Getting Started

Are you thinking about swimming across Bear Lake? Here are some steps you should follow:
  1. If you haven't already, visit your Dr for a medical exam to make sure you are healthy to train for, and make the attempt.
  2. Depending on the distance you wish to complete, you should train for that distance which includes:
    • Distance training
    • Cold Water training 
    • Rough open water training
    • Proper technique for maximum efficiency and endurance
    • All of the above training can be obtained by joining and participating in a USMS club for organized workouts, stroke analysis, safety observance, and practice in open water!
    • Swimming exclusively in a pool will NOT give you the experience you need to accomplish your swim.  While it may be possible to train only in a pool and still be successful, you want to be as prepared as you possibly can be and that includes frequent training in open water.  
    • Participate in organized open water races which may be a triathlon, or open water event.
    • Keep in mind that you should layout your goals and plans in baby steps.  A swimmer desiring to swim the width (7 miles), should be able to swim at least 5 miles in training in open water.  A swimmer desiring to swim the length (19 miles) should be able to swim at least 15 miles in training in open water.  Preferably in less than desirable conditions to ensure that you are prepared for rough and cold conditions.
  3. Based on your progress of your training, you should select a date.  Keep in mind that the optimal swimming in Bear Lake is during the July, August or September time frame.  Outside of those months and you will be dealing with extremely cold conditions.  
  4. Fill out the Intent to swim form so we can:  
    • Provide suggestions during your training,
    • Arrange an observer for your selected date of swim which includes free online live tracking with spotGPS to share with your friends so they can track your swim in real time.
    • Assist in your preparations.