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|2020-21 Season: What we’ve learned|
2020-21 was an extraordinary season, let’s look back on what we’ve learned as we swam our way through a pandemic.
|Andre Slade||lifestyle||cold-water pool-swimming social-swimming swim-buddies swim-tourism|
|Swim tourists welcome with open arms|
Ocean swimming groups around the country are welcoming swim tourists to join their community and swim with them.
|Andre Slade||lifestyle||podcast social-swimming swimming-groups|
|3 Ironman greats give 6 tips to becoming a legend in the surf|
What is it that makes multiple championship-winning Ironman & Ironwoman athletes so good in the surf?
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|Staggered starts a positive legacy of unprecedented times|
The best consumer-focused initiative for ocean swimmers to come out of the pandemic has been staggered starts, with more innovation by event organisers welcome.
|Andre Slade||events||starts survey|
|Fun ways to remember all your surf swimming tips|
There’s a lot to remember when learning to swim in the surf, so here’s some fun, memorable names to help you.
|Andre Slade||technique tips||4-pillars-of-oceanfit superman surf-swimming|
|Dr Rip says: Wave power, there’s an equation for that|
Professor Rob ‘Dr Rip’ Brander, a surf scientist, explains the difference between wave energy and wave power.
|Andre Slade||education||rob-brander science-of-the-surf wave-distance wave-energy wave-period wave-power wave-speed wavelength waves|
|There’s a lot of water in those waves|
It might sound like a ridiculous thing to say, but some waves do in fact have more water in them than others.
|Andre Slade||education||wave-distance wave-frequency wave-height wave-period wavelength waves|
|Sea Breezes – The Reason Nothing Much Good Happens After 8am|
Learn what a sea breeze is and how timing your swim before a sea breeze kicks in will result in better water surface conditions and a more enjoyable swim.
|Andre Slade||education||surf-forecast weather wind|
|Go on, it’s easier than you think|
Are you lacking the belief to hit the open water for the first time, or step up to a longer distance or more challenging course? It’s easier than you think!
|Andre Slade||education||pool-swimming pool-training|
|How to adapt your breathing for open water swimming|
When swimming in open water you can modify your breathing frequency and side in order to adapt to the dynamic environment.
|Andre Slade||technique||breathing chop sighting timing wind|
|Summer Reads: Top 5 Education Books|
Discover five outdoor swimming books that will make you more knowledgeable about the open water environment, and help you become faster and more efficient in it.
|Andre Slade||lifestyle||books triathlon wild-swimming|
|Summer Reads: Top 5 Swimming Personal Journey Books|
Discover five outdoor swimming books from Australian authors that follow the swimming journey of groups an individuals that will both inspire and delight you.
|Andre Slade||lifestyle||books wild-swimming|
|Summer Reads: Top 5 Swimming Destination Books|
Discover five outdoor swimming books that help us discover new places to swim as well as reminisce about the places we used to.
|Andre Slade||lifestyle||books ocean-pool swimming-pool wild-swimming|
|How to read a surf report as an ocean swimmer|
Surf reports tend to be written for surfers, but as ocean swimmers, we can get everything we need from these reports to help us determine whether the conditions will be good for ocean swimming, or not.
|Andre Slade||education||surf-conditions surf-forecast surf-reporting weather|
|Are tow floats a threat to the freedom of open water swimming?|
Are tow floats a threat to the freedom and culture of open water swimming or a necessary water safety device?
|Andre Slade||lifestyle||key-safe sports-watches tow-float wetsuits|
|What defines the 2020 ocean swimmer?|
As diverse as the ocean swimming community is, there are three universal statements that ring true for the 2020 ocean swimmer.
|Preparing for Australia’s newest open water swimming marathon|
Australian long-distance swimming champion Sam Sheppard shares his specific training preparation for marathon distance open water swims.
|OceanFit||training||long-distance marathon-distance sam-sheppard|
|Is your practice reflective of the game?|
The pool is a great place to practice ocean swimming skills and spend quality time drilling down into the technical aspects of the skills in order to perfect them.
|Andre Slade||training||drills pool-swimming pool-training|
|Making peace with the pool|
If you want to be a strong surf swimmer it’s time to make peace with the pool and start to enjoy your swim sessions.
|Andre Slade||training||pool-swimming pool-training surf-swimming|
|Why balanced beach training is important (and how to do it)|
Learn how cross-training and adjusting certain variables within one type of training can help you achieve a balanced beach training regime.
|Elly McGuinness||training||cross-training fitness|
|POEM: Swim Buddies|
How good are swim buddies!? A poem about the joys of having a swim buddy.
|Andre Slade||lifestyle||poem swim-buddies|
|A different kind of ocean swimming season|
This season will look different from what we’re used to, with event cancellations and COVID regulations changing the way we can swim.
|ONSHORE Podcast: Ep #039 – Port Douglas Ocean Swimmers|
The Port Douglas Ocean Swimmers are a group of tropical swimmers who can boast about being the most northern group in Queensland.
|ONSHORE Podcast: Ep #038 – Cairns Mudcrabs Et Al|
The Cairns Mudcrabs are a masters swimming club in Cairns and the most active in open water swimming in the area, including the lakes in the Atherton Tablelands.
|OceanFit||podcast||east-coast-road-trip lake-swimming podcast wild-swimming|
|ONSHORE Podcast: Ep #037 – Townsville Mermaids|
The Townsville Mermaids are an open water swimming group that swim regularly along The Strand, enjoy post-swim slice and coffee and enter the annual TOWSA events.
|ONSHORE Podcast: Ep #036 – TOWSA|
TOWSA’s ‘royal’ beginnings stretch back to 1952 with the inaugural Magnetic Island to Townsville swim, and the association is now involved in organising a number of innovative local open water swimming events.
|ONSHORE Podcast: Ep #035 – North Mackay Sinkers|
The North Mackay Sinkers are a master swimming club who take a real keen interest in open water swimming up in North Queensland.
|OceanFit||podcast||east-coast-road-trip podcast river-swimming|
|ONSHORE Podcast: Ep #034 – Val Kalmikovs|
Val Kalmikovs is the president of the Keppel Islands Swimming Association and organiser of the Swim Around Keppel.
|OceanFit||podcast||east-coast-road-trip english-channel podcast|
|ONSHORE Podcast: Ep #033 – Jane Howells|
Jane Howells is an open water swimmer in Yeppoon who is in the envious position of regularly being the only one ocean swimming in the gorgeous Cooee Bay.
|ONSHORE Podcast: Ep #032 – Bargara Ocean Swimming Group|
The Bargara ocean swimming group swim weekly out of Bargara, a beautiful coastal town and satellite suburb of Bundaberg in central Queensland.
|ONSHORE Podcast: Ep #031 – Noosa Turtles|
The Noosa Turtles are a great bunch of older blokes who love their daily swim, mateship and banter down at Main Beach Noosa Heads.
|ONSHORE Podcast: Ep #030 – Mooloolaba Beach Bums|
The Mooloolaba Beach Bums are a diverse community ocean swimming group in Mooloolaba who enjoy daily swims in the heart of the Sunshine Coast.
|ONSHORE Podcast: Ep #028 – Gold Coast Open Water Swimming Club|
The Gold Coast Open Water Swimming Club is based along the glitter strip famed for its long sandy beaches and bronzed locals.
|OceanFit||podcast||club east-coast-road-trip podcast|
|ONSHORE Podcast: Ep #029 –Coolangatta Cobias|
The Coolangatta Cobias, much like the impressive local blackfish they’re named after, roam the ocean in the tropical waters of south east Queensland.
|What lies beneath|
Swimming is perfect for your health: both mental and physical. But is there something much, much deeper going on?
|ONSHORE Podcast: Ep #027 – Fabulous Five|
The Fabulous Five are a group of sometimes five, sometimes more, sometimes less, ocean swimmers who swim around and under the jetty at Coffs Harbour.
|ONSHORE Podcast: Ep #026 – Toronto Lake Swimmers|
As the name suggests, the Toronto Lake Swimmers swim in the lake at Toronto, NSW, enjoying the fresh water and tranquility the only a lake can provide.
|OceanFit||podcast||east-coast-road-trip lake podcast|
|ONSHORE Podcast: Ep #025 – Smackerels|
The Smackerels are an ocean, and sometimes ocean pool, swimming group that swim out of Merewether, Newcastle.
|ONSHORE Podcast: Ep #024 – Paul Lemmon|
Paul Lemmon is a masters swimming & lifesaving champion and coach who embodies everything it means to be a masters athlete.
|OceanFit||podcast||coaching east-coast-road-trip podcast surf-ironman surf-lifesaving|
|ONSHORE Podcast: Ep #023 – Peninsula Ocean Swimmers|
The Peninsula Ocean Swimmers are a close knit community ocean swimming group that swims out of Umina Beach on the Central Coast.
