Ken Adams and Barbara Butler test the temperature!

Swimming in Montenegro

Six Clarence River Masters Swimmers embarked on a swimming adventure, Alan (Dubbo) and Jane Lawrence, Judy King, Ken Adams, Jill Ennever, Chris Muldoon, along with Yamba friends Barbara and Steve Butler recently enjoyed some amazing swimming in Montenegro.

They swam with a company called Strel Swimming Adventures, which have swims also in Croatia, Turkey, Slovenia and Greece. The swims are over four days, with an average daily swim of 4-5kms, broken into morning and afternoon swims.

The Montenegro trip offered incredible fjord and sea swimming, in the Adriatic.

“We swam in the stunning Gulf of Kotor, swam in former Yugoslavian submarine tunnels, through caves, swam around Mamula Island, some of us twice, and along the way visited historical towns and sites” said Jane Lawrence.

“We were picked up each day by boat and had Borut and Toby as our guides and support. We were all given coaching, technique and stroke analysis. It is casual and you could do every swim or just the amount you wanted. There was a kayak and paddle boards as well”.

“It was a fantastic adventure, with great friends and awesome hosts. We were very lucky to have great weather and good conditions and welcome warm water!”

“We all had a lot of fun and laughs and I would love to do another swim one day!” Jane Lawrence, President of CRMS, enthusiastically remarked.

Meanwhile at Yamba Pool Helmut Klein is back on the job. It is good to see so many swimmers so early in the season.

May be some of you are fit enough to compete, so I will give you some information for the next few carnivals for the rest of the year.

First of all there is the Short Course NSW Championship in Woy Woy on the 12/10/2019 and 13/10/2019; if you can’t make to Woy Woy, how about starting to train for our favourite carnival at Port Macquarie on the 2/11/2019. Then we also have at Charlestown (Cessnock) a carnival on the 9/11/2019. Contact Helmut for further details.

Saturday morning breakfasts will commence next Saturday at Yamba pool after swimming. Tea and toast and a social catch up for a mere $2.

Bobby Winger has introduced a series of stretching exercises to benefit swimmers which members are embracing. Be at the pool a little early to participate and remember stretching prevents injury.

Club registrar Pamela Smith advised any new members that wish to join now have the option of choosing a 16 months membership ($99.50) which takes their membership up to 31st December 2020 or they may wish to choose a four months option ($46) which takes their membership up to 31st December, 2019. Again these offers are only for new members. These options are up and running on the Masters site as from today. Any questions don’t hesitate to contact me – 6645 9215 or 0428 45 9215.

New to the area and considering joining a swim club; or keen to get back into the invigorating thrill that only comes from swimming? You are encouraged all the way at CRMS Club with the trial period of three free swims at Club training sessions to help you decide if it’s for you. Come along to the heated, 25m Yamba Pool at 6pm Tuesday and Thursday evenings and 7:30am Saturday for an hour of integral training with qualified Master Swim Australia coaches.

Maclean Pool sessions will commence on Monday September 30, swim times will be Monday and Wednesday at 6pm and 7am Saturday mornings.

Gai Pritchett

Having fun in Montenegro
Having fun in Montenegro