How to Train for a Triathlon – Open Water Swim – Full Movie

Preparing for an Open Water swim is critical and will often present unexpected and dangerous conditions. Whether you are considering your first Triathlon, an Athlete looking for a competitive edge, or just a Sunbather going into the water on a sunny day, this How to Train for a Triathlon video series will enhance your ability to avoid and prevent danger from occurring.

We teamed up professional Triathlete and Silverline Athletic’s own Holden Comeau and LA County Lifeguard Andrew Czer as they prepare for the Venice Beach Triathlon to learn the safest and fastest way to enter the water. Learn critical open water swimming techniques such as “the bottom check”, “high stepping”, “porpoising or dolphining”, “sighting”, “bodysurfing”, as well as critical preventative measures that should be taken EVERY time you go for an Open Water Swim.

We also follow John Baltz, a first time Triathlete who is way in over his head. We find out it is equally important to know what not to do when dealing with Mother Nature.

We’d like to thank Silverline Athletics ( and the LA Tri Club ( for making this production possible!

5 Responses to How to Train for a Triathlon – Open Water Swim – Full Movie

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  2. Nickolaus Early

    I am curious if anyone has looked into different body types and the freestyle they either gravitate to or should be taught. Top end swimmers tend to have the long torso and arms with shorter legs. Top runners longer legs. If you are taking a runner and trying to teach them to be a swimmer/triathlete, is it better to teach them a shoulder lead freestyle if they have long legs and shorter arms for example? Or if you look at the body type of a swimmer, is a Michael Phelps better with a hip lead (or combo of hip and shoulder as he swim)? Is a swimmer who has a shorter wing span better with a shoulder lead freestyle?

    • Gary hall sr

      I think the most important factor in determining which freestyletechnique is best is the strength of the kick. Even so, I have seen strong kickers use hip or shoulder driven free. Without a kick. Hip driven doesn’t get very fast, but shoulder driven can with enough work.

  3. Paul Meeusen

    Any experience or recommendations on using pools with water propulsion systems, like, for triathlon swim training?

    • garyhallsr

      Yes. I have swum in an endless pool and found that it is pretty good. I was concerned that it might influence me to use a more hip-driven freestyle, yet found I could easily use hip or shoulder driven as I preferred. You can also turn up the flow volume and practice at a pretty high pace, if you want to. Overall, it is a good alternative, when you don’t have a pool available.


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