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Wahoo in Vanuatu... Last night's dinner. It's oceanswimsafaris season again.

Solstice swim

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Entries are open to the Mona Vale Solstice Swim on Sundee, June 19. 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

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10% off Heron Island

We're into the exotic swimming season over winter, which ends with one of the most exotic swims of all: the Great Barrier Reef Swim on Heron Island (that's part of our peloton above, a couple of seasons back). Those of you mugs who saw David Attenborough's series on ABC telly recently will know a bit about Heron Island, and those hundreds of you who've enjoyed the swim weekend over the past five or six years also will be familiar. You'll know it's a very special place.

It's in Australia, but it is exotic because it's off the coast, on the reef, outside Queensland and off the Stra'an mainland. 70km off.

Swimming on the reef is unlike swimming anywhere else in Stra'a. The water is so clear, the marine life so abundant, the environment so pristine, the experience is cathartic. Not only that, it's life changing.

It's a four-day weekend that's like a festival of open water swimming: two formal events (1km and 2.8km), swim clinics with Coach Graeme Brewer, turtle watching and befriending, and much more. It's turtle laying sseason, too, so if you're good, you may get the chance to witness this, perhaps even, if a turtle surfaces next to you for a breath, to get diredt experience of what a turtle's breath smells like.

Swim dates are November 3-7, 2016. And if you book by June 15, the Heron Island people are offering a 10 per cent discount.

See details below...

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This could be you, entering the waters on the Great Barrier Reef off Heron Island...

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!

great barrier reef swim logo 16 circlePlans 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.

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Terms and conditions apply.

Night at the brewery

james squire beers in a rowWe've conferred with our favourite ocean swimming brewer, Chuck Hahn, and we've set our end-of-season Organoleptic Evaluation at Chuck's Malt Shovel Brewery for Thursday, June 30. Chuck blends different James Squire brews with matching finger food, explaining the characteristics and the make-up of each beer.

We'll also draw the winner of the trip to the Mana Fiji SwimFest from our fine ocean swimmer series 2015/16.

There are limited places available, so if you'd like to come, please let us know. Tickets are free (thank you, Chuck and James Squire), but you need to fill in and submit the booking form... Click here

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​Budgy Smuggler is having a pop up store THIS WEEKEND!

For just the second time ever, the Australian Swimwear company are opening a pop up store for the 28th and 29th May, 9am – 5pm, at 2/40 East Esplanade, Manly (Right next to Barefoot Coffee Traders).

Swimwear will be available for Men, Women and Kids - All 100% Australian Made.

Show this picture (above) to redeem $20 when you spend $70 or more in store!

I ocean swim, therefore...

bs cossies both bothJust 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

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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...

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

Swims open for online entry

Espiritu Santo Aore Swim (Wed, June 1)... Click here
Mona Vale Solstice
(Sun, June 19)... Click here

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