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This weekend... and beyond

It's still November, but we're taking entries for two swims this weekend, and another four the weekend after.

This Sunday, you have a choice between a surf beach or a harbour vista. You can do The Cook Community Classic at Cronulla, or Dawny, around Cockatoo Island at Balmain.

The Cronulla swim offers two distances, 1km and 2km, around a circuit off South Cronulla Beach. It's one of Sydney's iconic beaches.

Online entries close at 3pm on Saturday... Click here

At Balmain, the Dawny swim runs from the Dawn Fraser Pool (see right), the longer swim around Cockatoo Island and the shorter swim from the pool across to the island and return.

Chris Ivin has done another, stunning course preview with his drone, so check it out.

Dawny's longer swim also is the first event in the fine ocean swimmers series NSW 2015/16. There's more about this season's series below.

Online entries to Dawny close at 3pm on Saturday... Click here

Also this weekend -

Saturday, Nov 21 - Bondi (NSW), Bicton (WA)
Sunday, Nov 22 - Hamilton Island (Qld)

We apologise, we've been a little slack in updating our NZ events calendar, but we'll be catching up on that over the next couple of days.

Then follows...

On the final weekend in November, we're taking entries to four swims, one on Saturday and three on Sunday. And three in Sydney and one, the Tweed River (or the Killer) Swim on the Far North Coast.

The NSW Central Coast has Toowoon Bay on Saturday, which is a very family-oriented event in a beautiful bay sheltered by reef.

That's a lot of swimming on offer. The pity is that Sydney swimmers must choose between two very good swims on Sunday, November 29: Coogee in the Eastern Suburbs, and Manly at... er, Manly. The only swimmers who will be pleased about that will be those on either side of the harbour who have difficulty finding the Harbour Bridge, and there are plenty of them.

Coogee offers the classic around Wedding Cake Island, which the awgies bill as their "Cold Water" swim because normally it's run before the water warms as we approach Xmas. This year, though, the water has been warmer earlier. "Cold" is bit of a misnomer. Wedding Cake is a spectacular swim. The shorter event on the day runs over a circuit inside the island. And there's an 800m swim for junior swimmers, as an intro into the sport. Something for everyone.

On the other side of the Harbour Bridge, Manly also runs on Sunday, November 29, also offering one of the most beautiful courses on the calendar. Unlike the Cole Classic, running in a similar location in February, the Manly swims are planned both to start and finish on Manly Beach, and to run through that glorious stretch of water, Cabbage Tree Bay and Fairy Bower. The bay is a marine conservation area and is absolutely jam-packed with sea life. A stunning swim at the worst of times.

Entries to all swims close at 3pm the day prior on

Collaroy swim last Sundee week... If you'd like to check out event pics from this swim... Click here

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Tow floats mean safer swimming

Our tow floats are available in the boutique now.

Tow floats are inflatable buoys that you tow with you when you swim.

They have a safety use and a practical role. The tow floats make you more visible to other swimmers and to people in water craft, such as hoons in speed boats and on jet skis (we don't mean well trained lifeguards, who behave responsibly).

We have two types of tow floats initially: a "donut" (above right) in which you can carry a water bottle, if you like; and a balloon type of float that includes a water-sealed compartment that allows you to carry valuables and even clothes for use at the other end, and so that you need not leave them on the beach at the mercy of ne'er-do-wells. The balloon-type buoys also carry a light so that you can be seen in the dark. That's useful both for water craft and for comrade swimmers. Where's Jim? Oh, there he is, right by my side!

We have both models available in either fluoro pink and fluoro orange. The balloon versions come in 20l (shown above with house model Peter) and 30l.

They'll be on sale on very soon. Just the thing for early morning, solo and long distance swimmers.

To find out more and to order yours now... Click here

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Bondi to Bronte entries open

Organisers say...

The iconic journey swim of the eastern beaches returns on Sunday 6th December along with the shorter Bronte Bay 800m Swim and the Banana Boat Junior Ocean Swims.

The Bondi to Bronte is a truly wonderful 2.2km journey swim that attracts swimmers from all over Australia each year. This swim never disappoints with many of the 2000+ swimmers returning each year as the course always throws up something a little different.

If your swim fitness is not quite up for the B2B swim, why not get some friends and dive in for the Bronte Bay 800m Swim, open for anyone 13yrs+. This swim, now in it's 3rd year, is from Bronte Beach, round the buoy off Tamarama, then back to Bronte Beach allowing swimmers to swim with friends or family (not age groups) and then run through the big finish arch on Bronte Beach to celebrate a great swim.

The Banana Boat Junior Ocean Swims are for Under 9's+ Nippers (from any SLSC) with two distances of either 400m or 800m. Every entrant goes in the lucky draw to win a Bennett Nipper Board valued at $975. Go to the JOS pages for more information on the swims and categories.

The Training Groups return for those who want to hone their ocean swimming skills for the 2015 ocean swimming season. The Training Groups run each weekend in November – go to the Training page for more details & to sign up.

Bronte Surf Life Saving Club is proud to once again partner with The Kids' Cancer Project, a charity dedicated to finding a cure for childhood cancers. Every swimmer who raises $250 or more for The Kids' Cancer Project will get their swim fee refunded, and the fundraising period goes till 1/1/16 giving every swimmer the opportunity to fundraise before and after their amazing swim! It's easy to start your fundraising thanks to Everyday hero go to:

We could not put on this swim without our wonderful sponsors Macquarie, Banana Boat & Speedo who help us keep the entry price for B2B just $40. Plus this year, the swimmer gifts include a great swim bag thanks to Macquarie and a range of lucky draw prizes at the presentations.