|ONSHORE Podcast: Ep #022 – Balmoral Socially Distanced Swimmers|
The Balmoral Socially Distanced Swimmers are a small group of girlfriends who’ve switched the pool for the open water without looking back.
|ONSHORE Podcast: Ep #021 – Bondi Salties (Henry & Frank)|
The Bondi Salties are the classic young group of ocean swimmers you’d expect to find on Bondi Beach who love to get ‘Salty’ on Friday’s!
|ONSHORE Podcast: Ep #020 – Vlad Mravec|
Vlad Mravec is well known in Sydney for being the go-to coach for long-distance open water swimming, with many of his prodigies completing Ocean’s 7 swims around the globe.
|OceanFit||podcast||coaching east-coast-road-trip english-channel long-distance marathon-swimming oceans-7 podcast|
|ONSHORE Podcast: Ep #019 – Cyril Baldock OAM|
Cyril Baldock OAM is world famous in Bondi for his world-record expoilts in marathon open water swimming and his involvement in surf lifesaving for over 50 years.
|OceanFit||podcast||cole-classic east-coast-road-trip podcast surf-lifesaving|
|ONSHORE Podcast: Ep #018 – Babewatch (Ali Smith)|
Babewatch is a youth-focused ocean swimming group in Manly who’s energy and enthusiasm is not only infectious but extremely healing.
|ONSHORE Podcast: Ep #017 Robert Chapman|
Robert ‘Chappo’ Chapman reflects on his career as a champion surf ironman to provide invaluable insights into what it takes to be a great surf swimmer and ocean athlete.
|OceanFit||podcast||east-coast-road-trip ironman podcast surf-lifesaving|
|ONSHORE Podcast: Ep #016 Shark Island Psycho Swimmers|
The Shark Island Psycho Swimmers from the Shire are aptly named for their daily morning swim around Cronulla’s Shark Island.
|ONSHORE Podcast: Ep #015 Werri Point Swimmers|
The Werri Point Swimmers are a community-minded group in Gerringong who enjoy an aquatic playground like no other.
|ONSHORE Podcast: Ep #014 – Minnamurra River Swimmers|
There are many groups that swim in the Minnamurra River and we met up with a few of them for a swim and a chat about life as a river swimmer.
|ONSHORE Podcast: Ep #013 – Michelle Bootes|
Michelle Bootes is a Life Member Pambula SLSC, 2020 Bega Citizen of the Year and the founder of the Same Wave initiative that opens up surf lifesaving to people with disabilities.
|ONSHORE Podcast: Ep #012 – Merimbula Merpeople|
Meet a the Merimbula Merpeople, an all-seasons group who are most likely the most southern ocean swimming group in New South Wales.
|ONSHORE Podcast: Ep #011 – Tanya Suggett|
Tanya Suggett is on one hand a typical Warrnambool local who goes on holiday to the local caravan park, but on the other, she’s a keen all-year-round ocean swimmer helping to grow the sport.
|ONSHORE Podcast: Ep #010 – John Sheely|
John Sheely is Warrnambool’s open water swimming botanist, who, among many international open water adventures, is 93 swims through his target of 100 consecutive winter open water swims.
|ONSHORE Podcast: Ep #009 – Gavin Rafferty|
Gavin Rafferty is an ocean swimmer, proud lifesaver and one of only two people to have swum in every one of the iconic Lorne Pier To Pub ocean swim events.
|OceanFit||podcast||east-coast-road-trip lorne-pier-to-pub podcast|
|ONSHORE Podcast: Ep #008 – Grant Siedle|
Grant Siedle is a Melbourne-based open water event organiser and coach responsible for some of Victoria’s most innovative open water swim events.
|OceanFit||podcast||east-coast-road-trip event-organiser events podcast rip-swim risk-management water-safety|
|ONSHORE Podcast: Ep #007 – Norm Farmer AM|
Norm Farmer AM has dedicated his entire career to national and international water safety and among many roles and titles, is recognised as a Grand Knight of the International Life Saving Federation.
|OceanFit||podcast||east-coast-road-trip international lifesaving podcast slsa surf-life-saving water-safety|
|ONSHORE Podcast: Ep #006 – Don Warner|
Don Warner is a Canadian who’s called Melbourne home for more than 40 years, a Brighton Iceberger and the author of ‘Beyond The Tip – Tales of the Icebergers of Brighton’
|OceanFit||podcast||books brighton-icebergers east-coast-road-trip podcast|
|ONSHORE Podcast: Ep #005 – John Locco|
John Locco has braved the icy waters of Brighton nearly every day since 1973, going on to become the founder of Melbourne’s famous Brighton Icebergers open water swimming club.
|ONSHORE Podcast: Ep #004 – John Van Wisse|
John Van Wisse is a champion marathon swimmer with an esteemed career in the sport internationally and a local legend swimming coach in Melbourne.
|ONSHORE Podcast: Ep #003 – Annette Dunphy|
Annette Dunphy (81) is the oldest female Brighton Iceberger and has been swimming with the Icebergers for more than 40 years.
|ONSHORE Podcast: Ep #002 -Dee Greenwood|
Dee Greenwood is a salt-of-the-ocean kind of swimmer and her happy place is counting while swimming in the (usually) cold open water of Port Phillip Bay.
|ONSHORE Podcast: Ep #001 – Bay Open Water Swimmers|
Meet a hardy group of open water swimmers from the Bay Open Water Swimmers group in Half Moon Bay, Melbourne.
|Adaptation: Swimming through fire and pandemic|
For Nicole, this has been a pregnancy defined by drama and challenges, but through it all it was the call of the ocean, the Swimblers and her next swim that helped get her through.
|OceanFit||health lifestyle||personal-story pregnancy|
|Can’t swim? Learn how to start running|
If you’re interested in starting to run as part of your open water swimming cross-training plan, check out these top tips to get you going.
|Elly McGuinness||training||running soft-sand|
|Why we swim|
Some swim for fitness; some for solitude. Some, for the lifestyle and friendships, and some, literally, for a sea change.
|Frolicking selected as demonstration sport at 2024 Olympics|
Following the huge surge in participation during the recently enforced ‘swim and go’ sessions, the Olympic Committee has today announced that frolicking has been added to the 2024 Olympics as a demonstration sport.
|Top tips to prepare for a cold ocean swim|
When it’s cold but you still have your heart set on swimming, e’ve got you sorted with our top tips to prepare for a cold ocean swim.
|Elly McGuinness||health||cold-water warm-up water-temperature wetsuits|
|How to acclimatise to cold water|
Learn about three techniques you can use to gradually acclimatise to the practice of cold water immersion.
|Elly McGuinness||health||cold-water visualisation water-temperature|
|Science-backed benefits of cold water swimming|
The health benefits of cold water immersion are well documented, so if you’d like to feel instantly more ‘alive’ and energised, this ‘therapy’ might be for you.
|Elly McGuinness||health||cold-water water-temperature|
|How you can get the most out of barefoot training at the beach|
OceanFit’s top 5 tips to help you get the most out of your barefoot training at or near the beach.
|Elly McGuinness||training||barefoot fitness|
|Two buddies take on SwimRun Bay of Islands|
After a bold decision to register for the 2019 Bay of Island Swimrun, Oliver and Clemont find themselves riding a rollercoaster of emotions as they take on the mammoth challenge.
|OceanFit||events review||personal-story swimrun|
|5 ways to practice mindfulness meditation at the beach|
Elly McGuiness shares five ways you can try mindfulness at the beach as part of a whole-life approach to wellbeing.
|Elly McGuinness||lifestyle||barefoot breathing meditation mindfulness yoga|
|Swim Safety: Channeling your inner Mitch Buchannon|
Every time you enter the water with your swimming buddies, you should share the responsibility for each others safety, so it’s important you know how to assist if needed.
|Andre Slade||education water-safety||anxiety baywatch cramp rescue swim-plan swim-safety|
|The Surf God giveth & taketh away|
When storm swells roll in they can reshape the topography of the seafloor, leaving behind sandbanks and waves of an unknown quality so the question is always ‘will Huey the Surf God be kind?’
|Andre Slade||education environment||sandbanks storm swell waves|
|Nature or nurture, you’ll always be learning in the ocean|
Whether you’re a natural or a nurtured swimmer, we continue to learn something new every time we go for an ocean swim.
|Andre Slade||education training||4-pillars-of-oceanfit skills swimming-ability|
|Have you got that sinking feeling in whitewater?|
Does it feel like you’re going nowhere fast when swimming in whitewater? Learn how the density of water affects your ability to swim efficiently in turbulent whitewater and how to best negotiate it.
|Andre Slade||education technique||timing turbulence whitewater|
|Shane Gould: My top five favourite things at Ocean Swim Fiji|
Having experienced Ocean Swim Fiji for herself in 2019, Shane shares her favourite things about ocean swimming in this special place.
