Open Water Swim Instruction

Empire Tri Club offers a wide variety of open water swim lessons and group clinics to help you prepare for your upcoming triathlon or open water swim event.  Swimming in open water is VERY DIFFERENT from swimming in a pool.  Laps in your local pool will not adequately prepare you for the heightened stress athletes face on race day.  Many athletes neglect to factor in many of the elements they’ll face on race day including race-day adrenaline, mass swim starts, swimming in crowds, not being able to see clearly under water, waves, currents, choppy water, blinding sun, sighting for buoy’s and more.  Therefore, it is highly beneficial to incorporate open water swimming into your training regimen to ensure you’re adequately prepared for your event. Whether you’re training for your first sprint or an Ironman, our coaches will give you the skills and confidence you need to master the swim.

Open Water Swim Clinics

What: Lots of helpful open water tips, information, Q&A with coaches, open water swim practice & instruction
Where:  Coney Island Beach – Brooklyn, NY
Dates:  6/9, 6/23, 7/14
When: Sunday’s from 8am – 10am
Price: Empire Tri Club Members: FREE; Non-Members: $50 / clinic

Train in race-like conditions with up to 100 athletes!  Athletes will be broken into small groups based on ability level to learn open water swim skills.  We’ll finish each clinic with a mass triathlon swim – just like you’ll experience on race day!

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Private Open Water Swim Instruction (1-3 swimmers)

What: 1-on-1 open water swim instruction
When:  Memorial Day – Labor Day, 10am – 6pm
Where:  Coney Island Beach – Brooklyn, NY
Price:  1 Hour:  $150.00 / 1.5 Hours:  $175.00

Small Group Open Water Swim Instruction (4-10 swimmers)

What: Up to 6 swimmers / 1 coach
When:  Memorial Day – Labor Day, 10am – 6pm
Where:  Coney Island Beach – Brooklyn, NY
Price per person:  1.5 Hours: $75


About Open Water Swim Lessons and Clinics:

Coney Island Beach is open from Memorial Day – Labor Day.  Empire Tri Club coaches are available for lessons when lifeguards are on duty (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). 

Location:  The swim will take place at Coney Island in Brooklyn, NY.  Meet on the boardwalk in front of the Aquarium.  When you enter the boardwalk next to the NY Aquarium entrance, you’ll see a large raised structure (bathrooms) to your left.  To your right there is are benches under an awning/structure across from a big mural on the wall & “The Cyclone” roller coaster ride, which is where we will meet.  If you arrive late, head straight down to the water.  Map

Directions:  West 8th Street/Aquarium stop on the F/Q is the closest.  You can also take the D or N to the end of the line (Coney Island/ Stillwell Ave stop – short walk to meeting point).  Some people lock their bikes along the railing on the boardwalk, but please do so at your own risk!  There will NOT be someone watching bags on the beach during the swim, so we suggest that you leave your valuables at home!

What to Bring

  • Tri top & tri shorts, OR a swim suit (We recommend something athletic & supportive)
  • Wetsuit – Not Required but highly recommended!!!*
  • Towel
  • Change of clothes for after
  • Swim Goggles
  • Lubricant for wetsuit – such as Body Glide, Tri Slide or Aquaphor
  • Water / Sports Drink / Snacks
  • Sunscreen

Other / Optional: 

  • Metrocard
  • Lock
  • Money
  • ID
  • Anti fog goggle spray
  • Sunglasses

*Wetsuits are not required but highly recommended.  You’ll be in the water for 1-1.5 hours and may get cold without one.  You can rent a wetsuit from Paragon Sports.  We will not have wetsuits for you to use at the lesson so please bring your own if you would like to use one!

NYC Tri Swim Requirement

In order to promote safety, the New York City Triathlon requires each swim participant to have successfully completed an OPEN WATER (not in a pool) swim with a minimum distance of ½ mile within 18 months prior to race day.  After your lesson, let us know if you would like us to provide you with a letter stating that you’ve fulfilled your requirement.  Learn More