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How to start ocean swimming

At OceanFit we have everything you need to know to get started in ocean swimming.

Discover how to get involved, the training you’ll need to be proficient in the open water and search for an ocean swim event to test your skills this summer.

About the sport of ocean swimming

There’s really no better all-around fitness activity than swimming. But 50m back and forth, back and forth in a pool staring at a black line isn’t exactly for everyone.

Ocean swimming (the Australia/New Zealand preferred name for open water swimming) gives you the ability to break away from the pool and enjoy the freedom of the ocean. There are fantastic opportunities to swim socially, participate in ocean swim events or travel the world swimming in exotic locations.

Ocean swimming is a lot different to swimming in a pool. For one there’s no lanes or a black line to follow like in the pool, you can’t stop and stand up or hold the edge when you’re tired, and being a natural environment you’ll have to contend with elements like waves, currents and wind chop.

As one of the fastest growing recreational participation sports, ocean swimming is enjoyably challenging, loads of fun and the best part is that it all takes place under the warm rays of the sun in the natural ocean environment!

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Ocean swimming for body & mind 

As an ocean swimmer you can enjoy the benefits of becoming one with the natural ocean environment and harnessing its energy.

Being able to enjoy the greatest playground on earth with your friends and share your tales of taming the ocean over a coffee after is addictive.

Swimming itself is a great aerobic activity and ocean swimming through waves will help increase your anaerobic fitness and build your swimming strength.

How to get involved in ocean swimming

Ocean swimming events

Ocean swimming events are fantastic for testing your skills and fitness against the elements in a controlled and safe environment. Located at some of the most scenic beach locations throughout Australia & New Zealand, you’ll experience the anxiety, enjoyment and satisfaction that comes with completing your goal.

Finding an ocean swimming event is easy. Simply visit our ocean swim event calendar and use our dynamic search filters to help you find a swim to match your ability or goal.

Ocean swimming training

Whether you’ve chosen an ocean swim event goal, or you have more of an ocean lifestyle goal in mind, like becoming more confident in the ocean, learning to body surf or simply developing your skills for greater ocean enjoyment then OceanFit has an ocean swimming practical program or online course for you.

Head to our Swim School page to learn all about our programs for all ages and abilities.

For those in Australia, OceanFit is the leading ocean swimming training provider and we’re based on Bondi Beach, Sydney.

Not from Sydney? Don’t let it hold you back, we have had participants travel to participate in our programs from Melbourne, Canberr, Orange and many others. We also take our clinics on the road over summer, visiting the Gold Coast, Wollongong and Newcastle among other cities.

Contact us

If you still need help finding out what’s right for you please don’t hesitate to contact us.


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