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Swim Training Sessions

To help you prepare for the 2019 Sydney Morning Herald Cole Classic we’ve got several training options on offer to suit your individual needs and abilities.

1km & 2km Swim Training
5km Swim Training

1km and 2km Swim Training with Spot Anderson

Head Coach Spot Anderson began his coaching career in 1983 whilst studying at University. Spot has coached everyone from babies through to athletes training for the Olympics and everything in between! Besides his main squad of ocean swimmers and triathletes he specialises in introducing adults to both pool swimming and swimming in the open water!

Spot himself has been one of Australia's best all round athletes having competed on WSL World Surf Tour before winning Australia's 1st World Title in the 1989 World Triathlon Championships and moving on to Uncle Tobys/Nutri Grain Ironman Circuit.

Spot is offering Cole Classic participants one free session as well as 50% off your first month of training. Training sessions are offered at both Prince Alfred Park Pool and North Bondi Surf Club. Please see times and locations as well as sign up details below.

Open Water Training - North Bondi Surf Club (meet 15 minutes before start time)

Day Time Duration
For Experienced Surf Swimmers
8:00am 60 - 90 minutes
For Rookies
9:30am 60 minutes
For all Levels of Expertise
8:00am 60 minutes
For Experienced Surf Swimmers
6:00am 60 minutes
Thursday 6:30pm Swim/Run or Swim only
for 45 minutes

If you can not swim 500m-1km non-stop freestyle, it is best to attend the pool session first, see below for training session times. 

Pool Training - Prince Alfred Park Pool (200m from Central Station)

Day Time Duration
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 6:00am 60 - 90 minutes
Monday, Wednesday 5:45pm 60 - 90 minutes
Saturday: Enduro Swim 2:00pm 60 - 90 minutes
Saturday: Stroke Correction 2:30pm 60 minutes

To get a Free Introductory Pool or Surf Swim Squad with Bondi Fit book online choosing "Casual $20 Visit Swim/Surf" & use Promo Code bondifit1.

To get 50% off your first month swim/surf squad training book online choosing "1 Month Swim & Surf Pass $150" & use Promo Code bondifit50.

Introduction to Ocean Swimming with OceanFit

OceanFit has been introducing beginners to ocean swimming since 2009 and they accommodate all ages and abilities in their small-group three hour intensive clinics.

Andre Slade and his team have developed a structured, systematic approach to teaching that will give you confidence and make you feel in control in the ocean.

In their 5-star clinics you will develop a strong understanding of the dynamic ocean environment, and then in the water, clear, progressive techniques are taught that will turn you into a technically proficient ocean swimmer.

Sign up for one of OceanFit's Cole Classic preparation clinics in Manly, or at their home-base located on Bondi Beach, and enjoy every moment of your ocean swim.

To book click on the button below and use coupon code - COLECLASSIC19 to receive 10% off.

OceanFit - Learn to Ocean Swim Clinics

Location Day Time
Manly Beach January 6, 2019 6:00am - 9:00am
Manly Beach January 20, 2019 6:00am - 9:00am

Swim Training and Goal Setting with Ocean Swim Support

Award winning Sports Manager and owner of Ocean Swim Support, Nicole Piha is bringing her wealth of knowledge in the fitness industry and her passion for ocean swimming to Cole Classic participants with FREE training sessions.

Based in the Northern Beaches, Nicole will be offering Cole Classic participants four to six open water training sessions as well as a 15 minute goal setting session, so your training is catered to you.

Open to all ages and abilities, Ocean Swim Support will will give you confidence, and make you feel in control in the ocean.   

Want a more tailored plan? Head to the website and email your entry bib number for a more detailed plan.

Sign up now by clicking here and registering on the Ocean Swim Support website!

5km Swim Training with Vlad

Vlad Mravec is the founder of the Vladswim program, which provides all level of swimming services from stroke correction at beginner to elite level through to coaching of an open water swimming squad.

Vlad’s expertise lies in increasing interesting and effective pool and ocean swim sessions covering all levels of intensity and skills to help swimmers achieve their long distance goals. He has a clear understanding of how to structure training programs and plan for specific endurance swim events. Vlad has coached over 48 swimmers towards achieving their goal of swimming the English Channel.

Vlad Swims - Open Water Training

Location* Day Time
Bondi Beach 1st Saturday in month 7:00am
Coogee Beach 2nd Saturday in month 7:00am
Bondi Beach 3rd Saturday in month 7:00am
Shelly to Manly 4th Saturday in month 7:00am

*Due to surf conditions locations may change week to week.

To register for a free session or to be sanctioned for the 5km Cole Classic swim please email Vlad to confirm which session you will be attending