Swim Markin swim clinics, supported by Sport Northland, will be led by Karen Markin and Nikki Field. Karen has been involved with open water swimming for over 35 years.  She currently runs a small, highly successful swim school specialising in tailor made tuition in pools and the ocean, and adult squads. Nikki, after 25 years in the Aquatics and Water Industry, has recently finished her Bachelor in Sport and Recreation. She also now runs a small swim school focusing on water safety and aquatic recreation. Karen and Nikki aim to make the quality one hour clinic relaxed and enjoyable. Whilst swimming in the company of likeminded people, you will have access to expert guidance and, under similar conditions to those on the Bay of Islands Classic race day, an opportunity to learn and / or practice:

  • How to swim efficiently and effectively over long distances
  • Navigations skills including: sighting, maintaining a straight line, dealing with currents rounding buoys
  • Race starts and finishes
  • Swimming in a pack amongst the chaos and remaining calm
  • And much more!

Minimum requirements: Participants must be over the age of 16 and must be able to swim 300m non-stop and tread water confidently.

Who the clinic is suitable for / what objectives: Suitable to anyone who is:

  • new to ocean swimming
  • wanting to learn specifics of ocean swim races
  • wanting to improve your water confidence and performance.

Date and time: 9.00am Saturday 8th November 2014 (1 hour) Arrive 15 minutes earlier for registration purposes

What to bring: Swim wear, wetsuit (optional), goggles, swim cap, sunscreen and warm clothes for afterwards. Locations: Paihia Beach, Marsden Road, opposite the Alfresco Cafe. There is ample parking on the beach front.

Cost & payment options: $20 non-refundable. Payment can be made by cash, cheque or internet banking when making the booking. ENTRIES ON THE DAY WILL NOT BE ALLOWED, places are limited.

Contact details: Karen on tel. 09 4025212, or e-mail

There have been some exciting changes to the format of the Auckland OceanClinics to further benefit you…

1/ WEEKLY – now run every Saturday starting 18th October through to 11th April (2 weeks off over Christmas)
2/ LEVELS – broader levels offered eg. for Real Beginners but also now Advanced Session as well
3/ START – clinics will now start earlier with the first group at 7.10am
4/ PRICE – now potentially under $10 per session if training in one of our other pool based programs

Oct: 18,  25
Nov: 1,  8,  15,  22,  29
Dec: 6,  13,  20
Jan: 10,  17,  24,  31
Feb: 7,  14,  21,  28
Mar: 7,  14,  21,  28
Apr: 4,  11

SPACES LIMITED to 10 swimmers per coach, per clinic.


a) Advanced – 7.10am
Faster than 1min 45 for 10 x 100m with R20 Hard and/or long structured training workouts.
Main Focus = Fitness and Strength through motivating coached workouts with others.
You can expect some hard and long sessions.
2000-3000m (60-65min)

b) Intermediate – 8.20am
Faster than 2min 30 per 100m and 600m non-stop.
Varied workouts coached for Tech and Fitness.
Main Focus = learning or improving technique while building endurance to increase speed.
You can expect a mix of technique and distance.
1200-2200m (55-60min)

c) Beginner – 9.30am
At least 100m non-stop freestyle.
Confidence and skill based teaching sessions.
Main Focus = relaxed breathing with correct body position and long slow strokes to help improve confidence and build non-stop distance.
600-1200m (45-50min)

The cheapest way to enter the OceanClinics is to commit to your success over a number of sessions, especially if you swim in one of our pool based squads (see below).

Season:                           $299 ($12.50 per session)
10 Concession:            $175 ($17.50 per session)
Single Online Entry:   $25

Register Online - www.oceanclinics.co.nz

Please double check your venue for each date – tides affect the different venues slightly.

Oct 18 – Kohi
Oct 25 – Kohi
Nov 1 – Kohi
Nov 8 – St Heliers
Nov 15 – Kohi
Nov 22 – Misson Bay
Nov 29 – Kohi
Dec 6 – Kohi
Dec 13 – Kohi
Dec 20 – St Heliers
Jan 10 – Kohi
Jan 17 – Mission Bay
Jan 24 – Kohi
Jan 31 – St Heliers
Feb 7 – Kohi
Feb 14 – Kohi
Feb 21 – Kohi
Feb 28 – Kohi
Mar 7 – Mission Bay
Mar 14 – Kohi
Mar 21 – St Heliers
Mar 28 – Kohi
Apr 4 – Kohi
Apr 11 – Kohi

Shorebreak Aquatics Ltd is the swim coaching programme of Sheryl McLay based at Mount Maunganui. A program with a big open water focus, it is the squad of choice for Triathletes and other open water swimmers.

