2014 Monday Night Coached Swims
Our Monday Night Group Swims are back!
Monday Night Swims are organized, coached, group swims in the Bay. The coached swim focuses on refining your skills and swimming technique. Most of our swimmers are there to have fun, practice their open water skills, acclimate to the cold, and avoid smelling like chlorine. We look forward to swimming with you! We swim rain or shine!
These swims are perfect for people who are learning how to swim comfortably and efficiently in open water and want support, feedback, guidance, and instruction. Our coaches help you to prepare for your upcoming race, help you to enjoy swimming in open water just a little bit more, and address the questions and concerns that you have. Our goal is to teach you and help you as much as possible and to create a casual, supportive, friendly atmosphere.
Requirements to attend these swims
- Must be able to swim 1/2 mile in the pool non-stop
- Must be able to float
- If it is your first time swimming in the Bay, please arrive at 6:15 pm
- If it is your first time swimming with us and you arrive after 6:30 pm, you will not be allowed to swim
It is NOT necessary to sign up for these swims in advance. Please simply show up and pay before the swim. These will be "coached" style swims.
May 19 through September 8, 2014
Every Monday night
NO SWIM MEMORIAL DAY (May 26) OR LABOR DAY (Sept 1)
Dates for 2014:
6:30 pm meeting time
6:45 pm enter water
7:30 pm exit water
Swim Length: 45 minutes, covering approximately 0.75 miles
Price: $20 drop in fee
Payment: CASH ONLY
About the Coached Swim:
If you are still getting comfortable in open water, would like to practice your skills, and need guidance and feedback, please join the Coached Swims. This group is for first time open water swimmers or people who are still gaining comfort and confidence. About the swims: We swim for 45 minutes, with many rest stops along the way. The Coached Swims focus on drill work, practicing skills, working on technique. You will receive feedback from the coach and will practice and hone the skills you need to swim well in open water. We recommend attending an Intro to Open Water Swimming Clinic (see the Clinics page) before joining the group. No need to sign up for the swims in advance - just show up!
Location: Aquatic Park. For directions, see the Information and FAQ page.
Meeting Place: We meet on the grassy hillside at the end of the Van Ness Avenue. This is next to the Van Ness Avenue parking area.
SAFETY: Please note that we leave our belongings on the grass. Please do not bring any valuables. Lock your wallte and phone in your car. We are not responsible for lost or stolen items during our swims.
Wetsuit Rentals: $45. More info about that is on the Open Water Info page.
Map and Directions:
See our detailed map of the Aquatic Park area for parking spots, bathrooms, and landmarks. Google map here. For driving and bus directions, see the Information and FAQ page under "Aquatic Park Directions."
Notes about Aquatic Park:
- we change on the grass, so it's a good idea to come with swim suit on underneath your clothes.
- we leave our belongings on the grass while we swim. It is safe.
- the nearest bathroom is about a 5-minute walk away, in Ghirardhelli Square
- there are no showers at AP. there are private showers at the Dolphin Club and South End Rowing Club. For $6.50 you can drop in to one of the clubs and use their shower and sauna.
Your first swim:
If this is your first swim with us, please sign our WAIVER and bring it with you. Also, please arrive by 6:30 pm or you will not be permitted to swim. If it is your first time swimming in open water, please arrive by 6:15 pm. Once you arrive for the swim, please introduce yourself to one of the coaches and give us your waiver and payment. We will give you a green cap and ask you to sign in on the Sign In Sheet. Please be sure to Sign Out after your swim, too! Please read about the two groups (below) and decide which is right for you. There is no need to sign up ahead of time, but if you have any questions about which group you belong in or about the structure of our swims, please contact us. If this is your first swim EVER in open water, or in the Bay, you'll find some basic info about Getting Your Feet Wet on our Facebook page.