Welcome to open water swimming and swim coaching in Melbourne’s beautiful Port Phillip Bay.
UPDATE: 2 January 2022: Challenge Yourself classes and the Swim Around the Yellow Poles group resume Saturday 15th January for vaxxed participants. There are plenty of 1-1 and 2-1 lesson times available in early January.
Wetsuits are NOT required, water is about 20C now, but we have old wettys for hire and new wetsuits for sale, very cheap.
We also have Jellyfish repellent sunscreen available to use, in exchange for a gold coin(s) donation to the Melbourne Open Water Swim Club ….
Our most popular groups are the Challenge Yourself classes at 8am and 10am Saturdays ($22) and the 9am Swim around the Yellow Poles group ($20 or just $10 for Melbourne Open Water Swimming Club members). $5 of this fee supports inclusion programs and safety equipment for Open Water Swimming, so you are helping people of all abilities access this wonderful activity.
In the Challenge Yourself group you will learn breathing for open water swimming, sighting, efficient freestyle stroking, high body position, and how to swim straight in a small group (max 10) all in waist deep water at Williamstown Beach.
In the 9am Swim around the Yellow Poles Group you set your own pace and distance. We set up a 700m square course and keep an eye on conditions (and you) from a rescue board out in the deep water between the yellow boating markers 200m off Williamstown Beach. You can relax and enjoy swimming in the ocean. This is a great way to start the weekend – in a friendly swim group.
Here are some videos of some popular open water swimming groups:
For winter our Saturday 9am Cool Water Winter Swim Group is a great way to enjoy open water swimming in the cold water.
Cold water winter swimming is an amazing way to refresh and recharge. The water is about 12C in June in Melbourne. Cold water swimming has many health benefits and is a great way to burn calories. Here is some footage from our cold water swim group 1 May 2021 (no sound):
But what is swimming in the cold water really like? Check this vid out:
We meet at the western end of Williamstown Beach, near the carpark behind the Williamstown SLSC, about 15 minutes early.
Message or call Coach Jason for more info or a chat about swimming, my fave subject:
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Coach Jason takes safety seriously.
“In my swim groups, you won’t feel overwhelmed, alone or unsafe.”
Coach Jason is an experienced former lifesaver and is accredited and insured by Swimming Australia, AUSTSWIM and ASCTA to teach and coach open water swimming.
And here is our look back at the strangest year we swum through for a long long time (ever) 2020:
We also love swimming at sunrise. Check this video (below):