Open Water Swim Clinics

Registration Opens Spring 2023

2023 Swim Clinic Dates

Tuesday, May 30

Tuesday, June 27

Tuesday, July 25

Tuesday, August 22


Registration Opens In March
Priority registration for the 2023 OWS Chicago program opens Tuesday, March 14 to current registrants of the 2023 Chicago Triathlon (look for a private email from Life Time Chicago Triathlon). These individuals will have first dibs into the session(s) of their choice.
General registration opens to the public on Thursday, March 16 at 12:00 PM CT.
Event capacity is limited to 150 participants per session, many of which will sell-out (especially the later sessions).

Location: Ohio Street Beach

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 Clinic, Swim-On-Your-Own & Competitive Aquathlon

Learn to love open water swimming in the heart of Chicago!

The Life Time Chicago Triathlon is proud to offer the Open Water Swim Clinic & Aquathlon Series once again. This program was launched in 2012 to help new triathletes experience open water swimming in a safe, non-intimidating environment. These events provide participants with expert coaching, gear check, wetsuit rental opportunities, lifeguard support, and post-event socials with fellow participants and coaches. Additionally, registrants may join the Swim-on-your-own or competitive Aquathlon options. Since its inception, more than 12,000 participants have directly enhanced their swim abilities from these clinics.

Participants must register for these events separately from the Chicago Triathlon. As in previous years, participants may select from three possible start times (4:00, 5:15, or 6:30 p.m.). Registrants will choose from three unique event formats:

Private swim instruction for beginner and intermediate-level swimmers looking for open water tips and techniques. Swimmers will be placed into groups of 10-15 individuals with similar experience levels and goals. Coaches will facilitate a 45-minute, in-water session.

This option is for those participants who prefer to utilize the event services (gear check, wetsuit rental, etc) but swim independently.

Participants looking to test their endurance against others will start alongside fellow athletes. Swimmers will complete a 750m or 1500m swim (their choice) followed by a 3.1 mile (5k) run along the lakefront. Staff will manually record splits, posting results following the event. Top performing female and male finishers in the 1500m swim distance will earn prizes!


Limited, on-site wetsuit rentals will be provided by Urban Tri Gear for $20. Due to historic demand, we strongly advise all swimmers to obtain their own wetsuit prior to attending the session. Due to race weekend demand, rental wetsuits will NOT be available at the August 23 session.

Each session is limited to 150 total participants. These events will sell out.

Swim Clinic participants must be 18 years old by December 31, 2023.

Registrants will pay a nominal $20 entry fee.

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 and offers an opportunity to meet potential personal training clients.

Depending on your experience, familiarity and comfort level, we are happy to accommodate new coaches. All volunteer coaches receive a tri race kit, complimentary food/beer, a variety of other swag and complimentary Chicago Triathlon race entry.

If you are available and willing to support our clinics, please email our team through the link below.