“I believe ocean swimming has the ability to combine fitness, adventure, challenge and social engagement in one great bundle of activity.” My first ocean swim was the Cole Classic at Bondi in 2001 and I have been an ocean swimming Coach since 2011.
To be an ocean swimmer you will need three things; endurance, skill and courage.
You can build endurance by swimming on a regular basis and adopting a healthy life style. You will need two kinds of skill; (1) swim technique and (2) ocean skills. These are skills you will learn from my experienced coaching and fellow swimmers. But courage will take weeks, months or years to build up. You need courage to swim out into the deep water, you need courage to charge out through the breaking surf and you need courage to appreciate the beauty of the marine environment, even when it stings you. Courage seems to come that bit quicker when you are with a coached group of like minded people.
I believe everyone has the ability to be an ocean swimmer.