- Title: All Women's Open Water Experience: St. John, USVI
- When: 02.18.2018 - 02.23.2018
- Where: Concordia Eco Resort - St. John USVI
- Category: Open Water Camp
Women's Open Water Experience: St. John, U.S.V.I.
February 18-23, 2018- Concordia Eco Resort
Registration is closed as we await news of the rebuilding timeline after Hurricane Irma. St John was severely impacted by this storm and we must make sure all services and support are available before proceeding with camp. You may hold your spot at camp by contacting Angela at email@example.com.
- Expert swim instruction and video analysis
- Transportation to TI organized swim field trips
- Special TI gift and logo cap
- Great memories and long lasting friendships!
Concordia sits just above Salt Pond Bay, overlooking it as well as looking out to Ram Head, on the southern most point on St John. This is a beautiful part of the island, quiet, a little more remote with little car traffic. The swims from this side of the island have sections that are more open and exposed to wind and current. Therefore the swims can be more ambitious, compared to the north side of the island that is more protected by the various bays. Swimmers can expect more challenging swims given the weather and openness of the southern side.
Please note: Participants attending this camp need to be in good cardiovascular/physical condition as some of the swims we will do have start and end points that are not accessible by car and therefore requiring some hiking/walking to and from. However, we do have a swim on the protected bay side, Maho and Cinnamon bays, where we will be shuttling to and from Concordia via taxi. A backpack and water bottle as well as snacks are necessary, so please pack appropriately for your comfort and convenience.
We do have safety in the forefront of our mind, so each swim will have the appropriate boat and kayak support. We will do our part and we want you to do yours to come into this camp in good physical and emotional condition as well as an open mind.
Staying in Concordia is more toward the rustic side, but each tent does have a bathroom and solar shower connected to it for convenience. Each tent also has a propane cookstove, refrigerator, and sink with running water. We found this to be a bit easier for cooking and clean-up and therefore find ourselves cooking and eating in more often.
Travel to Concordia really requires a day of travel. I suggest arriving the day before the camp starts in the event of flight changes as well as allowing ample time to get from the airport on St. Thomas to St John. If your flight arrives any later than 11:00 am on Sunday, the first day of camp, you will not make the first swim session at 3:00. To return home, we suggest booking a late Saturday afternoon flight to allow time to leave Concordia to get back to St. Thomas. Taxis from Concordia before 8:00 AM can be challenging to book. Plus you would miss the "fun" swim Saturday morning.
Two swim sessions are scheduled each day with one being designated as drills and skills, and the second a group swim. The drills and skills sessions will be held at Concordia which is a 15 minute trail walk down to the bay.
Schedule (subject to minor revisions)
Saturday, February 17th
We recommend you travel to St. John on this day. It’s not an official day of camp but we recommend arriving the day before camp starts. . If you choose to arrive on Saturday, you can explore the many activities the Concordia offers such as hiking, kayaking, yoga, or just hanging out on the.
SUNDAY, February 18th
3:00pm-4:30pm: Meet at Salt Pond Bay beach for swimmer evaluation and brief welcome.
7:30pm: Meet in the Yoga Pavilion for a formal meet and greet. Please bring pen and paper for notes. We will review the weeks swim schedule and the safety plan. All participants must attend this session.
MONDAY, February 19th
8:45am-12- Meet at Salt Pond Bay Beach, to practice drills and skills and safety plan. All swimmers must attend this session so plan your travels accordingly.
1:30-3:00 PM: Group 1, Swimmers will have the option to practice more drills & skills or take a swim. 3:00-4:30 - Group 2, swim 1 mile to Blue Cobblestone.
5:30 Individual Groups will meet for video review.
TUESDAY, February 20th
8:45am-11:00 AM: Groups will meet at Salt Pond Bay Beach/ skills
1:30-3:00 -Group 1, Salt Pond Bay for swim.
3:00-4:30 - Group 2, meet at Salt Pond Bay for swim and walk back.
5:30pm: Groups will meet in the pool for video review.
WEDNESDAY, February 21st
8:45am-11:00 AM: Meet at Salt Pond Bay Beach, Group skills work 1:30-3:00 Group 1 swim.
3:00-5:00 - Group 2 swim.
6:00 PM: Group BBQ (Potluck style. Bring a dish to share with the group).
THURSDAY, February 22nd
9:00 AM: We’re taking a field-trip! Meet at the Concordia entrance to be transported to swim location. The afternoon and evening will be yours to schedule whatever you’d like to do such as swimming, snorkeling, hiking, exploring or just hanging around reading a book. 3:30 optional drills n skills at Salt pond beach
FRIDAY, February 23rd
9:00-11:30 AM: Group 1 Meet Salt Pond Bay Beach for drills, skills.
8:45-11:00 AM Group 2 Swim
11:00-11:45 Walk back to Concordia
2:00-5:00 final drills and skills with video review.
7:30-9:00 PM: Group talk followed by Graduation!
Saturday, February 24th
Most camp participants choose to depart on this day.
Please note swim locations and times may change based on weather, water conditions, or other unforeseeable reasons.
All camp participants are responsible for making their own lodging arrangements. Lodging and meals are not included in the cost of the camp. The Concordia Eco-Resort will be our base for the week, though some people also choose to stay off site too. You can make your reservation by calling 1-800-392-9004 or 340-715-0500 or by visiting their website (http://www.concordiaeco-resort.com/availability-reservations/). The Concordia fills far in advance so we recommend making reservations right away.
There are other lodging accommodations on St. John including house or condo rentals and hotels. Please note that if you stay outside the Concordia, you may need to rent a car, or set up taxi service to travel to and from the Concordia each day. Please note the location of your hotel or home rental and the distance to the Concordia prior to booking.
There are also some options to reserve a room or house rental through Air BnB, an online reservation service. There are rooms available just a 12 minute drive from Concordia. Be sure to note the distance your lodging option is from the Concordia before booking.
SUGGESTED PACKING LIST:
In addition to a normal assortment of personal clothing items and toiletries, we recommend bringing the following items.
- 2 water bottles
- Tempo Trainer
- Safety Swim Buoy
- Plenty of sunscreen SPF 30+
- SPF lip protection
- Bug protection including bug spray and long pants and shirt.
- Shoes/sandals that can get wet - Great to wear on the hike to Salt PondSunglasses
- 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)- there is no place on the island to buy new goggles or masks. Please bring as many as you could possibly need.
- Any medications you may need, prescription or over the counter
- Dramamine if you are prone to sea-sickness
- BodyGlide, Desitin or other anti-chafe cream
- Thermal shirt (for those who get cold easily)
We recommend flying into the Cyril E King Airport on St. Thomas. From St Thomas, you would take the passenger ferry to St John then renting a car or getting taxi service to your lodging location.
Cancellation Policy: Please review before registration.
Workshop tuition includes a $500 non-refundable deposit. No refund will be issued for cancellations made less than 2 weeks prior to the start of the scheduled workshop. Tuition can be transferred to another Open Water Camp for a $100 transfer fee. Transfer requests must be made no later than 2 weeks prior to the event. No refund or transfer is available for any reason for cancellations made with less than 2 weeks notice.
Questions? Call us at 800-609-7946 or email Angela at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Venue: Concordia Eco Resort
- City: St. John USVI