Ocean Swim a fun challenge

Warren HatelyAugusta Margaret River Times
Margaret River's Swimming Women are getting involved to help residents prepare with free classes ahead of January's Ocean Swim.
Camera IconMargaret River's Swimming Women are getting involved to help residents prepare with free classes ahead of January's Ocean Swim. Credit: Warren Hately

Preparations for next month’s Margaret River Ocean Swim have started, with the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River pitching in to help keen locals prepare.

The annual 1km swim from Gnarabup will take place on Saturday, January 18.

Organiser Charlotte O’Beirne from Swimming Women — who will oversee several preparatory classes — said the course was designed as “a fun challenge” for new ocean swimmers and would help veterans up their game for the more difficult Busselton Jetty Swim.

“The ocean is truly magical at the moment and there are many different groups swimming down at the beach, especially in the morning,” she said. “Swimming in the ocean compared to the pool is like going from riding on roads to riding the pines, or running on a treadmill to running along trails.

“There are many variables to consider, and even swimming in the same location every day requires different skills depending on the weather, the tides and the swell conditions.”

The Ocean Swim offers prizes for individuals and teams, as well as the prized Gnarabup Cup.

The classes, which have already started, are for registered swimmers.

To register for the swim and sign up for classes, visit swimming women.com.au. Classes will be held on Wednesday from 7am and on January 6 and 13.

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