Swimming Clinic, Ocean Swim, and Beach Tour

Intro to Ocean Swimming

Gain confidence with your first steps into open-water swimming

There’s nothing like the exhilaration of swimming outdoors. Whether you want to go for a relaxing shoreline swim or take on a more challenging open-water adventure, there are important skills and knowledge you need to have when transitioning from the pool to the ocean. Maximize your safety and enjoyment in this afternoon adventure. This informative session will help you learn to:

• Acclimatize to cooler water temperatures
• Use proper basic open-water swim and breathing techniques
• Apply open-water orientation skills and sighting
• Locate suitable ocean entry and exit points
• Understand ocean currents and how to estimate distances
• Handle an emergency in the water and minimize risk
• Relax and have fun!

You will have the opportunity to immediately apply this valuable information by going for a short ocean swim. This island is blessed with many scenic swimming locations. We will explore some of Bowen’s more secluded beaches and wild coastline to assess them for swimming suitability. At our chosen destination, you will experience the thrill of going for a shoreline swim.

Once dried off and back in the Cove, we will unwind with a special treat at one of Bowen’s favourite hangouts.

Billi Behm

Swim Coach

Billi has been a swim instructor and lifeguard for the past 25 years, and began coaching open-water swimming on Bowen since 2007. As a resident of Bowen since 1994, she has taught many Islanders of all ages to swim.


4 hours

Group size
Min 4/Max 8


Physical level
• Low intensity
• No ocean swimming experience necessary
• Prerequisite: Able to swim 100 metres nonstop in a pool

2021 Dates

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12:00 p.m.*  Meet at designated location for welcome
12:15 p.m.  Beach tour
1:00 p.m.  Arrive at destination beach for clinic and ocean swim
3:30 p.m.  Return to Snug Cove and enjoy a treat at a local’s favourite hangout

*Please be aware if you miss the meet-up time, the group will leave as scheduled without you.

Weather guarantee

This adventure will proceed rain or shine. Sunshine is nice, but swimming in the rain is lovely, too.

What to bring

• It is strongly recommended for all participants to wear swimming-purposed wetsuits. If you wish to rent a wetsuit, you will need to do so before travelling to Bowen Island. Wetsuit rentals can be found at West Point Multisport (Main Street), North Shore Athletics (North Vancouver), or Rowands Reef Scuba Shop (Granville Island).
• Swimsuit, if not wearing a wetsuit
• Water shoes or sandals (to protect feet from ocean rocks and barnacles)
• Towel
• Sunscreen
• Change of warm, dry clothing
• Water bottle
• Snacks

Physical ability

All adventurers need to be in good physical health in order to fully participate. When selecting your adventure, please make sure you have read through the description carefully and assess your ability to cope with the activities involved. Please note that if, in the opinion of the instructor, guide, or coach, any participant is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, Bowen Island Adventures reserves the right to exclude them from the adventure without refund.

Medical and travel insurance

Emergency Medical Insurance for this activity is strongly recommended for all out-of-province participants. When selecting a travel insurance policy it is recommended that at a minimum you are covered for medical expenses, including emergency repatriation. For multi-day events, we suggest the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. We recommend Covermore by Manulife Insurance for Canadian travellers.