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Maritime Masterclass: Open Water Swim Safety

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This is a hybrid event, with the option to attend virtually. For all those attending this indoor organized group recreational class IN PERSON, the Maritime Museum of BC will require proof of vaccination.  We are offering this class at 50% of normal capacity.

Maritime Masterclasses are included with the cost of admission or membership!

Our Maritime Masterclasses are practical classes, led by volunteer experts on a variety of maritime skills and topics. Meant for those wanting to refresh their skills or learn something new, join us to such subjects as knot tying, how to navigate in rough seas, or the intricacies of Indo-Asia-Pacific naval diplomacy.

“Open Water Swim Safety”

Maritime Masterclass

Date: Saturday, January 22nd, 2022

Time: 2:00 PM

Duration: 1-1.5 hours

Join Susan Simmons at the Maritime Museum of BC to talk about open water safety for swimmers! From swimming buddies to water temperature awareness, make sure you’re prepared – and safe – for your next open water swim.


Susan was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis over twenty years ago and has chosen a lifestyle that manages the disease through physical fitness and diet. Her number one form of exercise is swimming and her diet is vegan. Both minimize the stress on her body, making it possible to live an active life. For Susan, swimming in the open water provides a special kind of freedom. Multiple Sclerosis is a cruel disease. While one of the best ways for her to manage it is to exercise, exercise is also one of the things that can cause her to over heat and potentially lead to damaging attacks. The open water keeps her cool where she is free to exercise.

Susan wholeheartedly believes everyone is worth the effort it takes to be healthy, and for those of us with disease our first line of defense should be a healthy and fit self.


By October 24, you must be fully vaccinated.

You're fully vaccinated 7 days after dose 2. 

We ask those unable to provide this information to join us online.

For more information, please call us at 250.385.4222 or email us at