The April 2019 edition of the Otter Aquatics newsletter is now out - click here. The newsletter is your monthly digest of all things to do with swimming: training tips, history, holidays, events here and overseas – and lots of other stuff.
Dear swimmers and others
Click here to see the March 2019 edition of the Otter Aquatics newsletter, Look inside to find:
Dear swimmers and others
Welcome to 2019! May all your New Year’s resolutions come true. Don’t have any? Try these:
I will swim better
I will get fitter
I will relax and enjoy my swimming more.
Check out Otter Aquatics' February 2019 newsletter here to find articles on the following topics:
Exercise and self esteem
The inaugural Redcliffe Cliff to Club swim on 6th April 2019
The truth about chlorine in pools
Swimmers with poor vision
The future of our swimming tour program
Goggles on order
Thought for the month: slow swimming
Quiz of the month
Quote of the month
Ditty of the month
Pic of the month
Check out the bumper Christmas edition of the Otter Aquatics newsletter here.
If you’re looking for a Christmas present – or just a good book to read – check out this one. It isn’t much to do with swimming, but it certainly is adventurous.
Publication date was 30th November and it is available now in good bookshops and from book distributors worldwide.
Check out the November 2018 edition of the Otter Aquatics newsletter to find out about:
The water temperature in Moreton Bay is now over the 20 degree mark so your tough editor has now shed his wetsuit for the summer. Freedom!
There has been some interest over the past week or two about next year’s European swimming holidays. So it’s high time to get serious about expressions of interest. The trips under consideration so far are:
For information on each trip, please go to the website http://www.otteraquatics.com.au/swim-tours.html. There are links there to all three trips with information relevant for 2018. Details for 2019 trips will be similar but prices will likely do as prices do – increase a little.
Importantly, the trips will only go ahead if each trip has at least six participants.
So between now and early December (that’s not far away), please let me know if you are interested in coming along. In early December, I will issue invoices for deposits which must be received by 31st December 2018 in order for me to make bookings. Balances will be due by the end of May 2019.
The cost of getting to and from Europe is up to you, as is the cost of getting from one trip to another, assuming you want to do more than one. Each trip has its own price structure: all include accommodation, breakfasts and local transport and some, but not all, have lunches included.
I will be able to be more definite about which trips will go ahead and their dates when I have collated responses from you.
From Sunday 2nd September, our Sunday adult learn-to-swim, stroke correction and swimfit sessions will be returning to our summer venue of Murrumba Downs Aquatic Centre. The pool is at the corner of Dohles Rock Road and Ogg Road, Murrumba Downs. We will have three of the pool’s nine lanes reserved for us. Murrumba Downs is a 25 metre nine lane outdoor heated pool set in very attractive grounds. It is a modern, clean, well-maintained public pool with changing rooms, toilets and hot showers. The water temperature is set to 260-270 – perfect for our activities. There is ample car parking with access off Ogg Road.
Murrumba Downs is an outdoor pool and, while there is shade cloth over about half of the pool, we still need to be sun aware, so apply sunscreen at least 20 minutes before entering the water, wear a rashie if you wish and wear a swimming cap if you wish (especially for those of us who are getting a little thin on top).
Our usual sessions will operate in one hourly timeslots at 9am, 10am and 11am. Bookings are essential.
We will be back at our winter venue, Redcliffe Aquatic Centre, from May to August 2019.
Also, there will be no swimming on Sunday 23rd September. I have a family commitment on that day.
As for our mid week sessions, we will remain at the Emily Seebohm Aquatic Centre in Fitzgibbon for another month or so as it is heated and our usual summer mid week venue of Deception Bay is not.
If anyone would like an additional mid week session, we have an agreement with Redcliffe Aquatic Centre for Thursday evenings. Please let me know if you would like this.
Don't forget to maintain your swimming fitness over the winter. Or, if you have somehow slackened off over the cooler months, it's time to get swimfit again for summer - remember, it's just around the corner.
Otter Aquatics runs adult learn-to-swim, stroke improvement and swimfit sessions every Sunday at the Redcliffe Aquatic Centre in hour-long sessions at 9am, 10am and 11am. Bookings are essential - phone me on 0438 652 696 or email at email@example.com.
We also have two mid-week stroke improvement and swimfit sessions. The first is on Wednesdays at 8am at the Emily Seebohm Aquatic Centre in Fitzgibbon. And the second is from 6.30pm to 7.30 pm on Thursdays at the Redcliffe Aquatic Centre. Contact me for details for both.
Finally, we continue our open water swims throughout the winter (did you ever doubt it?). We swim at Queens Beach North, Scarborough, at 8am every Saturday and at Scott's Point Beach, Margate, at 8am every Tuesday and Thursday. Just turn up if you want to experience the delight that is cold water swimming. Or contact me if you would like specific open water swimming instruction.