Visiting Bilgola Beach is like taking a holiday away from everything, it truly is one of Sydney’s most idyllic beaches. You could be forgiven for thinking you had landed in a tropical paradise. Given Sydney’s weather at the moment, that might actually be true! We’ve had some beautiful mornings with very stormy afternoons.
This weekend (14/12/2014) the Bilgola swim offers two options the 800m swim at 9am and the 1.5km swim at 10am. The 800m swim is a circuit off the beach and the 1.5km swim follows a polygon shaped course towards Bilgola’s northern headland, then back south, then back into the middle of the beach.
This swim has been known to get rough and if there’s a bit of a wave, Bilgola can be challenging. It has shifting banks, gutters and rips. So be on the look out for these before you start. In rougher conditions, rips are often easy to see as they are generally deeper darker water.Rips are your best friend when leaving the shore, but you don’t want to swim back in a rip, so look for white water. Always try to remember your ocean swim training and don’t go out too hard. Wait till the second half of the race and then put your foot on the gas! Sydney Swimmers will be enjoying the Bilgola swim and it’s is the second swim in the Fine Ocean Swim Series. Enter Bilgola here.
When travelling to Bilgola, do the environmentally friendly thing and catch a bus. Route 190 runs from Railway Square on a Sunday. If you decide to drive, try to car pool with your ocean swimming mates and park at the special parking area in North Newport in Burke Street off Barrenjoey Road. There are free shuttles to the beach. Pittwater council relaxes parking restrictions on Sunday through to 2pm, but the beach parking is a nightmare.
Sydney Swimmers is great swimming squad to train with, hosting pool swimming training, ocean swimming as well as stroke correction clinics, swimming training camps and intensives. Find out more at www.sydneyswimmers.com.au