Tiki Swim is coming to life

Flickr photo by aarmono

OCEANSIDE- Every time I ride through the Oceanside Harbor I look over at that inviting still water and have imagined a swim there. We in North San Diego County are not fortunate enough to have an open water swim venue similar to La Jolla Cove, Mission or Glorietta Bay and it is often the surf that makes ocean swim so intimidating.

Now the TIKI SWIM offers a compromise. There will be a surf entry , however the back part of the course takes swimmers into the Oceanside Harbor where athletes will be enjoy the protected environment as fatigue starts setting in. Additionally, for those nervous about open water swimming, we placed swimmer safety as our number one priority. The¬† Tiki Swim course will have over 30 trained lifeguards plus personal water craft and Oceanside Harbor Police boats. That’s one guard approximately every 150 yards!!

As a triathlete we also wanted to create e a swim that caters to triathlon’s nuance as well as an event for swimmers. The Tiki Swim provides athletes the chance to experience or train for their full and half distance swim. This is a great opportunity for those doing the Arizona triathlon to gauge their readiness or for an athlete sitting on the fence to experience what for most is the most intimidating part of triathlon. The TIKI SWIM encourages the use of wetsuits¬† and will have divisions for both wetsuit and traditional swimmers.