Balmoral 5km Swim

Can Too Training Program 2020

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WARNING: Registrations close Sun 1 Mar.


Train for a 5km Swim

... and help us beat cancer!

About this program

This six week program is designed for confident ocean swimmers looking to take on the Balmoral 5km open water race, on Sunday 5 April, the half marathon of ocean swimming!

As an intensive program, safety is paramount, and there are some simple conditions when joining to make sure the group has proper supervision during some very long training swims in the ocean.

To join this program must be able to:

  • complete a 1km pool swim at 2:20/100m pace; and
  • complete the Macquarie Big Swim (2.7km) or similar difficulty ocean swim race.

All registrations are subject to coach approval.

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

Training format

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

Pool swim sessions mid-week focus on:

  • reinforcing efficient swimming techniques
  • building swim endurance and speed
  • practicing ocean swim techniques
  • improving stroke correction.

Ocean swim sessions on Saturday mornings focus on:

  • identifying changing ocean conditions – waves, rips, tides, sand banks, etc
  • reinforcing how to enter and exit the water safely
  • increasing your swim distance in the ocean under supervision
  • applying advanced surf skills and using the ocean to your advantage.

Session availability

Click a pool to view local session times.



 Bondi Beach

Cook & Phillip Park <5 Spaces

 Elouera Beach

Sans Souci Pool <10 Spaces

 Flynn's Beach

Port Macquarie 15+ Spaces

 Shelley Beach

Monte College 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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From just $11/session

... you get $483 value!

Super Earlybird ($120) ends Sun 5 Jan
Earlybird ($132) ends Sun 16 Feb
Standard ($144) from Mon 17 Feb


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!

With a limited number of swimmers this is the perfect event to challenge yourself in a safe environment with little chance of waves and currents. This course takes you from the sandy shores of Balmoral towards Chinamans Beach and back again.

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 $595 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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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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