Five-time ironman and founder of Bare Fish Swim coaching, Dunstan Bertschinger, who is racing in this weekend's triathlon, is offering Cairns locals a free swim session for anyone who would like to be more relaxed and at ease in the water.
You don't have to be a top swimmer, non-swimmers and beginners are especially welcome.
Meet at the small beach, to the right of Yorkeys Knob Boating Club, boat ramp. Saturday 11am to 12 midday.
"This is my way of connecting with the local community, and share some of my experience as an athlete and a coach," Dunstan says. "I will give a brief presentation, show folk some simple exercises to use in the water. There will be a chance to ask any questions about swimming or the race in general."
This invitation goes out to local residents and competitors.
Dunstan founded Human Growth Coaching Services in 2006, and has helped over a thousand people to swim with less effort and more enjoyment. Dunstan is also a facilitator for The Work of Byron Katie and is influenced by a wide range of teachings including Eckhart Tolle, Rudolf Steiner, and the Dalai Lama. He works to incorporate key elements into his swim coaching in a way that is accessible and relevant.
Cairns cycling spokesperson, Richie Bates, says this weekend's event is great for our region.
"They don't get much better and bigger than this. An elite-level triathlon for the far north that anyone can compete in," Bates says. "This signature event in Cairns will be recognized all over the world."