|Andre Slade||events||ocean-swim-fiji shane-gould|
|Respecting the toothless tiger|
Taking on big and rough looking surf conditions at an event can be tough, but you shouldn’t be making it harder on yourself by forgetting some of the basics of surf navigation.
|Andre Slade||education events||ground-swell lulls sets sets-and-lulls waves wind-swell|
|All good strokes come in threes|
Freestyle is the go-to stroke in ocean swimming, but to be a truly effective ocean swimmer you’ll also need an efficient backstroke and breaststroke technique.
|Andre Slade||technique||backstroke breaststroke drills sighting|
|OceanFit’s 10 tips for safe social ocean swims|
To ensure you keep safe whilst you’re enjoying a social ocean swim, here are OceanFit’s top 10 safety tips for you to consider.
|Andre Slade||education tips||goggles-topic rhythm surf-forecast swim-cap swim-plan|
|Q&A: When are big waves, too big?|
How do you know when the waves are too big for you? Is it as simple as finding out the wave height, or is there more to it?
|Andre Slade||education||currents lulls mindset sandbanks sets swell tide wave-distance waves|
|Right kick, right time: How to kick in open water|
Kicking in open water swimming is important, but you need to put the right effort in at the right time for maximum efficiency.
|Andre Slade||technique||body-surfing kicking sighting surf-zone waves|
|What’s the time Mr Rip?|
Learn how to navigate rip currents more efficiently and reduce the chance of swimming onto sandbanks and into the surf zone.
|Andre Slade||education tips||rip-currents sandbanks timing|
|How to navigate a swim course when the conditions are against you|
Learn how to navigate an event swim course efficiently when strong winds, choppy water and persistent swell are working against you.
|Andre Slade||events tips||chop navigation rough sighting wind|
|4 steps to better body surfing|
There are four steps that need to come together in order to body surf effectively, master these and you’ll take your body surfing to the next level.
|Andre Slade||technique tips||body-surfing|
|The benefits of barefoot training|
Dry land fitness is likely to form part of your overall ocean fitness training plan, and there’s no better place to do these than barefoot on the beach!
|Elly McGuinness||training||barefoot fitness soft-sand|
|The 5 point pre-season ocean swim checklist|
With the unofficial recreational ocean swim season underway here are 5 tips to help make sure you’re firing early and going long this season.
|Andre Slade||lifestyle tips||getting-started|
|Swimmer ‘shocked’ she hasn’t kept her fitness over winter|
Local swimmer Slo Goin was shocked to discover she was out of breath just 200m into today’s ocean swim at Oceanville.
|You need to be swimming more|
If you want to be strong and confident swimming in the ocean, it all starts with being a strong and confident swimmer.
|Andre Slade||education training||andres-conviction-2017_18 pool-swimming stroke-correction swimming-lessons|
|Ironwoman Courtney Hancock shares her tips on how to prepare for an ocean swim race|
Ahead of the Aussie Ocean Swim, three-time Coolangatta Gold winner Courtney Hancock shares her tips on how to prepare for an ocean swim race.
|OceanFit||events tips||courtney-handcock ironwoman surf-life-saving the-aussies|
|Take up a new ocean sport and sharpen your skills|
If you’ve become complacent in your ocean swims, or feel like you’ve plateaued, there’s no better way to compliment your swimming than to take up a new ocean sport.
|Juliann Desjardins||training||equipment fear water-craft|
|Facing your fears one swim at a time|
One of the biggest hurdles for new ocean swimmers is fear. But are they legitimate or irrational, and how do we overcome them?
|Juliann Desjardins||education||anxiety confidence fear|
|The power of reflection|
The ocean provides us with endless opportunities to learn from our mistakes, test our skills, and develop our surf sense – if we take the time to reflect.
|Juliann Desjardins||education training||fomo mindfulness reflection rhythm|
|Salt water therapy: Swimming my way through heartbreak and frustration|
After suffering miscarriage in 2018, Nicole turned to swimming to rebuild her mental and physical strength.
|OceanFit||health lifestyle||personal-story pregnancy|
|How far could you swim out to sea?|
How anxious would you feel swimming out to sea, alone with nothing but a pair of goggles? how far would you get?
|Andre Slade||lifestyle||anxiety confidence distance-swimming|
|Reality check: Does your confidence match your ability?|
The ocean is a great and powerful leveller, are you giving it the respect it deserves?
|Andre Slade||education events||confidence|
|Different strokes for different folks|
When transferring from the pool to open water, there are some slight variations you can make to your swimming stroke when waves, wind chop and swimmer wash make the water surface bumpier.
|Andre Slade||education technique||andres-conviction-2017_18 open-water-swimming stroke-correction triathlon|
|Em’s Blissful Breakfast Berry Smoothie|
If you struggle to find something healthy and delicious for breakfast that will keep you kicking on throughout the morning try this tasty breakfast berry smoothie.
|Emily Gillies||health||nutrition recipe|
|Ridiculed smartwatch wearers #swimthebird to haters|
Swimmers have taken to social media to give the bird to those who ridicule them for posting their swim maps.
|I’m in it for life, could you be?|
When faced with the question of whether to patrol, or not patrol, the answer was never in doubt.
|Andre Slade||lifestyle||lifesaver lifesaving surf-life-saving surf-sports volunteering|
|Top 3 tips for returning to the shore|
The journey back to shore through the surf can generate more anxiety and concern than at any other stage of an ocean swim, but that doesn’t have to be the case.
|Andre Slade||technique tips||finishing sighting swell wave-zone|
|What to do when you’ve got too much time to yourself|
Tips for keeping yourself entertained when the peace and quiet becomes too much.
|There are no losers, “Winning is doing”|
Jane asks “what is winning?” on her journey to enjoy every moment of her new ocean swimming lifestyle.
|How to swim your best at the Cole Classic|
To help you ease your anxiety, boost your confidence and swim your best on the day we’ve put together these pre, during & post Cole Classic swim tips.
|Andre Slade||events tips||cole-classic|
|How to stay relaxed on ‘race day’|
It’s totally normal to feel anxious on the day of an event, but how do you keep these feelings under control?
|Lia Trebilcock||events health||anxiety event-day video|
|Follow a whitewash runway to shore|
How to locate the best place and path to swim back to shore through the waves.
|Andre Slade||technique||sighting waves whitewash|
|Catching runners to get a lift|
Learn how to get an edge on your way back to shore by catching rides on the swell.
|Andre Slade||technique||lift runners swell waves|
|New research suggests males scientifically unable to assess swimming speed|
Oceanville City Pool is being hailed today for its new policy initiative to reduce the confusion around its lane speeds.
|Strengthen your core with this free video workout|
Strengthen your core from the comfort of home with this core workout to music.
|OceanFit||health||core strength workout|
|What to do with your electronic key when you go ocean swimming|
How a key safe will become your new best beach accessory, and other options for stashing your electronic key.
|Andre Slade||gear||equipment security|
|Navigating the Cole Classic 1km & 2km courses|
Learn how to navigate the 1km and 2km Cole Classic swim courses smartly.
|Andre Slade||events||cole-classic course-navigation|
|How to start an ocean swim fast or slow|
Learn how to start an ocean swim slow and social, or fast and furious for the win.
|Andre Slade||events technique||starts|
|What happened when I ‘volunteered’ for an Ocean Confidence clinic|
Lake-swimming, jellyfish-hating, cocktail-drinking Canadian Christie Preston tells the story of her experience in OceanFit’s Ocean Confidence clinic.
|Summer reads for ocean swimmers|
OceanFit’s top 5 open water books, perfect as a gift for an ocean swimmer or to enhance your knowledge & appreciation of the open water.
|OceanFit||review||books murray-rose ocean-swimming open-water-swimming science-of-the-surf steve-munatones|
|New film shines light on beach accessibility and inclusion|
A new short film showcases how creating an inclusive beach experience for people with disability is benefiting the community.
|OceanFit||lifestyle||beach-access disability inclusion slsnsw|
|How family beach-hang-times can help your kids in their swimming lessons|
Sasha from In The Deep Swim School on how kids swimming lessons will benefit from coastal water adventures.
|OceanFit||family lifestyle||kids swimming-lessons|
|Why I prefer goggles with clear lenses in low light|
Find out why I now almost exclusively prefer goggles with clear lenses when ocean swimming.
|Andre Slade||gear||goggles-topic vision|
|Angus Scott: Road blocks are only as effective as you perceive them to be|
How undergoing heart surgery at the ripe age of 33 set off an epiphany that would lead to lofty open water swimming goals.
|OceanFit||events health||anxiety injuries marathon-swimming mental-health personal-story|
|How to repair a swimming wetsuit|
Learn how to repair your swimming wetsuit when you get a nick/tear in the neoprene or you pull your zipper off.
