Seal your ears for pain-free open water swimming

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!

Congratulations Turia Pitt on becoming an Ironman!

Turia Pitt’s story 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.

Top 10 Wild Swimming Locations In Sydney

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!

Figure Eight Pools – Royal National Park

The figure eight pools are a set of naturally formed rock pools located 1km south of Burning Palms in Sydney’s Royal National Park.

Access to the pools is difficult, and great care should be taken to plan and walk to them. The walk can take up to 3 hours, and the track consists of step banks and slippery rock surfaces.

You should only attempt to visit the figure eight pools at low tide when the ocean is calm and there is a small swell of less than 1m. This is because the pools are located on a shallow rock platform that is often covered in water at high tide, and large swells will break over the rock platform and will make the area extremely dangerous.

Survey Winner Nicola Enjoys The Trip Of A Lifetime

Nicola Logan was the lucky winner of our annual ocean swimming survey, booking herself two nights for two on Hamilton Island to participate in the Whitehaven Beach Ocean Swim and indulge in island life for the weekend.

Nicola, who is from Coogee, Sydney, took along her ocean swimming buddy Elisha, and this was her experience in her own words…