JOIN US FOR OCEAN SWIM WORKOUTS at HERMOSA BEACH and SANTA MONICA, presented and offered for FREE from May through September by California Triathlon & Southern California Aquatics (SCAQ).

In 2014, we provided the first-ever permitted & lifeguarded group swims in Santa Monica and Hermosa Beach. In 2015, we added Friday evening Sunset Swims. For year number three, we have even more planned including: guest coaches (Olympic swimmers, pro triathletes, and other distinguished guests), time trials and race simulations, distance and skill-specific training, and more beginner-friendly options. We are grateful for the continued generous support of Xterra Wetsuits, which helps cover the costs of permits and lifeguard fees.

SCAQ head coach and Olympic silver medalist Clay Evans is leading up the coaching effort, with support from other SCAQ & Cal Tri coaches.

Here is an overview of what we have planned:

  • Tuesday morning 6 AM swims (starting 5/10) in Hemosa Beach (13th Street Lifeguard Tower, just north of the Hermosa Beach Pier)
  • Thursday morning 6 AM swims (starting 5/5) in Santa Monica (Lifeguard Tower #26, at the end of Ocean Park Blvd/Barnard Way)
  • Friday evening 6 PM sunset swims in Santa Monica (Lifeguard Tower #2/ Annenberg Community Beach House), once per month (dates will be announced in early May)
  • Beginner-friendly swim clinics, including both pool & open water locations, offered once per month on a weekend morning.
    • The first of these will be on Sunday, May 8th in Marina Del Rey. Additional dates and details will be announced.

Our core ocean swim workouts are intended for intermediate to advanced level swimmers, who have some experience in open water conditions and/or are capable of swimming 1000 meters in 20 minutes or less. We will make it clear which events are geared towards beginners and where we will have additional coaches available to give greater attention to less-experienced swimmers.

IMPORTANT: If this will be your first time swimming with SCAQ, you must complete their Free Trial Workout form, which includes their required waiver

You must RSVP for each swim session you plan to attend on the California Triathlon Los Angeles calendar so we can accurately account for and communicate with all attendees as needed.

Get in the pool: Regular training in the pool is the foundation for developing your skill and speed as a swimmer.  If you’re new to swimming and/or masters swim workouts, SCAQ offers a Saturday 8 AM swim workout in Westwood which includes a Swim 101 session. Cal Tri members are invited to attend free of charge. These workouts are already on our calendar.  If you’re planning to swim 2x per week or more, we encourage you to consider a SCAQ membership for access to coached morning, mid-day, and evening workouts in pool locations all over LA.

Get a wetsuitXTERRA Wetsuits strives to make your swim faster and more comfortable, and to offer you the highest performing triathlon wetsuit at the best value. Xterra Wetsuits is California Triathlon’s exclusive wetsuit partner.  Use club code C-CALTRI to save up to 60% on Wetsuits, Lava Pants, Stand Up Paddleboards, and more.

California Triathlon is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization with a mission to make the sport of triathlon more affordable and accessible.  We are able to offer coached ocean swim workouts, with permits and lifeguards, all free of charge, thanks to our partnerships with SCAQ (Southern California Aquatics) and Xterra Wetsuits.

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