The Pod: Ocean Swimming

The Pod: Ocean Swimming

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There’s more to ocean swimming than swimming in the ocean.


Ocean swimming… with Shane Gould
Jun 5 • 69 min
Dr. Shane Gould is the only swimmer to hold every world freestyle record from 100 to 1500 metres and the 200-metre individual medley simultaneously. She is the first female swimmer to win three Olympic gold medals in world record time, and the first…
Ocean swimming… and Places We Swim
Apr 28 • 40 min
Caroline Clements and Dillon Seitchik-Reardon run the beautiful website Places we swim and have just released a book, also called Places we swim, a travel guide for water-loving people, exploring Australia through swimming. The book takes us to beaches,…
Ocean swimming… and COVID-19
Mar 26 • 37 min
Hannah Sassi is a virologist from the University of Sydney who studies the persistence of viruses in the environment. She is also an ocean swimmer who trains with BondiFit, whose local beach is Maroubra. Right now during the Coronavirus pandemic, many…
Ocean swimming… and event organisation
Mar 9 • 31 min
The Cole Classic is one of Sydney’s oldest and largest ocean swims. It has a storied history and in 2020, ownership of the swim moved from Fairfax to Manly Surf Life Saving Club, meaning essentially a whole new swim had to be organised. Simone Hill is a…
Ocean swimming… and The Memory Pool
Jan 9 • 58 min
Therese Spruhan must be one of Australia’s experts on the cultural impact of the swimming pool. Her recent book, The Memory Pool, is a fabulous nostalgic anthology bringing together reflections on the childhood swimming pools of 28 Australians including…
Ocean swimming… the oceans seven
Dec 8, 2019 • 67 min
Dean Summers has conquered the triple Crown of open water swimming and as I type this, is waiting for his chance to swim the Cook Strait between the North and South Islands of New Zealand, part of his attack on the Oceans seven. Only 18 people have…
Ocean swimming… and extreme endurance
Nov 19, 2019 • 62 min
Tim Garrett is an extraordinary athlete. Not content with swimming some of the world’s most famous and gruelling waterways, Tim tags on runs and rides of hundreds of kilometers to his swims. For instance, Tim has completed the Arc2Arch: Run - 87 miles…
Ocean swimming… with the wild swimming brothers
Sep 21, 2019 • 63 min
Wild swimming is something of a cousin to ocean swimming. Or is ocean swimming a subset of wild swimming? Either way, wild swimming is huge across the world, and particularly in the UK and Europe. It’s also often stunningly beautiful - search…
Ocean swimming… and wave power
Sep 7, 2019 • 21 min
Dr. Mark Hemer is a Principal Research Scientist leading the Sea-Level, Waves and Coastal Extremes team within CSIRO’s Ocean and Atmosphere Climate Science Centre. Mark has researched offshore renewable energy for the past 10 years, exploring the…
Ocean swimming… and tsunamis
Aug 27, 2019 • 34 min
What is the likelihood of a tsunami hitting your favourite beach? Dr. Hannah Power, from University of Newcastle’s School of Environmental and Life Sciences, conducts research on ocean waves, and recently published on the likelihood and consequences of a…
Ocean swimming… in poo
Aug 2, 2019 • 49 min
Have you ever had the visibility in a swim drop to a few centimeters? Has it ever gone a bit brown? Perhaps you’ve ended up swimming through sewage! This happened to Dr. Ian Wright in the 90s, and is likely to have happened to any ocean swimmer who was…
Ocean swimming… with whales (part 2)
Jul 5, 2019 • 29 min
Scott Portelli is an acclaimed wildlife and underwater photographer, and has swum with whales and other magnificent creatures of the deep in some of the world’s most exotic locations, like Antarctica, Tonga, the Falkland Islands and Norway. Among many…
Ocean swimming… with whales (part 1)
Jun 21, 2019 • 24 min
During winter, you’re probably familiar with human snot, but are you familiar with whale snot? Dr. Vanessa Pirotta is! Vanessa is a marine biologist, naturalist and science communicator, and has been collecting snot from whale spouts using bespoke drones…
Ocean swimming… and the box jellyfish antidote
Jun 5, 2019 • 19 min
Last time we talked about stingers, we learnt some valuable insights - don’t wee on them! Turns out, there may be some better solutions on the horizon. Associate Professor Greg Neely, from the School of Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of…
Ocean swimming… and oceanswims.com
May 17, 2019 • 83 min
Whether you are an experienced or aspiring ocean swimmer, if you are in Australia or New Zealand, you will visit oceanswims.com. Oceanswims.com handles the entries for the majority of organised swims in this part of the world, as well as being home to…
Ocean swimming… and sand
Apr 16, 2019 • 39 min
Dr Gary Greenberg is a scientist, author, teacher and photographer who combines his passion for art and science by exploring the hidden small-scale dimensions of nature. Gary has invented multiple high-definition, three-dimensional light microscopes (for…
Ocean swimming… and ocean pools
Mar 17, 2019 • 42 min
Ocean pools are a delight. I love swimming in them, and they are also quite often simply beautiful places to be. Dr. Marie-Louise McDermott has written a PhD on ocean pools (Wet, wild and convivial: past, present and future contributions of Australia’s…
Ocean swimming… and swimming caps
Feb 14, 2019 • 32 min
Swimming caps are a large source of ocean swimming waste. Often only once used, destined for land-fill or the ocean itself, events have not got a handle on to how to appropriately use them. And despite popular belief, they do not break down in the…
Ocean swimming… with jellyfish
Jan 19, 2019 • 37 min
Things that can sting you are part of every ocean swimming experience, not matter where you are in the world. Associate Professor Jamie Seymour, Director of the Tropical Australian Stinger Research Unit at James Cook University, studies venomous animals…
Ocean swimming… in rips
Nov 30, 2018 • 19 min
Rips claim an order of magnitude more lives than shark attacks in Australia, and are arguably the most dangerous facet of going to the beach. Associate Professor Rob Brander, also known as Dr Rip, is a coastal geomorphologist who studies morphodynamics…
Ocean swimming… with shark nets
Jun 29, 2018 • 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…
Ocean swimming… in ice
May 26, 2018 • 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…
Ocean swimming… the English Channel
Apr 28, 2018 • 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…
Ocean swimming… training
Apr 3, 2018 • 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…
Ocean swimming… in polluted rivers
Mar 13, 2018 • 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…
Ocean swimming… with Beachwatch
Jan 16, 2018 • 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,…
Ocean swimming… 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…
Ocean swimming… 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…
Ocean swimming… 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…