Download the event flyer... Click here

Entries are open on the event website now – go to

dave calendar cover 2016 150Glistening Dave's oceanswims calendar 2016 - Order yours now

It's here... Dave has selected his favourite photograrphs from last season from his "formal" swims and his early morning fraternisations in Bongin Bongin Bay to illustrate his 2016 ocean swims calendar. And, this year, Dave's been travelling, so the calendar includes his fave images from Tonga and Vanuatu.

The calendar includes every swim date we can find in Stra'a, New Zealand and the Sarth Pacific, and a few more besides that we deem relevant or interesting. Pin it on your notice board at work, behind the door in the loo, on the wall in the kitchen, in your home office, your men's shed out the back, your sewing and knitting room, the wall in your hallway, so that you can check swim dates each time you leave home or return.

Find out more and order yours now in time for Xmas... Click here

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Sunday coming sees the first of the fine ocean swimmers series NSW for season 2015/16. The fine ocean swimmers series New Zealand follows with its first swim in early December.

fos nsw 1516 bannerNSW series swims are -

Nov 22 - Dawny at Balmain (the longer swim around Cockatoo Island
Dec 13 - Bilgola (the longer swim)
Jan 3 - Gerringong
Jan 31 - The Big Swim, Palm-Whale
Feb 21 - Malabar, the Murray Rose Malabar Magic (longer swim)
Feb 28 - Bondi Bluewater Challenge (longer swim)
March 6 - Freshwater
April 3 - Stanwell Park
April 10 - Shellharbour

fos nz 1516 bannerNZ series swims are -

Dec 13 - Bays Swim, Auckland
Feb 27 - Red Beach, North Harbour
March 13 - Rotorua
March 20 - 5 Bridges, Hamilton
March TBA - Ha Hei Beach
April 10 - Rangitoto, Auckland

We're looking to add one more swim in New Zealand.

We'll post more details on in the next few days.

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Tonga, Costa Brava oceanswimsafaris open for bookings 2016

We've got dates and some packages online now for our oceanswimsafaris in 2016, and we're taking bookings already for two of them...

Tonga - Swim with the Whales - August 10-18 - a bit later in 2016, which should mean more whales. We'll have two whale swimming excursion days as well as three swim excursions, which usually turn out much like whale days, anyway... Bookings being taken now... Find out more and book... Click here

Costa Brava, Spain - We're running two Costa Brava oceanswimsafaris in 2016. Our first, September 2-10, is already booked out. So we're running a second from September 12-20. And we already have bookings for that one, too. Get in quick. Find out more and book... Click here

We have our other dates for 2016 on now, and we'll be adding more packages over the next few weeks, including our new oceanswimsafari to Sulawesi in Indonesia. Do you like swimming in some of the world's best water? Maybe you'd like to dive while you're there - It offers some of the world's best diving, too. And it's another place you're probably never likely to go otherwise. We'll have more info and packages online very soon. Planned dates are July 11-20. That's one of our Sulawesi swimming cobbers (above). We lost count of them after 50 or 60.

Also coming, Vanuatu (Port Vila May 23-29, then Espiritu Santo Swim Week May 29-June 4), San Sebastián, also in Spain (August 24-30), Greek Islands (September 23-October 2), Yasawas Fiji (October 9-16 and October 23-30), Mana Fiji SwimFest (October 18-23), and Heron Island (November 3-7).

We're also planning a third Yasawas Fiji oceanswimsafari with a Homestay in a traditional Fijian village. More info on that coming soon, but planned dates are July 27-August 2.

In the meantime, here's a pic from Sulawesi (we've just come back)... Look at the water clarity... Our top pic in the pool also is from our visit to Sulawesi.

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Fetch your entry

The best way to enter online is to use the Fetch function at the top of the entry portal page for each event. Click on Fetch, key in your password, and the system will populate the fields for you. You can make any adjustments you like, then save your details, making it easier for next time, too. If you can't recall your password, there's a facility to have it sent to your email address.

Easier to find swims

We've improved our events calendar, making it easier for you to find swim events in your area. In our main calendar (under Swims on, now you can search by regions within states and nation states. Eg, in Victoria, you can search for Melbourne & Bays, Mornington Peninsula, Bellarine & Surf Coast, Shipwreck Coast, and East Coast.

We've been a little tardy in updating our calendar for the coming season, due to lengthy periods away from our static desk over winter. We've been -- and still are -- on the road. But we'll get most of it done over the next two weeks.

Be aware that we highlight "Featured Swims" on the home page, but for all swims, you need to consult the full calendar... Click here

Swims open to online entry on

Balmain (Dawny) (Sun, Nov 22).... Click here
Cronulla (Sun, Nov 22)... Click here
Toowoon Bay (Sat, Nov 28)... Click here
Coogee (Sun, Nov 29)... Click here
Manly (Sun, Nov 29)... Click here
Murwillumbah (Tweed River, Sun, Nov 29... Click here
North Curl Curl (Sat, Dec 5)... Click here
Newcastle (Sat, Dec 12)... Click here
Bilgola (Sun, Dec 13)... Click here
Queenscliff (Sun, Dec 20)... Click here
Glenelg (Mon, Dec 28)... Click here
Gerringong (Sun, Jan 3)... Click here
Newport (Sun, Jan 3)... Click here
Malabar (Sun, Feb 21)... Click here
Bondi (Sun, Feb 28)... Click here
Freshwater (Sun, March 6)... Click here
Forster (Sun, April 4)... Click here
Coogee (Sun, Apr 10)... Click here

Coming soon - The Big Swim (Palm-Whale, Jan 31), Fingal Bay (Jan 17), Black Head (Jan 17), Balmoral (Mar 13)


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