'ave a swim this weekend
Two swims this weekend, both on Sunday, offering variety in course and distance -
Caves Beach, by Lake Macquarie - 1.5km along the reef into the beach from the Breakwater of Broken Dreams, 10am start. This swim is postponed from earlier in the season due to heavy weather on the original date. All entries roll over to this Sundee. If you're not local, don't be put off: Caves (that's the view from the main cave, above) is an hour and 40 minutes up the Expressway. Awgies always turn on a good day, usually with a band on the lawns in front of the clubhouse where, in our yoof, we used to play touch footie after school. Online entries close on oceanswims.com at 3pm on Saturday, May 14... Click here
South Head Roughwater, North Bondi-Watsons Bay (the pub) - 10-11km along the cliff from Bondi into the harbour. There probably is little point in telling you about this one: if you're planning on doing it, you will know all about it already. But if you're not doing it, get yourself out to the Eastern Suburbs anyway and follow the swim spectacularly along the clifftop walk from North Bondi. It's a lovely morning out. Online entries close at 4pm om Friday, May 13... Click here
And we've opened entries to the Mona Vale Solstice Swim on Sundee, June 19, where you can swim from Bongin Bongin Bay around the rock shelf into Mona Vale (that' s the course, above), then warm yourself with Mrs June Dibbs's minestrone, which she's created by taking time off from writing letters to the Herald. Water temp probably will still be around 20C, maybe a little over, maybe a little under... Click here
A message from our cobbers on Heron Island...
Book your place in the 2016 Great Barrier Reef Swim on Heron Island before 15 June and receive a 10% discount!
Plans for the 2016 Great Barrier Reef Swim are underway and we can't wait to welcome all swimmers, their families and their friends to Heron Island for four days of fun in the sun and in the water from Thursday 3 November - Monday 7 November 2016.
The 4 night Great Barrier Reef Swim Package includes:
- 4 nights' accommodation
- All meals - breakfast, buffet lunch and a 2 course or buffet dinner
- Return boat transfers from Gladstone for 2 guests
- Welcome drinks
- Swim clinics
- Swim entry
- a 2016 Great Barrier Reef Swim goodie bag
From $900 per adult, twin share
To secure your spot, book online, email [email protected] or call 1300 732 354.
Terms and conditions apply.
I ocean swim, therefore...
Just the ticket for cutting a fine figure on Heron Island, or anywhere else you swim, for that matter... With the help of our cobbers from budgysmuggler.com.au, we've released our very own oceanswims cossies. We haven't put commercial markers on them too heavily because we respect your right not to be a walking billboard. But observing punters will be in no doubt about whom you are: An Ocean Swimmer, ie "I ocean swim, therefore I am".
The Laydees model is designed with racing and swimming longer distances in mind. Mrs Sparkle loves this style, with its narrow straps that slide across the back to suit the way you swim. Very comfy, she says, and they keep her "in", whatever that means. They're chlorine-resistant, too, so you can wear them in the pool as well as the ocean.
The Gents model...? There's not much you can do with budgys for boofheads, of course, apart from make them look good, and chlorine-resistant, and the budgysmuggler people have done both of those things.
We love them. And you can buy them now... Click here
Tow floats mean safer swimming
Our tow floats are available in the oceanswims.com 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 oceanswims.com very soon. Just the thing for early morning, solo and long distance swimmers.
To find out more and to order yours now... Click here
Craig Riddington's SwimFassst
The ironman, Craig Riddington, has invented a device that could make you a much better swimmer. We've tried it, and it makes us better.
SwimFasst is designed to help you grab and pull more effectively through the water, with better body position. You can buy SwimFassst by itself, or with a couple of lessons from Riddo himself to get you into the swing of SwimFassst.
More info and to order... Click here
We're your next adventure
We've had a lot of bookings already for our oceanswimsafaris in 2017. But you can still book some for 2016...
Vanuatu – May 23-June 3 - Port Vila and Santo from $A640 per person for four nights in Port Vila and $A970 for six nights in Espiritu Santo. Prices include swim entry as necessary... Click here
Costa Brava (Spain) – Swim France to Spain and other myriad swimming adventures, culture, food, Salvador Dalí – it's got it all -- from $A3,320 – (September 12-20)... Click here
Mana Fiji SwimFest - Packages are online now for the Mana Fiji swims October 18-23. Two days of swimming (separated by a day) - 10km solor or 3x relay on Thursday, then 5km, 3km, 1km on Saturday. Mana Island's North Beach is one of the best places in the world for an ocean swim. Packages from $A1,285 pp twin share. You can use the 10km solo swim to qualify for Rottnest the following February... Click here
Yasawas Fiji oceanswimsafaris - We're doing two oceanswimsafaris to Fiji's Yasawas Islands, to the fabled Blue Lagoon staying at Blue Lagoon Resort. The first is prior to the Mana swims (Oct 10-16), the other following (Oct 23-29). Packages from $A2,145... Click here
Book for 2017
We've had so much interest in our oceanswimsafaris in future years that we've decided to open bookings early so you can reserve your spot. For a $500 deposit, you can make sure you don't miss out. The deposit is fully refundable if you decide not to go ahead (obviously, until we work out tour prices, we don't expect you to make an irrevocable commitment). We've already taken deposits for 1.5 oceanswimsafaris to Tonga in 2017 to swim with whales. Don't miss out on this one, or on any of the oceanswimsafaris you'd like to do.
Just fill in a pre-booking form nominating the oceanswimsafari you'd like, noting on the form that it's for a future year, and we'll be in touch... Click here