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A big welcome to Matt Buckingham (nephew from the UK), who is now the third Buckingham family member to swim to the  post and therefore be awarded the  most honourable status of official Swimming Idiot. (Regulars might remember Rachel Buckingham (Matt’s Mum) and Heidi Buckinghan (Matts sister) who have already joined our ultra-exclusive and elite tribe. Matt confessed that it’s […]

New Idiot makes it to the post


A real smoky one this morning…..& capturing Chris directing us all towards the water for our swim. A reflection of tough times still in the bush.

‘Balmoral Haze’


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A huge swim this morning for the end of the week. The starters comprised Ian, Bevan, Stephen, Dave U, Judy and Dave S. Out to the large cat with the blue awning, back to the wooden blue hulled boat, then straight to the far cone, before returning to the dirty cone and back to shore. Phew! I guesstimate that it […]

Friday swim 3 Jan 2020



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Feelings of trepidation for the ensuing 2.3km swim today was not helped by the bushfire smoke permeating my bedroom last night, nor was the fear of sleeping in and missing the swim. I donned my wetsuit in the cloying humidity at 6.10am and made my way to the beach. A smoke hazed red sunrise, the water calm as, and a […]

Cobblers 2019



The water temps have been solidly in the high 22s but dipped today to 22.4C. A bit whiffy by the island so stay away from that end. I was pleasantly surprised to see a not so familiar face, one Katie Meredith, holidaying in Sydney before returning to her day job in Canada. Katie has also expressed interest in joining a […]

Water temps of late



The distance swum on Christmas Eve to and from the Scout Hall measured .354 miles on the outward stretch and .371 miles for the return leg. Thanks Google… you rock… NOT. So 1167m round trip although Dave S. exited stage left at the blue boat to head straight in, dragging his cramped calf muscles behind him. Phew! ?????

For the record – Scout Hall swim distance


A great swim with all my fellow Idiots this morning…NOT. I felt like Nelly No-friends. Hellooooo….where was everyone ? Regardless…thnak you Ruth for delivering the 23 degree water . Dave Sanney…buy an alarm will you. The pic. below sums it up beautifully….deserted stairs……and Linda’s expression most apt.

Nelly No-friends


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Merry Christmas to the Swimming Idiots. I’d take a swim in your honour, although where I am (Lech, Austria) the water is pretty much frozen all around me. The only alternative is some skiing – the winter swimming of Europe. Enjoying a white Christmas – a rare treat for this Swimming Idiot. Cheers

Frozen water swimming.



Last swim before Christmas…..and a beauty ! Judy makes a surprise visit…after she & John were turned back after attempting to get to Bawley Point…bushfires still raging down the south coast (hope you’re OK Chris & family) plus Bevan (sans westuit), Dave S. (avec rubber), Rob J. and I …all farewelled by Linda on the steps. A wonderful long swim […]

Have a Merry one – Brothers in Arms ...



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The ATAR results are out and a very proud Stephen announced that Will has scored a superb ATAR of roughly 119.238. (A rounding error may apply).  Anyway, it’s an impressive result and it calls into question where he gets his genius from. Nice work Mr Will! 

Congrats to Will B-J!!!



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He’s almost exactly twenty-one today!  Congrats Luke – a big milestone today.  Hope you have a fab day. Here’s to the next fifty!!

Happy Birthday Luke!


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Great to have a double helping of Basil-Jones-ness this morning. And very kind of Stephen to plan to be away on biz from tomorrow so we know for sure who’s who at the steps for a while. Richard’s arrival bought classic Balmoral summer conditions to the beach. And Bev, Stephen and David bravely swam without wetsuits for the first time […]

Welcome back Richard!


With just over a week to go till the offical start of Summer, Dave gave his brand new wetsuit a test run this morning.  Luckily it worked well and Dave it successfully kept him warm despite the “bitter Balmoral conditions” (err….??). It was also great to see Bev back at Balmoral after breaking his bike somewhere near Brissy and having […]

It’s nearly summer, which means a new wettie ...