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WOOF: An Introduction to Open-Water Swimming

  • 03 Jan 2021
  • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • online


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WOOF: Women Outdoors Online Funtimes

Join us for an online class with Daniela and Sam 

An Introduction to Open-Water Swimming


Did you know that there are fresh-water jellyfish? That a 150-pound person will burn roughly 400 calories during an hour-long swim at a moderate pace, and 700 at a vigorous one? That if you're swimming in cold water, hypothermia can come on 15 minutes after you've come out, toweled down, put on dry clothes, and gotten into a heated car?

Open-water swimming experts Daniela Klaz and Sam Levinson know all that, and far more. They've both clocked hundreds of miles in marathon swimming events. They'll be sharing their fascinating stories and advice on three-season, open-water swimming, or what they call "water-based, self-propelled freedom." They'll also share their wisdom on cold-water swimming and acclimation, open-water kayaking for swimmers, and open-water safety. Their goal: to entice people to try open-water swimming—safely.

Swimming is a glorious way to explore the outdoors in a completely different way than the land-based activities we usually do, be it hiking or biking or even our near-the-water-but-not-actually-in-it favorite, kayaking. Please join us as we explore this aspect of enjoying the outdoors in a way that many of us may know little about—you're sure to learn something about safely exploring the aquatic world around us!

Note: This event is open to all levels of experience, including beginners.

Zoom Meeting Details will be sent in your confirmation email.

Presenter Credentials:


Masters Swimming Coach Certification 2018

Masters Official (for Competitions)

SCAR 2017; In Search of Memphre 2018; END-WET 2017; Border Buster 2015, 2016, 2017; Lido Key 2017


ACA Level II Kayak Instructor

ACA Level III Kayaker

Misery Challenge swimmer 2017, Memphremagog Winter Swimming Festival competitor (2019 & 2020)

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Before the Presentation starts:

  1. Download Zoom on your computer/tablet if you don't have it already.

  2. Click on the meeting link (which will be sent via confirmation mail) and enter the password.

After the 1-Hour Presentation ends:

  1. We set the end time for this 1-hour presentation at 7:30 in case you want to hang out and socialize. 

    *** RSVP and Cancellations – IMPORTANT – PLEASE READ ***

    Please respect the trip leader and other members and update your RSVP if you sign-up but then are unable to attend, especially if there is an attendee limit for this event! Events may be cancelled due to lack of attendance or other circumstances. 

    To Cancel: Go to your  Registration List

    • Click on this event in your list
    • Click on the Already registered link under the REGISTER button.
    • At the next page that opens with your registration form, click on the CANCEL REGISTRATION button, and then again click on Cancel Registration on the pop-up form.
    • Ignore the link to contact the administrator

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