|Andre Slade||gear||cold-water repairs wetsuits|
|OPINION: Fear is easy, let’s choose the higher path|
I’m more sad than angry, that there are ocean-lovers out there that are spreading misinformation about sharks.
|Lia Trebilcock||education environment||fear sharks|
|How a simple registration system can increase attendance at your event|
Event organisers, learn how a smooth and painless event registration process can increase attendance and create a positive buzz for your ocean swim.
|‘Mermaiding’ is a thing and it can make dreams come true|
Have you ever dreamed of being a mermaid? You might not have been able to realise your dream as a child, but now your child’s dreams can come true.
|OceanFit||family lifestyle||mermaiding mermaids|
|Everything you need to know about swimming in cold water|
Learn about what constitutes cold water swimming, what it feels like, what the dangers are, and how to minimise the effects.
|Andre Slade||education health||cold-water hypothermia water-temperature wetsuits|
|“Have a go. Get in and do it!” Jane’s motto after life-changing ocean swims|
On Jane’s 50th birthday her life changed, she discovered the body image movement and ocean swimming for physical and mental health.
|OceanFit||events health||inspiration personal-story|
|Babewatch: There’s nothing slow motion about this swim crew|
Find out how Babewatch are bringing awareness to mental health issues while having fun and keeping fit.
|OceanFit||health lifestyle||mental-health social-swimming|
|Can ocean swimmers and surf craft users share the waves?|
On our busiest beaches there is a fight for waves between ocean swimmers and surf craft, can they co-exist safely?
|Andre Slade||lifestyle water-safety||beach-management lifesaving red-and-yellow-flags surfing|
|How to see in the sea: Advice for swimmers with poor vision|
We’ve crowd-sourced the best advice for swimmers who usually require prescription glasses to keep your vision in check while ocean swimming.
|OceanFit||gear health||goggles-topic prescription-goggles sighting vision|
|Bottom’s up: How to choose where to swim at the beach|
Learn why different sections of water on the same beach can look so different and how to use this to your advantage.
|Andre Slade||education water-safety||gutters lifeguards red-and-yellow-flags rip-currents sandbanks troughs waves|
|Coriolis effect: When the water gets cold in summer|
Why can the ocean temperature in summer be 24 degrees one day, 18 the next? Well it’s all got to do with the wind and something called the coriolis effect.
|Rob Brander||education||cold-water science-of-the-surf upwelling weather wind|
|The surf sense ‘silver bullet’|
Are you looking for the ‘silver bullet’ to becoming a confident and strong ocean swimmer? It’s a question we get a lot and we have the answer for you.
|Andre Slade||education training||body-surfing surf-sense|
|How to give the gift of the ocean to your child|
Learn how to introduce your child to the ocean so that they can enjoy Australia’s favourite playground for life.
|Andre Slade||family lifestyle||children|
|Top 4 tips to get lean and mean|
Looking for a flat stomach for summer? Looking to get lean and mean for ocean swimming? Here are four tips to get the body you want!
|Elly McGuinness||health tips||fitness nutrition|
|Choosing the best goggles for open water swimming|
Goggles come in many shapes and sizes and finding a pair that fits and is suitable for the open water environment will open your eyes to a whole new experience.
|The Garmin Effect: Coaches ask for training lanes to be measured|
In an X-files-like case that is baffling coaches around the country, squad members are reporting swimming as much as 15% further than planned.
|Helicopter to watch over Rottnest Island channel swimmers|
Swimmers participating in the 2019 Rottnest Channel Swim will be supported with additional safety measures, including a dedicated event helicopter.
|The changing face of sport events participants: It’s competitor Jim, but not as we know him|
What is the ‘typical’ ocean swim participant look like and how does this affect the way organisers design and market their events?
|Scott Rice||events||event-management new-zealand organisers|
|World Ironman Series: Positive direction or rogue and risky?|
The World Ironman Series debuted last month in Bali but I disagree with their decision to flout their risk management and social responsibilities.
|Andre Slade||water-safety||ironman world-ironman-series|
|Tide’s in for aquatic events – what’s the salty secret?|
The three major trends that should be on the radar for every event organiser, or sponsor, looking to maximise the appetite for ocean events.
|Scott Rice||events lifestyle||new-zealand organisers scott-rice|
|Stanwell Park Ocean Challenge set for return in 2019|
If you crave big ocean swimming highs then you’re in luck this season with the return of the Stanwell Park Ocean Challenge on Saturday 3 March 2019.
|Andre Slade||events news||events|
|Vorgee partners with Swimming WA|
In a coup for open water swimmers in Western Australia, Vorgee has signed a new three-year partnership with Swimming WA.
|OceanFit||news||sponsorship swimming-wa vorgee|
|Top 5 tips for your post City2Surf recovery swim|
Running in the City2Surf this weekend? Here are OceanFit’s top 5 tips for your post City2Surf recovery swim.
|OceanFit||lifestyle||city2surf recovery running|
|The eco friendly way to slip into your wetsuit with ease|
The Surf Sock is the Australian made, eco-friendly alternative to the plastic bag to assist getting into your wetsuit and a great addition to your ocean swimming gear bag.
|Andre Slade||gear review||wetsuits winter|
|The swim set for the seriously lazy swimmer (like me)|
This is Andre’s swim session for when you really don’t want to train, but you know it’s good for you.
|What is swimmers ear?|
Learn about swimmers ear and find out why prevention is the best way to manage this common ocean swimmers problem.
|OceanFit||gear health||ears swimmers-ear|
|Andre talks ocean swimming on The Pod podcast|
Andre dives deep into the sport of ocean swimming, with insights into the sport’s history, events, lifestyle, techniques, competitive tactics and where it all started for OceanFit.
|OceanFit||education lifestyle||audio podcast|
|Review: How we took on the inaugural Swimrun Australia|
OceanFit’s Andre & Jules took on the inaugural SwimRun Australia and lived to tell the tale and provide tips for others taking it on in the future.
|Andre Slade||events review||personal-story run-swim-run-event swimrun|
|A wet and wild weekend in The Palms|
Take a look at what we got up to on our Wet & wild weekend @ The Palms.
|OceanFit||lifestyle||river-swimming royal-national-park travel wet-and-wild-weekends wild-swimming|
|A guide to family beach safety|
Beach days can be a daunting experience for parents but with our handy family beach safety guide and equipment checklist you’ll feel that much better.
|Andre Slade||education water-safety||beach-safety family kids|
|How to assist a swimmer in difficulty|
People can get into trouble at any time in the water and if you’re nearby you might be called on to assist a swimmer in difficulty.
|Andre Slade||education water-safety||edm_28dec rescue safety|
|Ironman legend Trevor Hendy shares his top 5 ocean swim tips ahead of the Aussie Ocean Swim|
Aussie Ocean Swim ambassador, and six-time Australian Ironman champion, Trevor Hendy, shares his tips to get the most out of your ocean swim experience and swim faster for longer.
|OceanFit||technique tips||aussie-ocean-swim breathing drafting ironman sighting stroke-correction trevor-hendy|
|The magic carpet (negotiating a shore dump)|
There’s a little bit of magic in all of us! Learn how to negotiate a shore dump using the ‘magic carpet’.
|Andre Slade||education technique||andres-conviction-2017_18 beach-types magic-carpet sandbanks shore-dump|
|Swimmers shoulder: The complete guide|
Swimmers shoulder is a common swimming injury, so it’s important to know what causes it, what to look out for, how to treat it and most importantly, how to prevent it.
|Juliann Desjardins||health||injuries recovery swimmers-shoulder|
|How to take awesome photos in the ocean with a GoPro|
Andre’s best tips to take awesome photos in the ocean with your GoPro.
|Andre Slade||gear lifestyle||camera gopro photography|
|The finish is right behind you|
The Hawaiians say ‘never turn your back on the ocean’, and that advice rings true for finishing ocean swims.
|Andre Slade||education events||andres-conviction-2017_18 body-surfing cole-classic finishing sighting|
|Top 5 tips for taking on an ocean swim, by three-time Olympian Michael Klim|
Thanks to the Noosa Summer Swim, we have three-time Olympian Michael Klim’s top five tips for taking on an ocean swim!
|OceanFit||events tips||michael-klim noosa-summer-swim|
|Relax and keep your head down|
If you find yourself fighting the open water and using up energy quickly, you might be swimming like this.
|Andre Slade||education technique||andres-conviction-2017_18 anxiety confidence stroke-correction|
|The perks of ocean swimming|
In the lead up to the Cole Classic, Andre spoke with Nick and Sam from The Daily Drive, about the perks of ocean swimming.
