Want to improve your open-water swimming? Try this clinic

It’s almost open-water swim season again.

IMG_2807tMaybe you’re doing the Indy Open Water Challenge at Eagle Creek. Maybe you’re gearing up for Big Shoulders in Chicago. Maybe you’re a triathlete and want an advantage heading into that pesky swim. Maybe you just want to learn more about open-water swimming.

Whether you are a novice open-water swimmer, a triathlete or love following that black line on the bottom of the pool, this open-water swim clinic  will have something for you. The clinic will include a pool session form 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. June 8 at Forest Park Aquatic Center, 701 Cicero Road, Noblesville, followed by an optional open-water session from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Morse Lake. 

Dick Sidner, a long-time competitive swimmer and coach, will be joined by about 10 coaches for instruction that includes practicing starts on shore and offshore, bouy turns, pack swimming, drills and detailed stroke analysis.

This is a fundraiser for the Forest Park Aquatic Center, an Olympic sized swimming and diving facility that serves as Noblesville’s community pool. This pool is run by a non-profit organization on behalf of the city and you will want to return just to use the facilities and possibly join the USMS Masters Club there, the world-famous NASTIs.

Registration costs $40 for the pool clinic and 40 slots are available. The optional open-water session costs an additional $20 and is limited to 20 swimmers. It’s well worth your time.

USMS membership is not required, but we will have you sign a 30-day waiver.

The event is June  8. Registration  closes May 31, or when the event sells  out.

Find more information at: www.forestparkpool.org/swimclinic including the registration form.

Find the event on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/729502600433517/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming.

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Mitch Daniels highlights Swimming Saves Lives

“WEST LAFAYETTE — A few months ago, Kevin Johnston couldn’t swim one length of the Purdue Aquatic Center pool.

Now he can swim more than a mile. On Monday afternoon, he and Mitch Daniels, president ofPurdue University, were in the last lane of the busy pool.

Daniels, a recreational swimmer who swims a mile once or twice a week, was helping to promote Adult Learn to Swim Month, hoping to reverse alarming statistics.”

Read the rest of Hayleigh Colombo’s story in The Indianapolis Star and Lafayette Journal and Courier: http://www.indystar.com/story/news/education/2014/03/31/learn-swim-mitch-daniels-urges-adults/7133145/