Open Water Clinic with The Blonde Runner

Swimmers waiting for the start.

We had a great turnout at our open water clinic with the Blonde Runner tonight!  We had a total of about 18 people there, mostly triathletes.

We did some instruction about the differences between open water and pool swimming, common fears, safety, equipment, sighting, swimming straight, turns, starts and T1.

Check out the view!  Sure beats the rec center!
For those who were interested in the Swim Safety Device we were talking about, here is the link to buy your own: http://www.ishof.org/safety/ssd.htm

After the instruction was over, we suited up and headed to the boat dock.  It was a beautiful evening for swimming.  The water temp was in the mid 60's.  Gords and his son Jacob had put in a buoy earlier that was about 50 to 75 yards out from the dock.  We grouped together and practiced a few mass starts and turns.

Practicing turns.
At the end I heard a few comments to the effect of "this is awesome!"  I love doing clinics and turning people on to open water!

Thanks to Lora, Gords, Jake, Jacob and my dad Kelley for their help.  Thanks to everyone who came out to learn more about open water and swim!

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