Sydney 1km Ocean Swim

Can Too Training Program 2021

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Learn to Ocean Swim

... and help beat cancer!

About this program

This is a 14 week entry-level group training program that teaches the basics of ocean swimming.

It's for people with some swimming ability who are looking to face their fears in a safe, supportive environment.

After 14 weeks training you will be able to:

  • Safely navigate the surf zone
  • Confidently swim in a group setting
  • Use the ocean to your advantage
  • Say "I am an ocean swimmer!"

All ocean training sessions are supported by water safety crew from surf clubs local to our training beaches, familiar with local conditions, 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? If you can swim Freestyle for at least 100m in the pool without stopping, you’re well on your way.

We aim to take part in The URM Little Big Swim and the North Bondi Classic as goal events.

If participation in those events is not possible, on 13 February you will achieve your goal by swimming your goal distance with your Can Too tribe.

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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:

  • Identifying changing ocean conditions – waves, rips, tides, sandbanks, and more
  • Learning to enter and exit the water safely
  • Increasing your swim distance in the ocean under supervision
  • Learning advanced surf skills and using the ocean to your advantage

Due to the holiday break, there will be no coached training sessions from 24 Dec 2020 – 3 Jan 2021 (inclusive).


In recognition of the current extraordinary circumstances, we have revised fundraising targets.

By raising $975 you will meet your minimum fundraising commitment and become a Fundraising Star.

If you go above and beyond, you could become a Silver Fundraising Star ($1275) or even a Gold Fundraising Star ($1,575)

Fundraising will return to normal in future programs as our economy heals.

We've safely taught 4,094 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
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A life-changing experience for $299

... and $660+ of value!


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.

Online Yoga

No extra fees for online yoga library.


What's a life-changing experience worth?

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Surf club 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

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You are what funds research

... our top five FAQ's.

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.

What is Bronze level fundraising?

In recognition of the current extraordinary circumstances, we have revised fundraising targets.

By raising $975 you will meet your minimum fundraising commitment and become a Fundraising Star.

If you go above and beyond, you could become a Silver Fundraising Star ($1,275) or even a Gold Fundraising Star ($1,575).

Where does the money go?

When you fundraise for 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. We acknowledge that 2020 has been a challenging year, particularly for those directly affected by bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic. Can Too Foundation has not been immune to this and current projections indicate that fundraising directed to research will decline during this pandemic as funds are directed to providing training programs and supporting the Foundation. As a registered charity, we will always be careful with every single dollar we spend and completely transparent in our reporting. Can Too Foundation has reviewed and adjusted its strategy and, when economic conditions improve, the Foundation will resume research funding at previous levels as soon as possible. Read more.

What if I don't meet my commitment?

Can Too has been teaching people to ocean swim 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.

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
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We  Ocean Swimming

... and you will too!

The end of your Can Too program is the beginning of your life as an ocean swimmer.

For the rest of summer, you can confidently join a range of ocean swim events alongside your new Can Too friends.

The friends you meet in your program will help you make the most of beautiful weather, blue water, great friends, and wrap up summer with a set of ocean swim experiences that you'll never forget.

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