Open Water Swim Clinics

Swim in your own backyard!


Swimming in the open water presents unique challenges over swimming in a pool, and is a delightful experience when safely managed. 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 the Whidbey Triathlon. The saltwater clinic at Seawall Park is ideal for stronger swimmers. Topics include:

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

Participants should already know how to swim.

Bring: Wetsuit (optional for lake), swim cap, goggles, ear plugs, towel.

Instructors: The team is comprised of experienced open water swimmers and/or USA Masters swimmers, led by Jeff Jacobsen. No certified lifeguards will be on duty.  For more information, email:

Location: July 7 at Goss Lake; July 8 at Seawall Park.

Freshwater Clinic: Sat | Jul 7 | 1-4pm | $40

Saltwater Clinic: Sun | Jul 8 | 1-4pm | $40

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, as well as supporting new and existing parks and aquatics programs.

Min 3/Max 8

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Open Gym Youth Basketball


Join us for an opportunity to shoot some hoops by yourself or get involved in a pick-up game or maybe play a game of HORSE. Program is subject to cancellation based on school activities; there will be no make-up days. If we get enough interest, we may add dodgeball or other games in another gym.  Register once for a great deal and drop in whenever you wish. Min 9/Max 15

Location: South Whidbey Community Center Main Gym

Coordinator:  Skye Dunn

Wed | Apr 11-May 16 | 6:00-7:30pm | $25 or $5 drop-in*

*Youth must be registered in advance by a parent/guardian