Not exactly swimming

Swimming in 1929
Photo courtesy of fortinbras/flickr

This blog is called ‘365 swims’ but I don’t regard myself as a swimmer. I walk in, flail and flounder about for a hundred metres, and then walk back to shore. But I couldn’t call the blog ‘365 days of flailing and floundering’. And I couldn’t call it ‘365 dips’ because you might then be expecting a blog about tzatziki and hummous and babagannouche and French onion dips.

A mate once described me not as a swimmer, but as a ‘teabagger’ – dipping in and out of the water. But ‘365 teabags’ would have to be all about Earl Grey and Robur and Twinings and Darjeeling and all the other types of tea in the world. (And, anyway, I don’t drink tea.)

So, ‘365 swims’ it is – a blog about the comfort of  being in the water, saltwater, every day.



  1. Great blog Vin. I like the mix of swimming and local history, and I admire you both your dedication to the sport of teabagging (lol) and for prioritising recreation over work. Have you thought about doing any snorkelling – I wonder if there are seahorses on that side of the bay?

    • Thanks Brad. Yep, I’m a terrific teabagger, and have always prioritised recreation over work (no doubt to the detriment of of my career, if writing is a career tather than a lifelong calling). As for snorkelling, I’ve been enjoying the company of stingrays and other creatures at Jawbone Sanctuary for close to a decade, I guess. Don’t think I’ve spotted any seahorses, though. I’m a member of the Jawbone Marine Sanctuary Care Group (see link on 365 Swims). I really should try other spots but on a hot day I can be at Jawbone within a few minutes.Thanks again.

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