It is NSW’s most popular and best known beach. While this beach is has many danguerous currents and surf, it is very popular among swimmers. It stretches for 800m from Ben Buckler headland to McKenzie Point, giving a good distance for swimming.
For the shortest day of the year and supposedly winter it wasn't a bad day at Bondi on Sat. Bit brisk out of the water early on but as the morning progressed it warmed up nicely and the wind that was around early disappeared. However in the water it was positively balmy at a scorching 19 degrees. Not so good for channel training but still good for those who aren't quite ready to give up swimming out with the fishes in the ocean.
There were 16 starters on the day, even if a few decided 7am was a bit early to start and came a bit later when the sun was up. The set hours to be done was 5 for which we had 6 finishers (Rach, Dori, Lawrence, Dan, Cyril and Lochie) Fi surprised herself by easily doing 4 1/2, Dean, Marty and David between 3 and 4, and the rest did at least 1 1/2. I was very surprised to find out it was David's first swim at Bondi. I don't know these people who live North who won't travel over the bridge :).
Special thanks for the day go to Elaine - Lawrence's wife and Corinna - Cyril's daughter for patrolling the water and keeping an eye on our swimmers in what were not ideal conditions out there. By the time we left and braved the traffic to head home the day was gorgeous and perfect to see the Wallabies wallop the French.
- 5 hours swim
- feeding from beach
Open water swimmers
Fees for up to 2h swim (short swim):
- No extra fees to our bronze, silver and gold Vladswim monthly pass holders
- Multi pass holders - one swim deducted from your pass
- Casual swimmers - $20 per swim / 2 hours swim
Fees for 2h to 4h swim (long swim):
- No extra fees to our silver and gold Vladswim monthly pass holders
- Bronze pass - $20 extra
- Multi-pass holders – 2 sessions deducted
- Casual - $40
Fees for over 5h swim (long swim):
- No extra fees to our gold Vladswim monthly pass holders only
- Silver pass - $20 extra
- all other passes please check with coach on the day