Open Water Swim Practice
Lake Meridian Park, Kent WA
June 24 - August 12
Lake Wilderness Park, Maple Valley, WA
August 26 - September 9
This weekly evening swim workout is designed for open water swimmers and triathletes looking for a safe, fun, challenging group swim workout. It's appropriate for every level of swimmer.
How it Works: Each swim workout is held on the open water around a 300-yard buoy course. The buoys are set 50 yards apart in a rectangle and swimmers are grouped according to ability. The workouts are a combination of interval sets like you'd swim in a pool and open water skills training. Skills include sighting, passing, drafting, turning and starts.
Hundreds of swimmers have participated over the 14 years of this program that's prepared them to race to their potential and reduce the anxiety about swimming in the open water. If that's what you're looking for this season - join us!
Less experienced swimmers needing to get more comfortable in the open water environment or sharpen their technique skills can join a group with a coach near the shore and advance to the buoy course anytime they feel ready.
This unique swim workout has provided a lot of fun and challenge for experienced swimmers, and great race-ready training for beginners. Swim workouts last about an hour. Wetsuits are mandatory for our training.
What to Bring: Please bring your wetsuit, goggles and swim cap.n Wetsuits are mandatory.
Parking can be tight on a nice day at Lake Meridian. Please allow time to find a spot. A couple additional locations to park besides the main parking and boat launch include the Soos Creek Trailhead and Northwest Tri and Bike. If parking at Northwest Tri and Bike, please don't park against the building. There will be security at Lake Meridian if you ride your bike to training.
Age Limits: The age limit is 15 years old for our training. Exceptions are occasionally made. Contact Patty.
If you aren't an annual RTB member, we'll need to have you fill out a summer membership waiver. You can find that form HERE. This will give you liability coverage for these swims and a discount on RTB events. It won't conflict with any other team memberships you have!