ONSHORE Podcast: Ep #023 – Peninsula Ocean Swimmers

The Peninsula Ocean Swimmers are a close knit community ocean swimming group that swims out of Umina Beach on the Central Coast.


Date: 20 July 2020
Interview number: 023
Interviewees: Peninsula Ocean Swimmers
Umina SLSC, Umina, New South Wales


We met up with Paul, Colin, Nathaniel, Shona, Sam, Leisel, Greg, Toni, Matt, Jeremy and Crawford of the Peninsula Ocean Swimmers at the Umina SLSC in Umina and Andre swam with the crew out to the ‘far can’. The course was different to most other groups we’ve swum with, in that it just went straight out to sea from the beach.

After the swim, Louise joined us, and we sat around with hot coffees and talked about how the fairly new group came to be, the amazing sense of community that group members have and some quick-fire Q&A. We also heard about a fundraising swim across the Hawkesbury River that some of the group were involved in to support a fellow swimmer’s family, and Louise shared the background on a water safety book for children she wrote called ‘Annie and the Waves‘ – including a little song Jeremy helped produce.

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Annie and the Waves

Louise with her children’s water safety book ‘Annie and the Waves’


A little snippet

In this snippet from the full podcast interview, Paul talks about the amazing sense of community the group has and introduces a new term to the ocean swimming vernacular, ‘Swim Tourist’.




Group Details

Name: Peninsula Ocean Swimmers
Location: Umina SLSC, Umina
Meeting times: 7.15am Sunday mornings or as organised (via Whatsapp)
Contact: Visit the Peninsula Ocean Swimmers Facebook page


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