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VMPS Open Water Swim Clinic - Long Lake, Littleton

Race Details

VMPS Open Water Swim Clinic

: Not Applicable
Race Date: Friday, June 7, 2013
Start Time: 6:00AM
Entry Fee: $35.00
Location: Long Lake in Littleton, MA--Location of Appleman Triathlon
Address: Town Rd
City/State/Zip: Littleton, Massachusetts 01460
Country: USA
Race Website:
Printable Entry:
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, and then reconvene into a larger group to practice triathlon swim starts, swimming in a crowd, and drafting. 

Topics Covered

  • Triathlon swim starts 
  • Dealing with anxiety during the swim
  • Bilateral breathing 
  • Sighting 
  • Swimming straight in the open water 
  • Swimming with a crowd 
  • Drafting 
  • Turning at buoys 
  • Exiting the water
Course Information:

Minimum Swim Ability

If you want to participate in a Vmps Open Water Swim Clinic, you should be able to swim at least 100 yards (up and back twice in a standard lap swimming pool) without touching down. You dont need to go fast or do the freestyle stroke the entire distance, but you do need this basic level of fitness and swim ability to get the most benefit from the clinic. Note: 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.

Long Lake Beach on Town Rd
Littleton, MA 01460
Just off Exit 30 Rte 495
Other Info:

Other 2013 OWS Clinic Dates and Locations 

Friday, June 7--6:00 AM to 7:30 AM
Long Pond in Littleton, MA--Location of Appleman Triathlon
Friday, July 19--6:00 AM to 7:30 AM
Lake Chauncy in Westboro, MA--Location of the Westborough Sprint Triathlon
Friday, August 9--6:00 AM to 7:30 AM
Ted Williams Camp in Lakeville, MA--Location of Cranberry Trifest
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