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Open Water Excursions

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Important Information

  • You must be at least 18 years of age to swim with us. There is no upper age limit.
  • To join us, your swim ability must be (at least) at an intermediate level. You should be able to swim one mile (1650 yards) in the pool without stopping. We accept and celebrate all swim speeds.
  • We absorb all registration processing costs. Unlike other sport sites, we do not pass these on to you.
  • You must be confident that you are able to swim the distance of your chosen Swim Excursion. If you are not confident about this, please register for a shorter event first. You can also take open water swim lessons to prepare you for the longer Swim Excursions.
  • We donate a portion of each registration fee to Oceana, to help protect the world’s oceans.
  • Sorry, we cannot refund registration fees.

Before your first Swim Excursion, you must download, read, and sign the Liability Waiver/Safety Plan. Bring your signed waiver to your first swim. We will keep it on file for 5 years.

Special Discount!

Register for ANY four Swim Excursions at the same time, and receive a crisp, new $10 bill. Use it to sweeten your drive home, buy earplugs for your next Excursion, purchase flowers for your honey, or…?

Open Water Swim Clinic and Wetsuit “Try-athon”

imagesPrepare for a summer of swimming!

Practice essential skills for success in the open water. Learn strategies to overcome nervousness, swim in a pack, and sight. Expert wetsuit fitters from Speedy Reedy Multisport will provide practice wetsuits and help determine which brand and size works best for you.

Everyone participating in this Clinic receives a 10% discount on a wetsuit purchase at Speedy Reedy Multisport!

Date: Saturday May 30th, 2015
Cost: $55


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Conquer Your Ironman

Triathlete running out of the waterPerfectly timed for Whistler and other Ironman events, this 1.2 mile loop or 2.4 mile double-loop swim has been a favorite of Say Yes! swimmers for three years. Triathletes who add this early event to their training plans always gain an advantage over their competitors.

This year, we offer an extra treat: A triathlon “superwoman” will highlight the “must-dos” for your successful event.

Date: Sunday June 14th, 2015
Cost: $55 single loop, $65 double loop

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Tubby Trout

thThis Lake Washington adventure offers the best possible practice for Seattle’s most elite race, the Fat Salmon Open Water Swim. It’s our longest Swim Excursion this season, perfect for those who want to test their endurance in the open water. This is a fun, but quite challenging, event. All swimmers leave with a Golden Trout prize.

Route: We’ll start at Martha Washington Park (South Seattle) and swim south. Enjoy passing some of Seattle’s toniest real estate as you swim! You’ll also get a glimpse of Beer Sheva Park, named after Seattle’s sister city in Israel.

Date: Sunday June 28th, 2015
Cost: $65


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Wednesday Evening Swims

1044571_547494661952982_2046855957_nWhat a relaxing end to your day! Perfect for those just getting into Lake Washington, as well as for swimmers practicing for upcoming sprint triathlons. This Excursion in Lake Washington will increase both your confidence and competence in the open water.

When you finish, take home a Theo’s chocolate treat to ease you into the rest of the week.

Date: July 15th, 22nd, and 29th, 2015

Cost: $45 each, $120 for all 3

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Special Price for Sound Training and Racing Members

All three swims for only $105.00
($30 discount)


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Special Wilderness Adventure Swim

Four legsThis is what swimming’s all about! Join us for a special NEW Swim Excursion in a NEWLY discovered lake. Location TBA. Includes catered lunch.

We will carpool from a Park and Ride and start with relaxing yoga once we arrive. Then we’ll swim in an incredibly beautiful setting in the purest water imaginable. A luxurious, gourmet lunch will greet you when you get out. We’ll play Swim Trivia with prizes and generally have a great time.


DSCF0985Many swimmers said this was their absolute favorite Swim Excursion in 2014. Treat yourself! (This photo is of the lake we swam in last year. You can see a video here.)

Date: Saturday, September 26th, 2015

Cost: $95


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Agua Fresca 1-or 2-mile Challenge

Lake Washington is at its gorgeous best in early October. Use this Swim Excursion to extend your summer just a little bit longer. That hot chocolate will taste great afterward!

The Swim Excursion starts and ends in South Seattle. Plenty of kayak support makes this a safe and enjoyable adventure, possibly with chop and wind.  End your season in the lake with a swim you will remember!

There is a porta-potty available.

Date: Saturday, October 3rd, 2015
Cost: $45 / $55

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Awesome Alki

1897901_10203263867020571_990081114_nYou can see starfish and crabs on this refreshing, 1-mile swim along Alki Beach. There’s nothing like the buoyancy of the ocean to make you feel great.

Warm yourself by the bonfire after the swim as you enjoy your fish n’ chips from West Seattle’s famous Spud Restaurant (included in price).

Note: You will feel most comfortable in this event if you continue your open water swimming into September and October. There may be strong current and/or wind.

Date: Saturday, October 17th, 2015
Cost: $55


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