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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.
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.
Praise About Our OWS Clinics
Thank you for a wonderful open water swim clinic
yesterday. That was EXACTLY what I
needed! It gave me time to get use to
the wet suit, learn some swim techniques and most especially acclimate to the
lake. I usually swim at the Y in the
morning, so this is obviously different from lap swim.
When Tracy started to work with us she told us why we did
the warm-up swim. Everything she said
was right on the money. When I started
my warm-up, my brain was on sensory overload.
I was trying to process the feel of the wetsuit, the smell and taste of
the water, the color of the water, and then finally find my way around the
orange markers on the lake. If I hadn't
gotten that out of the way yesterday, I'd be facing it next week at the start
of the triathlon. Yikes!
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