By Trevor Hendy, Six-time Australian Ironman champion and four-time Ironman series winner.
There’s always a temptation to see an organised swim as purely a race but relax into it and you’ll find there’s so much more to ocean swimming than simply coming first.
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.
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.
Are you a little anxious about your very first ocean swimming event in the new year?
Don’t worry, you’re not alone – the chances are just about everyone else on the beach will be nervous too!
If you’re taking on an ocean swim for the first time, swimming a longer distance, or heading into conditions that are right on your limit, here are 10 ocean swimming event day tips to help you conquer your goal.
In the cooler autumn-winter months, finding the motivation to get yourself to the pool can be torturous!
Don’t worry, you’re not alone, in fact I go through this dilemma every winter, and it never seems to get any easier.
Here are my top ten tips for getting motivated to start winter swimming, and then, to stay winter swimming!