Completing the 11km Island Charity Swim requires planning and preparation.

Whether you’re the first across the line, last or somewhere in the middle, it’s a significant accomplishment. This training guide is designed to provide you with the confidence to achieve that goal. We provide weekly tips to encourage, sharpen your technique and better prepare you for Saturday 9th May. 

Together with the guide and the tips swimmers will be ready, and confident, about swimming 11km in open water, no matter what the conditions are on event day.

To achieve this goal we recommend swimmers need to be swimming at least four times per week, as per our guide. This would consist of three pool sessions and a long open water session. Every week you will receive a training session and swimming tip; which will be added to this program.

These tips are not only great for the Island Charity Swim, but can be utilised for any race distance from a 400m sprint distance to the 3.8km Ironman distance. Your pool sessions should be minimum of 1hr in duration building up to 2hr sessions at least a month before the Island Charity Swim.

We've also recommend incorporating cross-training to your program, as it's a very important component to any training regime.  Pilates or yoga has a good cross-over effect, as swimming is all about mobility.  Improving your range of motion will help your technique.

The Island Charity Swim Training Guide has been written by Atlas Multisports founder and managing director Jason Crowther in conjunction with Makin' Waves Mobile Swim School founder and managing director Duane Cannell.

Makin' Waves Mobile Swim School is a small professionally run provider of mobile swimming, running and motor –skills development lessons. Founder and owner, Duane Cannell is a PE Teacher and an accredited swimming instructor with more than 20 years' experience teaching adults and children how to swim since 1989.

Duane is a former national swimmer and finalist in the Commonwealth Games Trials and Pan Pacific Trials who has competed at the World Triathlon Championships and in numerous open water swimming events, regularly winning his age group and finishing on the podium in the elite category for distances between 1km-5km.

Atlas Multisports is the Sunshine Coast's largest privately owned events management company as well as a triathlon and multisport coaching squad. Former professional triathlete and level 1 triathlon coach Jason Crowther has successfully completed the Island Charity Swim twice and oversees squad and one-on-one training programs for more than 60 national and international athletes, each month.