Last month we explored the world of ocean swimming and found out how easy it was to get involved.
But not everyone’s keen on becoming an ocean swimmer, for some the simple beach lifestyle is just fine.
If you only use the ocean to cool off after tanning, or while watching your kids have all the fun, here are five of my favourite pieces of beach safety advice to make you feel just that little bit safer in the water.
I hardly ever swim between the flags.
I hate them, they’re always so narrow and full of people who get in my way.
While I’m being honest, I prefer not to swim at patrolled beaches either.
No one can deny I didn’t have my finger on the pulse last week when I wrote about the ‘great wetsuit debate’.
On Saturday the Bondi To Bronte swim organisers in Sydney were faced with an unseasonable ocean temp reported to be as low as 13.5 degrees (15 degrees on Sunday) and therefore made the sensible decision to move the event to Bondi on Sunday, reduce the course length, and promote the wearing of wetsuits.
Predictably, as soon as this decision was communicated, the ‘newds’ erupted in outrage on social media.
Should you swim in the ocean after it’s rained?
Last Friday we got a drenching in Sydney, it bucketed down.
It had been over two months since we last had rain like it.
Whilst the rain was great for the garden, the beach took a bashing.
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 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.
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.