These swim clinics are a great way to learn the basics of open water swimming and become more comfortable in a controlled setting - for fitness swimmers and triathletes. Each Saturday you attend is $20.
Each week, we will introduce and review techniques that will improve open water ease and comfort, including: dealing with anxiety, resting while swimming, sighting, water entries and exits, and simulations of group swimming conditions.
The beach where the clinics will take place contains shallow water but has deeper areas that are all within a marked clear swim area at a professionally managed campground. The beach is hexagonal shaped and is 50 yards across at the shallow end and 65 yards across at the deep end. Attendees can remain where they can touch bottom and can advance to deeper areas within the swim beach as their calmness grows in the open water environment. Clinics will take place within the marked area and swimmers will be able to practice skills each week. The website for the beach location is www.wheelerlakecampground.com. There are restrooms, running water, and shaded picnic tables present at the beach.
We will meet at the beach. There is a $5 per car parking fee at the campground, payable at the welcome cabin that you encounter upon entry to the campground (address 44 County Road 443, Hillsboro, AL 35643, website www.wheelerlakecampground.com).
These clinics are for all levels of open water swimmers, from beginning to advanced. You will want to know basic swimming to participate in these, but you do not have to be an accomplished swimmer. These clinics are to help you become accustomed and learn skills for open water swimming. Clearly, we cannot guarantee that you will be ready for a certain distance or race after participating; only you can judge your own readiness for events. We hope to provide time and opportunity for you to practice in an informative, supportive environment so that you can move toward your goals.
SAFETY: While Ali Meeks is a trained lifeguard, you are ultimately and solely responsible for your own safety. By signing up for this event, you are accepting this responsibility.
Event details and schedule
Clinics are on Saturdays on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month for May and June. Clinic dates are: 5/13, 5/27, 6/10, and 6/24.
TIME: All clinics are at 10 am.
You can sign up for one, some, or all clinics by selecting each clinic as an 'additional purchase' within this registration site. If you decide to add more clinics at a later date, you'll need to come again to this website and re-register for those clinics separately.
Clinic sessions are 1 hour long, and you may come early and/or stay as long as you wish afterward to practice at the beach. As within the clinics, you are responsible for your own swim safety at all times.
WHAT TO BRING:
All you will need is sunscreen, a swim suit, a pair of goggles that fit (a good fit test is - do they stay suctioned to your eyes for a few seconds without the straps on?). If you have long hair, you will want a swim cap (silicone caps are easier to put on than latex, and lasts longer). All of these can be purchased at Fleet Feet Huntsville, Academy Sports, or similar stores.
ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS: Please feel free to send questions to: trainer.ali.meeks(at)gmail.com or call/text 206.779.9425.