Open Water Clinics

Each year the USMS Coaches Committee awards host status to four sites for Open Water clinics. These clinics consist of a minimum four-hour swimmers' clinic and may be coupled with a sanctioned/recognized open water swim. The clinic will be run by an approved clinician who has experience in coaching and/or competing in the open water environment.

During the clinic, the clinician will dispense information that will be helpful to swimmers in completing and competing in open water swims. Local coaches are encouraged to attend and assist with the administration of the clinic. Among topics discussed at an Open Water clinic are navigation, open-water technique, training, pacing, swimming in crowd, wet suits, safety and nutrition.

Organizations granted host status for an Open Water clinic are presented with a $500 grant to assist with the expense of bringing in a clinician. The grant money will be distributed after the clinic once the clinic wrap up report has been submitted to the Coaches Committee clinic coordinator. In addition, the Coaches Committee will assist whenever possible with clinic planning.

To apply for an Open Water clinic, submit a USMS Clinic application to the Coaches Committee clinic coordinator.

For a Open Water clinic application, download the USMS Clinic package available in Adobe Acrobat format (PDF). The package includes an information about clinic planning, as well as application, evaluation, and clinic wrap-up forms. To download a copy Adobe Acrobat Reader for free, click here.

For additional details, contact the Coaches Committee clinic coordinator.

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