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As the sun barely peaked…

over the roofs on the Esplanade, a few swimmers gathered to meet their coach for an ocean swim at 6:30am, in August 2014. Coffee and friendly conversation followed. Unknowingly, the foundation of SMOG was being built.

The next week consisted of 3 swimmers, followed by 6 swimmers on week 3, and so on. From Day 1, the group mission has been to provide a safe, inclusive environment where everyone can enjoy open water swimming and a supportive community surrounding the deep connection the ocean creates.

Today, with nearly 1800 members across three cities, SMOG is home to the country’s largest year round open water training community. From beginner to olympian, SMOG prepares athletes for their specific races and goals. 


What is SMOG?

SMOG is located in Los Angeles, San Diego and San Fransisco! SMOG LA meets Saturday’s 8:00 am at Avenue A lifeguard tower in Redondo Beach. Coming soon: Tuesday’s in Hermosa Beach!

SMOG SD meets Sunday’s 7:30 am at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas. SMOG SF meets Sunday’s 8:00 am at Aquatic Park.

Each month-long training block consists of a variety of workout formats, from circuit training, to distance courses, to time trials, crafted specifically around the triathlon and swimming race calendars.

Head coach Bryan Mineo, as well as assistant coaches Alex Moothart, Megan Tobin, Antony Nguyen lead with a hands-on approach, focusing attention on each athlete and their needs. 

We believe structured pool training is critical to open water success and are proud to be partnered with the largest masters swim program in the country, SCAQ. With weekly triathlon focused pool sessions, SCAQ is the complete complement to the SMOG open water program.

SMOG is grateful for generous local support including title sponsor Subaru Pacific as well as The Village Runner, The Swim Guy, Blue Seventy, and Goodr.



Membership Includes:

- Coached and paddle supported open water sessions

- Tri Star coached bike and run workouts: organized bike/run after with Strava routes and aid stations
- Key workouts throughout the season to prepare for races

- *NEW* Discounted Membership for SCAQ, our partner providing 60+ pool workouts per week
- *NEW* Discount on Open Water Master Clinics (spring and fall)
- Discounts and free swag from our awesome sponsors
- *NEW* Calendar of workouts included in monthly newsletter
- *NEW* Summer Celebration in June and Holiday Party in December (free to members)

Your membership supports the permitting and safety for the group, buoy crew, and paddlers who facilitate our growth and keep all SMOG sessions the most fun open water training in California.

Title Sponsor: Subaru Pacific

Sponsors: Blue Seventy, The Swim Guy, Village Runner, Goodr

Partner: SCAQ

2019 Membership Options:

January - June $250* ($4.80 per session)

*Pro rated until March 31 is $200

July - December $250 ($4.80 per session)

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Week 1

Workouts: Entry/Exit Repeats

Lecture: Cold Water Acclimation

Week 2

Workouts: Middle Distance Circuits

Lecture: Relaxed Breathing for Efficiency

Week 3

Workouts: Distance - Loop Contest

Lecture: Sync and Timing of the Breath

Week 4

Workouts: Mixed Circuits with Relays

Lecture: Proper Head Positioning