Open water swimming is always an adventure because there are so many different elements at play, from the water temperature, to sun, wind, and plants. Swimming is already often seen as an intimidating sport to engage in at a pool, where there are less variables and a black line to guide you on a straight path from one wall to the other. The goal of the Boothbay Region YMCA's new Open Water Masters Swim program is to offer a safe open water place for adults to get a swim workout and have access to coaching. All workouts will take place at Camp Knickerbocker's waterfront.
Janelle Munson-Mcgee, aquatics specialist and Master’s swim coach, will be the designated coach to help facilitate workouts with swimming, and instruction to help build overall fitness.
Janelle is an experienced swim coach wo is prepared to help develop these nuanced techniques, in a structured outdoor workout environment. The Y is fortunate to be capable of providing a space to swim with others in a socially distant fashion and provide a coach that can alleviate some of the uncertainties and worries about open water swimming.
On a local level, Janelle has coached several members of Boothbay's Masters swim program to participate in various triathlons around the state of Maine last year including the Pemaquid triathlon.
This Open Water Masters Swim Program will be held from July 6-July 31 and Aug. 3-Aug. 27, Monday-Thursday 5:15-6:15 p.m.
This program is offered to Boothbay Region YMCA members only and all participants must be at least 18 years of age or get approval from Janelle to participate, be able to comfortably swim 100 yards, and tread water for two minutes. FMI, please contact Janelle Munson-McGee at JMunson-McGee@brymca.org