The home of Barb Watson's swimmers
A site for swimmers in the Tri and Swim Fit squad run by Barbara Watson in Wellington, New Zealand.
Barb runs squad sessions at the following places/times.
Monday Evening 7-8pm
(restarts 1 Sep 7.30 -8.30pm)
Wednesday Evening 7.00-8.00pm
Saturday Morning 6.00-7.00am
Saturday Morning 8:30-9:30am
Tuesday and Thursday Mornings, 5:45am (for the early birds) or 6:30am-7:30am for the rest.
Tuesday Evening 7:00-8:00pm.
There is a cost involved to cover Barb's time and lane hirage. Call Barb on (04) 232 6470 for more information.
Regular Seaswims are held every Sunday leaving around 8am from Freyberg Beach, Oriental Bay.
Get added to Barb's text (her number is on her tickets) to be notified of changes in locations as we sometimes move to Scorching Bay, Hataitai, Lyall Bay or Island Bay Beaches depending on weather or other sports events.
Swims vary in length/speed from 750m (15-25mins) up to 2 or 3km (40mins-1hour or more) and you can be matched up with others of similar speed/ability. We've got a whole range of people so don't feel like you aren't fast enough to join in.
Swimming wetsuits are optional during summer months but essential from late April until October.
Hot showers are available at Freyberg pool for $3.00. Coffee afterwards usually at the at Greta Point Café (near Cog Park) or the Tugboat Café if we can't be bothered going that far.
If you're thinking about joining us in the sea here is some information that may be useful from the Greater Wellington Regional Council.
Water Temperature in the harbour is monitored daily and can be found on this page. The temperature at Freyberg beach is usually a degree warmer than this.
The Regional Council also monitors water quality at the local beaches regularly. Overall the beaches are very good with the exceptions being after a very heavy downpour when it's best to wait for 24-48 hours before swimming. This Greater Wellington Regional Council site should have weekly monitoring reports on it from 1 November onwards (Select Water Quality(WQ)/Marine and then search the map for the beach area you want). This page covers Freyberg Beach specifically.
If you want to be notified for txt updates on Sunday mornings, send Barb a txt first and she will add you to the list. Her number is on the back of the 10-trip ticket used for squad sessions. Generally we only cancel one or two a year due to weather though as we have options for north and south facing beaches.