Swimming in the ocean or open water can be daunting and frightening but it doesn't have to be. Open water swimming is the most natural and beautiful way to use your swimming muscles. This group is designed to get you out of the pool and into the ocean.
Open water swimming, especially in the ocean, is a lot different than swimming in the pool and can seem counter intuitive. I will teach you how to read the water, enter and exit safely, and deal with the conditions of the swim.
This group is good for those who can swim at least 500 meters non-stop in the pool but who are timid in the ocean. It is good for those who wish to do their first triathlon or their first ocean triathlon. My goal is to make you feel comfortable in the ocean and to remove that as a barrier for you. This takes time to adapt yourself to the ocean and build your confidence. I will offer classes including skills to practice in the pool specific to ocean swimming. Classes in open salt water swims in protected areas that acclimate you to the differences in the types of water you experience in the ocean. Classes, at the beach, in reading the waves and entering and exiting through the waves, in areas that experience on very small waves and currents. The ocean classes will build towards rougher conditions, colder water, and longer swims.
I will accompany you during each lesson and always be there to help you through them. I will guide you through the natural panic and elevated heart rates your body will experience and give you ways to deal with these issues out in the water. I have been swimming and surfing in the ocean my entire life. I have swam in almost every condition from long deep water swims, to strong rip currents, to storm conditions. I have worked with the LA County Lifegaurds. I have completed multiple triathlons under every condition and in many locations. You are as safe as you can possible be with me. I DO ask everyone to sign waivers because we will be swimming in a natural environment.
If you want to learn to swim in the ocean, and exeprience the joy you can only feel once you have lost the fear, please join this group and sign up for some of my classes.