Develop techniques and strategies required for flat-water open water swims and triathlons

If you’re looking to swim more efficiently and become confident in open water – like harbours, lakes and rivers – but you’re not ready for the ocean and waves just yet, then this is the clinic for you.

If you’re a beginner triathlete, or struggling with the first leg in your tri’s, then this clinic will give you a better understanding of open water, develop your stroke for the open water and help you with triathlon race day preparations, pack swimming and race strategies.




400m freestyle



What you’ll learn

The open water environment

Confidence in deeper, darker water

Efficient swimming techniques (basic stroke development)

Navigating through wind and water chop

Sighting techniques so you swim straight

Buoy turns

Swimming in a pack

Drafting for competitive swimming

Swimming in wetsuits

Getting out of your wetsuit (triathlon transition)

Preparing for adversity (like losing your goggles)

Race strategy & tactics

Need help reaching the pre-requisite level for this clinic?

Follow our FREE online Have A Go training program over 4 or 8-weeks.

The program includes two guided pool swim training sessions a week and 100+ video lessons.


This clinic is for beginner swimmers through to competitive swimmers (speed is not a factor)


You can swim continuous efficient freestyle with relaxed breathing

400m swim

You can swim a minimum of 400m freestyle non-stop in a pool

2min tread

You can tread water continuously for a minimum of 2 minutes

If you do not meet these pre-requisites, please do not register for this clinic.

Not sure if you’re at the right level? Contact us





  • 2-hour clinic
  • Min. two instructors (1:6 ratio)
  • OceanFit silicone swim cap
  • Have A Go program
  • Post clinic advice and support
Clinic size

Capped at a max. 12 participants

What to bring
  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Goggles
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat, long-sleeved shirt
  • Wetsuit (optional)
  • Fins (optional)

Next steps

Once you’ve mastered the open water, why not head to the beach and master the surf?

Start with our Learn to ocean swim clinic, or take private lessons with an experienced instructor.

Upcoming clinics

LocationDateStart TimeAvailability


During the summer we run clinics in Sydney (Bondi & Manly), Wollongong, Newcastle, Gold Coast (Palm Beach), and the Sunshine Coast (Noosa).

We look to take our clinics on tour throughout Australia in the summer, so if you’d like us to visit you, and you think there’d be plenty of interest, please contact us.

This clinic isn’t about going for an open water swim, its focus is on developing your techniques. You will need to be able to swim out about 100m offshore, and then tread water/float in-between practising skills that will last for 60-90 minutes. Then you’ll need to swim back to shore.

There’ll be plenty of rests as you watch demonstrations from your instructor.

The short answer to that is no. You just won’t get enough out of the water-based technique session, as all the techniques taught are built off a freestyle base. We have had people participate and only do breaststroke, and some of them have really enjoyed it.

We would suggest you focus on developing your freestyle stroke with a coach in a pool environment, and if you’d like to learn beach safety and basic confidence, sign up for our Ocean confidence clinic.

The last clinic of the season is usually towards the end of February, although we do run clinics in March if the weather is nice and there is demand that meets the minimum numbers required.

We suggest if you’re looking to get your training in this season that you do the earliest clinic possible so you don’t miss out.


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Season runs from 1 Oct to 30 April. Some contact out of season.

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