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The confidence to live the dream Aussie ocean lifestyle.

OceanFit was launched in 2009 to help people love the ocean as much as we do, and since then it’s grown into Australia’s favourite ocean swim school.

We began delivering our world-leading training on Bondi Beach, and now we train 100’s of swimmers every summer throughout Australia.

Whether you’ve grown up at the beach, or you’ve only visited a handful of times, we have a range of training options for you and your family.

With OceanFit you get the confidence to do what you never imagined as they provide the means to gain experience safely. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to learn new skills or hone existing skills with a team of passionate and committed coaches. – Liz Walden

Our awesome team of instructors look forward to assisting you on your journey. If there’s anything we can assist you with, please contact us, we’ll be more than happy to help you.

How it works [snapshot]

Ocean swimming clinics

Develop your knowledge, skills and confidence.

We have developed a structured, systematic approach to teaching that will give you confidence and make you feel in control in the ocean.

In our clinics, you will first develop a strong understanding of the dynamic ocean environment, and then in the water, clear, progressive techniques are taught that will turn you into a technically proficient ocean swimmer.

Andre and team run a professional, highly informative ocean swimming clinic. I have been casually ocean swimming all my life but learnt so much in 3 hours! I now feel more empowered at the beach and have gained confidence in rough surf. – Jennifer

Join us for one of our small-group 3-hour practical clinics on Bondi Beach, Sydney, and when we tour throughout Australia during the spring and summer months.

Each clinic is designed to be attended only once, then you can work on improving what you have learnt in your own time, in a social ocean swimming group, or as a participant in our multi-visit classes.

Ocean confidence

Discover the beach environment.

This is the original entry-level OceanFit clinic for beach-loving non-swimmers who would like to gain a greater awareness of the ocean environment and grow their confidence in deeper water and waves.

Identifying dangers   Non/weak swimmers   Staying safe

Min swim req.100m freestyle
LevelEntry level
Clinic length3-hours

Learn to ocean swim

Introduction to ocean swimming.

MOST POPULAR This introductory-level clinic will familiarise you with the basics of this increasingly popular summer activity with an abundance of ocean swimming tips & techniques.

Ocean awareness    Foundation techniques    Navigating waves

Min swim req.400m freestyle
Clinic length3-hours

Negotiating the surf

Develop efficient ocean swimming skills.

This intermediate-level clinic focuses on the surf zone; developing a better understanding of waves, learning to adapt your wave negotiation techniques on the go, and making smarter decisions.

Swimming smarter   Wave nav techniques   Tactics & speed

Min swim req.1km freestyle
Clinic length3-hours

Open water swimming

Efficiency & strategy in open water.

OceanFit moves to flat water for open water swimming training that focuses on developing techniques & strategies required for open water swims & triathlons.

Swimming efficiency   Course navigation   Race & pack tactics

Min swim req.400m freestyle
Clinic length2-hours

Ocean swimming for clubs

Customised to the needs of members.

This is a highly customisable privately scheduled clinic for triathlon & surf clubs looking for professional ocean swimming and open water swimming training.

Ocean swimming    Open water swimming Beginner or advanced

Clinic schedule


The 2018-19 OceanFit season has now finished. The next season will start in mid-October, in the meantime sign up for our email to keep up-to-date with what we’re up to.

Low instructor : participant ratios

Feel safe and get the personalised attention you deserve with our industry-leading small group sizes and instructor to participant ratios.


Ocean fitness classes

Build your fitness up and develop your surf sense.

Once you’ve learnt about how the ocean works and the techniques required of an ocean swimmer in our clinics, the next step is to further develop these in our morning ocean fitness classes.

My only regret is how long I put of doing this course… I feel so empowered after finally completing a course and am excited about how much I have learnt and the confidence I now feel. – Emma Jordan

Delivered in blocks of 6-8 weeks before and after the Christmas/New Year holidays, these 45 minute small-group sessions will help you work on your fitness, develop your technique and build confidence with the support of an experienced instructor in a fun and friendly environment.

There really is nothing better than ocean swimming as the sun rises on warm summer mornings.


