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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... around Lord Howe Island

    Ocean swimming... around Lord Howe Island

    Lauren Tischendorf is the first woman to swim solo around Lord Howe Island - 32.2 km of sharks, currents, 25 knot winds and 2.5 metre swell, finishing in 13 hours 50 minutes and 26 seconds. She has also filmed a documentary of the swim, I just went for a swim, highlighting the spectacular ocean as well as the importance of the empowerment of girls and women. You can watch this film throughout Australia very soon in the Women's Adventure Film Festival.


    Songs in this episode - all licensed under a Creative Commons License:


    Lord - Leaux Mane

    Howe - Andervall

    Island - extenz

    Sapphire - Tobu


    Image from Lauren on instagram

    • 20 min
    Ocean swimming... with Brendan Cullen

    Ocean swimming... with Brendan Cullen

    Brendan Cullen is training to swim the English channel, but what makes his journey exceptional is that he is a sheep farmer from Kars Station, east of Broken Hill in NSW, and is about 350 km from the nearest coastline. Four mornings a week, Brendan swims in the murky waters of Lake Pamamaroo and Lake Copi Hollow in the Menindee Lakes, where he can't typically see more than 20 centimetres in front of his face (video). And there's not a lot of open water in the desert! 


    Brendan already has some major swimming achievements under his belt, such as swimming for 8 hours non-stop, and he an ambassador for lifeline, raising awareness and money for mental health.


    Songs in this episode - all licensed under a Creative Commons License:


    Broken - dikomm

    Hill - Valance

    Broken - Mind Over Mayhem

    Hill - Damien Bronieki

    Broken - trifonic

    Sapphire - Tobu


    Image from Jacinta Cullen / smh. 

    • 54 min
    Ocean swimming... with Peter Hancock

    Ocean swimming... with Peter Hancock

    Peter Hancock has now swum well over 1000 consecutive days, most days in Dumaresq Dam in Armidale, central NSW. Often the temperature is down near freezing. But this is not the first time Pete has conquered an incredible swimming challenge. In 2014, he swam in 333 different locations in the one year, including in the 1.6 degree Fox Glacier River in New Zealand.


    As a freshwater ecologist, it's not just the swimming that Pete likes - there are plenty of things to look at! He has discovered new species of fresh water crustaceans and beetles,  and documents much of it on Instagram.


    Pete also recently completed an indoor Iron Man, raising money for Headspace. So he knows how to run and cycle as well! You can see his adventures on strava.


    Songs in this episode - all licensed under a Creative Commons License:


    Set - Michael Douglas Dumaresq

    Armidale - Malfatti

    Like I do - Dam

    Feel good - Invertebrate

    Sapphire - Tobu


    Image from Pete on Instagram. Also see Pete on Twitter. 

    • 57 min
    Ocean swimming... with Jaimee Rogers

    Ocean swimming... with Jaimee Rogers

    Jaimee Rogers hosts the Big Sports Breakfast program on Sky Sports Radio, is a national level swimmer in the 200m breaststroke, and is now tackling the English Channel. She is raising money with Gotcha4life to support mental health programs. You can sponsor her here.


    Songs in this episode - all licensed under a Creative Commons License:


    Balmoral - Peyrius

    Winter - Datasuck

    Calais to Dover - Binder and Howorth

    Cliffs of Dover - Fabio Mazzo

    Sapphire - Tobu


    Image from Jaimee on instagram

    • 31 min
    Ocean swimming... in the nude

    Ocean swimming... in the nude

    Jon Stagg has completed the Dark M**o Nude Solstice Swim every year since its inception. What makes someone swim nude in the middle of the Tasmanian winter? Jon has some fabulous stories - he even did it himself when the event was cancelled during covid!


    Songs in this episode - all licensed under a Creative Commons License:


    Nude Beach - Le Blanche

    Naked - Pasi Sillanpaa

    Wobble - Josh Tiong

    Sapphire - Tobu


    Image from ABC


    I'm hoping to do the Canberra version - let's see where we're at come the solstice! You'll see it on strava or twitter if I do.

    • 42 min
    Ocean swimming... in La Nina

    Ocean swimming... in La Nina

    If you live on the east coast of Australia, your ocean swimming season has been rudely interrupted by the weather, with swims cancelled up and down the coast because of high swells and flooding. Australia has just experienced its wettest summer for five years because of a climate cycle known as La Nina.  Associate Professor Andréa Taschetto is an oceanographer and ARC Future Fellow at the Climate Change Research Centre, UNSW.


    Songs in this episode - all licensed under a Creative Commons License:


    La Niña Y El Lobo - Jesus Adrián Romero

    La nina que yo ame - Tumi Music Ltd.

    La Nina De Tus OjoS - Daniel Calveti (DJ PRE Remix)

    Sapphire - Tobu


    Image from hippo px


    Some links from the show: Andrea on twitter, Marc on twitter, Marc on strava

    • 17 min

Customer Reviews

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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.

westius ,

Diving into ocean swimming

The world of ocean swimming is bigger than you thought!

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