Wet & wild weekends

The ultimate wild swimming adventure

Come on a wild swimming adventure with us as we leave the city, break away from the grind of the day-to-day, and head off on an unforgettable journey.

Our 3-day wet & wild weekends have it all; loads of wild swimming, a healthy dose of ocean and open water swimming training, and plenty of relaxing swims in exotic locations.

On any given weekend you might find yourself swimming in the ocean, rivers, lakes and rock pools. There’s also a chance you’ll be hiking through scenic bush to secluded waterfalls and rock pools, or joining a yoga class as the sun rises or sets.

In-between all the adventure, you’ll get to enjoy the chilled out surrounds of the area (usually state and national parks), meet new friends and toast marshmallows on the bonfire.

These weekends aren’t for the city princess though! You’ll be ‘roughing it’ in shared bunk-room accommodation, eating wholesome home-cooked camp food, and sitting around the campfire under the stars!

If you’re a swimmer looking to explore new locations, meet new friends and get out in nature, you’ll be in your element on our wet & wild weekends.

How we look after you

  • Coordinated travel to and from camp, and between swim locations
  • An in-water instructor-to-participant ratio of 1:4
  • Two nights of comfortable accommodation or BYO options
  • Wholesome home-cooked food – you’ll never go hungry!
  • A shiny new pair of Vorgee goggles and an OceanFit silicone swim cap
  • Personal feedback from instructors all weekend
  • All activities covered, you simply choose what you participate in

Wet & wild weekend options

The Farm

Location
Killalea State Park, Shellcove

Accommodation
Shared bunkrooms or BYO tent

Duration
3 days, 2 nights

Accessibility
Easy/medium. Some steep & uneven walks to water.

Activities

  • Ocean swimming training
  • Ocean swims
  • River swim adventure
  • Pool-based skills session
  • Marine reserves
  • BBQ & bonfire night
  • Dinner at the local pub

*Note, all swims are weather and conditions dependant.

The Palms

Location
Royal National Park, Sydney

Accommodation
Shared bunkrooms

Duration
3 days, 2 nights

Accessibility
Medium/hard. Requires 2.5km hike up/down steep track.

Activities

    • Ocean swimming training
    • Ocean swims
    • River swim aventure
    • Figure eight rock pools
    • Waterfall experience
    • Trail hiking
    • BBQ & bonfire night

*Note, all swims are weather and conditions dependant.

Common questions

When are wet & wild weekends scheduled?

W&WW’s are scheduled throughout the summer season, with usually one each month.

Keep an eye out on the website for when weekends are scheduled, and book in early to avoid missing out!

How many people come along?

The weekends are open to a maximum of 16 swimmers and we support participants with an instructor ratio of 1:4.

Do I need to have completed an OceanFit clinic to come along?

No. Weekends are run at a beginner level, with options for longer swims for those fit and able.

Ocean swimming training is included in every weekend.

What training will we do?

You will complete ocean swimming training from the Learn to ocean swim and Negotiating the surf clinics.

This is a great way to get all the content from both these clinics, plus all the other swims in one great-value package.

W&WW’s are the only time you can complete both our primary clinics over a single weekend.

Where do we stay and what do we eat?

We will be staying at the Killalea State Park camp ground. You can choose from a bunk room bed, or you can bring your own tent.

We’ll eat classic camp food, like bacon and eggs, BBQ’s and sandwiches. We’ll also head out to the local pub for dinner one night. If you have special food requirements we can discuss this with you.

Can I stay locally, in my own accomodation?

No. The beauty of our weekend getaways is that we all stay together, build strong friendships, and have fun as a group.

We also have a very tight schedule with loads to fit in, so we need everyone together to get things moving fast.

What will I need to bring?

We’ll send you a comprehensive list of swimming, sleeping and general clothing and equipment requirements to ensure you’re comfortable and ready to take on all those swims!

What if I don't want to do a swim?

