Open Water Swim Clinics in Oregon Lakes

Summer 2020

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In Mediterra’s open water clinics you will experience a pleasing tune-up for your body and mind.
Improve Technique  ~  Increase Economy and Ease ~  Increase Confidence and Flow
For swimmers new to open water and intermediate level athletes.
Sessions are gentle and encouraging, focused technical and mental skill development.
These atmosphere is non-competitive and the group swims are intended as a pleasant tour, not a workout.

Sunday, July 12 at Henry Hagg Lake

Southwest of Forest Grove, Oregon

Meet at the Henry Hagg Lake Boat Ramp on the west side of the lake.

Sunday, July 26 at Foster Lake

Just east of Sweet Home, Oregon

Meet at the Lewis Creek Park on the northwest side of the lake.

Sunday, August 9 at Henry Hagg Lake

Southwest of Forest Grove, Oregon

Meet at the Henry Hagg Lake Boat Ramp C on the west side of the lake.

Sunday, August 23 at Crescent Lake

Just west of Crescent Lake Junction on Hwy 58.

Meet at the Simax Beach Area (Group Camp Area) on the east shore.

 

Sunday, Sept 13 at Henry Hagg Lake

Southwest of Forest Grove, Oregon

Meet at the Henry Hagg Lake Boat Ramp C on the west side of the lake.

Training Description
Our clinic and swim is intended to provide you with a safe, supportive, and peaceful atmosphere to explore your body and mind in our beautiful Oregon lakes. This is a self-paced, non-competitive, no pressure activity, with just a small group of like-minded swimmers and coaches who love what you love.

Clinic Focus

We will customize the activities and skill work to fit the interests of those who attend. We will likely form 2 groups:

One group will explore introductory open water swimming skills to help you become comfortable in this body of water.

The other group will explore intermediate or advanced skills that are requested by those who participate, or the coach will choose something interesting for you!

We will adapt to conditions as we find them in these lakes in July and August. We would like to help you learn how to swim with more comfort and confidence in whatever nature delivers. Skills may include directing attention to remain calm and at peace, easier breathing, maintaining stability and precision, basic pace control, negotiating small wind-driven waves and currents, navigation, and delaying fatigue, practicing mindfulness and other attention-training games.

This may be a good opportunity to swim in your wetsuit if you prefer to use one. The various lakes may be anywhere from the  65 F to 75 F. The weather and the intensity of the sun will affect the surface temperatures of the lakes.

We will be attentive to everyone’s comfort in cool water. If you like, you are welcome to make short sessions in the water, get out and warm up for a while, then get back in for a bit more.

We will give attention to training your mental and emotional skills to make swimming more enjoyable and rewarding than ever.

 

Swim Focus

For the second part of our time at the lake we will set up a couple swim exploration opportunities.

One group may stay near the shore or near our entry point and swim loops out and around the coach-kayak or around a buoy course we set up.

Another group may follow a coach-kayak for an out-and-back swim.

View our guidelines on Levels Of Proficiency for to see how we organize our skill levels.  You may contact us to discuss your needs and see which clinic or group may be most suitable for you.

 

 

Group Size

With our 2 coaches, each clinic is intended to serve up to 8 swimmers total.

Prices

Clinics

$60 per person, per clinic

Group Swim

No fee, though donations are welcomed.

You may come for just the clinic or just the swim, or both. You may participate in just the group swim at no cost. We want to create this opportunity for you to meet up and swim safely with our (your) tribe of people who appreciate swimming this same way.

Clinic Schedule
With summer getting hotter and the beaches getting more popular, we will aim to start earlier in the day before the peak heat and crowds.

Clinics

We tentatively plan to start the clinic at 9:30 am and end at around 11:30. This is just the window of time we will be set up to offer coaching attention. You can swim as much or as little as you please in this time frame.

Group Swim

We tentatively plan to start the swims at 12:00 and end around 14:00. This is just the window of time we will be set up to escort our groups. You can swim as much or as little as you please in this time frame. 

Times are subject to being flexible because of weather or circumstances that might come up at each location. We will keep in close communication with participants to let you know about any changes to the schedule.

Price Including / Excluding

Included in the Clinic fee

  • Coach attention and guidance during the window of time
  • Discussions on topics of your interest

 

Not Included

  • Travel to our training location
  • Food
  • Activity or medical insurance

More Lake Info

Henry Hagg Lake

View natural information about Henry Hagg Lake in the Atlas of Oregon Lakes.

Foster Lake

View natural information about Foster Lake in the Atlas of Oregon Lakes.

Devils Lake

View natural information about Devils Lake in the Atlas of Oregon Lakes.

Cultus Lake

View natural information about Cultus Lake in the Atlas of Oregon Lakes.

 

Preparing For Swim Camp

More information for deciding, preparing and planning to attend a Mediterra Swim Camp – including specific information about our locations.

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