Inspired by a ABC TV News story about a group of “oddballs” in Perth I decided to jump in the cool ocean water on Wednesday at sunrise. Why not? Can’t hurt and it might be a fun way to break up the working week. Which for me is largely sitting at a desk typing on a computer.
I half expected to be on my own this morning but there was no shortage of swimmers in the sea, even before the sun appeared. And yes this is a good swim, not a real long swim, but well worth the effort. I swam about 1.7km with couple of others. Most the other people who turned up to join me completed about 1km, while some jumped in for a relaxed 200m dash.
Thanks everyone who turned up to swim with me on my return to physical exercise and the water.
Paul Benson’s beautiful photo (above) makes me want to run and jump in the water, so I’m starting a Wednesday mid-week reset swim at Williamstown Beach. I’ve been inspired by these oddballs (their description) from Perth who have found something awesome to recharge their personal batteries every Wednesday:
This is NOT a CLASS or a SQUAD.
This is just a simple ‘meet-up’ of like minded oddballs.
There’s no booking or money. People can swim 10 metres or 10,000 metres, it’s all up to you. I’m not providing coaching, a safety team, wetsuits, caps or anything. I’m having a go myself and inviting you to try this midweek reset thing with me.
Cool water is well known to improve your mood, once you get in and out again, and being a in a group makes it all better.
MEET: In carpark behind WSLSC at western end of Williamstown Beach.
Summer sunset swimming with up to 40 friends. This is renewing, refreshing, romantic and magical – everyone who does it says stuff like that.
So bring a friend (or not), swim with all of us, and have the best summer solstice swim you have EVER HAD. This is a LARGE group or we split into smaller groups.
We leave, not from the beach, but from the Crystal Point Steps. then we swim 400 – 500m across to the eastern Red Fishing Club marker and back around the rocks and beach. 1km relaxed swimming at your own pace.
You get a glowing safety marker for your cap, a lighted course with buoys, markers and a team keeping us company.
You also get to swim at sunset on the solstice! This is amazing and you have to do it at least once. Why on earth (sea, tides, sun and moon) haven’t you already done it?
Wear any swimwear you like, get a cap with safety marker, follow the bright flashing markers, and go for it. xxx
Since 2015, Coach Jason Bryce has run the 9am Open Water Swim Skills Group at Williamstown Beach on summer Saturdays.
Swimming about 2km in the no-boating area, with a safety team, the group learns sighting, breathing, swimming straight and group swimming.
These are the distinct open water swimming skills that you can learn and practice to make your swim more enjoyable.
More than 1,000 swimmers have attended the class over seven summers.
Coach Jason teaches textbook AUSTSWIM freestyle technique with open water skills added on. Jason is a qualified Coach of Open Water Swimmers.
Mostly this group is about having safer fun swimming in the sea. Over the years we have got better and better at this group and learning what swimmers want and need from their open water swim group and coach!
If you want to transition from the pool to the open water, or if you want a great Saturday swim group with an experienced safety team, come down to Williamstown Beach about 8.45am. We meet in the carpark behind the lifesaving club.
This group typically features a coach, a teacher assisting and a safety team on boards or kayaks. This group swims to the yellow ‘no-boating’ marker poles about 200m offshore from Williamstown Beach, but not beyond.
The Melbourne Open Water Swimming Club is based at Williamstown Beach.
The club is an incorporated association dedicated to supporting and providing access to open water swimming for people from all backgrounds and abilities. The club has recently affiliated to Masters Swimming Victoria.
Open water swimming takes place in a natural uncontrolled environment.
The Melbourne Open Water Swimming Club supports swimmers with safety equipment, education, squads, training, coaches, teachers, swim buddies and safety teams.
The club follows Lifesaving Victoria guidelines for open water swimming, in particular:
Don’t swim alone far from shore.
Don’t swim while cold.
Prevention is the best safety.
All swim groups are risk assessed and have appropriate safety teams.
Swim groups generally stay within the no-boating area.
The Melbourne Open Water Swimming Club is making Open Water swimming accessible to everyone.
The club is registered, incorporated and operating but we are building this organisation from scratch, with a generic name, no logo or mascot yet. We do have sponsors: