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There is more to ocean swimming than just swimming in the ocean. In The Pod, we chat about all aspects of ocean swimming, from how we can keep the oceans swimmable, to oceans on other planets.

The Pod: Ocean Swimming Marc West

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There is more to ocean swimming than just swimming in the ocean. In The Pod, we chat about all aspects of ocean swimming, from how we can keep the oceans swimmable, to oceans on other planets.

    Ocean swimming... the Coals to Newcastle

    Ocean swimming... the Coals to Newcastle

    Craig Clarke is a champion Australian surf life-saver who has had a dream of swimming the English Channel since watching Des Renford in the 1970s. He had a slot booked in for this year, and then Covid-19 hit. Undeterred, not wanting to waste the training, and to raise money for Beyond Blue, Craig developed the 36 km “Coals to Newcastle” ocean swim on the Australian East Coast, a swim leg that has never been attempted before.  The course dates back over 100 years to when coal ships loaded at Catherine Hill Bay jetty (where the swim started) and transported coal into Newcastle Harbour past Nobbys Lighthouse (finishing point for the swim). It also has a great deal of personal significance to Craig as a coal-miner, with Newcastle being Craig’s home town and Swansea Belmont SLSC his club.
    Craig also raised as astonishing $32000 for Beyond Blue. The swim took 12 hours and you can read more about the swim at the Coals to Newcastle Facebook page.
    Image from Newcastle Herald.
    Songs in this episode - all licensed under a Creative Commons License:
    Walking on hot coals - Joe Bongiovanni / Jamie Rhind
    Newcastle city lights - 2G-Ghost Green
    Bay - Vlad Gluschenko
    Sweet Maya - Coal fired bicycle
    Swell - Journal
    Sapphire - Tobu
     

    • 57 min
    Ocean swimming... in extreme environments

    Ocean swimming... in extreme environments

    Heather Massey is a senior lecturer in the Extreme Environments Research Group at the University of Portsmouth. Heather has done extensive work into the human response to cold water, both the physical and mental effects, and her areas of research interest include thermal, altitude and survival physiology.
    She's also an amazing ocean swimmer, having swum the English Channel and around Jersey, among other things. And has a podcast called Humans in Extremes, interviewing extraordinary guests who have done extraordinary activities in extreme environmental conditions.
    Image from Heather on Twitter.
    Songs in this episode - all licensed under a Creative Commons License:
    Ice Cold - Spurb Music
    Ice Cold - Brasskazoo
    Ice Cold - Creamwolf
    Ice Cold - Moonk
    Ice Cold - Drew McGoo72
    Sapphire - Tobu

    • 44 min
    Ocean swimming... with Bold and Beautiful

    Ocean swimming... with Bold and Beautiful

    Bold and Beautiful are an informal Sydney swim group for all ages and abilities who meet out the front of Manly Life Saving Club every day and swim at 7am, 7 days a week from Manly to Shelly Beach and back.
    Dorset Sutton is a philanthropist and along with Bold and Beautiful has been a key part of Operation Crayweed, an effort to bring crayweed back to Sydney beaches - you may remember this from the last episode. Dorset, along with wife Jenny, runs the Lim-Sutton Initiative which is focused on marine philanthropy.
    Image from Bold and Beautiful
    Songs in this episode - all licensed under a Creative Commons License:
    Bold - Human Condition
    Beautiful - zayy
    Beautiful - Tarrah
    Beautiful - Terrence Duggan
    The bold and the beautiful - Matt Parker
    Sapphire - Tobu
     

    • 46 min
    Ocean swimming... and underwater forests

    Ocean swimming... and underwater forests

    Crayweed, a type of seaweed, forms dense forests on shallow reefs all the way from Port Macquarie to Tasmania. However, there is a 70 km gap in crayweed off the coast of Sydney. Sometime during the 1980s, crayweed disappeared completely between Palm Beach and Cronulla, likely due to the poorly treated sewage that used to be pumped directly onto Sydney’s beaches. However, despite Sydney's water quality improving dramatically since the establishment of the deep ocean sewage outfalls, the crayweed forests have not returned.
    Ziggy Marzinelli leads the crayweed restoration research at the University of Sydney and the Sydney Institute of Marine Science, and is part of Operation Crayweed, a concerted effort to restore Sydney's underwater crayweed forests. One of the places they are working is Cabbage Tree Bay near Manly, and have enlisted the help of ocean swimming group with Bold and the Beautiful (stay tuned for a podcast with them very soon).
    Image from Patagonia AUS & NZ, who are also working with Operation Crayweed.
    Songs in this episode - all licensed under a Creative Commons License:
    Seaweed Smoothie - oever
    Underwater - 10GRI
    Underwater - michachaney
    Underwater - Unusual Narwhal
    Sapphire - Tobu
     

    • 41 min
    Ocean swimming... with Shane Gould

    Ocean swimming... with Shane Gould

    Dr. Shane Gould is the only swimmer to hold every world freestyle record from 100 to 1500 metres and the 200-metre individual medley simultaneously. She is the first female swimmer to win three Olympic gold medals in world record time, and the first swimmer to win Olympic medals in five individual events in a single Olympics. She is also the only Australian to win three individual gold medals at one Games.
    And now she's a card-carrying member of the Ocean Swimmers' Union!
    But not only that, Shane has completed two Masters theses and a Doctorate on the role of swimming in Australian culture, runs swim courses, is involved with surf life-saving and swims as often as she can in the ocean in Bicheno, Tasmania. So she knows a bit about swimming. And she also won Survivor!
    Songs in this episode - all licensed under a Creative Commons License:
    Swim Good - Weathrman
    Survivor - Sammy Nova
    Survivor - The Toto1000
    Survivor - Jamophone
    Ocean - MBB
    Devil - KiddTyed
    Cape Cub Swim - reefVibes
    Sapphire - Tobu
    Image from Numismatic Bibliomania Society.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Ocean swimming... and Places We Swim

    Ocean swimming... and Places We Swim

    Caroline Clements and Dillon Seitchik-Reardon run the beautiful website Places we swim and have just released a book, also called Places we swim, a travel guide for water-loving people, exploring Australia through swimming. The book takes us to beaches, pools, waterfalls, lakes, hot springs and gorges all over the country. Caroline and Dillon visited hundreds, if not thousands, of swimming holes to explore Australia's wild beauty and to curate the absolute best of every place they visited. Make this your list of places to swim when we come out of isolation!
    Image from @placesweswim
    Songs in this episode - all licensed under a Creative Commons License:
    Misty Gorge - sillythewilly
    Moon Lake - Epic Blast Radius
    Lagoon -  Dhanesh
    River - MusicbyAden
    River - JSMusic
    Sapphire - Tobu

    • 40 min

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NuffNuff ,

Not just a drop in the ocean

Great variation of guests and interesting topics - everything from marine science, pollution and training for a swim. Nicely produced and easy to listen to even though I have no connection to ocean swimming!

biotown ,

Lovely podcast about the stories behind ocean swimming

Often sciencey and always interesting.

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Diving into ocean swimming

The world of ocean swimming is bigger than you thought!

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