MINDARIE students have been lapping the shore at Quinns beach and Hillarys to prepare for two ocean swims next February.
A team of Quinns Baptist College students will take part in the Busselton Jetty Swim on February 9, and then four of those will take part in the Rottnest Channel Swim on February 22.
Student services officer Tracey Quick said they had been training at local beaches once a week, with the coach Ian Bower getting each swimmer to practise the distance they’ll do at Busselton.
‘This is the first time the school has done it ” it was one of the students’ initiatives to take a whole team down,’ Mrs Quick said.
‘They started training at the beginning of Term 4 (and) they also train at Arena Joondalup.’
By the time the events take place, the students will be in Years 10, 11 and 12, and five will do 3.6km solo swims around the Busselton Jetty.
The other swimmers will pair up or take part in a team of four, and Mrs Quick said they expected to face challenges such as the cold, stingers, severe chafing and cramp during the swim.
Four of the swimmers, team captain Megan Quick, Storm Joubert, Bianca Evans and Lee Dennis, have entered the 19.7km Rottnest event.
‘The Rotto swimmers do more training than that as a team,’ Mrs Quick said.
‘We have got the sea to train in (so) it’s only natural that they get used to swimming in the sea.
‘It’s so exciting to get to do an open water swim rather than just having your interhouse gala.’