|Andre Slade||lifestyle||audio interview talking-lifestyle|
|Why I wear Vorgee’s Missile and Vortech goggles|
Find out why the Vorgee Missile and Vortech are Andre’s goggles of choice, plus find out what styles are in his goggle bag.
|Andre Slade||gear review||goggles-topic missile vorgee vortech|
|The tortoise and the hare|
This well-known fable is a great reminder to ocean swimmers of all ages, that there’s more to swimming through the surf than speed.
|Andre Slade||education||andres-conviction-2017_18 rip-currents sets-and-lulls timing wave-negotiation waves|
|Ocean swimming keeps the black dog at bay for Hanby|
Criminal lawyer Justin Hanby was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2013 and he now swims daily as a way to take control of his mental health.
|OceanFit||health lifestyle||anxiety cole-classic mental-health personal-story|
|Timing is everything|
Timing plays a huge part in negotiating waves, and getting your timing right will make you a more efficient ocean swimmer in the surf zone.
|Andre Slade||education technique||rip-currents sets-and-lulls timing wave-negotiation waves|
|Seal your ears for pain-free open water swimming|
Say goodbye to painful ears with SwimSeal, a new ear drop that coats the ear canal and prevents water being trapped and causing infection – the leading cause of ‘swimmers ear’.
|A simple technique that will make you a superhero of the surf|
We’ve got a technique to help you negotiate the surf that is so simple, you’ll wonder way you haven’t thought of it before (Tip: it doesn’t involve diving under waves).
|Andre Slade||education technique||andres-conviction-2017_18 superman wave-negotiation waves|
|5 tips to keep you safe at the beach this summer|
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 beach safety tips to stay safe.
|Andre Slade||tips water-safety||rescue safety|
|10 ocean swimming event tips for first time ocean swimmers|
Ocean swimming events are fun, challenging… and a little scary! Make your first ocean swim event a day to remember with these 10 event tips.
|Andre Slade||events tips||getting-started|
|Weizhen has Cole Classic medal in sight to thank donor after transplant|
After a liver transplant due to a genetic condition called Polycystic Liver Disease, Weizhen Zhou has set her sights on completing the Cole Classic. This is her story of teaching herself how to swim, 4am wake-up’s and taking on the ocean with OceanFit.
|OceanFit||events lifestyle||cole-classic personal-story|
|How sandbanks are like swimming between the flags|
How can you stay safe at the beach, if you know to swim between the flags, but you choose not to?
|Andre Slade||education water-safety||andres-conviction-2017_18 lifesaving red-and-yellow-flags rip-currents sandbanks waves|
|Are you a WAIF?|
When making decisions about whether or not it’s going to be a good day for an ocean swim, you’re going to need to dig deeper than the weather app icon.
|Andre Slade||education||forecasting surf-conditions technology weather|
|Newds outraged by sensible decision at Bondi to Bronte|
A sensible decision by the Bondi To Bronte organisers made wetsuit wearers eligible for prizes on Sunday, but the ‘newds’ weren’t happy.
|Andre Slade||events||andres-conviction-2017_18 bondi-to-bronte cold-water event-management fina wetsuits|
|The great wetsuit debate|
Do you only swim ‘newd’, or are you impartial to a bit of rubber? This question is at the heart of the annual wetsuit debate between ocean swimming traditionalists and the modern day ocean swimmer.
|Andre Slade||gear lifestyle||andres-conviction-2017_18 cold-water wetsuits winter|
|A cap in the hand is worth two in the season|
Why do we wear swim caps and are we wearing them for the right reasons?
|Andre Slade||gear||andres-conviction-2017_18 recap swim-caps|
|Are you going insane in the surf?|
Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result is the definition of insanity, so are you guilty of this when you’re ocean swimming?
|Andre Slade||education training||andres-conviction-2017_18 email_191218 wave-negotiation|
|How the Melbourne Cup is like an ocean swim|
When you think about it, racing in the Melbourne Cup is actually a lot like an ocean swim event.
|Andre Slade||education training||andres-conviction-2017_18 melbourne-cup|
|Join the ‘Ocean Swimming Enthusiasts’ Facebook group|
It’s time to get social, we’ve created a Facebook group called “Ocean swimming enthusiasts” and we’re inviting you to join it.
|Andre Slade||lifestyle||facebook social-swimming|
|Should you swim in the ocean after rain?|
Why is swimming in the ocean after it’s rained so bad? and how do you know when it’s safe to go back in?
|Andre Slade||environment health||andres-conviction-2017_18 rain water-quality|
|Why you shouldn’t swim after it’s rained|
Should you swim after it’s rained? Learn how ocean water quality is affected by rain running off our streets accumulating nasties along the way.
|Ken Meese||environment health||rain water-quality weather|
|Take a swim on the wild side|
Wild swimming is a great way to enjoy your favourite activity in nature, learn what it’s all about and how to get involved.
|Andre Slade||lifestyle||andres-conviction-2017_18 wild-swimming|
|Swim with a social ocean swimming group|
There are dozens of social ocean swimming groups throughout Australia, and they’re great for regular swimming and camaraderie.
|Andre Slade||lifestyle||andres-conviction-2017_18 social-swimming swimming-groups|
|Do you know, what you don’t know?|
Are you unknowingly holding yourself back from being a better ocean swimmer, because you think you know all there is to know about ocean swimming?
|Andre Slade||education||andres-conviction-2017_18 austswim professional-development|
|Sea lice: That nasty rash you get after swimming in the ocean|
Been ocean swimming and come out with an itchy rash over your body? Chances are you’ve had an encounter with sea lice. Learn what it is and how to treat it.
|Andre Slade||education environment||email_020119 jellyfish rash sea-lice seaweed stingers|
|10 winter swimming motivational tips|
Winter can be a hard time to get motivated to maintain your swimming fitness. Here are OceanFit’s top 10 tips to make winter swimming less of a chore.
|Andre Slade||education tips||cold-water pool-swimming training winter|
|Q&A: The pre-40’s ocean swimming challenge that made Jamie ‘mildly obsessed’|
During the 2016-17 summer season, Jamie Cairns approached OceanFit to help him achieve a goal he’d been wanting to knock off for years, and with his 40th birthday approaching, now was the time to take it on!
|OceanFit||events lifestyle||getting-started personal-story|
|Em’s Lightly Toasted Protein Balls|
Protein Balls are a fantastic healthy snack you can enjoy between meals or after a ocean swims or workouts.
|Emily Gillies||health||nutrition recipe|
|OceanFit teaches Nepalese students how to stay safe in the water|
Following a tragic run of drownings this summer, a Sydney international business school visited Bondi for an ocean awareness session to help them enjoy Australia’s favourite playground safely.
|Are you drinking enough water?|
Around 70% of your body and 85% of your brain is made of water, so it’s pretty important you keep it hydrated, but how much do you actually need?
|Elly McGuinness||health||hydration nutrition|
|Don’t leave it too late: Train smarter not harder|
Nick has crunched the numbers and can tell you why pro athletes are smarter in their injury prevention and spend less time in recovery than amateurs.
|Nick Marshall||health||injuries professional-athletes training|
|Myth of the collapsing sand bar|
The media like to report of a ‘collapsing sand bar’ that cause people to be ‘dragged out to sea’ in rips but the idea that a sandbar can collapse is a myth.
|Rob Brander||education water-safety||sandbars science-of-the-surf|
|Olympic medalist Jessica Shwood claims thrilling victory at Noosa|
Olympic medalist Jessica Ashwood claimed a thrilling victory in the women’s 5km Grand Prix at the Noosa Summer Swim Festival during the weekend [Plus watch awesome event video].
|OceanFit||events||noosa-summer-swim olympics results world-series-swims|
|Tips to enhance your pool swimming experience|
Whether you’re swimming at a small local pool, a large aquatic centre or an ocean baths, here’s a few things to help you enjoy your experience.
|Andre Slade||tips training||pool-swimming winter|
|Pool lane swimming etiquette|
Lane swimming is bathed in unwritten rules that help to regulate lane swimmers and reduce ‘lane rage’. There’s no need to be intimidated though, just follow this simple guide to lane swimming etiquette.
|How to prevent sea-sickness when ocean swimming|
Do you feel sea-sick when ocean swimming or swimming in open water? You’re not alone, find out what ocean swimmers suggest to do to prevent sea-sickness.
|What to look for in an open water swimming wetsuit|
Are you thinking about purchasing a wetsuit for open water swimming, or ocean swimming? Make sure you take into account all these factors before you buy.
|Andre Slade||gear||open-water-swimming triathlon wetsuits winter|
|Event nutrition: What to eat pre, during & post|
You can’t guarantee how well you will preform on the day of your event but what you can control is your nutrition, hydration and energy levels. Getting your nutrition right you will feel strong and have positive memories of the day.
