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Open Water Swim Clinic Info Session

June 2 @ 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Swim in your own backyard!



Hosted by South Whidbey Parks and Aquatics Foundation (SWPAF) and sanctioned by Pacific Northwest Association of Masters Swimmers for USMS Inc.

Swimming in the open water presents unique challenges over swimming in a pool, and is a delightful experience. Whether you are a new swimmer, a triathlete, or interested in endurance swimming, come learn techniques or refresh your skills. The freshwater clinic at Goss Lake may be of interest to those preparing for a triathlon. The saltwater clinic at Seawall Park is a different experience that will introduce swimmers to the variables associated with swimming in the ocean.

Topics include:

Sighting Techniques • Starts, Finishes & Turns • Pacing • Breathing Techniques • Safety • Training & Fueling • Swim Gear • Wetsuits 101: sizing, choosing, putting on • Currents & Tides, Weather & Critters • Getting Past the Panic

Additionally, a free 30 minute information session will be held on June 2nd at 6PM to cover basic topics and answer questions about equipment.  This will be conducted over Zoom and will address:

– Open water swim gear, including wetsuits (sizing, selecting, etc.)

– Where to swim?  Differences (besides the obvious ones) between your backyard, a lake, a river, and the ocean.

– Safety in the open water

– Facing fear of what’s out there, including COVID-19 (is it out there?

Registration:  All registration is through SWPAF for both the clinics and the Zoom session. Email info@swparksandaquatics.org for registration link.

Required: Participants must already know how to swim. All participants must sign the USMS waiver and have current USMS membership or purchase One-Event USMS fee for $27 (One-Event fee will cover one or both clinic days).

Bring: Swim cap, goggles, ear plugs, towel. Wetsuit required for salt water swim. Wetsuit optional and encouraged for lake swim.

Instructors: The team is comprised of experienced open water swimmers and/or USA Masters swimmers, led by experienced open water swimmer, Matt Simms. No certified lifeguards will be on duty.  For more information, email: info@swparksandaquatics.org

Min 3/Max 8

Goss Lake Freshwater Swim

Sat | July 11 | 1-4pm | $40*

Seawall Park Saltwater Swim

Sun | July 12 | 1-4pm | $40*

*Fee is per session. $40 fee assumes USMS membership.  All participants must have current USMS membership, or purchase one-event USMS membership for $27 (one-event membership fee will cover one or both clinic days) at time of registration.

Clinics benefit the South Whidbey Parks & Aquatics Foundation, whose mission is to make parks and aquatics activities accessible to all residents of the South Whidbey Island community by raising money to fund capital expenses, operating endowments, and scholarships, and is currently working to build a community pool on South Whidbey. www.swpaf.org.

The clinics will be limited to eight (8) participants per session to allow us to adhere to COVID-19 guidelines expected to be in place at the time of the sessions.


June 2
6:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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