This four-day intensive Manhattan Beach Open Water Channel Swimming Clinic by One with the Water, was designed by Coach Mallory Mead to introduce aspiring channel swimmers to the basic skills and knowledge needed to prepare for a channel swim in a small group setting.
In addition to eight coached ocean swims (including one night swim) the camp includes a lesson in working with a support paddler, and discussions on training, nutrition, acclimation, and planning. For an additional fee, participants may also elect to have Mallory create a custom training plan for them or schedule a one-on-one advanced stroke correction session.
The dates for the clinic are April 24-27, 2014.
Cost of the camp is $1,250 for registration received on or before February 15th. For registrations received after February 15th, the cost of the camp is $1,500. These prices are for coaching services only and do not include accommodations, food, or transportation, with the exception being the trip to Palos Verdes/Naples.
Please contact Mallory to reserve your spot. Registration is capped at 8 participants. Additional sessions may be added upon demand.
With 17 years of open water swimming experience under her belt, Mallory is considered to be one of the foremost experts in the sport of open water swimming. In 2010, Mallory became the 39th person in the world and one of the youngest to complete the “Triple Crown” of open water swimming. In fact, Mallory completed her first marathon swim, the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim, when she was a green 18 year old. Hailing from Northern Indiana, Mallory now resides in Los Angeles, California where she is a full-time swimmer competing in the FINA Grand Prix, professional marathon swims over 10km. She also works in marketing for Malibu C, a US-based manufacturer of skin and hair care products, where she manages the company’s line of products for swimmers. She volunteers as an observer for the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation and jokes that she had been to Catalina Island a dozen or so times before she finally set foot on the island for longer than a minute. In addition, Mallory teaches open water clinics both locally and nationally where she works with aspiring open water swimmers and triathletes. For more about Mallory, visit www.mallorymead.com.
There are various hotels located within a short drive to Manhattan Beach Pier, some even within walking distance:
Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Manhattan Beach/LAX Airport
1817 North Sepulveda Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
1221 North Valley Drive, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266-4778
(310) 546-4985 (Fax)
Sea View Inn At the Beach
3400 Highland Avenue, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266-3341
The Belamar Hotel
3501 N Sepulveda Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Manhattan Beach Marriott
1400 Parkview Avenue, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
(310) 939-1486 (Fax)
What to Bring:
Swimsuits, goggles, (MUST have a pair of clear goggles for night swim), brightly colored swim caps (silicone caps are warmer – see the One with the Water Team Gear), 3 glowsticks, warm clothes (i.e. sweats, hats, gloves, warm socks, boots, etc), body glide/vaseline/grease, notebook, and water bottle/thermos. Nutrition that you plan on using during your swim or that you would like to experiment with.
Manhattan Beach Channel Swimming Clinic by One with the Water
Thursday, April 24th
First Ocean Swim (Introduction to Ocean Swimming), Meet and Greet Lunch, Ocean Swim
Friday, April 25th
Ocean Swim, Nutrition and Cold Acclimation Discussion, Ocean Swim
Saturday, April 26th
Ocean Swim, Training Programs Discussion, Optional Advanced Stroke Correction or One-On-One Training Program, Night Time Ocean Swim
Sunday, April 27th
Ocean Swim at Palos Verdes, Discussion on Planning a Channel Swim, Kayak Support Training, Recap
Manhattan Beach Channel Swimming
Clinic 2013 Participants and Coaches
2013 Channel Clinic alums went on to swim END-Wet, Manhattan Island Marathon Swim, Long Island Sound, Catalina Channel, and the Swim Around Key West later that year. In addition to learning the necessary skills to be successful, our alums forged lasting friendships and are even planning to serve as crew members for one another in 2014.
“I want to thank you both again for the Channel Clinic. It was alot of information to absorb in such a short time, but after just having completed my longest swim (by double),with a kayaker, preparing my feeds, feed bag/rope, and informing the kayaker of how I wanted him to assist me- I always found myself relying on the information/advice you both gave me. SAKW was my first attempt to see if I am able to do the longer distances, with an eye towards Catalina. There was absolutely no way I could have done as well as I did in completing the swim without your Clinic. I reviewed my notes from your talks and arrived at the swim much more prepared than had I gone it alone. I felt that I had ‘a tiny bit of your experience and excellence’ backing me, and it certainly gave me a boost of confidence. ” – Gregg