|Teresa Boyce||events health||nutrition|
|5 ocean swimming techniques that will give you the edge|
Are you looking for the edge in your ocean swimming? These five ocean swimming techniques will give you the speed and tactical advantage you’re looking for.
|Andre Slade||technique||drafting rip-currents sets-and-lulls sighting swell|
|Review: New Vorgee Missile Eclipse your new favourite goggle|
We’re loving Vorgee’s new Missile Eclipse goggle with its double metallic mirror lens that enhances clarity and combats glare for maximum ocean swimming enjoyment.
|OceanFit||gear review||goggles-topic missile-eclipse vorgee|
|How to treat a bluebottle sting|
Ocean swim regularly enough and you’ll eventually be stung by a bluebottle. The sting can range from itchy to painful but the treatment is simple.
|Andre Slade||education||bluebottles email_020119 stingers|
|Wave sets and lulls: Is every seventh wave the biggest?|
Learn about wave sets and lulls and how they can affect your ocean swim. Plus find the answer to the question ‘is every seventh wave in a set the biggest?’.
|Rob Brander||education||rip-currents science-of-the-surf sets-and-lulls waves|
|Take on an aquathon this Aus Day with tips from Australian triathlete Aaron Royle|
With no ocean swims on the NSW ocean swims calendar this Australia Day, take a day-trip to Wollongong for the Aus Day Aquathon and mix with Australian triathlon royalty.
|OceanFit||events tips||aaron-royle aquathon australia-day triathlon|
|3 exercises to strengthen your core for ocean swimming|
Learn three beginner core strength and stability exercises that will help you develop the core needed to become a better ocean swimmer.
|OceanFit||health||anthony-carroll bondi-rescue core exercises strength|
|Audio: Andre gives an insight into the holiday drowning spike|
Andre spoke with Natalie Peters on 2GB about the recent spate of drownings, why we might be seeing this spike and things we can work on to reverse the drowning toll.
|OceanFit||education water-safety||audio drowning interview|
|Watch & learn: Sam Shepard executes textbook finish to win Lorne Pier to Pub|
We’ve broken down Sam Shepard’s masterclass finish as he hauled in Mack Horton in the last stages of the 2017 Lorne Pier to Pub.
|Andre Slade||events technique||lorne-pier-to-pub sam-shepard|
|This ‘golden rule’ will keep you beach safe this summer|
Surf safety messages can get so complicated. There are so many rules, but what if I said you only need to know one ‘rule’ when you go to the beach?
|Andre Slade||education water-safety||rip-currents safety sandbanks waves|
|Australian ocean swim events for the summer holidays|
The summer holidays are here and we’ve scanned the world wide web to find holiday ocean swims throughout Australia.
|Noosa the perfect setting for an action-packed February weekend away|
Have you been looking for an summer ocean swims getaway? Look no further than the Noosa Summer Swim with seven distances on offer over two days, plus all the awesomeness of what Noosa has to offer.
|How to swim straight in open water using sighting|
No one likes swimming around in circles, so in this article you’ll learn how swimming sighting techniques will assist you to swim straight in open water (includes videos).
|Andre Slade||technique||sighting triathlon|
|I just wanted to keep swimming: Nicola takes on her first ocean swim|
We love hearing personal success stories, and this one from Nicola Harris, is typical of the OceanFit participant and will resonate with a lot of people out there thinking of taking on their first ocean swim.
|OceanFit||events lifestyle||getting-started inspiration personal-story|
|Why you’re about to start wearing your sunscreen on a cloudy day|
Learn about the two different types of UV radiation, what they do to the skin and when you need to protect yourself to avoid unnecessary risks of developing skin cancer, pigmentation disorders and accelerating the ageing process.
|Ocean swim entries up 10% on back of record Bondi to Bronte|
It looks like we’re in for a bumper ocean swims season if early season entries are anything to go by, with the professionally organised events leading the way.
|Survey prize winner Paul takes part in the inaugural Catseye Classic|
Our 2016 ocean swims survey winner has given us a review of his prize winning trip to Hamilton Island, including how he got to swim in the inaugural ‘Catseye Classic’.
|OceanFit||events review||competition personal-story survey winners|
|How to prepare for a run-swim-run event|
The transitions from running to swimming can undo swimmers who aren’t fit and prepared, so here are a few tips to get you through your run-swim-run event.
|Andre Slade||events training||run-swim-run-event|
|Is your sunscreen doing more harm than good?|
The warm weather is here and out comes the Sunscreen – learn from OceanFit’s Lia Trebilcock if yours is doing more damage than good and why you need to put the 50+SPF straight in the bin!
|Top 5: Join the run-swim-run revolution this summer|
They’re becoming more popular each year, and in NSW there are five fantastic run-swim-run events to get your heart rate up this summer.
|Entries for the 2017 Cole Classic are open|
Earlybird entries are now open for the hugely popular Cole Classic ocean swim, with 1km, 2km and 5km distances available to challenge all abilities.
|New additions to the Bondi to Bronte sure to be crowd-pleasers|
Ocean swimming tradition in Sydney says summer hasn’t started until the Bondi to Bronte ocean swim has been swum, and this year the event has new organisers, fresh new swims and prizes to boot.
|OceanFit instructor Lia Trebilcock completes gruelling 42km Coolangatta Gold!|
OceanFit’s senior instructor, Lia Trebilcock, has ticked off a major bucket list item by completing the gruelling 41.8km Coolangatta Gold on Sunday.
|OceanFit||events lifestyle||coolangatta-gold lia-trebilcock|
|The ‘ideal’ ocean swim, as preferred by ocean swimmers|
We’ve crunched the data from the 2016 annual ocean swims survey to find out what ocean swimmers say is the ‘ideal’ ocean swim.
|OceanFit||events lifestyle||event-management survey|
|2016 annual ocean swims survey winners announced|
Were you a winner in our annual ocean swim survey? Find out if you’re one of the lucky ones, as well as a snap shot of the insights we have gathered.
|OceanFit||lifestyle||competition survey winners|
|Congratulations Turia Pitt on becoming an ironman!|
Congratulations Turia Pitt on becoming an Ironman on the weekend, from your OceanFit instructor Lia, and all the team at OceanFit.
|OceanFit||events lifestyle||ironman turia-pitt|
|Being hands-on beats the heebie jeebies|
Do you get the heebie jeebies when ocean swimming? Learn how to feel more relaxed about sharing the ocean with all its creepy crawlies.
|Andre Slade||education environment||anxiety bluebottles jellyfish sea-lice seaweed|
|Top 10 wild swimming locations in Sydney|
Sally Tertini, author of Wild Swimming Sydney Australia, reveals ten of the best wild swimming locations in Sydney.
|Figure Eight Pools – Royal National Park|
Discover one of Sydney’s best kept secrets, the natural wonder that are the figure eight pools in Sydney’s Royal National Park.
|OceanFit||lifestyle||rock-pools royal-national-park travel wild-swimming|
|Ocean swim entries down 21% as s***k anxiety builds|
There has been a worrying 21% drop in entries to ocean swim events so far this season; what is keeping swimmers away?
|Survey winner Nicola enjoys the trip of a lifetime|
Thanks to OceanFit, Nicola Logan won herself a trip to Hamilton Island to participate in the Whitehaven Beach Ocean Swim – hear how she got on!
|OceanFit||events lifestyle||competition hamilton-island personal-story survey travel whitehaven-beach-ocean-swim winners|
|5 steps towards your first ocean swim|
Would you like to go from ocean bather to ocean swimmer this summer? Join the ocean swimming revolution with these five steps towards your first ocean swim.
|Andre Slade||events tips||getting-started|
|Andre’s 3 essential ocean swim accessories|
Learn about Andre’s three essential ocean swimming accessories he says he can’t do without at the beach for ocean swimming.
|Andre Slade||gear lifestyle||ears goggles-topic|
|Ally Charlton: What it means to be an ocean swimmer|
Let Ally inspire you to enjoy the freedom of the ocean. Listen to why she chose an ocean swimming lifestyle, how she gained her confidence to swim in open water and what it all means to her.
|OceanFit||lifestyle||ally-charlton fitness getting-started morning-swimming personal-story vitality|
|2015 ocean swimming survey prize winners|
Did you take part in OceanFit’s 2015 Annual Ocean Swimming Survey? We’ve drawn the winners, so you can see if you’ve won a Hamilton Island ocean swimming experience, Vorgee goggles or OceanFit training vouchers!
|OceanFit||lifestyle||competition survey winners|
|Coogee Island Challenge from the air|
We had cameras on the sand, in the water and in the air to bring you the Coogee Island Challenge like you’ve never seen it before.
|Andre Slade||events review||coogee-island-challenge video|
|Great white shark caught at Bondi Beach|
This morning a Great White Shark was unfortunately caught in the shark nets at Bondi Beach, but this shouldn’t be of concern for rational ocean swimmers.
