Open Water Swims

Be sure to join us for the next regularly coached swim workouts.

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Saturday September 3, 2016

7:oo am for advanced and intermediate swimmers
8:15 am or beginners
Lake Las Vegas

Swimming in the pool is COMPLETELY different from swimming in open water.  If you have a triathlon scheduled in your future I strongly recommend getting as much practice in the open water as possible.  I have done water support for many events and most of the people I have had to rescue reported that they either had not swam much in the open water or that they had not practiced in their wetsuit.  Another common problem is not practicing in race like conditions.  In other  words they had no idea how to overcome the anxiety that comes with swimming a group.  Our practices will take you through all the skills you need to be more confident in your open water swimming.

I work with athletes on relaxing their breathing.  Many actually hold their breathe while their face is in the water which spikes the heart rate sky high.  It would be hard for anyone to relax with that going on!  However, practice makes perfect.  Many triathletes do not swim straight.  Proper sighting can make all the difference and we work on the best techniques to allow you to stay on course.

I hope to see you at the next open water swim.

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Open Water Swim Groups

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This year we have a new location, new times and more options to help you prepare for your best season yet. We are now operating out of beautiful Lake Las Vegas.

Every workout is organized and led by Jackie Arcana, certified US Masters coach and USAT level II coach.  Some of the Topics & Skills we’ll cover and practice:

  • Stroke technique tips for Open Water vs. Pool
  • Tips for practicing indoors
  • Sighting skills & technique
  • Equipment tips & tricks (wetsuits, goggles, etc.)
  • Drafting technique and practice
  • Starts
  • Turns & negotiating buoys
  • Exits
  • Racing strategies
  • Race specific training

Saturday September 24, 2016
Saturday October 15, 2016

7:00 am Advanced and Intermediate Swimmers

8:15 am Beginner Swim


Open Water Season Pass – Team XCELL ONLY

5 swims


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1 swim


Drop In (drop ins will not be available for sold out swims)


Should I come to the Beginner or Intermediate swim?  If you have never swam in open water before you should come to the beginner swim even if you are pretty good in the pool.  Most start with at least one Beginner open water swim.  If you have past open water swim experience including successful swim portions of triathlon races then you should be fine at the Intermediate group.


Contact Jackie for more info.

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New Year’s Day Polar Dip

Join XCELL for our

Annual New Year’s Day Polar Dip
January 1, 2017

12 Noon

The Village


Lake Las Vegas

What is it?

The Polar dip is a great way to start your New Year off!  Participants dip into the water at The Village at Lake Las Vegas.  Some may wish to swim a short 200 yard course.  It is a very energizing experience.  We have options for just about any way you would like to handle the challenge.


How do I do it?  

Sign up below and then show up on New Year’s Day.  The traditional way is no wetsuit: jump in and jump out.  You can warm up under the heaters provided by Lake Las Vegas and get changed into dry clothes in the Village rest rooms.

Finisher certificates for all participants and awards for best costume and special categories.

 Costumes strongly encouraged.  This is Vegas, I am SURE we have some creative types that pull off some fun ideas!  That has certainly been the case in the past.

Bring dry clothes, towels, confidence.

Leave home – doubts, sanity.

Seasons Market is generously supplying those who brave the waters

FREE  Hot Chocolate and Coffee.

Lake Las Vegas is supplying heaters.


A portion of your fee goes directly to Safe Nest.

Safe Nest is Nevada’s largest and most comprehensive charity devoted solely to domestic violence issues.  If you care to donate gently used clothing please bring them to the Dip and we will make sure they get to Safe Nest.


Cost: $10.00 prepay Team XCELL

$12 Guest

$15 on site

New Year’s Day Dip – Team XCELL


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Paddleboard, kayak and lifeguard support will be provided.  Water temperature is approximately 60.

Tips for the Dip:

Do not try to get used to the cold water.  Just get in.  EXPECT to feel very cold at first and to feel like you can not breathe.  This is normal.  (Coach Mel finds none of this normal, by the way). Just force yourself to exhale.  Then either get out right away or start swimming.  You will be fine.  I will be participating as well.  Please bring a towel and dry clothes to change into.  If swimming bring a brightly colored swim cap and your goggles.


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