A Xmas carol for ocean swimming

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Gaston Gonzalez is new to ocean swimming, and to Stra'a, and he was ambivalent about swimming Nobbys-Newcastle last Saturday, whta with the seas, an' all. But the experience was very special for him... Click here

And so this is Xmas...

It's snuck up upon us this year, but from us (os.c and Mrs Sparkle), have an extra good Xmas and New Year. Enjoy the company of your family and friends, stay safe, and swim.

Tow floats all the go

swimsafe 02They're taking Europe by storm, now you have the chance to get yours here in Stra'a - Tow floats offer a new level of safety for ocean swimmers, particularly during those sometimes lonely, informal swims whilst you're taking off that Xmas pud. They make it easier to be seen in the water, they allow you to take your valuables and some clothes with you in security, and youcan even take a water bottle and food with you.

Find out more and order yours for Xmas or beyond... Click here

oceanswimsafaris in 2016

osscbanner1451104We're taking bookings now for our oceanswimsafaris in 2016. Agenda at this point is -

More info, go to oceanswimsafaris.com... Click here

Swim for Saxon this Sundee

Some people think things are winding down for Xmas, but they're not just yet. We have six swims scheduled on our calendar for this weekend, and they're all around the joint. And there are another five swims programmed for the week between Xmas and New Year. Plenty to do, even if you're wandering off somewhere...

  • Sat, Dec 19 - Penrith, Chinamans Beach (NSW), Williamstown (Vic), Seven Mile Beach (Tas), Scarborough-Trigg (WA)
  • Sun, Dec 20 - Queenscliff (NSW)
  • Tues, Dec 22 - Takapuna (NZ)
  • Sat, Dec 26 (Boxing Day) - Pt Leo (Vic)
  • Mon, Dec 28 - Yamba (NSW), Glenelg (SA), Hobart (Tas), Anglesea (Vic)

This Sundee, we're taking entries online for the Swim for Saxon, a very special swim run by Queenscliff SLSC in Sydney in memory of the late Saxon Bird, who died in a mishap during the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships on the Gold Coast in 2010. Saxon was an extremely promising and gifted surf life saver. Now, this swim, one of the chief organisers of which is Saxon's sister, Arielle, is run annually to keep his memory alive, and to support his club. Saxon was also a very promising ocean swimmer who won many of the swims that he entered. This event attracts a lot of Saxon's contemporaries.

Two distances on offer: 800m and 1.5km, run in circuits at the northern end of Steyne Beach, more commonly known as Manly. Online entries close at 3pm on Saturday, December 19.

This event was cancelled last season due to the weather and sea conditions. If you entered that event n season 2014/15, your entry carries over to this Sunday's swim. Check the entry list under Swims/Progress entries on oceanswims.com.

More info and to enter online... Click here

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The week between - Yamba, Glenelg

Over the Xmas-New Year week, we're taking online entries also to Yamba (above), on the NSW Far North Coast, and to Glenelg, the Proclamation Classic, on the Adelaide beaches, both swims on Monday, December 28. Two distances at Yamba: 2km and 700m, plus a Dash for Cash, and three distances at Glenelg: 1km, 2km, and 5km. Online entries to the Proclamation Classic at Glenelg close at 3pm CDT on Saturday, December 26, and to Yamba, they close at 9am on Sunday, December 27.

For more info on all coming swims, go to oceanswims.com

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Postman Pat on rounds now

Glistening Dave's oceanswims calendar 2016

Glistening David has commenced deliveries of his oceanswims calendar 2016 . First orders went out early this week, and continue as orders flood in. But there's still time to get your order in for delivery before Xmas. But you must act now!

David 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 to Vanuatu and Tonga, so the calendar includes images from there, too.

The calendar includes every swim date we can find in Stra'a, New Zealand and the South 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


Leaders tussle in fos series

fos nsw 1516 bannerTwo rounds gone in the fine ocean swimmers series NSW, and one round last Sundee in the fos series NZ, and leaders are emerging.

fos nz 1516 bannerIn NSW, Round 2 of the series at Bilgola was won by city brief John de Mestre, making two different winners in two rounds of the series so far. The winner of Round 1, Jane McCallum, from Canberra, came 3rd at Bilgola, so with de Mestre absent from Dawny, McCallum leads. After missing Round 1 at Dawny, de Mestre trails well behind. Chasing McCallum is Judy Playfair. For full rankings, we'll post them on oceanswims.com in the next 24 hours.

In random draws, Neil Montford won the $50 voucher from budgysmuggler.com.au, and Jim Donaldson won the membership of Masters Swimming NSW.

In NZ, Phillip Ryan won the Bays Swim, transferred to Judges Bay, both outright and on handicap. It must have been a strong performance. Round 2 will sort them out, at Red Beach on February 27.

In the random draw, the $A50 budgysmuggler.com.au voucher went ot Shannon Holroyd.

Well done all of youse.

Next rounds of the series are Gerringong (NSW) on January 3, and Red Beach (NZ) on February 27.


View Xmas special

v200AMRWith Xmas coming up, we have our View special tailored especially for gift giving, either for yourself or for someone special.

v200lslmainimageBuy a pair of our Fully Sick V200A-MR goggles, and you can have a pair of the Fully Sicks' non-mirrored sibling, the V200A, for $18 – That's more than 25 per cent off.

The V200A is exactly the same as the Fully Sick V200A-MR, except for the mirror coating. We use the Fully Sicks for daytime, when the sun is bright, and the non-mirrored V200A for early morning squad, although both have similar sun-protection properties.

To order... Click here


Useful advice

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 oceanswims.com), 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.

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


Swims open to online entry on oceanswims.com...

Queenscliff (Sun, Dec 20)... Click here
Yamba (Mon, Dec 28)... Click here
Glenelg (Mon, Dec 28)... Click here
Gerringong (Sun, Jan 3)... Click here
Newport (Sun, Jan 3)... Click here
North Bondi (Sun, Jan 10)... Click here
Avalon (Sun, Jan 17)... Click here
Black Head (Sun, Jan 17)... Click here
Fingal Bay (Sun, Jan 17)... Click here
Mona Vale (Sun, Jan 24)... Click here
Newcastle Harbour (Tue, Jan 26)... Click here
Palm-Whale (Sun, Jan 31)... Click here
North Bondi (Sun, Feb 14)... Click here
Manly (Sat, Feb 20)... Click here
Malabar (Sun, Feb 21)... Click here
Bondi (Sun, Feb 28)... Click here
Freshwater (Sun, March 6)... Click here
Balmoral (Sun, March 13)... Click here
Port Noarlunga (Mon, March 14)... Click here
Forster (Sun, April 4)... Click here
Coogee (Sun, Apr 10)... Click here


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