’s Kimberley region in 2011 Turia was caught in a bushfire, which resulted in burns to 65% of her body.
When in hospital recuperating, she told her family she wanted to do an Ironman, despite doctors saying she would never run again.
On the weekend Turia defied the odds, and, with a little help from OceanFit, she conquered her Ironman dream completeing the 3.8km swim, 180km bike ride and 42.2km run in Port Macquarie.
Sally Tertini, author of Wild Swimming Sydney Australia, reveals ten of the best wild swimming locations:
Put simply, wild swimming is swimming for pleasure in natural waters. It’s swimming with no particular goal in mind, other than to experience the sheer joy that immersion brings.
For the wild swimmer Sydney really has it all – from hidden beaches, to rugged canyons; sparkling rock pools, to pristine waterholes. So go on, get out there and get wet!