Cowell Beach, Santa Cruz, CA, 95060, California, US

Start Date

05/22/2021

Invest in yourself and improve your open water swimming skills for a safer and more rewarding swim experience.  During the past year many people have been locked out of pools and consequently turning to open water swimming as a new sport.  Triathletes have been out of the water for awhile and still want to get prepared for a racing to return later in 2021.  

We want you to be prepared too and we want open water swimming to be something you embrace versus something you fear if you are a new swimmer , you're a good swimmer but don't have open water experience or you haven't been in the water for awhile, you're just rusty on your OWS and racing skills or you're looking for tips and pointers, a group to swim with, and some help with stroke coaching in open water.   There will be something for you depending on your level of expertise. 

Who can benefit from these clinics:

  • Swimmers who are new to open water swimming in lakes or ocean venues.
  • New triathletes who are trying out a new sport even if you're a good pool swimmer.
  • Triathletes and swimmers who haven't been in the water for awhile.
  • Open water swimmers looking to improve skills and gain more comfort in the water.

This year we are segmenting our clinics into skill levels for beginner, intermediate and advanced depending on your open water skills and comfort level.  Clinics will happen once a month starting in May with additional clinics in June and July focusing on increasing skills and proficiency.  Good for all levels of swimmers or triathletes looking to improve their open water swims. Its a great way to meet new training partners!

Clinic #1 - Beginning or new to open water swimmers - May 22 (Saturday)

We will start earlier in the season, on May 22, with an introduction to open water swimming for people who have no or limited experience with swimming in open water.  This clinic will talk about gear, water and swim conditions, gaining a comfort level in open water, and having an experience with the basics of entry, exit, sighting, breathing, etc.   No experience in open water or ocean is necessary to participate but you should be able to swim 100 yards with a focus on freestyle. Starting earlier will give you an opportunity to fully develop your open water skills before you get to your first starting line of the year.  You'll meet new swim buddies, have opportunities to seek out additional coaching and open water workouts.  You'll also be more comfortable in subsequent clinics. This clinic will be limited to only 25 participants to enhance smaller group coaching.

Clinic #2 - Intermediate skills to make you more comfortable in open water and groups - June 20 (Sunday)

This clinic is a continuation of the beginning clinic and will focus on intermediate skills.  This is for people who have experience in open water but you're not quite comfortable and need to improve your skills, you've not been in the water for awhile, or you started with the May clinic and want to continue improving your swim, and swim some longer distances away from the shoreline.   This is an opportunity to improve your skills for sighting, group swimming and drafting, race entry and exit, fine tuning for your stroke and gear.

Clinic #3 - Advanced topics, race strategy and fine tuning skills - July 24 (Saturday)

This clinic is for swimmers who are continuing from the first two clinics, or swimmers/triathletes who are comfortable in the water but want some fine tuning of your stroke and breathing, swimming in groups, and developing race strategy and skills.  There will be opportunities to do longer swims at this session and some simulated racing.

You can select to register for only one, two or all three clinics.  Clinics are $25 each.

All clinics are USA Triathlon sanctioned clinics and a one-day license or annual membership is required for participation. Because these clinic are taught by USA Triathlon certified coaches you only need to purchase one USAT one-day membership ($15) for all three clinics if you are not already a member. Additionally, the one day membership can be deducted from a future purchase of an annual membership in 2021.  If you are already an annual member you will not need to pay for the additional one day membership license.

All sessions will meet at Cowell Beach in Santa Cruz, unless otherwise noted.  You will receive specific email instructions and directions as well as gear lists before each clinic session.

Register for more than one clinic in the same transaction by checking multiple boxes during registration.

Bracket/Division Details & Fees:

  1. Open Water Swim Clinic #1 - Beginner Open Water Skills

    This is the first open water swim clinic and will focus only on open water swim skills, including gear, entry and exit, sighting and drafting,and an opportunity to practice skills.
    Activity Starts: 5/22/2021 09:00 - Activity Ends: 5/22/2021 11:00
    Registration opens : 2/1/2021 03:00
    Activity type:
    Requires Date of Birth
    Requires phone number
    Registration Periods:
    • Registration opens : 2/1/2021 03:00
      Registration closes : 5/22/2021 02:59
      Race fee : $25.00
      Processing fee : $0.00


  2. Open Water Swim Clinic #2 - Intermediate Open Water Skills

    The second clinic will review information from the first clinic and include longer open water swim opportunities for participants.
    Activity Starts: 6/20/2021 09:00 - Activity Ends: 6/20/2021 11:00
    Registration opens : 2/1/2021 03:00
    Activity type:
    Requires Date of Birth
    Requires phone number
    Registration Periods:
    • Registration opens : 2/1/2021 03:00
      Registration closes : 6/19/2021 14:59
      Race fee : $25.00
      Processing fee : $0.00


  3. Open Water Swim Clinic #3 - Intermediate to Advanced and Race Strategy

    This clinic will incorporate all information from the first two clinics, extended swim distances for those who want to swim longer, USAT rules reviews and transition skills and review.
    Activity Starts: 7/24/2021 09:00 - Activity Ends: 7/24/2021 11:00
    Registration opens : 2/1/2021 03:00
    Activity type:
    Requires Date of Birth
    Requires phone number
    Registration Periods:
    • Registration opens : 2/1/2021 03:00
      Registration closes : 7/23/2021 14:59
      Race fee : $25.00
      Processing fee : $0.00


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