Vmps Open Water Swim Clinic

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 with thirty minutes remaining 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
  • Breathing on either side
  • Sighting 
  • Swimming straight in the open water 
  • Swimming with a crowd 
  • Drafting 
  • Turning at buoys 
  • Exiting the water

Praise About Our OWS Clinics

Thanks to you,  Elaine, and the crew for your humor, patience, and expertise at the Tri Training yesterday at Long Lake. I can't believe how difficult the open water has been for me and I am sure that without the class yesterday, I would have had to give up doing triathlons all together. So what you are doing is life changing!  I know I can do it now!  I am filled with such joy today. Thank you again!....Benadette 

That was an incredible experience this morning. I totally freaked out at the beginning - but through your training and positive encouragement I feel better about getting into the dark water in the wetsuit.  I will be heading back to Chauncy to get more experience in the water. Thanks again...you are an excellent coach....Marcia

I just wanted to thank you for hosting the swim clinic down in Lakeville Ma a couple weeks ago.  I did the sprint tri and this was the first race in 8 years where I didn't panic in the water.  I went in and did what I was supposed to do without a worry.  You were a huge help!  Thanks again!....Matt

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! 

So needless to say your swim clinic was well worth $40!  In the end, I felt energized and excited to go back in BEFORE the race. Thank you, thank you, thank you!  I will suggest the clinic to anyone who comes my way....Jen

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 don’t 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. 

2015 OWS Clinic Dates and Locations 

 Date and TimeLocation Race Venue

 Saturday, May 16, 2015
 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM 
Cathedral Camp
167 Middleboro Road
East Freetown, MA 02717
 Patriot Half Iron Triathlon Completed

Thursday, June 25, 2015
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Long Lake
22 Town Road
Littleton, MA 01580

 Appleman Triathlon

Friday, August 7, 2015
6:00 AM to 7:30 AM
Lake Chauncy
60 Lyman Street
Westborough, MA 01581

 Westborough Sprint Triathlon 

Thursday, August 13, 2015
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Loon Pond
Ted Williams Camp
28 Precinct Street
Lakeville, MA 02347

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Wetsuits are strongly recommended for the May and June dates. Wetsuits are available for rent or purchase through Vmps. Email info@mpstraining.com to reserve a wetsuit. 

Fee for Open Water Swim Clinic   

$35 up until 7 days before the clinic

$45 within 6 days of clinic

Event day registrants add $10. (Online registration closes the day before the event.)

Vmps Triathlon Team Members can apply team discount code to receive 50% off the registration fee. 


Refund Policy

No refunds will be given. Participants may transfer their registrations to a different Vmps Open Water Swim Clinic or a different Vmps service in the same calendar year. All transfer requests must by made at least three (3) days prior to the date of the clinic for which the participant is originally registered. Transfer requests must be submitted by emailing the request to info@mpstraining.com


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