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: private lessons, guided ocean swims and surf swimming skills sessions.

Ocean swim ready

Do you want to start ocean swimming but don’t know where to start? Depending on their swim ability, most people start with a couple of sessions in the rockpool to improve their 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.

Body surf skills

The most fun session we offer!! 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.

Where: On the beach in front of Manly Surfclub. Cost: $25 per person