WaveOne Open Water Camp for
Swimmers and Triathletes


discover a new open water swimmer within - one stroke at a time

first class ocean side accommodations - stand up paddleboard lesson - yoga for swimming - surfing lesson - stroke analysis

…..and swimming

This innovative camp immerses you in a full spectrum of open water swimming for a truly transformational swimming weekend. We implement various open water activities that teach and help you discover a new relationship with the water. These activities include: bay and ocean swimming, video stroke analysis, yoga for swimming, water/weather conditions analysis, intro to stand up paddleboarding, intro to surfing, strategy sessions, practice race, and more.

Whether you are new to the open water or are looking to improve your overall swimming, you will return with new confidence, new swimming efficiency, and an overflowing toolbox of open water swimming strategies.  Set between the ocean and sound in beautiful Wrightsville Beach, the camp boasts first class accommodations by the Four Seasons Blockade Runner Beach Resort.

the WaveOne camp is your guide in developing a new comfortable home in the water.

2019 CAMP REGISTRATION OPENS OCTOBER 10! Email info@waveoneswimming.com for more info.

Stoke Your Stroke!

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, only a 26 minute drive from Wilmington International airport.

The Schedule

Camp Day 1: Thursday

As swimmers arrive we will offer introduction swims in the sound and ocean, and an optional surf lesson. Cottage check in is in the afternoon.

Thursday Evening:
Introductions and Orientation
Ocean or Sound Swim
Dinner: Cold cuts and BBQ
Day 2: Friday
Morning Beach Yoga
Swim in Bay: acclimation, stroke instruction, video taping
Choice Time: Rest, Review Run, Bike
Ocean Swim: Entry instruction, safety, strategy, stroke instruction
Intro to Body Surfing: Wave and swell timing relating to swimming
Review Video & Stroke Analysis
Nutrition Lesson and prepared dinner
Day 3: Saturday
Morning Beach Yoga or Dryland Strength Instruction, race instruction
Pier to Pier race (optional) or Bay practice swim
Choice Time: Rest, Review Run, Bike
Stand Up Paddle Lesson and Practice
Ocean or Bay Swim
Hands Across the Ocean
Dinner In-house
Day 4: Sunday
Final Strategy Session
Ocean Swim – Practice Race
Wrap up
Beach Clean up
Free time
Check out


Hammer Nutrition
Bark Paddleboards
Sport Fair: The Swimmers Outfitter

Surf Rider 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.

Tuition begiNs at $875 for SHARED ROOM Occupancy, $1025 for privATE ROOM Occupancy. 



Go here to see our detailed Athletes Guide for more information and FAQ. 

  • 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, Friday and Saturday; 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 26 minutes from the Blockade Runner Cottage (by car, not swim), Free transfer to and from the airport are included.

  • May 16 Sunrise is 6:08AM, Sunset 8:07PM,

  • 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 Open Water 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.  Now in going into our 10th year WaveOne Open Water closes in on 15,000 athletes swimming with us.

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 Olympics 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 7 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, H20m Yoga in Montgomery County, Md.

Trent Hayden - Head Triathlon Coach - University of North Carolina Wilmington

Trent is the Head coach of the UNCW Triathlon Team and the Founder and Head Coach of Trident Coaching. He trains, coaches and conducts local open water swims and triathlons in the Wilmington area. Trent is a USA Triathlon Certified Level 1 Coach, IRONMAN Certified Coach, USA Triathlon Youth & Junior Certified Coach, American Fitness Professionals and Associates Certified Sports, Nutrition, and Wellness Nutritionist.

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! 

 Want to learn to surf in Wrightsville Beach, Contact Sean HERE.

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