From the benefits of saltwater therapy to the camaraderie of the swimming community, discover the wonders of navigating around the iconic Wedding Cake Island to kick off the ocean swimming season.
On Sunday 19th March, 18 students from UNSW gathered at Coogee Surf Life Saving Club to participate in the inaugural Beach Ocean Safe (BOS) Program. The program, in collaboration with Coogee Surf Life Saving Club and Surf Life Saving NSW, is UNSW community active and practical response to one of the worst years on record for summer drownings.
The Coogee Surf Life Saving Club was founded in 1907 by a group of concerned locals who thought that the surf bathers needed protection from the dangers and the vagaries of the surf.
The Coogee Ocean Events Committee is focused on looking to the future with a strong and sustainable strategic approach to raising the profile of our major events and creating a centralised hub at Coogee for large-scale, outdoor community sporting events for the Eastern Suburbs.
The waters in and around Coogee Beach (NSW) have been familiar to me for as long as I can remember. As a child, a Sunday morning family ritual saw us making our way to Coogee to spend hours traversing the shore break and developing rivalries through swim challenges. Sunday after Sunday, the scope of the contests gradually increased and saw me compete in the 1km race in the inaugural Coogee Island Challenge at age 10. By age 11, I declared to my family that I would like to swim, not just to, but around Wedding Cake Island, approximately 800m offshore.
There are many health benefits with training on soft sand and for runners who suffer from knee injuries like me, it could be a great alternative to hard surface running.