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South Head Roughwater

WHEN:
Second Sunday of May

DISTANCE:
10km

ROUTE:
From North Bondi to Watsons Bay hotel

WHAT YOU NEED:
Boat, paddler and swim preparation

CONDITIONS:
Rough water, last 2km in the harbour with easy surf conditions

WATER TEMPERATURE:
17 - 19°C

AVERAGE SWIM TIME:
From 2 hours 35min to 4 hours 30min

Every May a 10km distance swim is organised from Bondi Beach to Watsons Bay. The swim is also called the Roughwater swim for its unpredictable surf conditions, low water temperature and strong current around South Head.

Vladswim Program for South Head

Since 2010, our Vladswim program has included a specific 12-week preparation for this swim. Louise Stevenson was the first Vladswim swimmer to successfully complete the race and won it! After her great swim, the popularity of our program increased with more new swimmers inspired to have a go. The program also guides and supports new and less experienced swimmers attempting a long swim for the first time.

The 12 weeks South Head preparation starts from March

  • 4-5 pool sessions per week (4 - 5.5km per session)
  • Saturday long distance swims from 5km to 10km
  • Practising refueling during the swim and swimming with a paddler
  • Goal-specific program
  • Training advice (nutrition, recovery, stretching)
  • Support from fellow swimmers including group meetings with coach

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