Welcome to open water swimming and swim coaching in Melbourne’s beautiful Port Phillip Bay.
UPDATE: 20 October 2021: Restrictions now allow small groups and 1-1 lessons for vaxxed participants ….
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.
In the Challenge Yourself group you will learn breathing, sighting, efficient stroking, high body position, 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. What a great way to start the weekend.
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):