The Pod: Ocean Swimming

The Pod: Ocean Swimming
There’s more to ocean swimming than swimming in the ocean.
with shark nets
Jun 29 • 29 min
Shark nets are fairly common across popular Australian tourist beaches, but beyond giving swimmers a perception that they are being protected from sharks, do they actually work? Jordan Sosnowski is the Advocacy Director for Action for Dolphins, a group…
in ice
May 26 • 76 min
Ram Barkai is the founder of the International Ice Swimming Association - they are all about swimming in water less than 5 degrees Celcius. Ram has swum many of the world’s toughest swims, including in Antarctica, and holds multiple world records. The…
the English Channel
Apr 28 • 35 min
Sally Catt is an ocean swimmer who this year is tackling the English Channel. She is raising money for Save The Box, a campaign to raise awareness and fundraising for gynaecological cancer research, as part of the Australia New Zealand Gynaecological…
Apr 3 • 44 min
Andre Slade runs OceanFit, which is an open water swim school run at Bondi Beach. Andre has been involved in ocean swimming for a long time, and knows a thing or two about ocean swimming training, tactics and skills. He’s also started a surf life saving…
in polluted rivers
Mar 13 • 33 min
The Cooks River in Sydney has been variously described as an open sewer, the River of Death, and one of Australia’s most polluted rivers. Yet there are plans - possibly rather hopeful plans - to bring swimming back to the river. There are numerous such…
with Beachwatch
Jan 16 • 19 min
Beachwatch test the water quality of Sydney beaches to see if they are suitable for swimming. The program also partners with councils and wastewater managers for swimming sites along the NSW coast. Water samples are collected and tested for bacteria,…
in plastic pollution
Dec 12, 2017 • 44 min
It is estimated that ocean plastics will outweigh ocean fish by 2050, according to a study by the World Economic Forum. There are at least 5.25 trillion plastic pieces floating in the oceans right now. Dr. Jennifer Lavers is a Research Scientist at the…
on other planets
Nov 27, 2017 • 35 min
Can you ocean swim on other planets? Perhaps! Water is far more common in the Universe than you might think, and there are many other oceans out there, even on our neighbours in our own solar system. Associate Professor Jonti Horner is an astronomer and…
with flesh-eating sea lice
Nov 17, 2017 • 40 min
A Melbourne man recently emerged from the ocean with his legs covered in blood seeping from thousands of tiny wounds. Dr. Murray Thomson from the School of Life and Environmental Sciences at The University of Sydney, thinks that Cirolana harfordi, a small…