Cooly Classic Ocean Swim

Can Too Training Program 2022

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Learn to Ocean Swim

... and help us beat cancer!

About this program

This is a 12 week entry-level group training program that teaches the basics of ocean swimming to prepare you for the 1km or 2km Cooly Classic Ocean Swim.

This program is for people who can swim at least 100m 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, 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.

Training format

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

Pool swim sessions focus on:

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

Beach sessions focus on:

  • identifying changing ocean conditions – waves, rips, tides, sand banks 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.


In previous years we have set a minimum fundraising target of $895 however, in recognition of the difficult fundraising environment and to encourage new participants to experience a Can Too program, this has been reduced to $500 for this program.

So, by raising $500 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 ($800) or even a Gold Fundraising Star ($1100)

Session availability

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We've safely taught 5,312 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 $8/session

... you get $610 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 Can Too swimmers.


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 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. Can Too Foundation funded 11 researchers in 2020 and are funding a further 11 researchers in 2021. As a registered charity, we will always be careful with every single dollar we spend and completely transparent in our reporting.

What if I don't meet my commitment?

Can Too has been teaching people to run and raise funds for cancer research for sixteen years. We know that you’ll do everything you can to fundraise for Australia's most promising cancer research projects and we’ll help you every step of the way. If, due to personal circumstances, you feel you can’t meet your commitment, please contact us. Participants who don’t contact us and do not meet their commitment will not be permitted to register for a future Can Too program.  .

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!

What is Bronze level fundraising?

By raising $500 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 ($800) or even a Gold Fundraising Star ($1,100)

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  Cooly Classic

... and you will too!

You will develop a life skill, enabling you to 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 your journey to become a 1km or 2km ocean swimmer, and wrap up summer with a set of swim experiences that you'll never forget.

Perfect for first-time ocean swimmers or for seasoned veterans, the Cooly Classic is a rare opportunity to swim a course with some of Australia’s most revered surf breaks as your backdrop – Snapper Rocks, Coolangatta and Kirra.

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Question? Let's chat.

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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