Ocean Pools of the Illawarra

Everyone has a story. Listen to the memories of local residents as they recount their experiences in and around the ocean pools of the Illawarra.

Click on the residents’ names or photos for more information and to listen to their stories.

Ocean Pool IconMax Ackerman

Max has been a member of Austinmer Otters since 1971 and continues to swim with the club on Sunday mornings all year round.

Listen to Max’s story here.


Bulli Pool IconBarry Adams

Barry, a foundation member of the Bulli Sea Lions Winter Swimming Club, relates the history of the club, the rock pool they swim in, and the inclusion of women into their club.

Listen to Barry’s story here.


Coalcliff Rock Pool IconPeter McDonald
Stanwell Park

Peter and his son were inaugural members of the Stanwell Park Sea Eels Winter Swimming Club, who have been swimming at the Coalcliff Rock Pool every Sunday during the winter months since 1989.

Listen to Peter’s story here.


Coledale With Pool IconKevin Waddingham

Kevin talks about the Coledale Oysters Winter Swimming Club, which was founded in 1964 as the Northern Oysters Winter Swimming Club.

Listen to Kevin’s story here.


Ocean Pool IconJoseph McGarity

Joseph (Joe) is a founding member of the Austinmer Otters and discusses the history of the club.

Listen to Joseph’s story here.


Woonona Pool IconGreg Tuchin

Greg Tuchin has been a member of the Woonona Rockies, a winter swimming club at Woonona Rock Pool, since 2001.

Listen to Greg’s story here.


This is an ongoing project and we welcome your contribution. If you are interested in sharing your recollections of the Ocean Pools of the Illawarra please contact us.

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