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1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Olympic Swim & Health Club

This is the third in a series of 3 swim clinics for the Pittsburgh Triathlon, focusing on open water skills including pack swimming, sighting & drafting.

This is a 2 hour coached swim clinic to help learn swimming skills for open water mass start swimming.  This will be held in the pool, but with simulated race elements.   All swim abilities welcome.    Clinic limited to 16 students to maximize coaching feedback.  Cost $50 for single clinic or $120 for all 3 swim clinics.  (See 3 Swim Clinic Package to register for all 3)

Description of Clinic

Swimming in open water presents challenges not present in a pool, however many of these skills can be practiced in a pool with simulated conditions and elements of open water swimming.  Swimming straight, sighting while swimming, and dealing with waves, current & chop can be anxiety producing if not practiced.  Knowing how to prepare for these conditions will not only improve your swimming but reduce race day anxiety.

In addition, mass or wave start swims involve swimming in close proximity to other swimmers.   Practicing skills such as “synchronized” swimming, side-by-side swimming, drafting, sandwiching and ‘spirit’ swimming will improve your confidence which will help you save energy and reduce anxiety.


We recommend that male students wear a Speedo-type brief or close-fitting triathlon swim shorts, rather than loose-fitting swim trunks, which can make balance even more of a challenge.


About Coach Suzanne

Suzanne Atkinson, MD is the head coach & founder of Steel City Endurance, Pittsburgh’s oldest coaching company for endurance athletes.   She is a Total Immersion Master Coach and has participated in 9 different week long open water swim & triathlon camps over the past three years.  Prior to triathlon coaching & medical school, Suzanne worked for Outward bound school teaching teens & adults technical expeditioning skills including white water canoeing & kayaking, rock climbing and mountaineering.   Suzanne currently splits her time between working in the emergency department at UPMC East, consulting as a command physician at StatMD, and coaching endurance athletes in Pittsburgh and around the world.

Steel City Endurance is proud to be a coaching sponsor of the 2013 Pittsburgh Triathlon and Adventure Race benefiting Friends of the Riverfront.

About Friends of the Riverfront

Founded in 1991, Friends of the Riverfront is dedicated to the development, expansion, promotion, and stewardship of the Three Rivers Water Trail and Three Rivers Heritage Trail in the Pittsburgh region.  Once a year, Friends of the Riverfront highlights use of both trails by hosting the Pittsburgh Triathlon & Adventure Race, more information can be obtained by visiting www.pittsburghtriathlon.com.

Information about the Three Rivers Heritage Trail, Three Rivers Water Trail, and Friends of the Riverfront can be found at www.friendsoftheriverfront.org, by calling 412-488-0212, or by joining Friends of the Riverfront’s social network on Facebook and Twitter.




Bookings are closed for this event.