It was an absolutely perfect morning at Deer Creek reservoir for our first open water swimming clinic. Both the sky and the water were warm and clear (the water temperature was 72 degrees near the shore at a depth of two feet).
After rounding up all of the people who got lost trying to find the location of the clinic, we got the clinic started a little after 8:00am. There were 10 people in attendance, which turned out to be just the right sized group.
Jim Hubbard, race director for the Deer Creek Open Water Marathon Swim, started things off by giving us information about this year's race.
From there we moved into the main portion of the clinic by talking about the differences between open water swimming and pool swimming, safety, equipment (goggles, wetsuits, etc), sighting and navigation, starts and nutrition. The swimmers who came to the clinic were great and asked good questions and made good comments.
After the "dryland" presentation, we got changed and got into the water to practice sighting, drafting, turns and do a race start simulation. We were able to use one of the new fluorescent orange buoys that Jim made for this year's race and it worked out really well.
I had a great time leading the clinic and I hope that everyone who came was able to take some new information and experience home with them. I think that we will definitely be holding another free clinic next year in the weeks leading up to Deer Creek.
If you were in attendance, we would love to hear your comments and suggestions on what we can do to make the clinic better for next year.