WaveOne Open Water Camp for
Swimmers and Triathletes

The WaveOne Open Water Camp for Swimmers and Triathletes is an opportunity for a unique motivational and educational experience. The camp encompasses a full spectrum of open water swimming and racing . Whether you are new to the open water or are looking to improve your overall swimming, WaveOne will change your relationship with the water to swim with confidence, comfort, and new efficiency. Set between the ocean and sound in beautiful Wrightsville Beach, the camp boasts first class accommodations by the Four Seasons Blockade Runner Beach Resort.

OWS campers after an ocean swim...

OWS campers after an ocean swim...


The Camp

The benefits of this unique camp originate from our philosophy that your swimming experience and results correlate directly with your ability to connect with the water in which you swim. We teach you to translate your physical and mental energy into swim speed by invoking skills, strategies, mental and physical preparation in differing conditions.  Through various cross-training exercises and water sports, including stand up paddleboarding, surfing, body surfing and other drills, you will develop an expanded feel of the water that greatly enhances your swimming abilities. This fun, relaxed atmosphere camp is about sharing experiences and creating new ones, immersing you in a safe open water environment: swimming in ocean and bay, and exploring your open water limits. 


Four Seasons Beachfront Accommodations

Located  beachfront with the Atlantic Ocean out the back door, and the Sound with a private beach facing the front, and a pool next door, our accommodations are unparalleled for a complete open water experience.  Four days/ Three nights are included in your tuition at the Blockade Runner Cottage in Wrightsville Beach, NC. The camp curriculum includes the advantages and flexibility for wide variety learning opportunities.

The Schedule

Camp Day 1 Thursday Evening
Check in
Introductions and Orientation
Ocean or Sound Swim

Optional Surf Instruction
Dinner: Cold cuts and BBQ
Day 2: Friday
Morning Beach Yoga with Leslie
Swim in Bay: acclimation, stroke instruction, video taping
Choice Time: Rest, Review Run, Bike
Ocean Swim: Entry, strategy, stroke instruction
Intro to Body Surfing: Wave and swell timing relating to swimming
Review Video & Stroke Analysis
Nutrition Lesson and Chef prepared dinner
Day 3: Saturday
Morning Beach Yoga with Leslie
Bay or Ocean Swim, Race instruction, practice swim
Choice Time: Rest, Review Run, Bike
Stand Up Paddle Lesson and Practice
Ocean or Bay Swim
Hands Across the Ocean
Day 4: Sunday
Morning Beach Yoga with Leslie
Ocean Swim – Practice Race
Wrap up
Beach Clean up
Free time
Check out


Hammer Nutrition
Bark Paddleboards
Sport Fair: The Swimmers Outfitter

SurfRider Foundation DC and Cape Fear Chapters
We partner with Surfrider Foundation to educate and work to keep our waters swimmable. Learn more about the Cape Fear Chapter here.

Preseason price special - save $100 -   $675 for Double Occupancy, $895 for Single Occupancy.  Sign Up Now! only 4 spots at these prices! 


Go here to see our detailed Athletes Guide for more information and FAQ. (Coming Soon)

  • Tuition based on double occupancy, single rooms available for $additional. Cancellation policy is in the Athlete's Guide.
  • Included meals are very light breakfast, lunches, dinner for Thursday and Friday; breakfast vouchers at the Blockade Runner next door are available for $13 ea. 
  • Includes a camp shirt and other goodies.
  • You will be required to complete a forthcoming questionnaire and medical disclaimer to ascertain your goals, swimming/water/triathlon  experience, and other information to make the camp as successful as possible.
  • See  http://blockade-runner.com/ cottage for information on the setting for the camp.
  • Nearest airport is Wilmington Intl Airport (ILM) approx 23 minutes from the Blockade Runner Cottage  (by car, not swim)
  • May 17 Sunrise is 6:07AM, Sunset 8:09PM, 
  • Predicted ocean water temperature is 73-76.  
  • Wetsuits are optional, discouraged, and not required. 
  • Live Wrightsville Beach Surf Cam here> 

Swimming Equipment: See the Athlete's Guide and FAQ


The Coaching Team

Denis Crean      Founder - Head Coach
Denis created  WaveOne Swimming in 2008 – Specializing in coaching, developing and organizing programs and events for open water swimmers and triathletes. He creates a transformational open water experience to bring swimmers an "aha" experience that forever changes their relationship with the water.  Over 3,000 athletes of all ages participate each year in WaveOne swims.

His pool and open water training cover a broad range of topics, including the fundamentals of swimming; stroke technique and proper body positioning; advanced pace/interval/distance work; and open water race strategies & preparation, safety, and sighting techniques.

Denis is an avid marathon open water swimmer and competitor, with an accomplished race record to include the following long-distance achievements:

Catalina Channel Swim 20+ miles 16:18:20 (2016)
1st place (overall): 24 mile Tampa Bay Marathon Swim (2004)
2nd place (male), 4th place (overall): 41k Lake George Marathon Swim (2007);
2nd place (male), 3rd place (overall): 28.5 mile Manhattan Island Marathon Swim (2006);
1st place (age group), 5th place (overall): Swim Around Governors Island, NYC (2012)

USA Swimming, Coach,  US Masters Swimming  Coach and Red Cross Lifeguard
USA Swimming National Select Open Water Camp - Coach 2014
Special Olympic Instructor, US Dept. of State  Sports United Program in Cairo, Egypt (2013)
Chief Safety Officer for Open Water Swimming at Special Olympic World Games  (2015)

Leslie Tomlinson - USAS Swim Coach and Yoga Instructor
Leslie is a certified USA Swimming Coach for Nation's Capital Swim Club and a US Masters Swimming certified swim coach.  She began her coaching career at Irvine Novaquatics in California 6 years ago. Recovering from an injury she discovered the benefits of yoga, especially as it is applied to swimming. She is a registered Yoga instructor and is building her practice, Wild and Free Yoga in Fairfax, Va.

Matt Tourville -  Swim & Tri Coach
Matt is a 5 time IronMan triathlete, completed of a hundred triath;ons and 30 marathons, and a leading cycling/spin coach.  Matt is a US Army Master Fitness Trainer. He is a Certified USAT Race Director and provides private coaching. Since 2012, his infectious personality and attention to detail gives WaveOne a special edge open water swimming for triathletes. You can spin with him in the top studios at Off Road, Sport and Health,  XSport and others.

Carolina PaddleBoard Co.,  - Jason Colclough - Founder
Carolina Paddleboard Co. is the culmination of years of passion and involvement in the burgeoning stand up paddle lifestyle. What first started with a trip to visit friends in Maui back in 2005 led to an entirely new outlook on surfing and ways to stay on the water.  Our goal is to introduce people to SUP in a way that is easy, enjoyable, and safe while sharing the stoke, passion, and experience we have found in our own journeys. The team consists of teachers of newbies to national champions and will be our instructors.

Sean's Private Surf Instruction - Sean Griffin - Founder

"Teaching new friends every day about the simple joy of surfing!" Sean grew up surfing at Wrightsville Beach and began teaching people to surf 14 years ago. Learn everything you need to know with an elite team of talented local surfers. They pass along their knowledge, stoke and secrets of how to surf well. With Sean's proven, unique & individually crafted student - instructor relationships you'll overcome the obstacles & your surfing will thrive! All instructors are CPR/First Aid Certified. Keep it clean, keep it local!