The OC Swim Club exists to create opportunities for everyone in our communities to have positive encounters with the aquatic environments we love and share.
Club founder, Bruckner Chase, completed his first triathlon in 1984 and his first Ironman distance race in 1985. From a time when the first wetsuits were neon pink and 140.6 was a mystery to the masses the swim has always been the race director's and the competitor's most fear laden race segment. With the exponential increase in participation of new athletes and an increase in first time events with inadequate knowledge of the aquatic environment we have seen first hand the risk poorly planned swim courses and inadequate athlete preparation can present to the individual and the organization.
Drawing on a wealth of experience, training and expertise our team can help plan the best swim course and develop race specific tools to help athletes prepare for the conditions and distances they will encounter. We can work with race organizers at any point along their event development process assisting with a variety of components:
Governing agency communications
Development of race's aquatic action and operations plan
In-water training sessions
Online informational and training videos
Recommended training plans for athletes
Social media content
We have a deep respect for our marine environment drawn from years of competing, coaching and guarding the waters we love. Stories from around the world have shown that anything can happen in the open water at even the most prestigious events and even to the most well trained athletes. We also know that putting on safe races that can consistently draw a full field of athletes is becoming a challenge as more events are launched targeting the same athlete demographic. Our goal is to insure both the race organizers and the athletes have positive experiences in the water and on land.
What we tell our athletes is also what we suggest to new or veteran race organizations, "Don't let what you don't know or what you think you know about the ocean and your ability in the water limit what you can accomplish."