Balmoral 2km Swim

Can Too Training Program 2020

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Learn to Ocean Swim

... and help us beat cancer!

About this program

This is a 10 week intermediate group training program that teaches the basics of ocean swimming in preparation for the Balmoral 2km Swim on Sunday 5 April.

This program is for people who can swim at least 50m in a pool, looking to face their fears and learn to ocean swim in a safe, supportive environment.

All ocean training sessions are supported by water safety crew from surf clubs local to our training beaches, familiar with local conditions and close by at all times.

As a registered Australian charity, all our programs fundraise for cancer research — it's an important part of why we do what we do.

Are you ready to learn to ocean swim? Take our quiz to find out now.

Training format

You'll train twice per week under the guidance of qualified, experienced ocean swim coaches.

Pool swim sessions mid-week focus on:

  • refreshing swim skills
  • building base swimming fitness
  • learning how to swim more efficiently
  • practicing basic ocean swimming techniques
  • drills for stroke correction.

Ocean swim sessions on Saturday mornings focus on:

  • learning to enter and exit the water safely
  • increasing your swim distance in the ocean under supervision.

Session availability

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 Balmoral Beach

Cook & Phillip Park Waitlisted
Macquarie Uni <5 Spaces
Prince Alfred Park <5 Spaces
Warringah Aquatic Waitlisted

 Clovelly Beach

ABC (Domain) <5 Spaces
Cook & Phillip Park <5 Spaces

 Port Macquarie

Olympic Pool Waitlisted

We've safely taught 4,643 people just like you to ocean swim.

Learning to ocean swim with Can Too is life changing.

I missed the ocean living overseas. Since arriving home I'd seen people ocean swimming, but I didn’t know how to, and felt unprepared to join in.

From the very start of the Can Too program I felt like that this is part of me and these are my people. I was humbled and in awe of everyone's ability to progress with the things they teach you. Over time you put it all together and then next thing you know you’re an ocean swimmer!

Emily, Ocean Swimmer (not pictured)

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Change your life for $240

... or pay 4 x $66 instalments!

Super Earlybird ($200) ends Sun 5 Jan
Earlybird ($220) ends Sun 19 Jan
Standard ($240) from Mon 20 Jan


No extra fees for twice weekly group training.

Pool Fees

No extra fees for pool entry.

Water Safety

No extra fees for peace of mind.


No extra fees for team swimmers.

Race Entry

Earn FREE race enty by fundraising.


What's a life-changing experience worth?

Water safety crew support all ocean training.

I was blown away by the level of water safety and coaching at the beach, we always felt safe.

I didn’t know what to expect at the first session, all of the support team were fantastic. I highly recommend Can Too!

When a family member asked about my race time, a supportive Can Tooer who had been congratulating me cheerfully said ‘she did her finish time’. That’s the Can Too way: it doesn’t matter what time it takes, it matters that you conquered a goal you never thought you could do before.

Julia, Ocean Swimmer (not pictured)

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Help fund lifesaving cancer research

... common fundraising questions.

Do I have to fundraise?

Yes, you have to fundraise in return for learning to ocean swim. Don’t let that worry you too much, we’ve been doing this since 2005 so we have plenty of resources available to help you achieve your fundraising goal. Plus, you’ll have a Team Captain and Mentor/s to guide you through. The best approach is to have a plan and to start early.

Where does the money go?

When you fundraise for the Can Too Foundation, you're fundraising for Australian cancer research and prevention. We focus on investing in early career cancer researchers across all cancer types.

For every tax-deductible dollar we receive:

  • 71% goes to cancer research
  • 29% goes to cancer prevention.

What if I don't meet my commitment?

Can Too has been teaching people to run and raise funds for cancer research for fifteen years. We know that if you put your mind to it and work hard you CAN TOO help fund Australia's most promising cancer research projects. You have until 30 days after your goal race to meet your commitment, and we continue working with you until options are exhausted.

How long do I have to fundraise?

The good news is that you have until 30 days after your program finishes to meet your commitment to cancer research and prevention. You'll have an active fundraising page from the moment you sign up, so our suggestion is sign up early!

Be a part of something bigger than yourself.

I never realised how significant Can Too would be, how important it was to have an outlet, away from our life which was all about cancer and searching for treatments.

Can Too helped me to not just stay physically fit but mentally strong. We lived by a mantra we adopted with our Can Too program – ‘just keep swimming’.

It resonates with me how Can Too’s fundraising goes to a cause close to my late wife's heart. They’re still looking for answers for the type of cancer that she had. Without research there isn’t much hope.

Craig, Ocean Swimmer (not pictured)

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We  Balmoral Swim

... and you will too!

Perfect for first-time ocean swimmers or for seasoned veterans, the Balmoral Swim sets a great course around the island at Balmoral Beach.

Can Too is a charity partner of the Balmoral Swim, which means you can earn free race entry! All you need to do is fundraise your commitment of $995 for cancer research and prevention.

Last season, Balmoral Swim was the program with the highest satisfaction scores, and we're so excited to be training for it again in 2020!

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Question? Let's chat.

All 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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