Familiarise yourself with the basics of ocean swimming with an abundance of tips & techniques

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.




400m freestyle




“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 water swimming!”

– Tiffany Leung

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What you’ll learn

Becoming an ocean swimmer

Start by learning what it takes to become an ocean swimmer through ‘OceanFit’s 4 Pillars of Ocean Swimming’ 

Assess the conditions

Learn how to read a surf report, complete an assessment of the conditions and choose a safe swim route

Learn how the ocean works

Discover the ocean through the ‘goggles of an ocean swimmer’ via an in-depth and informative 3D sand sculpture ocean awareness session

Experience a rip current

Identify a rip current, time your entry for maximum benefit and swim with it until you’re ‘out the back’

Learn how to swim straight

Develop and practice ‘sighting’ techniques that will help you swim straight, plus, how to keep an eye out behind you while on the go

Learn how to dive under waves

Develop the foundation techniques for diving under waves without stopping, allowing you to make more efficient progress through the surf

Experience the open water

Spend an hour ‘out the back’ behind the waves which will instantly grow your confidence and empower you to achieve your goals

Return to the shore efficiently

Choose where to safety return to the shore in control, how to time it to perfection and get the ocean to give you a helping hand

Body surf to finish

Learn the life-long skill of body surfing following OceanFit’s 4 principles – we get everyone body surfing before you leave!

How you’ll benefit

Find out the ocean isn't as scary a place as you thought!

Be surprised at what you can achieve after just one clinic

Gain immediate confidence to take up ocean swimming as a sport

The ability to see the ocean as an environment you can have control in

Spend an hour in the open water and prove to yourself you can do it

Have the foundation knowledge and skills you can continue to build on

Need help reaching the pre-requisite level for this clinic?

Follow our FREE online Have A Go training program over 4 or 8-weeks.

The program includes two guided pool swim training sessions a week and 100+ video lessons.


This clinic is for beginner swimmers through to competitive swimmers (speed is not a factor)


You can swim continuous efficient freestyle with relaxed breathing

400m swim

You can swim a minimum of 400m freestyle non-stop in a pool

2min tread

You can tread water continuously for a minimum of 2 minutes

If you do not meet these pre-requisites, please do not register for this clinic.

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





Minimum age

The minimum age is 13-years-old.

  • 3-hour clinic
  • Min. two instructors (1:6 ratio)
  • OceanFit silicone swim cap
  • Have A Go program
  • Post clinic advice and support
Clinic size

Capped at a max. 12 participants


Children 10-12 years may attend with a participating parent if they are competent swimmers and are currently in a coached swim squad (i.e. they swim laps).

Only one child per parent.

What to bring
  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Goggles
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat, long-sleeved shirt
  • Wetsuit (optional)
  • Fins (optional)

Next steps

This clinic is the pre-requisite for Negotiating the surf. We strongly suggest participating in both these clinics to complete your ocean swimming education.

Participation in this clinic makes you eligible for MOCEAN & VITALITY ocean fitness classes.


“Fantastic value for money. Highly recommend OceanFit!”

– Kathleen

Upcoming clinics

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Missed participating in a clinic? Complete this form to let us know you’re still interested. If we get sufficient numbers, we’ll schedule new clinics.

Waiting list

Have you missed a clinic, or would you like us to run a clinic, near you?

Let us know using the form below, and if we get enough interest we’ll schedule one and let you know.


“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


“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


“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


During the summer we run clinics in Sydney (Bondi & Manly), Wollongong, Newcastle, Gold Coast (Palm Beach), and the Sunshine Coast (Noosa).

We look to take our clinics on tour throughout Australia in the summer, 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 the Negotiating The Surf clinic), 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.

No. We require you to learn the techniques we teach with us, so that we know you’re ready and prepared for the Negotiating The Surf clinic. Other than a quick skills refresh, we won’t be teaching the foundation techniques in the NTS clinic.

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.

This is the perfect confidence builder for your first ocean swim, triathlon or open water swim.

It’s also the best place to start if you:

  • don’t want to feel anxious and/or scared of the ocean anymore
  • want to feel in control when you’re swimming at the beach
  • don’t want to feel like you’re battling the waves every time you swim
  • don’t really know how the ocean works, or you need your knowledge reaffirmed.

The chances are you’ve done nothing like this in the past, and you have absolutely no idea what you’re about to get yourself into (we hear this all the time at the start of every clinic).

The great news is that by the time you finish this clinic, you’ll have learnt more than you ever thought possible, you’ll have skills you didn’t know existed, let alone think you’d be able to achieve, and you’ll have a new found confidence in the ocean that will transform your lifestyle and make every visit to the beach thereafter safer, more relaxed and a whole lot more enjoyable (we hear this at the end of the clinic and years after!).


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