|How to get on board the ocean swimming wave|
Ocean swimming is riding a wave of popularity, so find out how to break free from the black line of the pool and swim as nature intended.
|Why it’s ok to pee in the ocean|
This this video scientists explain why urinating in the ocean is harmless and is actually good for marine life!
|How to get good quality sleep|
Swimmers are well known as early risers, so whether you’re up early for squad training or to catch the beach at it’s prime you’ll need good quality sleep.
|Elly McGuinness||health||breathing mindfullness recovery sleep|
|The best workout for weight loss|
Ever wondered what the best workout for weight loss is? Well, you’ll be happy to know it’s not rocket science – and you get to choose!
|Elly McGuinness||health||fitness weight-loss|
|How to read food labels for healthy eating|
If reading food labels seems confusing then this checklist will help you make smarter healthier food choices when you go shopping.
|Elly McGuinness||health||nutrition recipe|
|10 tips to stay healthy through winter|
Winter can play havoc on our immune system, so to ensure you stay as healthy as possible during these shorter darker days here are 10 tips to stay healthy.
|Elly McGuinness||health tips||nutrition winter|
|Video: 2014 South Head Roughwater swim|
Murray Cox has put together a little video of the 2014 South Head Roughwater Swim that gives a small insight into the challenges faced by swimmers.
|Who’s a clever buoy? Facial recognition detecting sharks|
“Who’s a clever buoy?!” This buoy obviously, because its new built-in face-recognition software is detecting sharks in the water and texting lifeguards.
|Is this purple jellyfish a new species?|
A bright purple, alien-like jellyfish has washed up on Coolum Beach and an expert says it may be a new species.
|Life is worth swimming by Murray Rose|
Be inspired by Murray Rose’s story of Olympic success, his unique training techniques and the way in which he captured the hearts and minds of Australian’s throughout his life.
|OceanFit||lifestyle review||books murray-rose olympics|
|How to choose a wetsuit for ocean swimming|
Learn how to choose the right wetsuit for open water swimming, including ocean swimming and triathlons.
|Andre Slade||gear||cold-water triathlon wetsuits winter|
|Essential fats in your diet|
In this lesson you will learn why not all fats are bad for us and the types of essential fats that our body needs to function well.
|Teresa Boyce||health||nutrition recipe|
|Top 5 winter fitness tips for staying healthy|
We’re all guilty of slacking off to some degree over winter, but there are a few simple ways to keep your fitness and health in check over these cooler darker months.
|Emily Gillies||health training||exercise fitness winter|
|Shortest day kicks off countdown to summer|
If you’ve been struggling with the dark starts and ends to your work day as we dive further into winter, you’ll be happy to know that this Friday is Winter Solstice, aka the shortest day of the year.
|Andre Slade||lifestyle||cold-water winter-solstice|
|Asian Inspired Chicken Stir Fry|
Chicken Stir Fry is a simple healthy household favourite and it can be prepared in a matter of minutes.
|Teresa Boyce||health||nutrition recipe|
|Teresa’s Omega Berry Smoothie|
Protein smoothies are a simple and tasty way to get your daily dose of protein. This smoothie is Teresa Boyce’s fail safe all time favourite.
|Teresa Boyce||health||nutrition recipe|
|Sunscreen: Protection from the sun|
If you’re spending a lot of time outside swimming you need to be wearing sunscreen for your own safety.
|Open water swimming wetsuits|
Open water swimming wetsuits are great for increasing your speed in open water and have the obvious benefit of keeping you warm in cooler water temps.
|Andre Slade||gear||triathlon wetsuits|
|A swimming vest can help make sure you’re seen|
Learn about swimming vests which some ocean swimming events may require you to wear for safety or sponsorship purposes.
|Andre Slade||gear||safety sponsorship swimming-vest|
|Swimming caps are practical, safe and warm|
Swimming caps are great for personal and event water safety, keeping long hair under control and keeping your head warm in cooler water temps.
|The ocean swimming attraction|
There’s really no better all-round fitness activity than ocean swimming, so ditch staring at a black line of the pool and start ocean swimming.
|Protein for recovery|
Protein can be used for growth and repair (which is the ideal use for protein) or can be used for energy like carbohydrate and fat. In this lesson you will learn about the protein enriched foods you should be including in your diet for maximum muscle recovery, repair and energy.
|Teresa Boyce||health||nutrition recipe|
|5 healthy eating tips for summer|
Summer is the perfect time to commit to a healthy eating and exercise plan but don’t get confused with all the latest diet trends, what you’re looking to do is eat clean, colourful and balanced meals.
|Ocean swimming safety|
The ocean is a hazardous environment at any time and ocean swimmers must always respect it. Learn how to stay safe while ocean swimming.
|OceanFit||education water-safety||ocean-swims safety|
|Learn how to survive rip currents|
Rip currents are our beaches hidden danger and they are responsible for the majority of beach drownings. Learn how to spot, avoid and survive a rip current.
|Andre Slade||education water-safety||rip-currents sandbanks survival|
|The OceanFit Ocean Responsibility Code|
The beach is Australia’s favourite playground. Keep to the Ocean Responsibility Code to have fun and stay safe at the beach this summer.
|OceanFit||education water-safety||oceanfit-responsibility-code safety|
|Eating a balanced diet|
The key to optimum health and recovery is balance. In this lesson you will learn how to eat a balanced diet to ensure maximun performance and recovery.
|Do we need an ocean swimming etiquette?|
The ability to swim freely in the ocean is one of the true magic moments of ocean swimming, but as ocean swimming gets more popular it also means it gets more crowded out in the deep blue. Do we need an ocean swimmers etiquette to allow ocean swimmers to share the freedom of the open ocean in harmony?
|Andre Slade||lifestyle||etiquette rules social-swimming|
|Stuck between a rock and a hard place|
Sand comes from the ocean and is brought onshore by wave action, but how did it get there in the first place? Learn about the geology that created the sandy beaches we see today.
|Rob Brander||environment||beaches erosion sand science-of-the-surf|
|Coastal geology: Tracing back coastal origins|
Learn how lots of thrusting, bending and folding activity 300 million years ago shaped Sydney’s Eastern Suburb’s landscape into the coastline we see today.
|Rob Brander||environment||beaches sand science-of-the-surf|
|Freestyle hand entry should be like posting a letter|
Take a look at hand entry and catch as part of an efficient and smooth freestyle stroke including examples of common errors swimmers make.
|Claire Owen||technique||stroke-correction total-immersion|
|The motion in the ocean: Water, wind & waves|
Waves are an integral part of an ocean lifestyle. But have you ever wondered where waves come from and why they seem to change every day…and even during the day?
|Rob Brander||education||science-of-the-surf swell waves wind|
|Total Immersion and the Incredible Hulk|
Tim Ferris (‘The 4 Hour Work Week’) shares the story of how he transformed from demoralised drowner to 1km ocean swimmer in two weeks with Total Immersion.
|Claire Owen||technique||stroke-correction total-immersion|
|The complete guide to training for an ocean swim event|
Preparing for an ocean swim event? Here’s OceanFit’s complete guide on how to prepare for, participant in, and recover from an ocean swim event.
|Andre Slade||events tips||training|
|Ocean swimming event nutrition|
You can’t guarantee how well you will perform on event day but what you can control is your nutrition, hydration and energy levels. In this lesson you will learn about event nutrition and how to fuel your body pre, during and post your ocean swim event.
|Cleaning up your carbohydrates|
Training requires adequate dietary carbohydrates especially post training. In this lesson you will learn how to consume a variety of carbs as part of a ‘carb clean up’.
|Teresa Boyce||health||nutrition recipe|
|How slow can you swim well?|
Balance and stability are key to great swimming and relaxing in the water has a myriad of positive effects including increased buoyancy and awareness.
|Claire Owen||technique||stroke-correction total-immersion|
|How to become a well-rounded ocean swimmer|
Become a more well-rounded ocean swimmer and get more enjoyment out of your ocean swimming by taking the time to work on these three important elements.
|Andre Slade||education technique||getting-started|
|Face-to-face with a great white shark|
Deano ticks another thing off his bucket list by going face-to-face with a Great White Shark! + VIDEO
|Dean Gladstone||lifestyle||bondi-rescue sharks|
|Stroke counting great tool for measuring efficiency|
Stroke counting is the most accessible and specific form of measurement in swimming that can assist you to become a more efficient ocean swimmer.
|Claire Owen||technique||stroke-correction total-immersion|
|Get ‘on yer bike’ and eliminate summer beach traffic stress|
Do you really need all the stress of driving your car to the beach? Leave the keys on the bench, the car in the garage, and jump ‘on yer bike’.
|Ken Meese||environment||cycling transport|
|Choosing nutritious foods|
A diet packed with vegetables will provide nutrients and nourishment vital to any training program. In this lesson you will learn how to choose nutritious foods based on their colour.
