Training & Swim Clinics
Prepare to beat your best

As participation levels in the sport of triathlon continue to grow, so does the need to properly educate, motivate and physically prepare these new audiences. This sport may be a bit more complex than others, but it does not have to be intimidating.

For these reasons, Life Time is proud to provide a wide variety of resources dedicated to helping you meet all of your triathlon goals — whether it be finishing your first race or setting a long-standing personal best. We love triathlon and are committed to sharing this passion with the hope that you will love it, too. From complimentary educational sessions and first-timer clinics to full-fledged group training programs, we cover it all.

Swim Clinics

UPDATE: May 30, 12:00 PM: Registration for the first 2019 Open Water Swim & Clinic (June 25) is now open. Each event option is limited to 100 registrants. Link below.

The 2019 Chicago Triathlon is proud to introduce the 8th Annual Open Water Swim & Clinic Series. These sessions are designed to help new triathletes safely enter into, and properly prepare for the sport of triathlon. We will host three large sessions this year, designed to better accommodate more individuals. Details below:

2019 Chicago Triathlon Open Water Swim & Clinic Schedule
Location: Ohio Street Beach
Start times range from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

  • Swim & Clinic #1: Tuesday, June 25
  • Swim & Clinic #2: Tuesday, July 23
  • Swim & Clinic #3: Tuesday, August 20

Like last year, participants may select from a range of start times (between 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.). Swim registrants will then choose from two unique event formats:

  1. Long Distance Swim: Participants looking to test their open water endurance will start at a dedicated time alongside 50-100 other swimmers – a true race simulation. Chip timing will record splits for both 1/2 and full mile distances, with results posted online for those who opt-in to a special Athlinks page. Roving coaches will patrol the waters, to ensure athlete comfort and safety, as well as provide swim tips for those interested. Participants with a decent amount of swim experience are encouraged to test their training at each of these monthly sessions.
  2. Small Group Swim Clinic: Separate swim instruction will be offered for both new and experienced swimmers who prefer to focus on tips and techniques. Swimmers will be placed into groups (20-30 individuals) with similar experience levels and goals, relative to the registration questionnaire. Coaches will facilitate a 30-minute, in-water session. Upon completion, Swim Clinic students will be encouraged to continue swimming on their own – as much or as little as they please. Specifically, these clinics will 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)

Clinic participants will select from two classifications during the registration process:

  • Beginners: Small group clinics for those who have never swam in open water, never worn a wetsuit and/or have limited confidence in open water.These sessions include a 50/50 balance of conversation (including Q&A) and swimming.
  • Intermediates: Small group clinics for those who have some experience and proficiency with open water swimming, but could use enhanced skill development. These sessions include more technique-focused instruction, with longer-distance (endurance-based) swim drills.

All registrants will pay a mandatory $10 donation upon registration. 100% of all proceeds to benefit official Chicago Triathlon charities.

As always, local retailers will be available on-site with a fleet of rental wetsuits – a great opportunity to test a range of brands/styles before committing to purchase a wetsuit.  They will likely charge a fee (on-site) for rentals. Wetsuit reservations cannot be scheduled in advance. 

Registration for each clinic will open on a flow via this page and via Facebook on a first-come, first-served basis. Don’t delay!  These events, much like race day, sell out quickly.

Coach Recruitment

The historic success of this entire Swim Clinic operation revolves around support from our dedicated coaching community. Dozens of incredible local coaches support each of our sessions, and we are constantly incorporating new, qualified triathlon and swim-savvy coaches into the clinic curriculum. These sessions are a great way to give back to the sport, as well as meet potential new personal training clients.

Depending on your experience, familiarity and comfort level, we are happy to accommodate you accordingly (into open swim or small-group sessions). All volunteer coaches receive a full tri race kit, complimentary food/beer, a variety of other swag and complimentary Chicago Triathlon race entry.

Should you be available to support any of our events, please email us at