Open Water Clinics, 2015

Open Water Swimming Clinics

Open water swimming presents unique challenges over swimming in a pool.  Swimming in the lakes and salt water surrounding South Whidbey is a delightful experience when the challenges of open water 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!’


Note, the Whidbey Adventure Swim, scheduled for August 22nd, is an open water event in the Sound that may be of interest for stronger swimmers.  The July 12th saltwater clinic is ideal for swimmers interested in participating in this event, as well as swimmers who are looking to take advantage of the wonderful saltwater swimming opportunities here on the island.   More information about this event can be found at: 

The July 11th 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.

Clinic proceeds to benefit the South Whidbey Parks and Aquatics Foundation, a non-profit 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. For more information, visit

Open Water Swim Clinics

Saturday, July 11, 9:00 am - 12:00pm, Goss Lake Public Access Area & swimming in Goss Lake

Sunday, July 12, 3:00-6:00pm, Seawall Park & swimming in Saratoga Passage


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

      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’


Price:  $40 per clinic; scholarships available.

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