Paradise Events. Swims for 2015


Achilles Point Swim
Saturday, May 9, 2015

This swim takes in the protected and secret scenic beaches from Glendowie Boat Club and Karaka Bay. With views of Browns Island and Rangitoto on the right, the final turn is Achilles Point before swimming into southern St Heliers beach.

High tide: 11.03am.

10k Browns Island Swimmers register Southern St Heliers Beach 8 – 8.30am.
Briefing at 8.30am.
Start Glendowie Boat Club 9.15am (Swim to bouy off K Bay, around Browns anticlockwise, beach on western side of the island, swim around Achilles Pt into St Heliers).
All swimmers must supply own paddler and refreshments.

4k Achilles Point Swim and 2.3k Karaka Bay Swim Register Southern St Heliers Beach 9-10am. Briefing at 10. Swim start 10.45am GBC (4k), 11am Karaka Bay (2.3k).
Prizegiving approx: 1.30am

Cost: 10k – $40, 4k – $25, 2.3k $20, u/18 $15’



Cathedral Cove Swim
Saturday March 14.
Walk to Cathedral Cove then swim the 2km back to HaHei beach – or swim both ways. This is an idyllic swim through a marine reserve. Cathedral Cove is a famous New Zealand landmark.
Registration: 9-10am HaHei beach. $35 both ways or $30 one way. u/18 $25. Register on the day please.
Safety and Course Briefing: 10am. High tide: 14.30.
Swim start: 10.45am for both ways, 11.15am one way.
Prize Giving: Approx.: 1pm.


Magical Mangawhai Swim
Easter Good Friday April 3
Walk part of the new coastal walk to Paradise beach. Then swim the 3km back, heading towards the huge sand dunes, to main Mangawhai beach. This beautiful beach can have surf so please practice your duck diving under, and catching of, waves!
Registration: 9-10am Main beach Mangawhai heads. $30 or u/18 $25.
Safety and Course Briefing: 10am. High tide: 7.45am
Swim start: 11am. Prizegiving approx: 1pm.

Brent has been swim coaching in and around Auckland mainly in a part time role since 1983. He has worked with a variety of coaches at a variety of swim pools coaching all levels and abilities. These include:

Swimming New Zealand Coaching, Beginner Level Adults, Olympic pool Newmarket.

West Auckland Aquatics Swim Squad, Senior and Junior Competitor Squads, West Wave Henderson.

Glen Eden Intermediate School, Learn To Swim.

North Shore Swim Squad, Senior Squad, Birkenhead North Shore.

YMCA Tri-Squad, Tepid Baths.

YMCA Learn to Swim children, Development.

Competition Squad kids, Tri-Squad and Fitness Squad (ten years as Head Coach), Technique and Learn to swim adults, Glen Innes.

Mt Wellington Swim Club, Head Coach competition and Development Swim Squads.

Coupled with many Swimming NZ Coaching courses and his twenty years as a competition swimmer, surf lifesaver and triathlete he brings plenty of experience to his coaching.

Massage Service

Brent has a Diploma in Therapeutic Massage from the New Zealand College of Massage gained in 2004. This is a NZQA approved course and involves 1600 hours of theory and practice.
He offers a therapeutic or deep tissue massage from his Ellerslie practice. Cost is just $50 per hour. Please book as early as possible! Thank you.

Triathlon/Running coaching
Brent has extensive triathlon and running experience to match his swimming coaching skills. Mentored and coached by the great Arthur Lydiard and Barry Magee in running, and Hamish Carter's former coach Jack Ralston in triathlon, are amongst just some of his former coaches. Combine this with Level One and Two coaching courses and his experience in both short and long course triathlon Brent is sure he can improve your performance and enable you to short cut your way to a better performance.

For the triathlete, I will:
Teach you an effortless and powerful stroke.
Help you understand your movements in the water and its relationship to stroke efficiency.
Increase your confidence level for open water swimming.
Support you during your training period with mental and physical training and race strategy tips.
Show you efficient sighting and breathing for open water swims.
Help you achieve effortless breathing for pool swimming whether you are competing or training.

For recreational swimmers, I will:
Help you to improve all four strokes, if wanted
Show you how to make your stroke efficient
Let you experience interesting and fun workouts to help meet your personal fitness goals
Show you drills, which will help you understand your body better in this environment

For competitive swimmers, I will:
Improve your endurance, technique and mental focus in the water.
Show you how to make all your strokes more efficient.
Help you gain speed and power.
Teach you how to use the walls for efficiency using streamlined underwater techniques.

Coaching fees:

$60 one-on-one sessions for 50 mins.
$120 per month includes:
* A customised tailor made program for you.
* A complimentary one hour face to face 'brain-storming' session.
* A complimentary one hour massage.
* Regularly available for feedback re training.
Two month commitment required.

For scheduling and more information, please contact Brent.
phone: 0212135962 / 095250725

Monthly rate: $120 includes:
A comprehensive triathlon coaching program tailored to your needs.
Regular contact and feedback on your sessions.
Complimentary one hour massage and discussion.