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.
Back to one of our regular haunts for this 3 hour swim and we had 23 swimmers including a few bonus guests. Anna D had flown in from Singapore the night before for Cam Spittle’s wedding and joined us for a quick ocean fix before she headed off, Anne P popped in for a swim and one of our favourites Lochie came up from Uni at Wagga for an ocean water fix. It was a bit cooler outside to start round 18 degrees but water temp was around 21-22 degrees and pretty calm.
As we were only doing 3 hours we decided to try not feeding as regularly as normal, every hour instead of 45mins which was 6 laps of Bondi as opposed to the normal 4. This was to practise swimming on less energy from food on the basis that at some point in a longer swim you are likely to be sick and not be able to hold anything done for a while. Your body needs to be able to swim through this. Most handled this OK particularly if the swimmer had had a good breakfast pre swim and were hydrated. Some really struggled and also found they felt the cold a bit more. This does happen if you are hungry. A good learning session.
- North Bondi to Ice Bergs swim lap (800m)
- 3 hours swim for Channel and South head swimmers
- feeding from beach
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