The Vandy family

The Vandy Family We had a chat to the Vandy family from Whitianga about their love of swimming. Candice Van de Ven (Mum), Libby Van de Ven (9) , Laurie Van de Ven (6), Gracey Van de Ven (5) Demi Van de Ven (1) And everyone calls dad Vandy (Jamie Van de Ven)  The Vandies […]

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Tessa Pembleton

TESSA PEMBLETON: COMPETING IN ALL SEVEN MID-DISTANCE SWIMS! Last year you had not swum more than a few metres in the sea, who or what inspired you to have signed up for all 7 Mid Length swims this season? It was New Year’s day this year and a group of us were sitting around discussing […]

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Hot Spring Spas Iceberg Winter Swim – 2021 Event Report

Iceberg Winter swim post event report Well, we couldn’t have asked for a better day for the inaugural Hot Spring Spas Iceberg Winter Swim! Waking up to a frost, and 4c, the event really lived up to its name. However the sun made an appearance, giving us  a beautiful crisp and clear winter’s day. Over […]

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5 Tips for Cold Water Swimming

With our inaugural winter swim on the horizon, we wanted to give you some tips to get you ready for your cold water swim. Please bear in mind that although the water in NZ can get as low as 8c, it is unlikely to be this cold at our Waiheke winter swim! However check out […]

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Wetsuit maintenance and repairs

Your wetsuit is your prized possession when training and racing in the open water.  To ensure you get the desired speed advantages and longevity from your suit, here are some great tips from blueseventy: GENERAL CARE Rinse out in cold or warm fresh water after each use. Allow to dry inside out, away from direct […]

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Oceans of Fame – Keith Drummond reaches 50 swims

You may recall the infamous Rosie the labrador who used to participate in our events about 15 years ago…well, Keith Drummond was a friend of her owner, and was coerced into joining them one day. And there it began and continued, as he clocked his 52nd Ocean Swim Series event recently. Having fallen off a […]

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10 year old Gisele Chetwynd takes on Swim the Bridge

Ten year old Gisele Chetwynd entered the 1km Single Crossing at Swim the Bridge on Sunday, completing the entry form with her inspirational story, “I’ve grown up watching my dad doing oceans swims around New Zealand and other parts of the world, like swimming from Alcatraz in San Francisco. I just turned 10 in December […]

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Harcourts Cooper and Co Swim The Bridge – 2021 Event Report

There was raw emotion and elation at the finish line of the Harcourts Cooper and Co Swim the Bridge on the weekend with everyone having to dig deep to complete the 2km Double Crossing and the 1km Single Crossing alongside Auckland’s iconic Harbour Bridge.  With a strong south westerly building progressively throughout the event and the turning tide, this swim was undoubtedly our […]

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Oldest Masters Swim club celebrate 40 years

Congratulations to Levin Masters Swimming Club who recently celebrated 40 years of their incorporation, making them one of the oldest Masters Swim clubs in New Zealand.   Congratulations to Levin Masters Swimming Club who recently celebrated 40 years of their incorporation, making them one of the oldest Masters Swim clubs in New Zealand. With only […]

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Oceans of Fame – Helen Fletcher reaches 50 swims

If completing 50 Ocean Swim Series events does not impress you enough, how about doing them without a wetsuit! Congratulations to Helen Fletcher on ticking off number 50 at the Bean Rock swim last month, and yes, she has swum them all in the non-wetsuit category. She usually wins her category, and in recent times […]

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