News and opinion snippets from the world of ocean and open water swimming, water safety and related topics.
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.
If you find yourself fighting the open water and using up energy quickly, you might be swimming like this.
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.
Do you get the heebie jeebies when ocean swimming? Learn how to feel more relaxed about sharing the ocean with all its creepy crawlies.
The Hawaiians say ‘never turn your back on the ocean’, and that advice rings true for finishing ocean swims.
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.
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.
A sensible decision by the Bondi To Bronte organisers made wetsuit wearers eligible for prizes on Sunday, but the 'newds' weren't happy.
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.
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.
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.
Learn how to choose the right wetsuit for open water swimming, including ocean swimming and triathlons.
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.
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 cold can play havoc with your muscles. Learn how to best manage cold water swimming injuries with advice given to professional ironman athletes.
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.
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...
Earlybird entries are now open for the hugely popular Cole Classic ocean swim, with 1km, 2km and 5km distances available to challenge all abilities.
Whether it’s a niggling side-thought, or an inherent fear, your ocean anxieties can be a massive barrier to enjoying the ocean.
Learn how to overcome five of the most common ocean anxieties as experienced by Andre Slade through his lifetime of helping people overcome their fears.
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’.
How anxious would you feel swimming out to sea, alone with nothing but a pair of goggles? how far would you get?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Find out why the Vorgee Missile and Vortech are Andre's goggles of choice, plus find out what styles are in his goggle bag.
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.
Learn about Andre's three essential ocean swimming accessories he says he can't do without at the beach for ocean 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.
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.
Preparing for an ocean swim event is easy with these top 10 tips from open water swimming world master's champion Paul Lemmon.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you think that previous athletic experience is more important than knowledge when it comes to injury rehab and performance then think again.
How can you stay safe at the beach, if you know to swim between the flags, but you choose not to?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Protein Balls are a fantastic healthy snack you can enjoy between meals or after a ocean swims or workouts.
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?
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...
If reading food labels seems confusing then this checklist will help you make smarter healthier food choices when you go shopping.
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.
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.
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.
Chicken Stir Fry is a simple healthy household favourite and it can be prepared in a matter of minutes.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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...
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'.
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 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.
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.
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'.
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!
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.
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.
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?
Learn why different sections of water on the same beach can look so different; and how by knowing why can make you a smarter & more efficient ocean swimmer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Learn about swimming vests which some ocean swimming events may require you to wear for safety or sponsorship purposes.
The ocean is a hazardous environment at any time and ocean swimmers must always respect it. Learn how to stay safe while ocean swimming.
The beach is Australia’s favourite playground. Keep to the Ocean Responsibility Code to have fun and stay safe at the beach this summer.
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.
Are you looking to learn as much as you can about ocean and open water swimming? Here are OceanFit's top 5 most recommended open water swimming books.
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.
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?'.
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.
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.
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?
Sharks have captured the interest of people of all ages worldwide. The UNSW is conducting a study on people’s perceptions of sharks, and invite ocean swimmers to participate.
There has been a worrying 21% drop in entries to ocean swim events so far this season; what is keeping swimmers away?
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.
"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.
Deano ticks another thing off his bucket list by going face-to-face with a Great White Shark! + VIDEO
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?
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
If you want to be strong and confident swimming in the ocean, it all starts with being a strong and confident swimmer.
Take a look at hand entry and catch as part of an efficient and smooth freestyle stroke including examples of common errors swimmers make.
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.
Balance and stability are key to great swimming and relaxing in the water has a myriad of positive effects including increased buoyancy and awareness.
Stroke counting is the most accessible and specific form of measurement in swimming that can assist you to become a more efficient ocean swimmer.
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...
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.
Whatever your reason might be for improving your swimming performance, the key is to get stronger and faster but never lose your technique.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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?
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.
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?
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.
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