Our beautiful locality of Bondi is well-known around the world as not only a beautiful and busy beach but a great surfing destination for beginners to advanced surfers. At Salty Fit we love our fellow ocean-lovers and users. Unfortunately, unlike swimming, surfing is not always an option and is very dependent on the conditions.
So what to do when you can’t surf? Luckily you can still get in the water and go for a swim!
Swimming has some amazing benefits for all kinds of surfers.
Swimming freestyle is the easiest way to build up your paddling strength. Freestyle builds up the muscles in your shoulders, back, latts and core.
We work with many newbie and beginner surfers who have developed a love for surfing but don’t have much experience out the back in the ocean without a board under them. This can be a dangerous scenario if a tricky situation occurs, if you lose or snap your board and find yourself swimming in sometimes difficult conditions. Becoming confident and comfortable swimming freestyle for a long distance gives surfers the security to cope in whatever situation they may be thrown in.
Ocean swimming training gives you greater understanding and ability to identify rips and currents, sandbanks, different types of waves, water movement and safety. Out of all ocean users, swimmers are closest to nature and most exposed to changes in conditions and movement of the water.
For everyday surfers, swimming is a good alternative to gym-based exercise to increase fitness and strength. This is especially important to older 50+ surfers as swimming is one of few non-weight bearing, injury-free sports (especially if you are swimming the right way!). They say there is no better exercise for surfing than surfing. But if paddling out isn’t an option, it is better to stay in the water and do some swimming than no exercise at all.
Doing hypoxic training is beneficial for increasing lung capacity, important for withstanding wipeouts and hold downs. Swim sets practicing holding your breath for 25 – 50m whilst swimming or only breathing every 4 or 6 strokes helps to increase lung capacity.
Whether you want to improve your swimming ability or swim strength and fitness, we have something for you.
Enquire now to start incorporating swimming into your lifestyle.