2014 Open Water Swim Clinics

We gave our open water swim clinics this past weekend and here’s what folks say about them!

Thank you for providing so much information-your team did a great job of preparing me for open water swimming!  What a great service you provide for all of us who want to spend time in the beautiful water that surrounds us!” – Kim

The open water swim clinic was a great introduction to the swimming portion of a triathlon. All members of the instructor team gave great tips on what to expect at an event and how to prepare for it. Well worth my time and investment!” – Ryan

Open water swimming presents unique challenges over swimming in a pool. Swimming in the lakes and salt water surrounding South Whidbey is a delightful experience when the challenges of open water are safely managed. Whether you are a new swimmer, a triathlete, or interested in endurance swimming, come learn techniques or refresh your skills for mastering the open water. Enjoy ‘swimming in your own backyard!’

Open Water Swim Clinics

Saturday, July 12, 3:00-6:00pm, Seawall Park & swimming in Saratoga Passage

Sunday, July 13, 3:00-6:00pm, Goss Lake Public Access Area & swimming in Goss Lake

Course topics covered in both classes, but customized for the aquatic environment (sound or lake):

Sighting Techniques

Starts, Finishes & Turns

Pacing for the open water

Breathing Techniques

Swimming Safety

Training & Fueling

Open Water Swim Gear

Wetsuits 101: sizing, choosing, putting it on

Currents & Tides, Weather & Critters

‘Getting Past the Panic’

Price: $40 per clinic; scholarships available

To register: http://www.swparks.org/programs

The instruction team is comprised of very experienced open water USA Masters swimmers and Red Cross trained water safety instructors.

Note, the Whidbey Adventure Swim, scheduled for August 2nd, is an open water event in the sound that may be of interest for stronger swimmers. The July 12th saltwater clinic is ideal for swimmers interested in participating in this event, as well as swimmers who are looking to take advantage of the wonderful saltwater swimming opportunities here on the island. More information about this event can be found at: http://ow.swhidbey.org/.

The July 13th clinic in Goss Lake will be a great way for triathlon swimmers to refresh their open water racing skills and those who are new to open water swimming.