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Why Limit Yourself To The Pool? 2017 Open Water Swim Clinics

Open water swimming presents unique challenges over swimming in a pool, but is a delightful experience when those challenges 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!

2017 Open Water Swim Clinics

Saturday, July 1st   1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Goss Lake Public Access Area & swimming in Goss Lake

Sunday, July 2nd   1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Seawall Park & swimming in Saratoga Passage

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


Clinics are $40 each; scholarships are available. Register directly through the South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District here.

Course Details

The July 1st 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.

The July 2nd saltwater clinic is ideal for swimmers who are looking to take advantage of the wonderful saltwater swimming opportunities here on the island.

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

  • 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’

Clinic proceeds benefit the South Whidbey Parks and Aquatics Foundation.