Open Water Swim Camps

In Oregon, United States

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Mini-Camps for Intro, Intermediate and Advanced Open Water Skills

Cultus Lake Resort, Cascade Lakes Region, Oregon

August 24-25  /  August 26-27


Register For This Camp

Training Description

Camp Training Focus

Based on the needs and skill levels of those who register, we will form 2 groups: one group will emphasize introductory and intermediate open water skills, and the second group will emphasize intermediate and advanced open water skills.

We will work on adapting to conditions as we find them in these lakes in August, to make our swimming safer and more comfortable with whatever nature delivers. This would include staying calm and at peace, maintaining stability and precision, basic pace control, negotiating small wind-driven waves and currents, navigation, and delaying fatigue, practicing mindfulness and attention games.

This may be a good opportunity to swim in your wetsuit if you prefer to use one. The lake water may be anywhere from the  60 F (15 C) to 72 F (22 C) at this time of the year.

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


Skill Level

This camp is for New To Open Water, Intermediate and Advanced swimmers. You do not need to be a ‘fast’ swimmer (few people consider themselves to be one), but you do need to be swimming competently in the pool, and have some initial experience working on your fundamental stroke skills. We will build on these skills for sure, but this camp should not be your first exposure to them.

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 camp may be most suitable for you.


Group Size

Each mini-camp is designed to serve 6 swimmers.



  • Training Fee per swimmer: $480
  • Companion Fee: $25



If you inquire early, you may reserve a cabin at the Cultus Lake Resort – inquire with Kate at

You may camp at the nearby Cultus Lake Campground.

You may stay at another lake resort nearby, like Elk Lake Resort.

You may stay in the city of Bend, about 45 minute drive away.


Fine Print

A full payment or non-refundable deposit of $150 is required per swimmer to secure a spot in this event.

Your companion is warmly welcomed in our transport to our training locations and to accompany us on pontoon boat and share lunch with us – this is covered by the companion fee.

The Training Fee covers our coaching, staff expenses, logistics and lunch for each training day.

Camp Schedule
It is not required, but you may greatly benefit from setting up a private lesson or a personal stroke clinic with us prior to camp. We will be able to continue working on those skill projects and reinforce them at the camp.

Day 1

  • 9:30 greetings
  • 10:00 swim session #1 with video shoot at end
  • 12:00 lunch and video analysis
  • 14:00 swim session #2

Day 2

  • Embark on boat at 9:00
  • 10:00 swim session #3
  • 12:30 lunch
  • 14:00 swim session #4 and video shoot (if desired)
  • Q&A Discussion
  • 17:00 return to marina


Price Including / Excluding

Included in the Swim Camp fee

  • Four swim sessions with coach guidance, up to 2 hours (according to your comfort)
  • Discussions on topics of your interest
  • Video analysis session (at least one), and you may take your videos
  • Hearty, healthy lunch snacks both days
  • Coaching and staffing fees
  • Logistics for our swim sessions (transport, escort, etc)


Not Included

  • Travel to our training location
  • Lodging
  • Breakfast or dinner
  • Travel or medical insurance
  • Gratuity to service providers

Cascade Lakes Region Map

This map shows you the position of the Cascade Lakes Region in relation to Salem, Bend, and Portland, Oregon. It takes about 3.5 hours to drive straight from Salem to Cultus Lake, and it is a beautiful drive.

And you may see where Cultus Lake and the other lakes are within the Cascade Lakes Region.


Lake Maps

Cultus Lake

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


Elk Lake

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


Crescent Lake

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


Odell Lake

View natural information about Odell 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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