Most triathlons are held in the open water, and so swimming in the open water is a skill that needs to be developed to enable athletes to have the best race they can when competing. Thanyapura’s Open Water Swim class teaches participants specific techniques on how to swim in the ocean, including sighting, purposing, and drafting.
Open water swimming is not only great exercise, it is more challenging than pool swimming and burns more calories. Although Thanyapura is situated in northern Phuket and enjoys tropical temperatures all year round, the temperature of open water can be a lot colder than pool water. The heart reacts to these changes in temperature by pumping more blood to the organs, improving circulation. Because water is 800 times denser than air, it offers a greater resistance and a challenging workout. But when swimmers are semi-submerged, the surrounding water will support between 50-90% of their weight, offering a low-impact workout. Athletes that are looking to have their best race ever should try this class out.
For those that are desperate to take a break from ‘Black Line’ Syndrome, or just want to learn the art of survival in the ocean, then come and join the session and learn a new #lifeskill. Thanyapura’s coaches take guests to nearby beaches to safely practice open water swim techniques. The skills are beneficial to everyone who learns how to swim – not just triathletes.
Open Water Swim Methodology
Did you know there are specific skills for swimming in the ocean? Sighting, purposing, and drafting – these are just some of the open water swim techniques our athletes learn when they book triathlon training classes. Therefore, our coaches takes guests to nearby beaches to safely practice open water swim techniques. The skills are beneficial to everyone who learns how to swim – not just triathletes.
- Learn racing techniques (stroke, sighting, drafting, and beach starting and exiting)
- Gain tactical knowledge, race specific training and getting comfortable in the water
- Improve through base and speed training
- Develop distance tolerance
- Learn how to turn, breath both ways and swim in a group
What Should I Bring?
- Basic swimsuit or wetsuit
- Swim cap
Additional Class Information
- Be comfortable with your stroke in open water
- Learn another stroke such as breaststroke to recover with less energy
- Open water swimming distance is at least 500m. Practice swimming the distance in a pool without having to put your feet down before entering a body of water.
- If you have any injuries, please be assessed one on one and bring a medical certificate to participate in the class.
- Classes, coaches and venues are subject to change due to availability.
- All classes are on “First Come, First Serve” basis and subject to availability.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Club Services.
- Please be ready 10 mins before classes start to ensure they run on time.