Interview Snippet: 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.


Date: 22 June 2020
Interview number: 008
Interviewee: Grant Siedle, Open water event organiser & innovator
At home, Williamstown, Melbourne


We met up with Grant at his home in Williamstown, Melbourne, and spoke to him in the recording studio he has set up for his musical talents.

Grant is a career swim coach and event organiser and we talked about both these roles, focusing on innovation and risk management – two areas that need to be perfectly intertwined to deliver the kind of exciting events Grant has put on over the years, like the Rip Swim, an iconic 3.2km bucket-list swim across the entrance to Port Phillip Bay.

It was great to discuss our common interest in coaching open water swimmers and inspiring people to enjoy ocean lifestyles.

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The view from Point Nepean to Point Lonsdale, the Rip Swim course. Swimmers start in deep water just off Point Nepean and make their way across the busy 3.2km international shipping lane.


A little snippet

In this snippet from the full podcast interview, Grant talks about how the Rip Swim came to be and the challenges involved in putting on a swim event that crosses a busy international shipping channel.



The full interview with Grant Siedle will feature on a new podcast episode coming soon…


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