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!

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.


OceanFit’s Andre Slade talks ocean swimming on The Pod podcast

Get involved

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 or learning to body surf, OceanFit’s swim school has a practical program or online course for you.

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 all the anxiety, enjoyment and satisfaction that comes with completing your goal.

Ocean swimming groups

Looking for an ocean swimming group to join for regular ocean swims and social camaraderie?

We’ve listed all the groups we know about below, so you can find your local swim group or tag along when visiting another location.

OceanFit’s eMagazine

Our eMagazine is a free online resource with more than 250 articles about all-things ocean swimming.

Learn about ocean awareness, ocean swimming techniques, water safety, beach lifestyle, health & fitness, personal swimmer stories and many more topics.

Online video lessons

Our extensive library of video lessons allows you to learn from our team of experts at home, with topics covering ocean swimming awareness and techniques, pool training, strength & fitness and health & wellbeing.

Training programs

Conquer your ocean swim goal and prove to your friends you actually can finish without drowning!

Join 100’s of swimmers taking advantage of our training programs to achieve their ocean swim, triathlon & open water goals.

Steps to get started

Read and watch all of OceanFit's ocean swimming resources

Complete a guided online training program to get swim fit

Join an OceanFit practical ocean swimming clinic

Enter a 1km ocean swim event (or join a social ocean swimming group)


Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on email

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

Be informed

Join 10k+ swimmers who hear about upcoming ocean swims & get tips from us

Every swim, every state. 220+ swims!