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Learn to ocean swim clinic

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There’s really no better all-round 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.

In this introductory-level, 3-hour ocean swimming clinic we will familiarise you with the basics of this increasingly popular summer activity and give you an abundance of tips & techniques to start you on your ocean swimming journey.

The clinic is structured so that by the end of your time with us you’ll have the confidence to go for an ocean swim out through the waves, swim parallel to the beach and then return to shore safely.

Whether you’ve just got back into swimming or you’re a competitive swimmer, this is the perfect confidence builder for your first ocean swim, triathlon or open water swim.

I highly recommend not just for swimmers, but for anyone who wants to understand the water, who wants to advise their kids the safest way to spend time at the beach, and for beginner surfers/body boarders. – Tara Macahonic-Twiddy


Min swim req.400m freestyle
Clinic length3-hours

What you’ll learn

  • What ocean swimming has to offer as a sport
  • How to read a surf report
  • Beach safety and rip current awareness
  • How to read the beach as an ocean swimmer
  • How to use rip currents to your advantage & lose the fear
  • The efficient way to swim out and back through the waves
  • How to swim straight and see what’s going on around you
  • How to bodysurf

How you’ll benefit

Complete this clinic and you’ll enjoy:

  • The confidence to assess the conditions and choose a safe place to swim
  • The ability to swim in and out through the waves efficiently and relaxed
  • Feeling in control when you’re swimming in the ocean
  • Knowing what to expect for your first ocean swim
  • Knowing the ocean isn’t as scary a place as you thought
  • The ocean lifestyle you’ve always dreamed about!

Clinic details



  • 3-hour clinic
  • Min. two instructors (1:6 ratio)
  • OceanFit silicone swim cap
  • Have A Go 1km online training program ($49 value)
  • Post clinic advice and support
What to bring

For your comfort & safety, please bring the following items to your lesson.

  • Swimsuit
  • Wetsuit (optional)
  • Towel
  • Goggles
  • Sunscreen, hat, long-sleeved shirt
  • Fins (optional, for additional confidence)
Clinic size

Capped at a max. 12 participants.

  • Can swim efficient freestyle with proficient/relaxed breathing
  • Swim minimum 400m freestyle non-stop
  • Tread water for 5 minutes

(Not sure if you’re at the right level? Contact us)

Who it’s for
  • Beginner swimmers through to competitive swimmers (speed is not a factor).
Next steps

Completing this clinic makes you eligible for MOCEAN and VITALITY ocean fitness classes, and the next clinic is Negotiating the surf. We strongly suggest completing the Negotiating the surf clinic to complete a well-rounded education.


Bondi Beach, Manly, Gold Coast, Noosa and other locations as advised.

Fantastic value for money. Andre and Jules are a great team, shared key intel on maneuvering the ocean as well as tips/skills for improved ocean swimming. Highly recommend OceanFit! – Kathleen

Clinic schedule



See our  reviews on Google, Facebook and Tripadvisor.

This was the best swim clinic I’ve done. I learnt so much about reading the ocean, and what to look for when I am coming back in during a race. I’ve been back in the surf already to put it into practice, and highly recommend it to anyone of all levels. Thanks, absolutely fantastic. – Mary Dupre

Fantastic clinic, loved it! I learnt so much and now look at the ocean with a whole new level of understanding! – Lara Tomaz

I learnt so much about how to be a better ocean goer – from looking for rips and how to manage myself if I don’t mean to get into one, to how to swim distance out on the water. Many thanks, I had a fantastic time! – Nicole Holyer

A fantastic class run by friendly and experienced crew. The small class sizes were great and I’ve learnt a lot about reading the ocean. Really fun and a great confidence booster for those new to open swimming! – Tiffany Leung

The clinic made so much more sense even though I have been involved in nippers and completed my Bronze. The technical details are made easy by the visual examples and being right in front of the beach as you are learning. I feel so much more in control and able to make informed decisions. – Penny Claiborne

Common questions

During the summer we run clinics in Sydney (Bondi & Manly), Wollongong, Central Coast, Newcastle, Coffs Harbour, Gold Coast (Currumbin), and the Sunshine Coast.

We’re looking to take our clinics on tour throughout Australia in the summer of 2017-18, so if you’d like us to visit you, and you think there’d be plenty of interest, please contact us.

We’ll start off with an ocean awareness session will completely transform how you look at the ocean – including popular myth-busting & 3D sand formation sessions – and it will change how you approach your ocean swimming from that moment on.

We spend our water time establishing the core ocean swimming techniques for sighting and efficiently and effectively diving under waves while swimming.

You will learn how to use the ocean to your advantage and be aware of how to to make smart decisions when navigating in and out of the surf zone.

The highlight of the clinic is a tie between the rip current swimming experience – where you’ll get to swim in a rip current and learn how ocean swimmers use them to their advantage – and the body surfing session at the end.

Participants in this clinic leave looking at the ocean in a completely different way, have a heap of ocean swimming tricks up their sleeve and appreciate what it takes to be an ocean swimmer.

This clinic isn’t about going for an ocean swim, its focus is on developing your techniques. You will need to be able to swim out about 100m offshore, and then tread water/float in-between practising skills that will last for 45-60 minutes. Then you’ll need to swim back to shore.

So, there aren’t any long swims, you won’t be swimming in and out of the surf (that’s level 2), and there’ll be plenty of rests as you watch demonstrations from your instructor.

The short answer to that is no. You just won’t get enough out of the water-based technique session, as all the techniques taught are built off a freestyle base. We have had people participate and only do breaststroke, and some of them have really enjoyed it.

We would suggest you focus on developing your freestyle stroke with a coach in a pool environment, and if you’d like to learn beach safety and basic confidence, sign up for our Ocean confidence clinic.

Yes, you can start with our Negotiating the surf clinic, however, we strongly suggest starting with the Learn to ocean swim clinic.

This is because when it comes to ocean awareness, it is often a case of ‘you don’t know what you don’t know’. We guarantee you will learn things you didn’t know previously, and we will bring everything you do know into a clearer picture of how to get the most out of your knowledge from an ocean swimmers point of view.

When it comes to the ocean swimming skills, your actual swimming skills will definitely help, but the focus is on learning techniques, and not doing lots of ocean swimming. So if you’re a great swimmer, we’d expect you to be able to pick up the techniques faster, and perform them better than others, but you still need to master the core techniques.

We are also very good at spotting great swimmers, and we will help you get even more out of your technique session by having you move onto advanced skills, or we’ll tweak them down to the last 1% of efficiency.

The last clinic of the season is usually towards the end of February, although we do run clinics in March if the weather is nice and there is demand that meets the minimum numbers required.

We suggest if you’re looking to get your training in this season that you do the earliest clinic possible so you don’t miss out.


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