The Vmps 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. During the latter part of the clinic, participants reconvene into a larger group to practice triathlon swim starts, swimming in a crowd, and drafting. Our open water swim clinics are a great way to get Coached by Vmps.
Participants need to be able to swim at least 100 yards (up and back twice in a standard lap swimming pool) without touching down in order to benefit from the clinic. 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. 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.
2016 OWS Clinic Dates and Locations
|Date and Time||Location||Race Venue|
|Saturday, May 21|
9:00 to 10:00 AM
167 Middleboro Road
East Freetown, MA 02717
|Patriot Half Iron Triathlon||Registration Closed|
|Thursday, Jul 14|
6:30 to 7:30 PM
22 Town Road
Littleton, MA 01580
|Saturday, Aug 13|
5:00 to 6:00 PM
|Westborough State Hospital School|
288 Lyman Street
Westborough, MA 01581
|Westborough Sprint||Registration Closed|
|Friday, August 19|
5:00 to 6:00 PM
Ted Williams Camp
28 Precinct Street
|Cranberry Trifest||Registration Closed|
Fee for Open Water Swim Clinic
$25 early registration through May 1, 2016
$35 regular price
No event day registrants. Online registration closes the day before the event.
Vmps Triathlon Team Members can apply team discount code to receive 50% off the registration fee.
No refunds will be given. Participants may transfer their registrations to a different Vmps Open Water Swim Clinic or a different Vmps service in the same calendar year. All transfer requests must by made at least seven (7) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.