Andre Slade

Andre is the owner of OceanFit with over 20 years in the swimming education, lifeguarding and coastal safety industry.

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!

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.

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.

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.

Cairns Mudcrabs

Cairns Mudcrabs swim at Lake Barrine and meet at Lake Barrine Teahouse on organised days for open water. Enquire via website, membership required.

Coolangatta Cobias

Coolangatta Cobias swim at Coolangatta and meet at Coolangatta SLSC on Sundays at 6.30am. Just turn up, no cost.

Fabulous Five

Fabulous Five swim at Coffs Harbour and meet at the Yacht Club at Jetty Beach on Saturdays at 6.30am. Just turn up, no cost.

Minnamurra River Swimmers

Minnamurra River Swimmers swim at Minnamurra and meet at Rangoon Reserve on organised days. Visit Facebook to enquire, no cost.

Port Douglas Ocean Swimmers

Port Douglas Ocean Swimmers swim at Port Douglas and meet at Patrol Hut on beach in front of Port Douglas SLSC on Saturdays 9.00am. Visit

Townsville Mermaids

Townsville Mermaids swim at Townsville and meet at grass near Juliette’s Gelateria on The Strand on organised days. Enquire at Tobruk Memorial Baths, no cost.

Season runs from 1 Oct to 30 April. Some contact out of season.

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