|Teresa Boyce||health||nutrition recipe|
|Preparing to eat healthy|
The first step in any healthy eating plan is to go shopping and get prepared. In this lesson you will learn how to make healthy eating decisions to assist in your ocean swimming training.
|A comprehensive guide to surf lifesaving: Lifesaving|
Take a look at the history of surf life saving in Australia, the ongoing transformation of lifesaving services & explore surf life saving beyond the flags.
|Andre Slade||lifestyle||lifesaving slsa|
|A comprehensive guide to surf lifesaving: Surf sports|
Take a look at surf sports through the ages, the rise of professional surf sports and the growth in ocean sports outside of surf life saving.
|OceanFit||lifestyle||ky-hurst lifesaving professional-athletes slsa surf-sports|
|Do fluro vests spell the end of bare chested ocean swimming?|
New hi-vis fluro vests are set to become the norm in ocean swimming events and for ocean swimmers this policy will effectively mean the end to participating in an ocean swim event ‘bare-chested’ or just in cozzies.
|Andre Slade||events water-safety||lifesaving policy slsa swimming-vest|
|The difference between ocean swimming and open water swimming|
Learn about how open water swimming and ocean swimming differ and the different skill-sets required for each type of swimming location.
|OceanFit||lifestyle||lake-swimming ocean-swimming open-water-swimming river-swimming|
|How the Olympics can help your swimming|
Swimmers at the Olympics are the best of the best, they’ve spent countless hours for most of their lives training and preparing for a shot at Olympic glory. Here are three lessons you can take away from watching swimming at the Olympics.
|OceanFit||events technique||olympics stroke-correction|
|Becoming World Masters champion deserves a holiday|
Paul Lemmon follows up his 2012 FINA World Masters Championships Open Water title with an ocean swim adventure in Italy.
|Paul Lemmon||events lifestyle||fina masters-swimming|
|Beneath the waves by Bondi Mermaids|
The Bondi Mermaids are a group of the Sydney community that want to highlight that there are no ‘passive use’ marine areas in the eastern suburbs of Sydney.
|Ocean swimming training tips for beginners|
Learn how ocean swimming can be an enjoyable and rewarding sport with world master’s champion Paul Lemmon’s 7 ocean swimming training tips for beginners.
|Paul Lemmon||tips training|
|End killing and captivity of whales and dolphins|
Killing whales is an abhorrent act and is something an enlightened, progressive society should condemn and strive to eliminate.
|Ken Meese||environment||dolphins marine-life whales|
|Upper body conditioning for board paddling support crew|
Paddling a board in support of an ocean swimmer but you’re not in shape? Learn upper body conditioning for board paddling crew by Anthony Carroll.
|OceanFit||health||board-paddling bondi-rescue core distance-swimming exercises strength|
|5 most common ocean anxieties and how to overcome them|
Whether it’s a niggling side-thought, or an inherent fear, your ocean anxieties can be a massive barrier to enjoying the ocean.
|Andre Slade||education||anxiety confidence deep-water fear seaweed sharks waves|
|Complete Eastside Radio surf safety interview series|
Sit back, grab a coffee and listen to OceanFit’s owner Andre Slade discuss a range of surf safety topics with Dan from Eastside Radio.
|OceanFit||education||anxiety audio family interview rip-currents sharks weather|
|6 ocean swimming products I couldn’t do without|
There are six ocean swimming products I swear I couldn’t live without when it comes to visiting the beach and enjoying my ocean swimming – check them out.
|Andre Slade||gear review||goggles-topic sunscreen wetsuits|
|Bucket list: Rottnest Island Channel Swim|
Dean Gladstone shares his experience from his first Rottnest Island Swim, one he had always wanted to tick off his bucket list. This article includes Deano’s Top 5 Tips For Taking On The ‘Rotto Swim’.
|Dean Gladstone||events review||bondi-rescue distance-swimming|
|Core strength: You can’t fire a cannon from a row boat|
Learn why core stability is the key to any sport or activity, especially swimming. It’s the set of muscles that give you the nice firm platform to work off.
|Nick Marshall||health||core exercises strength|
|Dogpaddle: It’s sink or swim, you’re more confident than you think|
There was one lesson that I learnt from my first family dog Tosh, with the help from my dad, that helps tell the story of ‘sink or swim’.
|Andre Slade||education||anxiety confidence|
|How to swim train through a shoulder injury|
Learn how using a pull buoy is a great way to reduce the stress on the shoulders allowing you to continue swim training through a shoulder injury.
|Nick Marshall||health training||injuries pull-buoy recovery swimmers-shoulder|
|Where to swim when not between the flags|
Learn how to choose a place to swim when you don’t want to swim between the flags on a patrolled beach or when you’re on a beach without flags.
|Andre Slade||education water-safety||lifesaving red-and-yellow-flags rip-currents sandbanks waves|
|Pier to Pub: Swimming in a pack with the thousands is great fun|
Paul Lemmon has a great experience at the Lorne Pier To Pub, wins his age group and gives his tips on swimming in a pack.
|Paul Lemmon||events technique||event-review pack-swimming pier-to-pub|
|Better swimming – It’s all in your head!|
If you find yourself avoiding the urge to fight gravity to avoid sinking when you swim then you need to work on finding a balanced state in the water.
|Managing cold water swimming injuries|
The cold can play havoc with your muscles. Learn how to best manage cold water swimming injuries with advice given to professional ironman athletes.
|Nick Marshall||health||cold-water injuries professional-athletes|
|Don’t stop swimming because of sexy shark attacks|
Sharks are an ocean swimmers worst nightmare but is the risk of a shark attack while you’re swimming really something to be worried about?
|10 tips for preparing for an ocean swim event|
Preparing for an ocean swim event is easy with these top 10 tips from open water swimming world master’s champion Paul Lemmon.
|Paul Lemmon||events tips||goggles-topic sunscreen|
|90 ocean swimming tips from our 2011 twitter campaign|
During the 2010/11 summer season we delivered 90 day’s worth of ocean awareness, confidence & fitness tips as part of a 90 days of summer twitter campaign.
|OceanFit||education tips||body-surfing sighting stroke-correction wave-negotiation waves|
|The most important thing that I check before I go to a beach|
Learn why knowing what the wind is doing is the most important thing to check before you go to the beach and how it can impact your time there.
|Dean Gladstone||education technique||bondi-rescue wind|
|How to recover from an event for ongoing success|
Learn how the actions of an athlete straight after a race and the days after has a large bearing on how they will recover and be ready for their next event.
|Nick Marshall||events health||injuries professional-athletes recovery surf-sports|
|Knowledge, Skills and Desire – The success combo|
You’ve got to know what to do, how to do it, and you’ve really got to want to do it says Elly McGuinness.
|5 tips to avoid drowning at the beach|
The beach can be an dangerous and unforgiving place and all beach-goers should know these five basic beach safety tips to avoid drowning at the beach.
|Andre Slade||education water-safety||drowning oceanfit-responsibility-code safety|
|Wetsuits: To wear or not to wear|
The wearing of wetsuits in ocean swimming events is a hotly debated topic among a small section of the open water swimming community, which side are you on?
|Paul Lemmon||gear||cold-water wetsuits winter|
|Do I have swimmers shoulder? How to diagnose your shoulder injury|
Swimmers shoulder is inflammation in the tendons of the muscles you use to swim and the most common reasons why swimmers shoulder occurs is poor technique and fatigue.
|Nick Marshall||health||injuries swimmers-shoulder|
|Why you shouldn’t self-diagnose your injuries|
If you think that previous athletic experience is more important than knowledge when it comes to injury rehab and performance then think again.
|Nick Marshall||health||injuries swimmers-shoulder|
|Correct swimming technique comes first|
Whatever your reason might be for improving your swimming performance, the key is to get stronger and faster but never lose your technique.
|Claire Owen||technique||stroke-correction total-immersion|
|It’s summer, so it must be shark season!|
What are your chances of encountering a shark during your ocean swim and how are the ‘sensationalist media’ affecting our perception of the real risk.
|Big wave charger or beginner? Read this it could save your life|
Learning to relax and not to panic is a very important skill and may help you save your life in all types of surf conditions.
|Dean Gladstone||education water-safety||bondi-rescue confidence safety waves|
|Rip currents: Friend or foe?|
Rip currents are the biggest hazard you’ll face at any surf beach and 30-40 people drown in rips annually in Australia making them worth knowing more about.
|Rob Brander||education water-safety||rip-currents safety science-of-the-surf waves|
|Increase your ocean awareness and overcome your fear of the ocean|
The ocean can be a scary place and it’s common for people to have a fear of it. You can overcome your fear by understanding the ocean environment better.
|Andre Slade||education||anxiety confidence rip-currents safety sharks|