ETA Coach Open Water Swims and Swim Clinics
ETA Coach Open Water Swims
ETA Coach is very excited to host our Open Water Swims for the 2014 season at Camp Ockanickon in Medford, NJ! We plan to make the 2014 Open Water Swims even better than last year's with many more dates to come out and train!
Camp Ockanickon’s lake is beautiful, and the 400-meter course gives the athlete a great opportunity to work on essential open water skills. After you’re done swimming, there are an abundance of places to bike and run right near the lake. With 5+ miles of trails to run and endless country roads to ride, Saturdays and someThursdays can be more than just a swim!
Starting April 17th, 2014, ETA Coach will provide seminars, clinics, group rides, group runs, and vendor demonstrations at Camp Ockanickon. As always, our coaches will be present to answer all your open water swim questions. The swims will end on September 20th, 2014.
All updates, information, and announcements will be posted on the ETA Coach Open Water Swims: Camp Ockanickon Facebook Fan Page.
2015 ETA Coach Open Water Swim Dates and Times:
Saturdays Sunrise – 10:00am
• April 25
• May 9, 16, 23, 30
• June 6, 13, 20, 27
• July 11, 18, 25
• August 1, 8
Sundays Sunrise – 10:00am
• June 7, 21
• July 12, 19
• August 2
Thursdays 4pm - Sunset
• April 23, 30
• May 7, 14, 21, 28
What's the difference between Swims & Swim Clinics?
You DO NOT have to sign up for the Open Water Swims. Open Water Swimmers can arrive at any time and swim for as long as they want during the 3-hour window when we have the lake reserved. There is a $10 access fee for this. Please pay by cash / check on the day of your desired swim.
You DO have to sign up for the Open Water Swim Clinics.
The Open Water Swim Clinics and the Open Water Swims will be occurring simultaneously. You don’t have to take the swim clinics to do the open water swim, and the swim clinics will not interfere with the open water swim. All swim clinic information is below.
ETA Coach Open Water Swim Clinics
The ETA Coach Open Water Swim Clinics are designed to help beginner to advanced swimmers become more comfortable in the open water. We do this by practicing skills that will help each swimmer offset anxiety and navigate swim courses more effectively, resulting in safer and faster open water swimming!
Skills that will be demonstrated and taught include:
• Dealing with anxiety
• Triathlon swim starts
• Sighting techniques
• Swimming in a straight line
• Breathing techniques
• Swimming with a crowd
• Drafting techniques
• Swimming around buoys effectively
• Triathlon swim exits
• Swimming in a wetsuit
• Fast wetsuit removal
2015 Swim Clinic Dates and Times
Dates coming soon for 2015!
Each swim clinic will last 70-90 minutes and will be limited to 20 participants to ensure that individual attention is given to each swimmer.
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Cost - The ETA Coach Open Water Swims are $10.00 with USAT Membership and $22.00 with out USAT membership. Find out more information about a USAT information below.
Lake Fee / USAT Membership - As always, every swimmer will need to have their USAT Membership Card and Photo ID to swim. If you do not have a USAT Membership Card, you will need to pay a $12.00 fee for event day insurance and provide a Photo ID. You can save yourself a lot of hassle and money by signing up for a USAT Membership here: www.usatriathlon.org.
Please remember to TIP OUR LIFEGUARDS. These young men and women are making sure you're safe and watching over your lives!
Location: Camp Ockanickon - 1303 Stokes Road Medford, NJ USA 08055 (map)
Weather Cancellation Notice Policy - I will be posting ON THIS FACEBOOK PAGE AT 5:30am each swim day if the swim will be cancelled due to lightning /thunderstorms. If it's not raining heavily, the swims will proceed. Please remember that I'm not God and cannot control the weather :) If I cancel the swim, it's for your own safety.
Parking – Once you enter the Camp, you can start parking your cars to the left and small parking areas before 7am. After 7am please drive about 200 meters (once you enter camp) and cross a small bridge (lake on your right) After that small bridge there will be a huge dirt parking lot on your left. You can park here especially if you plan on running or cycling after your swim.
Free Group Rides and Runs – With the help of ETA Coach athletes and friends, each week before the swims I will announce the times of the Group Rides and Runs. All the group rides and runs will meet right outside of where you check in.
Free Clinics/Seminars – Last year we did not get a lot of interest in this, but my assistant coaches and I will still have some small 20-minute clinics about running technique, triathlon transitions, race day nutrition, and much more!
Free Vendor Demonstrations – From footwear to bikes, we have a fair amount of vendors coming out to showcase their products and demonstrate them as well. This is just one way to give everyone a look at the latest and greatest gadgets and get a chance to try them!
Follow Camp Ockanickon Open Water Swim updates on Facebook ONLY. I will not be making any announcements via the ETA Coach website.
Check in and Checkout Procedures – At check in, you must have a valid photo ID and USAT membership card. Without these, you will not be permitted to swim. (If you do not have a USAT membership card, see below.) You will then fill out a USAT Waiver form and a YMCA camp waiver form. You will only have to fill out the YMCA waiver form once for the entire summer. After paying your $10.00 fee, you will then sign in and a number will be written on your hand. At checkout, you will need to tell staff what number you are, so we know you have left the lake safely.
If you do not have a USAT Card, you will have to pay a $12.00 fee that covers event day insurance. This would be in addition to the $10.00 fee to swim at the lake. If you plan to attend 4 or more of the open water swims, you may want to consider becoming a USAT member; the current annual membership fee is $45, which would cover the event insurance fee for every open water swim you attend as well as any triathlons or swim competitions you may compete in during the year. For more information, go to www.usatriathlon.org
Swim Course - The swim course is a little over 400 meters. Adjustments will be made the first few swims to ensure accuracy. There will also be a buoy placed 25 yards from dock for beginners to practice.
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ETA Coach Ocean Open Water Swim Clinics - North Wildwood Beach 15th St
The ETA Coach Ocean Open Water Swim Clinics are designed to help beginner to advanced swimmers become more comfortable with Ocean open water swimming. We do this by practicing skills that will help each swimmer offset anxiety and navigate ocean swim courses more effectively, resulting in safer and faster open water swimming!
Skills that will be demonstrated and taught include:
- Respecting and Reading the Ocean
- Surveying your swim course
- Dealing with anxiety
- Triathlon swim starts and how to navigate the surf
- Sighting techniques
- Swimming in a straight line
- Breathing techniques
- Swimming with a crowd
- Drafting techniques
- Swimming around buoys effectively
- Triathlon swim exits and how to navigate the surf
- Swimming in a wetsuit
- Fast wetsuit removal
2015 Ocean Open Water Swim Clinic Dates, Times and Location
Dates coming soon for 2015!
North Wildwood Beach - 15th Street and Ocean at the North Wildwood Lifeguard Headquarters (map)
Each swim clinic will last 70-90 minutes and will be limited to 20 participants to ensure that individual attention is given to each swimmer. It is strongly encouraged that each swimmer be able to swim 10min in a pool or a lake with out stopping before attending these clinics.
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For more event details, questions or to sign up, don't hesitate to contact me at Jason@etacoach.com