Penticton Open Water Camp 2021


Early Bird discount until April 30, 2021

Penticton Open Water Camp

July 8,9,10,11,  2021


Total Immersion Open Water Swim Camp

Penticton, British Columbia

Ironman Canada returns to Penticton for 2020
Total Immersion guest blog with information on Lake Okanagan and an open water swim rated in 2015 as one of the ‘Top 100 Open Water Swims’.  Lake Okanagan is one of the lakes used for our open water camp.

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.

It is highly recommended that attendees be able to swim 400 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.


Penticton is located in the Okanagan Valley region of British Columbia and has been the host city of Ironman Canada for 30 years. With over 2100 hours of sunshine annually and average temperatures in the summer of 26°C to 34°C plan on great weather!

The camp will take place in the two fresh water lakes that border Penticton: Skaha and Okanagan. Skaha lake is the perfect setting for instruction and practicing drills with its shallow water and soft sandy bottom, while lake Okanagan features a kilometre of premium, sandy beach and has recently been voted #2 best beach in Canada by Trip Advisor.

The Okanagan Lake area is host to numerous swim and triathlon races

Across the Lake Swim
Rattlesnake Island Swim
Penticton Peach Triathlon
Kelowna Apple Triathlon


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 Community Triathlon BC 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.

If registration warrants, a second coach may be brought in.

subject to minor revisions
Note: transportation is provided to and from the lakes

Thursday, July 8: 
7:00pm-9:00pm – Sandman Hotel
Meet, greet, socialize, and review of the workshop schedule
Please bring pen and paper for notes

Friday, July 9: 
8:30am-11:00am – Skaha Lake – meet in the lobby at 8:30am, meet at lake at 9:00am
Total Immersion drills and skills
Basics of good balance and streamlining in open water
Video on swim skills
11:00am-1:00pm – Break for lunch
1:00pm-3:00pm – Sandman Hotel Meeting room for discussion on morning drills
3:00pm-5:30pm – Skaha Lake – meet in lobby at 3:00pm
Review and practice, breathing in the open water
Optional group swim (dependent on abilities of group)
Second video
7:30pm – Optional dinner at the Pasta Factory

Saturday, July 10:
8:30am-11:00am – Skaha Lake – meet in lobby at 8:30am, meet at lake at 9:00am
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 – Sandman Hotel Meeting room for discussion on morning practice
Swim Speed Math – introduction of tempo trainer
3:00pm-5:30pm – Okanagan Lake
Review and practice of open water sighting, two beat kick
Introduction of Tempo Trainer
Final Videotaping
7:30pm – Optional dinner at Liquidity winery

Sunday, July 11:
8:30am-11:00am – Okanagan Lake, meet in lobby at 8:30, meet at lake at 9:00am
Review, practice, and prepare for last video
Group open water swim, distance dependent on group ability
11:30am – 1:30pm – Sandman Hotel Meeting room for final video review and wrap up

  • Expert Total Immersion swim instruction and video analysis
  • Daily transportation from Sandman Hotel to area lakes
  • 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

Travel and lodging

The Penticton (YYF) airport is quite small.  Air Canada has flight connections from Vancouver, BC and WestJet has flight connections from Calgary, AB.

An alternative international airport is in Kelowna, BC (YLW).  This is a one hour scenic drive away along Okanagan Lake.  Travellers from the US have good connections with Alaskan Airlines via Seattle.

Most major car rental companies service the Kelowna airport.

We have 10 rooms reserved at the Sandman hotel under the group ‘Total Immersion. This is a moderate hotel.
Please contact them directly and arrange for your room to be reserved by June 5, 2021.
$174.00 (2 bedded room w/ fridge and microwave)
$179.00 (1 king with pullout w/fridge and microwave)
Subject to applicable taxes
Cancellation policy- 14 days prior to arrival
All guests can reserve rooms by calling either the hotel direct at (250) 493-7151 or (800)SANDMAN and quoting Group #TBA

Sandman Hotel
939 Burnaby Ave West
Penticton BC, V2A1G7

It is not necessary to stay at the Sandman hotel. You are welcome to choose your own accommodation and make your own way to and from the seminars.

If you would like to share accommodation with a fellow camper, we will do our best to help arrange this. Please email

If you are registering after June 05, 2021 and need accommodation, please contact Teresa Seibel and she will help you find a property.

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
  • Bug spray
  • 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)
  • Backpack
  • highly recommended – Tempo trainer pro 

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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