5 Reasons to Learn to Ocean Swim at Clovelly Beach

by Can Too Foundation 15 Jan 2020
Learn to Ocean Swim at Clovelly Beach | Can too Foundation

We’ve decided to train at Clovelly Beach for this year’s Balmoral 1km Swim and Balmoral 2km Swim.

We chose to move to Clovelly because it offers an experience that’s safer and more accessible, a perfect training ground for first-time open water swimmers.

1. It is a sheltered, narrow beach.

Clovelly Beach is about 60m wide and about 350m long. It’s landlocked on either side with a concrete promenade, accessible by steps into the water at various points, making it more like a large ocean pool than a beach – perfect for first-time open water swimmers!

2. There is no ‘surf zone’ to navigate.

Clovelly Beach is locked between two ridges that extend like comforting arms toward the sea. Very little wave energy makes it into the bay, making Clovelly Beach the calmest and quietest patrolled beach in Sydney. The best part – there are no crashing waves when entering or exiting from the shore!

3. It has loads of parking and public transport.

There is a large free car park on the southern side of the beach, and free on-street car parking available. There are also lots of accessible public transport options that take you directly to the beach from across the Eastern Suburbs and the Inner West. Check available transport options using Google Maps.

4. It has a surf club metres away from the water.

Clovelly SLSC is located adjacent to the carpark on the southern headland, with the concrete concourse either side of the water making it easy to patrol the length of the water. The beach is patrolled between September and April by Randwick City Lifeguards and volunteer Surf Life Savers.

5. It has a live camera showing local conditions.

Having difficulty picturing what the beach is like? Check out the real-time feed of beach conditions via Randwick City Council’s Clovelly Beach Live Camera below!

SOURCE: Randwick City Council

Train for Balmoral Swim!

We hope you’ll join us in training for this year’s Balmoral 1km Swim and Balmoral 2km Swim, starting 28 January. It’s a 10-week program designed for those who can swim at least 50m in a pool and want to train for an open water swim. You’ll train on Saturday mornings at Clovelly Beach in a small group setting.

Earlybird registrations end Sun 19 Jan (save $20)! All participants have the opportunity to earn FREE race entry by fundraising with Can Too.

View Balmoral 1km Swim View Balmoral 2km Swim

Get Professionally Coached and Supported Today!

Can Too Foundation offers professionally coached training programs using qualified and experienced coaches in a fun, community environment. We train all levels, from beginners to those more experienced, to achieve specific physical challenges such as runs, trail walks and ocean swims.

Programs range from entry level distances such as 10km and 15km run programs and 1km ocean swims, to intermediate distances like half marathons, trail runs and 2km ocean swims, through to advanced programs such as marathons, 5km ocean swim

Not sure which one is right for you? Have a look at all the upcoming Can Too programs and secure your place today!

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All of our staff are regulars in our programs. We all started as beginners, faced the same challenges as you, and are here to share our experiences and advice. 

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