Relaxing ocean swims where the focus is on fun and enjoyment.

 Participant choice   Varied swim lengths   Slow-med pace

Class length45mins


Tweak your technique while you play outside your comfort zone.

Increase fitness   Develop surf sense  

Class length45mins


High-energy ocean fitness workouts to take you to the next level.

Performance training   Medium-fast pace   Non-stop action

Class length45mins

Summer class schedule

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The 6-week summer block has commenced and classes are full. The next block will be in Oct-Dec 2019.

Get the personal touch, tailored to your ability & goals.

If it’s personal attention you’re after, we offer private lessons that will help you discover your potential & achieve your goals faster.

Our team of experienced instructors are ready and waiting to work with you to understand where you’re at and what you’re looking to achieve and then help you get there.

Personal support   Overcome anxiety   Develop confidence    Get results fast

Due to high demand and a large backlog of lessons, we are not taking private lesson requests at this time. We suggest participating in one of our Saturday morning clinics instead. Thank you.

The ultimate wild swimming adventure.

Come on a wild swimming adventure with us as we leave the city, break away from the grind of the day-to-day, and head off on an unforgettable journey.

Our 3-day wet & wild weekends have it all; loads of wild swimming, a healthy dose of ocean and open water swimming training, and plenty of relaxing swims in exotic locations.

All clinic content taught    Wild swims    Relaxing social time

Totally the best weekend away with amazing tips and tuition – Andre and Jules took us to so many great places to swim. A super enjoyable weekend with great people and great food too, highly recommended if you want to learn more about ocean swimming in a fun environment. – Kate Ross

This season’s weekends are scheduled for 15-17 March (FULL) and 12-14 April @ The Palms.

Children & families

Confidence for the whole family.

OceanFit are the experts in premium, private and personalised ocean confidence training for children from as young as five to the whole family.

Sarah (7) loved OceanFit last year and is coming back for more this year. Swimming out on the rip, and back through waves, diving off flat rock and learning about the sea creatures and beach safety- she loved it all! – Lizzy Wilson

Unfortunately, due to overwhelming demand, all new requests for kids lessons will go on a waitlist and we may not be able to get to them this season.

OceanFit 4 Kids

We teach kids respect for the ocean as they explore their limits, develop their skills & increase their confidence.

Small groups up to four   Connecting with the ocean   Hands-on & experimental   No one session the same    Alternative to nippers

OceanFit 4 Families

Give your child the gift of an ocean lifestyle as you grow confidence together and learn how to develop their skills.

Parents learn to teach their children   When & where to swim at the beach   Learn the do’s and don’t’s   Basic skills with correct techniques   Encourage, inspire and delight

Open water swimming lessons

Transferring skills into the open water environment.

Children gain confidence in the open water environment, develop skills to keep themselves safe and build on learn to swim lessons from the pool in unfamiliar conditions.

Flat open water    Develop water safety skills    Fun and varied lessons    Get results fast


Andre and the team were excellent! – Mark Dunn

Great people. Full of knowledge and happy to answer all your questions. – Cathal Nugent

Great team with a really solid knowledge base to share. Good teaching style that worked for a variety of skill levels. – Chris Meert

The team at Oceanfit know their stuff. – Paul Cameron

A fantastic class run by friendly and experienced crew. – Tiffany Leung


Andre Slade

Owner and head instructor

Andre brings 23 years experience to his lessons, along with a quick wit and an ability to empathise but challenge participants to achieve their goals. Learn more


Michael Hallam


Michael was brought up on Bondi Beach, has his name on numerous lifesaving trophies and brings this experience to his lessons with more than an ounce of fun.


Juliann Desjardins


Juliann is OceanFit’s Canadian import… she is a extremely strong swimmer and ski paddler, longtime lifeguard and was a member of the Canadian surf life saving team.

Sam Wolf

Samantha Wolf


Samantha is an ex-national level swimmer, surf lifesaver, and swim instructor. She is passionate about passing on her love for swimming to the next generation, young and old.

Emma Savage


Emma is a Bondi lifesaver and swimming teacher with a passion for the beach and helping others enjoy it as much as she does.


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