Pool Open Water Swimming

timsroottimsroot Member
edited March 2012 in Beginner Questions
I've recently been named the open water chair for my LMSC. One of the things I want to do, and fairly soon (~2 weeks away) is a pool open water training session. While I'm sure this is less than what a lot of people here would be interested in, but in Louisiana, we have a lot more triathletes than marathon swimmers. I have a few ideas, and help from a former triathlete to help me on deck. I will do more research this weekend, but haven't had much time to do any yet.

Do you guys have any good ideas for drills, or good videos that I can watch? I'd like to cover a lot of things mostly related to swimming in a pack, and traffic around turn buoys.

Thanks for any help you guys can provide.


  • IronMikeIronMike Bishkek, KyrgyzstanCharter Member
    Might not have time for it, but Steve Munatones' OW book has a bunch of drills. Sadly, I've not done a POW session yet, but I'd love to do one. Good luck, and video it so we can see!
  • I have seen on the masters website where teams have set the pool to swim a larger circle swim (4 or 6 lanes) for a time period.

    My masters team is mostly triathletes, and one Saturday we used a two lane circle to work on starts and not buoy turns: 8 person start, sprint the length of the pool and swim around a kickboard that was weighted down in the deep end. Lots of bumping, simulating race start and turns.


  • MunatonesMunatones Member
    edited June 2012
    You can check http://www.poolopenwater.com for more information. I have been running POW events in Greece, Cayman Islands, Japan and throughout the United States for years. We have used POW (Pool Open Water) with the U.S. National Open Water Swimming Team since 2005. You can also see photos at http://openwaterswimming.com/pool-open-water-pow/. If you have more questions, please email me offline.

    Steven Munatones www.worldopenwaterswimmingassociation.com Huntington Beach, California, U.S.A.

  • NiekNiek Heiloo, NetherlandsMember
    edited June 2012
    rxleakem said:

    I have seen on the masters website where teams have set the pool to swim a larger circle swim (4 or 6 lanes) for a time period.

    Don't swim only in circles. That would be really boring.
    On the picture the blue buoy is a right shoulder buoy. The reds are left shoulder buoys.
    That way it stays interesting to swim with inner and outer turns.

    Youtube http://youtu.be/aI5nCIrULsk - Beelden van de jeugdrace (ronde 1)

    http://openwaterswimming.eu - Cold, wind, waves, sunburn, currents, jellyfish and flotsam! Hop in and join the fun!

  • heartheart San Francisco, CAMember
    A neat trick I made up, which my coach has now adopted for his workout with triathletes: Swim with your eyes closed whenever your head is in the water. Forces you to sight even when you're in the pool. (open them when you're near the wall, of course.)
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