Throughout each summer Shorebreak Aquatics, in association with Team Shorebreak Inc (Aquatic Sports and Triathlon Club), offers a comprehensive programme of open water skills sessions. These sessions are held in both Pilot Bay and Main Mount Maunganui Beach. The programme is structured and progressive and covers all aspects of open water swimming. Shorebreak also offers a full range of pool swimming squads from beginner through to elite. In addition an ocean skills programme for children under the age of 14 years is available.

Ocean Skills Sessions: Ocean Skills Sessions take place Thursdays at Pilot Bay (the grassed area nearest to Salisbury Wharf) from 6.00pm – 7.15pm and on Saturdays from 7.00am – 8.15am. All sessions are coached and patrolled by lifeguards. To take part in these sessions  you must first become a member of Team Shorebreak Inc. A membership will cost just $15 per year along together with a one off $40 user pays fee. Once you are signed up you can take part in as many skills sessions as you like. To sign up or to get more information please contact Sheryl on 027 288 1131 or email team.shorebreak@xtra.co.nz

Team Shorebreak Swim Series: Team Shorebreak Inc also offers its Ocean Swim Series, this series of 750m and 1500m swims are specifically designed as build up events to the summer’s major events in our area as well as 350m swims for those 12yrs and under. Races are scheduled for Thursdays 11and 18 December 2014, 1, 8, 15 22 and 29 January 2015 in Pilot Bay. Other events include the Splash and Dash on 9 January 2014.

Minimum requirements: Participants must be able to swim 300m non-stop and tread water confidently to participate in the clinics.

Who the clinics are suitable for / what objectives: Anyone and everyone wanting to improve on:

  • Water entry and exit techniques incl. Wading and Duck Diving
  • Direction finding
  • Coping with the Surf

A  lifeguard is present on the water at all sessions.

Dates and times available: Thursday and Saturdays starting 30 October 2014, until late March 2015. Thursdays at 6pm and Saturdays 7am.

What to bring: Togs / wetsuit, goggles, swim cap and towel

Locations: Pilot Bay, Mt Maunganui

Cost & payment options: $15 per session for casuals (no additional charge for squad members, $40 for the summer for club members)

Contact details: To book a clinic or to get more information please contact Sheryl on 027 288 1131 or email team.shorebreak@xtra.co.nz

Details to come soon!

Christchurch born international open water swim coach specialist, Dan Abel will be delivering a series of open water training sessions on Tuesday and Thursday evenings throughout the summer (Nov-Feb) in Christchurch.

This is a great series for triathletes and open water swimmers looking to focus on technique and fitness in the open water. Swim participants can expect to increase fitness, improve technique and learn more about open water swimming.

Suitability: Sessions are suitable for anyone aged 16 years or older looking to improve their open water swimming abilities. Participants should be able to comfortably swim a minimum of 1km freestyle/front crawl in a pool.

Location: Every Tuesday night 7pm at Pegasus Lake North Canterbury (Google map) and Thursday nights at Corsair Bay 6.30pm (Google map).

All NEW dates for the 2014/15 Summer are 28 , 30 Oct 2014 / 4 , 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27 Nov / 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18 Dec / 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29 Jan / 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24 Feb

Time: Pegasus Lake 6.50pm safety briefing/warm up, Swim 7pm through to 8pm. Corsair Bay 6.20pm safety briefing, Swim 6.30pm through to 7.30pm.

Prices for 2014/2015 season:

  • Early Bird pass all sessions $170 + GST  (Limited numbers available)
  • 10 swim pass $88 + GST
  • 5 swim pass $55 + GST

All sessions should be booked and paid in advance. Numbers are limited. Cancellations due to weather will be rolled over to the next session. No refunds, I will certainly do my best to accommodate any cancellations. Note that swimming caps are compulsory. If you purchase a season pass you will receive a complimentary silicone racing cap. Select one of the links below to make online credit card payment: Purchase a Season Pass or 5 and 10 swim concessions Purchase Individual Swim Alternatively payment can be made via bank deposit BNZ FitandAbel 02 0800 0860682 00 include name as reference, e-mail bank deposit receipt to bookings@fitandabel.com

Inquiries can be made by e-mailing bookings@fitandabel.com