🌕Full Moon Open Water Swims*
Our extremely popular, professionally coach-led Full Moon group swims are back this year. Described by many as “thrilling”, “adrenaline-rising” or even “bonkers”; one thing is for sure is, that if you want to tick one of these adventure-filled swims off your bucket-list (and earn some bragging rights along the way) you should reserve it early!
Each Full Moon Swim is timed so you venture into the dark cool waters of Cherry Beach just as the moon is starting to rise over the Lake Ontario horizon. As your heart starts to pump faster and your senses are heightened, you can roll onto your back and look up at an unobstructed view of the stars…and it is spectacular. Then, as the moon gets higher, a glimmering path of light will start to dance across the water towards you and you will be engulfed in the magical beauty of a Full Moon Open Water Swim.
Swims are generally between 800-1600m with the exact course determined by our expert coaches before each swim after they consider wind conditions, waves, water temperature and swimmers abilities. Safety notes and meet-up instructions are emailed out to registered swimmers before each swim and safety instructions will also be reviewed on-site before each swim.
*Note we cannot guarantee what the weather will be like and/or that you will see the moon, stars etc but we can share that all 3 of Team Atomica’s Full Moon swims last year were magnificent! Team Atomica Open Water swims will only be cancelled if there are thunderstorms (lighting, thunder or both) or torrential rain. In the case of cancellation, you will receive an email from Team Atomica between 4-6 hours prior to the swim start. Swims may proceed at the coach’s discretion and with caution, in cold, rainy or windy conditions with the swims kept closer to shore than usual for the safety of the athletes.
Last Full Moon Swim of 2023:
🔵 Blue Moon Open Water Swim
Wednesday, August 30th
START: 7:55 PM (arrival 30 mins before)
MOONRISE: 8:13 PM
- wetsuit (may not be required for warmer swims or experienced open water swimmers)
- bright bathing cap (neoprene recommended for warmth)
- SWIM FLOAT/BUOY with LIGHT*
*best if you have a water resistant bike light or other that you can put in your swim float to set it a-glow!
- CLEAR goggles, the water will be black
- Fins so you don’t have to kick a lot (security) and for foot warmth (if warranted)
- able to swim 800m continuous
- Click for Wetsuit and Water Temperature Information for Open Water Swimmers
- Click for Cherry Beach Current Water Temperatures & Conditions
- Click for Wind and Waves conditions
- Click for Water Quality
COST: $25+HST each Full Moon swim
TERMS: No Refunds for Full Moon swims
CREDIT: No Credit given less than 72 hours before scheduled swim unless cancelled by Team Atomica
EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org to Register
🍓 Strawberry Moon Open Water Swim
Saturday, June 3rd completed
🦌 Buck Moon Open Water Swim
Monday, July 3rd completed
🦈 Sturgeon Moon Open Water Swim
Tuesday, August 1st cancelled
TERMS for Events, Clinics & Workshops
REFUNDS will be issued if Team Atomica cancels any event
CREDIT will be available to participants who need to cancel before the early bird date
NO CREDIT will be available to participants after the early bird date
COACHES are subject to change
LINKS TO OTHER TEAM ATOMICA PROGRAMS:
COMPLETED FOR THE 2023 SEASON:
PRE-SEASON OPEN WATER SWIM CLINICS
- Saturday, May 27 completed
- Saturday, June 3 completed
Whether you are getting ready for your first open water swim or are an experienced racer, this clinic will be filled with useful tips and practical instruction from ex-professional triathletes and nationally accredited swim coaches. Topics covered and practiced (in the warmer waters of an indoor pool) will include: Group Starts, Drafting, Sighting, Breathing and airway management and Passing Athletes are welcome to wear their wetsuits. Any athletes who are interested in attending Team Atomica’s weekly Mon, Wed, Fri Open Water Swims at Cherry Beach are encouraged to attend.
OPEN WATER SWIM CLINIC
- Monday, July 3 completed
7:00-7:15 PM How to put a wetsuit on
7:15 – 8:15 PM In water portion
This is your chance to learn and practice open water skills within a group setting in the protected waters of Cherry Beach! Expert coaches will cover: How to put a wetsuit on, Group Starts, Drafting, Sighting, Turning, Passing, Exiting and Transitions. Coaches will help you understand how to approach an open water race strategically, mentally as well as teach you the physical skills needed to feel safe and comfortable.
HOW TO CHANGE A FLAT TIRE
- Saturday, June 3 completed
2:15 – 3:00 PM
Be prepared! Practicing how to change your tire will leave you confident knowing that your hundreds of your training hours won’t be lost if you flat during your next long-distance race.
Mandatory tools: tire levers, spare tubeCOST: $15+HST
- Tuesday June 20 completed
This 1 hour transition clinic can save precious minutes off your transition times come race day by teaching you how to lay out your transition area and sharing Pro-tricks of how to get IN and OUT quickly from your bike to run. It can take hours of training on your swim to get the same benefit! This will be a hands on clinic and everyone will get to practice their transitions while receiving real-time feedback. Participants who are ready to take it to the next level will be challenged with new techniques and faster speeds. Multiple methods of getting on your bike, including the flying mount will be covered.
Mandatory equipment: bike, helmet, racing shoes.
Optional equipment: towel, socks, sun glasses, hat, nutrition.