Went for an ocean swim yesterday. Group Classes. Hard bloody work. Plenty of theory on reading beaches, rips, tides, wind etc and techniques on diving, sighting and swimming. Learning is one thing, doing something completely different.
I am not ready for a competitive ocean swim.
However I am confident in the pool and have some new techniques to integrate in my lap training that will help the next time I am in the ocean. Baby steps.
Worth it just for the boost in confidence with swimming past the breaks.