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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

    • Swimming
    • 5.0, 9 Ratings

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... 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
    Ocean swimming... and COVID-19

    Ocean swimming... and COVID-19

    Hannah Sassi is a virologist from the University of Sydney who studies the persistence of viruses in the environment. She is also an ocean swimmer who trains with BondiFit, whose local beach is Maroubra. Right now during the Coronavirus pandemic, many swimmers are wondering whether it is OK to go for a swim. At the time of recording, a lot of world is in lockdown or headed towards it, so some of this is a moot point. If the local laws say don't swim, then obviously, don't swim!
    In summary, should you swim right now?
    In public pools: NO
    In ocean pools: NO
    In the ocean: If you take social distancing very seriously. But don't be a dick, if the beach is closed or you're in lockdown, don't swim.
    While a properly cleaned pool will kill the virus, the virus can live for a long time in the surrounding environment and everywhere you go on your way to the pool. And in such places where people exercise, people tend to be breathing heavily. Viruses can persist for a longer period of time in fresh/salt water, and so there are further risks with ocean pools, especially those that don't get flushed or cleaned regularly. If you want to swim, swimming at some distance from others in the ocean is the way to go.
    Songs in this episode - all licensed under a Creative Commons License:
    Virus - Danik3
    Virus - Victor Vicodin
    Virus - DJ RockinHoof
    Corona - Alexander Nakarada
    Sapphire - Tobu

    • 37 min
    Ocean swimming... and event organisation

    Ocean swimming... and event organisation

    The Cole Classic is one of Sydney's oldest and largest ocean swims. It has a storied history and in 2020, ownership of the swim moved from Fairfax to Manly Surf Life Saving Club, meaning essentially a whole new swim had to be organised. 
    Simone Hill is a member of Manly SLSC and runs her own company My Crew Travel. Simone coordinated the volunteers and logistics for the day, and helped create a new community vibe around the event.
    Songs in this episode - all licensed under a Creative Commons License:
    Harris Cole - Rain (Extended) - Slayer_Op
    Classic - Numa
    Sapphire - Tobu

    • 31 min
    Ocean swimming... and The Memory Pool

    Ocean swimming... and The Memory Pool

    Therese Spruhan must be one of Australia's experts on the cultural impact of the swimming pool. Her recent book, The Memory Pool, is a fabulous nostalgic anthology bringing together reflections on the childhood swimming pools of 28 Australians including Trent Dalton, Leah Purcell, Shane Gould, Bryan Brown and Merrick Watts. You can taste the hot chips, smell the chlorine and feel the burning concrete. For many kids, the local pool is a place of imagination, freedom, friendship and romance. 
    Therese is also the author of Swimming pool stories, a blog to which every Australian swimmer should subscribe!
    We had a lovely chat at Therese's new local pool, the Fanny Durack Aquatic Centre in Petersham, about all things swimming pools. You can hear kids splashing in the background, but also the occasional flight overhead and a little bit of wind - it's very real! I've left it long, so put the kettle on, go for a drive or a long run, and dive into the memory pool!
    Songs in this episode - all licensed under a Creative Commons License:
    Memories - Sevnth
    Memory - Aaron Weisflog
    :memory - Elttob
    Memory - Majin Bu
    Sapphire - Tobu

    • 58 min
    Ocean swimming... the oceans seven

    Ocean swimming... the oceans seven

    Dean Summers has conquered the triple Crown of open water swimming and as I type this, is waiting for his chance to swim the Cook Strait between the North and South Islands of New Zealand, part of his attack on the Oceans seven. Only 18 people have completed this astonishing series of seven incredible channel and strait swims around the world, and Dean is five in. He has swum The English Channel, Catalina Strait, The North Channel, Moloka’i Channel The Strait of Gibraltar. He plans to conquer the remaining two, Cook Strait and the Tsugaru Strait in Japan, by 2020.
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    Songs in this episode - all licensed under a Creative Commons License:
    Oceans - Petit Biscuit
    Seven - Ryan
    Deano - Roland MacIntosh
    Chasin' Summers - DJ Fro-Bot
    Sapphire - Tobu
    Image from SWIMDEAN

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Ocean swimming... and extreme endurance

    Ocean swimming... and extreme endurance

    Tim Garrett is an extraordinary athlete. Not content with swimming some of the world's most famous and gruelling waterways, Tim tags on runs and rides of hundreds of kilometers to his swims. For instance, Tim has completed the Arc2Arch:
    Run - 87 miles from Marble Arch in London to Dover,
    Swim - The English Channel,
    Bike - 181 miles from Calais to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.
    He is one of only two people to have completed the Arc2Arch and Uberman, an event in which you swim from 21 miles from Catalina Island to Los Angeles (a major event in itself!), cycle 400 miles to Badwater basin, the lowest point in North America, and then run 135 miles through Death Valley before ascending 13,000 feet to Mount Whitney, the highest peak in the Continental United States.
    He plans his own ultra-endurance events through his company Another Level Performance. Apart from Australia's longest open water swim, he has also organised Hard Bastard, where you:
    Swim - 35 km from Palm Beach to North Bondi,
    Bike - 620 km to Mount Kosciuszko,
    Run - 162 km in the Australian Alps.
    He fundraises for The Heart Research Institute and unsurprisingly doesn't sleep much! His major aim is to tackle the North Pole.
    Songs in this episode - all licensed under a Creative Commons License:
    The Endurance - Scott Buckley
    Endless Endurance - pathbot
    Endurance - Chin Hero
    Tim Tim - Ready For The Island (DJ Lamonnz WS AS Remix) - DJ Lamonnz
    Tim Maia - Caminho do Bem (Bhaskar & Rivas Remix) - Rivas
    Sapphire - Tobu
    Image from TimmyGarrett888 on Instagram

    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

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9 Ratings

9 Ratings

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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