Open Water Swim Clinic

The CSA Open Water Swim Clinic is designed to help swimmers of all levels become more confident and effective during the swim segment of a triathlon. Participants spend the majority of the clinic in the lake practicing the skills needed in open water swimming. Fearful beginners work on learning how to relax and breathe while swimming in a lake. Intermediate and advanced swimmers work on skills like sighting and drafting which will help them to navigate the swim course in a triathlon more quickly. All this is done under the watchful eyes of experienced coaches and life guards.

After a warm up swim, the coaches divide the class into smaller groups based on ability. They cover most of the topics in the small group format while swimming in the lake, and then with thirty minutes remaining reconvene into a larger group to practice triathlon swim starts, swimming in a crowd, and drafting. 

Topics Covered

  • Triathlon swim starts 
  • Dealing with anxiety during the swim
  • Bilateral breathing 
  • Sighting 
  • Swimming straight in the open water 
  • Swimming with a crowd 
  • Drafting 
  • Turning at buoys 
  • Exiting the water

Minimum Swim Ability

If you want to participate in a CSA Open Water Swim Clinic, you should be able to swim at least 100 yards (up and back twice in a standard lap swimming pool) without touching down. You don’t need to go fast or do the freestyle stroke the entire distance, but you do need this basic level of fitness and swim ability to get the most benefit from the clinic. Note: the coaches do not work on swim stroke form during this clinic other than how it is related to open water swimming. Vmps offers a number of other swimming services to help people with their swim stroke form or to help them with swim fitness. 

2013 OWS Clinic Dates and Locations 

Wetsuits are strongly recommended for the June date. Wetsuits are available for rent or purchase through CSA's sponsors. 

Fee for Open Water Swim Clinic


Event day registrants add $5. (Online registration closes the day before the event.)

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Refund Policy

No refunds will be given. Participants may transfer their registrations to a different Vmps Open Water Swim Clinic in the same calendar year depending upon space availability in the other clinics. All transfer requests must by made at least three (3) days prior to the date of the clinic for which the participant is originally registered. Transfer requests must be submitted by emailing the request to 


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