We’re not going to make you do anything. There’ll be plenty of options to swim, but if you choose to sit one out, we’re sure you’ll be able to look after yourself.

How to we get there and around?

We’ll be renting vans to chaperone you around the activities. It’s much better value for money and it keeps everyone together.

If you’d like to drive, please discuss this with us first. There is no discount for those who end up driving to the location themselves.

How long are the swims?

The swims vary in length from 750m to 2km, with some swims merely social dips.

The shorter swim lengths are fixed for everyone, the longer swims have short and long course options.

How far to I have to be able to swim non-stop to participate?

You need to be able to comfortably swim 1km – but there’s no speed test.

Am I too old? too young? What type of person does the camp cater for?

W&WW’s are for swimmers 18+ only.

We accommodate swimmers of all ages, whether you’re 25 or 65! All we care about is that you bring a chilled-out, fun and courageous attitude because these weekends are about making the most of conditions no matter what we’re dealt with.

We’re also going to be spending a lot of time together, so being social and getting on with others is really important – no boring people allowed 😉

What happens if the weather & conditions aren't very good?

Wet & wild weekends will go ahead; rain, hail or shine.

We have backup locations for ocean swimming sessions, no matter what the surf conditions serve up.

There is no refund, or rescheduling, for participants who choose not to attend due to the weather and conditions.

What wild swimmers say

The wet & wild weekend was fantastic – I really enjoyed it, and would definitely like to do another one! The location was perfect – a short, easy drive from Sydney, and lots of good, varied swimming spots (ocean, river, lake and pool!). Camping, BBQs, campfire and dinner out were all fun too. Overall, it was a great experience that I would definitely recommend.

I have been swimming with OceanFit for 3 years, so when the opportunity for a weekend away came up, it seemed only natural to give it a go. The result was a fun-filled weekend brimming with new swimming challenges and some of my longest swims to-date. I particularly liked the variation that was on offer as no two swims were alike. Overall, it was a rewarding experience shared by a group of like-minded ocean swimmers. I would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good swim.

What a great weekend! I’ve never done anything like it before and wouldn’t have done without OceanFit. I got to meet some great people, my confidence has grown in open water and it was really fun. It reminded me of when I’ve been on ski trips – outside all day, adventurous, working up an appetite and feeling nicely exhausted… and I love ski trips!

It is now a week after my OceanFit camp and I have told at least 10 people to attend. I am now concerned that there may not be space for me next year. I had a ball, learnt heaps and will be attending next year.

I had an excellent time on the OceanFit wild swimming weekend! We had lots of great swims in a variety of locations (ocean, river, pool). I learnt a lot and got plenty of opportunity to put my new skills into practice! I would highly recommend this trip to anyone who enjoys swimming.

The Oceanfit wet & wild weekend has given me the confidence and skills to swim in a variety of environments. The structure of the training and the excellent instructors made this an extremely valuable experience. I am looking forward to the next one.

The 3 days away with the OceanFit team was time well spent. All in the team were knowledgeable and consistent with what they taught, along with being friendly, inclusive and clearly interested in teaching. I learnt so much more about the ocean and swim skills to get in and out of the surf. Had a fun weekend away and would jump at the chance to do it again!

OceanFit’s camp was a great experience for people needing experience swimming in a group and wanting to gain confidence in the ocean and have fun in the water. Beautiful location as well.

I really enjoyed this weekend. I learnt a whole lot of skills about swimming in the ocean and how to ‘read’ surf. I would recommend this camp to anyone interested in open water swimming whether you are a newby or more experienced as Andre and his team will ensure you learn a lot and have fun doing it.

I had a great time learning with OceanFit. One unexpected benefit was a better understanding of the different challenges we all face as swimmers. I learnt a lot about practical ocean techniques – highly recommended as both a learning and recreational experience.

A very fun weekend that had a lot packed into it – I learnt a lot and did things I didn’t think I would ever be able to do!- the food and accommodation were good choices.

Upcoming wet & wild weekends