Sydney’s Northern beaches are a great place for ocean swimming. But if you haven’t been in the ocean much, it can be quite overwhelming. We have different sessions to help: the 8-week Ocean Swim Ready program, guided ocean swims and surf swimming skills sessions. If you prefer to train by yourself you can also book a personal training session.

Ocean swim ready

Do you want to start ocean swimming but don’t know where to start? With the ocean swim ready program you can learn ocean swimming step by step. The program will get you ready to swim the famous Bold and Beautiful ocean swim from Manly to Shelly beach.

We start in a rockpool to work on freestyle swimming technique. The next step is a swim in the ocean, starting at Shelly beach. Shelly beach is secluded so a great way to ease into ocean swimming. From that we gradually build towards the full swim from Manly to Shelly.

During all ocean swims we use ‘life buoys’. A personal inflatable buoy that you attach to your waist. You don’t feel it when you are swimming, but it will give you the opportunity to have a rest along the way. We also use flippers for the first couple of ocean swims. But the ultimate goal is to swim the 1.5km Manly – Shelly return without flippers!

During the lessons we practice freestyle swimming technique, but also open water and surf skills such as orientating, sighting, swimming through surf breaks and identifying rips.

Generally, 8 lessons are enough to confidently swim from Manly to Shelly. After the first lesson we will be able to tell if more than 8 lessons are needed. Fees: $320 (8 x 1 hour session, max 4 people).

Surf swimming skills

Learn how to get in and out of the ocean and improve your endurance. You will learn to identify rips and sandbanks and how to get in and out of the ocean best by wading, dolphin dives and bodysurfing. Coach Marc will make sure you get a good workout and learn how to negotiate the waves.

When: Saturday mornings 9am-10am, on the beach in front of Manly Surfclub. Cost: $25 per person

Ocean swim

Saturday’s ocean swim from Manly beach to Shelly beach is designed for all swimmers who are starting ocean swimming and would like more open water swimming tips and build their confidence. The sessions run on Saturday mornings 10am -11am by coach Marc, an experienced swimmer and surf lifesaver champion. Join the swim and finish with a coffee on the beach. A great start of your weekend!

When: Saturday mornings 10am-11am on the beach in front of Manly Surfclub. Cost: $25 per person