Building confidence in open water

Swimmers – and water walkers – are now gearing up for the second part in the Camana Bay Aquatic Club Open Water Series, which will take place on Saturday, 10 March. The event will start with a 200 metre Lollipop Dash, followed by a 600 metre Sea Swim and a 600 metre Water Walk. The series will conclude on Saturday, 31 March with a 200 metre Lollipop Dash and a rewarding 800 metre Sea Swim and 800 metre Water Walk.

The first event was held on Saturday, 18 February with more than 86 participants turning out for the first in this three-part series of family-friendly open water events.

“It went really well,” says CBAC Head Coach Katie Lambert. “We had a tremendous amount of parent and volunteer support, which led to a very well-organised meet – and to a very positive experience for the swimmers.” The little ones enjoyed a 200 metre Lollipop Dash, designed for swimmers 10 and under who are new to open water swimming, with more confident swimmers participating in the 400 metre Sea Swim. The last event of the day was the 400 metre Water Walk, where participants walked through the water at waist height.

The series allows swimmers to build open water confidence in a friendly environment, while giving others in the community an opportunity to test the waters of competitive swimming, Ms Lambert says.

“All events are open to swimmers of all ages and abilities and aim to encourage new swimmers to try a new sport, get wet and have fun,” she says.

Registration for the remaining two events can be made on the day at the event, online at or at The Discovery Centre in Camana Bay. Cost is CI$30 for a Series Package, CI$90 for a Family Series Package (2 adults and 2 children) or CI$15 per individual race. All swimmers will receive a CBAC swim cap, and those who sign up for the Series or Family Package will each receive a CBAC Open Water Series T-shirt.