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Open Water Swim Excursions

It’s not a race…it’s an Excursion!

Do you want adventure, safety, and camaraderie?  If you are drawn to testing your own limits while swimming non-competitively with others, Northwest Open Water Swim Excursions are tailored to YOU. Download our 2014 Northwest Swim Excursions Schedule (PDF). See registration details.

“Thanks for the great swim last night. It was wonderful to meet you and other passionate swimmers. Your enthusiasm and energy were wonderful.”

— Andrew, 2013

What Makes Northwest Open Water Swim Excursions Unique?

We provide the highest quality safety accompaniment, maintaining a support ratio of one safety craft per (maximum) six swimmers. Our Excursions often include on-water support personnel with Emergency Management Technician (EMT) and Coast Guard experience.

All Excursions include at least one safety kayaker holding current Red Cross CPR certification, and an independent Safety Officer with cancellation authority. All are fully insured.

Each Swim Excursion provides:

  • Open water sighting and swim tips
  • Use of a changing cabana
  • A snack and drink after the swim
  • Pre-swim yoga to prepare physically and mentally
  • Use of post-swim CoreWarmers, to help you warm up fast if necessary
  • Wetsuit rental suggestions and transportation to and from your hotel (an additional fee applies).

Who Participates?

Our diverse Swim Excursion clients range from driven, successful triathletes to pool swimmers trying open water swimming for the first time. Each Excursion accommodates a maximum of twenty swimmers.

“I just wanted to thank you for a great experience yesterday. I was really nervous going into it and came out feeling great and so much more confident for my half Ironman.”

— Alexa, 2013

When and Where do the Excursions Take Place?

Swim Excursions take place in the Seattle area. Our two Wilderness Adventure Swims are the exception, as these occur in pristine lakes within an hour outside Seattle. Depending on the date, Excursions occur both in Puget Sound and in Lake Washington. We offer weekend and mid-week Swim Excursions to fit every swimmer’s schedule.

Please assess your own skills and register only if you know you have the fitness and endurance for these adventures. Sorry, we can NOT refund registration fees. In emergency situations, we may allow you to apply your registration fee to a different Excursion. Please carefully read the Safety Plan before registering.

“I just wanted to let you know that I finished the Vancouver Half Ironman this past Sunday — and I was able to swim straight for the whole 1.2 miles and didn’t panic (despite the broiling mass of arms and bodies swimming nearby)!

The open water swim we did with you guys was really important for me to identify my weaknesses (sighting!), and your calm encouragement and support were also important for me to realize I could do it. So, thanks so much for your help!”

— Rika, 2012

Your Excursions Support Ocean Ecosystems

Every time you swim with us, you help keep our oceans clean. We donate a portion of each swim’s registration fee to Oceana.

Individual Challenge Swims

These customized swims are from one to three people who are training for specific events. Same as an Excursion, but faster, tougher, and potentially longer, based on needs. Scheduled when YOU need to train for the big one.

Contact us for more information.