12-weeks: 1 Challenge

Open Water in the winter

Every practice we set up a different buoyed course in our all-deep 50m pool simulating an open water experience in the comfort and safety of a pool setting

Training and Learning for all levels

The program progresses over the course of 12-weeks where we work on open water skills, endurance and technique. Due to the open water setting we can adjust the workout for nearly any level of swimmer

SwimRVA 10K Team Challenge

In the 12th week we will take on the SwimRVA 10K Team Challenge. Swim 25 400m swims in the open water course as a team of 2, 3, or 4. Feeling really good, swim it solo. 

Program Details


2020 Dates, Times and Location

Workouts are held on Sundays from 9-10am at SwimRVA located at

5050 Ridgedale Parkway, Richmond VA 23234.

2020 Dates are:

Jan 5, 12

Feb 2, 9, 16, 23

Mar 1, 15, 22, 29

Apr 5, 19 (Beach Clean-Up)

Program Fees: $149

This fee includes all 11 winter open water workouts AND $50 off a 10K Challenge Team Registration.

No Drop-In Available

Due to space limitations you must be either a member of the SwimRVA Hammerheads Masters Program or a Member or the Winter Open Water Program in order to attend these workouts. 


Registration will open on December 1, 2019


How good of a swimmer do I need to be to participate?

You should be able to comfortably swim 100-meters without stopping before joining the Winter Open Water Program. 

Is the pool really ALL deep, how do I get out?

The entire pool is 7'7". Because there are no lane ropes it easy to swim to the side and use a ladder to get out. 


What is the water temperature in the pool?

Water in the competition pool is kept at 79-degrees

I have an old POW Punch-card, can I use that for this program?

Unfortunately due to space limitations, you must be a member of this program or the SwimRVA Hammerheads Masters program to participate. 

How does the $50 discount work for the 10K Challenge?

Once you are enrolled in the program you will be sent a discount code to use when you register for the 10K Challenge. You may only use one code per team.