Hamilton Open Water Camp July 2024


Hamilton Open Water Camp

July 18, 19, 20, 21   2024


Total Immersion Open Water Swim Camp

Hamilton, Ontario

I am so excited to host this camp that has been 6 years in the making!    I will give you personalized instruction and you will have the benefit of learning from like minded swimmers.  This is not a long distance swim camp. This is a highly interactive form workshop with personalized instruction based on your individual goals.  The amount of swimming will be in the form of  100-200m drills/swimming where you’ll feel what form changes can do for you.   On the final day, you get to choose your swim distance less than 1500m.

This camp is designed for beginner and intermediate swimmers seeking Total Immersion instruction in the open water. Our philosophy is Kaizen swimming; creating continuous improvement by setting your intention to improve one swim skill at each session.

This is a technique-focused camp, teaching you to swim in open water with greater ease and flow, which allows you to swim long distances utilizing thousands of effortless uninterrupted strokes. Our camp is perfect for triathletes seeking to exit the water fresh and ready for the bike.  

The Total Immersion Effortless Endurance – Level 1 workshop and Smart Speed Workshop – Level 2 is integrated with an open water workshop to give you an intense 3 day program.

Camp is limited to 10 participants.

It is highly recommended that attendees be able to swim 200 yards/meters comfortably to obtain the greatest benefit from this open water experience and have some familiarity with the Total Immersion drill sequence using balance, streamline, and propulsion. 

Hamilton is located on the shores of Lake Ontario with access to smaller lakes and reservoirs perfect for small group swim training.   Consider touring around the area before or after your trip to more than 100 waterfalls tucked behind the trails of the Niagara Escarpment that cuts through the city.

Locations are subject to revisions based on weather

We will start off our camp in the small private lake
Gulliver Lake Beach (private lake)

We will move to a larger lake
Valens Beach

and to a protected Bay on the shores of Lake Ontario
Fifty point Conservation

On our final day, we will move to the shoreline of the magnificent Great Lake Ontario.
Van Wagner’s Beach (part of Confederation Park)

Teresa Seibel actively instructs Total Immersion sessions around the province of British Columbia. She became a Total Immersion coach 15 years ago after recognizing the need for technique based swim instruction in her sport of Triathlon. She is currently a Triathlon Canada Certified Coach and founder of the Kamloops Spring Sprint. She was the Sport Chair for Triathlon for 2011 Western Canada Summer Games, and is Past President of the Kamloops Triathlon club. Teresa is a veteran of 2 Ironmans, 4 Half Ironmans, 5 Marathons, and many short course triathlons, runs and swims.


subject to minor revisions
Note: I have 3 seats for transport.  We will ask the group to car pool.

7:00pm-9:00pm – Meeting Room at the Four Points by Sheraton

Meet, greet, socialize, and review of the workshop schedule
Please bring pen and paper for notes

Bring your lunch
Gulliver Lake Beach (private lake)
8:00am Car pool departures from Sheraton
Total Immersion drills and skills
Basics of good balance and streamlining in open water
Video on swim skills
11:00am-1:00pm – Working lunch (outdoor covered area)
1:00pm-3:30pm – Gulliver Lake Beach (private lake)
Review and practice, breathing in the open water
Optional group swim (dependent on abilities of group)
Second video
6:00pm – Optional dinner at the TBD

8:30am-11:00am Valens Lake
8:00am car pool departure from Sheraton
We’ll split into groups and review and practice
Sighting for open water navigation
Synchronized swimming practice and mass swim starts
11:00am-1:00pm Break
1:00pm-3:00pm – Meeting room at Sheraton for discussion on morning practice
Swim Speed Math – introduction of tempo trainer
3:00pm-5:00pm -Lake Ontario
Fifty point Conservation

Review and practice of open water sighting, two beat kick
Introduction of Tempo Trainer
Final Videotaping
7:00pm – Optional dinner TBD

8:30am-11:00am – Lake Ontario
Van Wagner’s Beach (part of Confederation Park)
8:30am Car pool departures  9:00am Ready to go in water
Review, practice, and prepare for last video
Group open water swim, distance dependent on group ability
11:30am – 1:30pm – Meeting room for final video review and wrap up

  • Expert Total Immersion swim instruction and video analysis
  • Partial transportation from Four Points Sheraton to area lakes.  I have 3 seats and will ask campers to car pool with other campers
  • TI swim cap
  • Great memories and long lasting friendships
  • Dropbox folder post workshop with downloadable videos of instruction
  • Swim Bouy rental – highly recommended to bring your own
  • Tempo trainer rental

Travel and lodging

Swimmers are welcome to commute every day.  During the break on Saturday, you will have access to the Hotel meeting room.

We have rooms reserved at the Fours Points Sheraton – Stoney Creek  49 Goderich Rd, Hamilton, ON L8E 4W8

Room block is reserved from July 18-21. Book before June 16 to guarantee rate.
2 Queens $195.00 plus tax
1 King $165.00 plus tax
All rooms have a kitchenette

Book Your Room

If you need extra nights, please call the hotel directly at 905-578-1212 Ext 0 and speak to our Hotel Reservations. if you require a different Room Type or date which is not included in the Group Rate Agreement, then It can be requested and reserved only over the phone and subject to availability and price.

The Hamilton airport (YHM) has limited service with Air Canada and WestJet, Sunwing, Air Transat and Play.

An alternative international airport is Toronto, Pearson (YYZ) that has non-stop flights to most International destinations.  This is a 1-1/2 freeway drive to Hamilton. .

Check federal Covid and passport/visa regulations for entry to Canada.

Most major car rental companies service the both airports.

In addition to your normal clothing and toiletries, we recommend bringing the following items:

  • 2 water bottles
  • Plenty of sunscreen SPF 30+
  • SPF lip protection
  • Shoes/sandals that can get wet
  • Sunglasses
  • Towel(s)
  • Synthetic fleece to wear post-swim
  • Running shoes and other workout gear as desired
  • At least 2 pair of goggles or swim masks (tinted and mirrored lenses preferred)
  • BodyGlide, Desitin or other anti-chafe cream
  • Thermal shirt or wetsuit (for those who get cold easily)
  • Recommended  Tempo trainer pro 
  • Recommended Swim Buoy

Who do I contact if I have additional questions?

Please email Teresa Seibel  or connect with us through the contact page.

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