Open Water Swimming


Whether you’re preparing for a race, looking to conquer anxiety or just want to swim more confidently outside – we can help you.

Learn Open Water Swimming Technique with Sea Hiker!

Over 10 Years of Open Water Coaching! 

Open Water Skills for Every Swimmer Level


Open Water Courses At A Glance


Each of our open water courses is limited to a small group of 12 swimmers and two coaches, so you can benefit from regular personalized feedback each session. And they’re designed to adapt to your needs, so you never feel out of your depth.

In addition to one-on-one feedback, we provide:

  • video analysis of your stroke and open water skills
  • online practice guides
  • reference videos for the skills we teach

Join the growing community of people who have taken our Open Water courses. We’ve designed courses for all skill levels. Find yours below.



2018 Spring and Summer Seasons 

We offer two Seasons of Open Water Swimming:

Spring: May 14th – June 25th (Jericho Beach, Dundarave Beach)

Summer: July 3rd – August 20th (Jericho Beach, Bowen Island)

See listings below for schedules, locations and availability.



Level 1 – Open Water Comfort


Learn open water swimming the easy way. We’ll start with short swims, easy skills and help you make the ocean feel like a second home.

This is a course for recreational swimmers, or for anyone curious about a first step in open water.

Experience: No previous open water experience necessary.

LocationSeasonClass TimeDatesCoachesView Details
Jericho BeachSummerTues, 5:45-6:45 pmJuly 3rd – Aug 7thDeborah & Nick1 Spot Left


Level 2 – Open Water Confidence


Sea Hiker - Creature from the Black Lagoon

Anxious about leaving the shore behind?  This course is designed for swimmers and triathletes starting out in open water, but who feel comfortable in the pool swimming laps.

Experience: No previous open water experience necessary.


LocationSeasonClass TimeDatesCoachesView Details
Jericho BeachSpringTues, 5:45-6:45 pmMay 15th – June 19thDeborah & NickSOLD OUT!
Jericho BeachSpringWeds, 7:00-8:00 pmMay 16th – June 20thOscar & Nick1 Spot Left
Dundarave BeachSpringWeds, 6:45-7:45 pmMay 16th – June 20thPeter & Deborah
Space open
Jericho BeachSpringThurs, 5:45-6:45 pmMay 17th – June 21stNick & Stewart6 Spots Left
Jericho BeachSummerWeds, 7:00-8:00 pmJuly 4th – Aug 8thDeborah & Nick4 Spots Left
Tunstall BaySummerWeds, 6:45-7:45 pmJuly 4th – Aug 8thBilli & PeterSpace open
Jericho BeachSummerThurs, 5:45-6:45 pmJuly 5th – Aug 9thNick & StewartSpace open


Level 3 – Open Water Efficiency


Interested in swimming smoothly and efficiently in open water?  This is the class for you: We’ll focus extra attention on how to stay efficient in changing conditions, swim in small groups, and swim point-to-point safely..

Experience: Swim 200m non-stop.


LocationSeasonClass TimesDatesCoachesView Details
Jericho BeachSpringTues, 7:00 -8:00 pmMay 15th – June 19thDeborah & Nick2 Spots Left!
Jericho BeachSummerMon, 5:45-6:45 pmJuly 9th – August 20thOscar & Stewart4 Spots Left!
Jericho BeachSummerTues, 7:00-8:00 pmJuly 3rd – Aug 7thDeborah & NickSpace Open
Tunstall BaySummerWeds, 5:30-6:30 pmJuly 4th – Aug 8thPeter & BilliSpace Open


Level 3+ – Open Water Race Skills


Get Ready for Your Best Open Water Racing Season.

Once you feel at ease in the water, develop your speed without sacrificing efficiency and hone your triathlon racing skills.  Fitness swimmers are also welcome!

Experience: Swim 200m non-stop.


LocationSeasonClass TimeDatesCoachesView Details
Jericho BeachSpringMon, 5:45-6:45 pmMay 14th – June 25thOscar & Stewart2 Spots Left!
Jericho BeachSpringWeds, 5:45-6:45 pmMay 16th – June 20thOscar & Nick5 Spots Left
Dundarave BeachSpringWeds, 5:30-6:30 pmMay 16th – June 20thPeter & Deborah
3 Spots Left
Jericho BeachSpringThurs, 7:00 - 8:00 pmMay 17th – June 21stNick & Stewart3 Spots Left!
Jericho BeachSummerThurs, 7:00 - 8:00 pmJuly 5th – Aug 9thNick & StewartSpace Open



Level 4 – Endurance


Training for Ironman or Open Water races of 2km or more? Train to swim a smarter open water race with sets to challenge your racing IQ.   Adapt your stroke for faster & efficient endurance swims.

Experience: 1km open water swims.


LocationSeasonClass TimeDatesCoachesView Details
Jericho BeachSummerWed, 5:45-6:45 pmJuly 4th – August 8thStewart & OscarSpace Available



Level 5 – Performance


  Surge to a New Personal Best this Summer. Shatter your personal best! For triathletes and open water swimmers with racing experience and concrete goals.

Experience: Swim at a pace of 1:58 per 100m or faster in the pool for a swim longer than 400m, and be able to swim 1km in open water easily.


LocationSeasonClass TimeDatesCoachesView Details
Jericho BeachSpringMon, 7:00-8:00 pmMay 14th – June 25thStewart & Oscar1 Spot Left
Jericho BeachSummerMon, 7:00-8:00 pmJuly 9th – August 20thStewart & OscarSpace open




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