Although Masters Swimming does focus on the pool, Open Water Swimming certainly appeals to many of us. There’s no black line, no lanes nor walls. The water surface can be choppy and there even may be ‘aquatic creatures’ in the water, but out there you escape the crowds and the chlorine.
Since 2000, a group of Miami Masters members have participated in weekly swims at Burleigh Heads. We leave from the concrete lookout beside the tower every Sunday morning at 7.30, and swim to North Burleigh, walk back, and then socialise over coffee.
With our mild winters, we enjoy this weekly excursion all year round.
Yes, it can get a little “exciting” out there if there is the big surf and there may be rips, stingers and sharks. However, as a rule, the ocean is mostly quite benign and swimming-friendly. The more one ventures out, the quicker one acquires the necessary skills and grows in confidence.
Masters Swimming Queensland organizes an annual State open water swim, usually in still water, with trophies awarded for Age Group winners and overall Club aggregate. Miami has won the Club trophy on a few occasions. Open Water swim competitions are also hosted in summer by surf clubs along our glorious coastline