Well here we are already! The first blueseventy Open Water Swim Clinic is tomorrow, Saturday June 3rd at Gyro Beach in Kelowna.
Yes, the Lake is high and the beach is filled with debris. The lake height doesn’t affect swimming much as it’s, well, water. The beach is always filled with debris this time of year anyway and doesn’t get cleaned up by the City for a couple of weeks still. The markers are all misaligned but we won’t be swimming that far out for the first few clinics. The water temperature is about 15C which is 1 degree less than the norm for the first clinic (with the exception of last year when it was a scorching 19C!).
The clinic starts at 7:00am but we encourage you to be there well before 6:45am to get signed in. The first clinic is a little busy as we need to get all waivers completed, so do arrive early.
To speed things up, please download, fill in and sign the waiver and bring it with you. Download the waiver here. Be sure to add your emergency contact information including name and phone number. Also, add your phone number. Make sure it’s readable!
You will be given a clinic specific swim cap you should bring to each clinic. This is not your swim day cap! You will receive a new one for the actual swim on July 15th. Note: The caps are latex. If you are allergic to latex please let us know and we will give you a silicone one.
Bring your wetsuit, goggles, towel and change of clothes. Definitely bring a jacket or sweater to keep you warm after the clinic.
Freshair will be there to demo blueseventy wetsuits. You can try a wetsuit on a first come, first served basis.
If you miss a clinic, that’s ok, although we will miss you. Each clinic is taught individually by the coaches and there is no set curriculum although the content will be fairly similar for each. Our goals are to get you comfortable swimming in open water, swimming with others, sighting, breathing (important!), swimming in waves, drafting, etc. Don’t worry, there is no test at the end. Well, there actually is a test, but it’s a fun one on July 15th!
These clinics are included in your registration so there is no charge! If you have a friend who’d like to take the clinics with you, they are welcome to join for a measly $5.
Moksha Yoga will be there for Yoga for Swimmers which will start at 8:15am-ish. Bring a yoga mat or just use your towel. This is also free!
Van Houtte coffee will be there to warm us up (yesss..). Sorry, no tea. Or Baileys. Darn.
As usual, get ready for some fun, and some exciting prize giveaways when you answer some extremely tough questions.