The Transamerica Chicago Triathlon is proud to introduce the 5th Annual Open Water Swim Clinic Series! These clinics are designed to help new triathletes safely enter into, and properly prepare for the sport of triathlon. Since 2012, more than 8,000 individuals have enhanced their swim experience through these complimentary sessions. 

Without a doubt, the swim is the most intimidating event for new triathletes. In reality, experienced triathletes consider the swim much easier than the bike or run – it’s faster, low impact and much easier with a wetsuit. After a few sessions, we think you’ll agree!  These clinics are perfect for first-timers, especially those who have never worn a wetsuit.

Through a registration questionnaire, participants are placed into groups with similar experience levels and goals. Upon check-in at the clinic, participants are assigned to a specific coach who will lead them through relevant curriculum. Before entering the water, we will host a quick briefing on the beach to cover: 

  • How open water swimming differs from the pool
  • Rules of the triathlon swim
  • Swim etiquette at Ohio Street Beach
  • Properly wearing / removing a wetsuit
  • Common triathlon swim issues (hyperventilating, breathing, sighting)

Once in the water, coaches will conduct both small and large group drills – all in shallow water – designed to acclimate new swimmers to the open water experience. Separate swim instruction will be offered for both new and experienced swimmers. Lifeguards and certified coaches will be on-hand throughout each session, and local retail partners Live Grit and Fleet Feet Sports Chicago will supply demo wetsuits for anyone looking to experiment (first-come, first-served). 

The Open Water Swim Clinics are complimentary, although we recommend a $5 suggested donation. Wetsuit retailers may ask for a separate cash donation (on-site) for those who plan to rent a wetsuit. Wetsuit reservations cannot be scheduled in advance. 100% of ALL proceeds will be distributed among all Transamerica Chicago Triathlon charities. 

Following each event, participants are encouraged to socialize at Caffe’ Olivia for complimentary Goose Island Beer and plenty of triathlon talk. 

Registration for Clinic #1 will open on Tuesday, June 7 at 10:00 a.m.  Registration for subsequent clinics will open the day after each previous session. Watch the Transamerica Chicago Triathlon Facebook page for the registration link. 

2016 Transamerica Chicago Triathlon Open Water Swim Clinic Schedule
Location: Ohio Street Beach
Start time: 6 p.m.

  • Tuesday, June 28: Open Water Swim Clinic #1
  • Tuesday, July 12: Open Water Swim Clinic #2
  • Tuesday, July 26: Open Water Swim Clinic #3 + Aquathlon
  • Tuesday, August 9: Open Water Swim Clinic #4 + Aquathlon
  • Tuesday, August 23: Open Water Swim Clinic #5 + Aquathlon