The Camana Bay Aquatic Club kicked off its third annual Open Water Swim Series at Governor’s Beach on Feb. 8.
Club assistant coach Dave Bott said the primary goal of the three-part series is what truly distinguishes its races from other open water events.
“We want to give novice athletes an opportunity to compete in a setting that is less daunting than traditional open water swims,” Bott said. “Our races start short and gradually increase in distance with each event, allowing participants to build their confidence in the water.”
The day began with the 200-meter Lollipop Dash, designed for swimmers ages 10 or younger who have never competed in an open water race. All 21 participants finished with smiles on their faces and lollipops in their hands earlier this month.
“It always amazes me to see swimmers so young – the youngest participant was 3 years-old – getting into the sport,” said Bott. “And if you look closely at those who participated in the 400-meter race, you’ll see a lot of swimmers who got their start in the Lollipop Dash years ago.”
The 400-meter swim featured more than 90 participants. Some of Cayman’s top swimmers took part, completing the race in six minutes or less. The rest of the group were far behind; the final swimmers crossed the finish line in about 12 minutes.
“It was great to see so many people come out and participate. I hope the swimmers had such a positive experience that they can’t wait to come back for the other races,” Bott said.
The next event in the Camana Bay Aquatic Club Open Water Swim Series is scheduled for March 8 at 2 p.m. at Governor’s Beach. Registration for the upcoming swims is now available at caymanactive.com.
For more information, contact coach Bott at 326-7581 or email [email protected]