Leave Stresses on the Shore

by Surf Lifesaving World Champion Laura Quilter

Ocean swimming is a powerful activity, one that ignites will-power and fortifies relationships.

It does more than simply build fitness and improve strength.

One way ocean swimming could benefit more than your physique is that it’s a chance to leave stresses on the shore.

Ocean swimming is an opportunity to escape that internal chatter of stress. Whether it work, studies, kids or the news, a few minutes lost at sea can be enough to find clarity.

There’s always a moment, just before your hands slice through the water on that first duck dive when the mind is forced in to the present moment.

Next time you have the chance to swim, take the time to focus on the cool water. Notice the way your body moves, feel the water press on your hands and flick from your feet.


About Laura Quilter

Laura has been a competitive swimmer and Surf Lifesaver for 13 years. In that time she have amassed a number of techniques and ideas about how to deal with doubt, fear, motivation and stagnation. She spends her spare moments away from the water working towards a Bachelor in Communications, where she’s discovered a passion for Cultural Studies and Public Presentation.

Laura has represented New Zealand at the following events:

  • 2012 Rescue World Championships (Surf Lifesaving)
  • 2014 Commonwealth Games (Swimming)
  • 2014 Pan Pacific Championships (Swimming)
  • 2014 Rescue World Championships (Surf Lifesaving)
  • 2016 Rescue World Championships (Surf Lifesaving)

Achievements include:

  • Current World Record Holder 50m manikin carry (Surf Lifesaving)
  • Current New Zealand Open Record Holder, 50m manikin carry (Surf Lifesaving)
  • Current New Zealand Open Record Holder, 100m manikin carry (Surf Lifesaving)
  • New Zealand Open National Title Holder, 50m Butterfly (2010, 2013, 2014, 2015)
  • New Zealand Open National Title Holder, 100m Freestyle (2015, 2016)
  • New Zealand Open National Title Holder, 50m Freestyle (2014, 2015)

You can follow Laura via:

Website – http://www.lanelinesnz.com
Blog – https://lauraquilternz.com/the-purpose
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/lauraquilternz
Twitter – https://twitter.com/lauraquilternz
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/lanelinesnz