Open Water Swim - Lake Berryessa
Jul 24, 2021
July, 24 2021
Alumni/College Swimmers, Board Members, Coaches, Hammerheads 1, Hammerheads 2, High School Fitness, Junior Group, Leopard Sharks, Mako Sharks, Pre-Senior, Senior Group
OPEN WATER SWIM
"Oak Shores Day Use Park" Lake Berryessa
Saturday, July 24th
9-11am (arrive 8:45am)
On Saturday, July 24th Vallejo Aquatic Club will offer an organized Open Water Swim at “Oak Shores Day Use Park” at Lake Berryessa from 9-11am. Please arrive by 8:45am to get ready. We will start promptly at 9:00am with a safety briefing for all swimmers. We ask that everyone sign up online by Thursday, July 22rd, so the coaches know how many swimmers to expect. There will be no practice at Cunningham Pool on this day. The Open Water Swim is open to all VJO swimmers. Parents are welcome to follow swimmers in kayaks as well.
LOCATION: When you arrive at Oak Shores, you will take a right and drive south, down the road and park in the last parking lot. We will meet on the open shore area at the buoyed swim area. Note that parking fills quicky, so it is best to arrive early.
OPEN WATER SWIM - WHAT TO EXPECT?
- Hammerhead and Leopard Groups swimmers will stay in buoyed swim area with a coach on the shore.
- Junior, Pre-Senior and Senior Groups swimmers will be making loops out and around the small islands. Coaches will be following swimmers in kayaks.
- Makos will have the choice to stay in buoyed area or go out with the Junior Group.
- Wear Bright Colored Caps - Swimmers, please wear a bright colored cap if you can. This will help coaches spot our swimmers.
- Sighting - Sighting is one of the big challenges for new open water swimmers. Because we don’t have the line on the bottom of the pool to look at, we need to lift our eyes up out of the water to make sure we are still going the right way. Try to make the motion as minimal as possible, because lifting your head high or holding it up for a long time will cause your hips to drop in the water and cut back on efficiency. How often you sight is up to you; some people do it every six or seven strokes, but some wait 30 strokes or more. Just keep in mind that the more you zig-zag, the longer you are swimming!
Below I have provided everyone with an Open Water Swimming Tips Article by USMS. If you are new to open water swimming, please read through this article as it will better prepare you for what to expect.
Please feel free to email me if you have questions,
Head Swim Coach
Vallejo Aquaitc Club
(707)553-7946 team cell
(707)292-6473 personal cell