Swim Camps in Kona, Hawaii

NEW! Open Water Camps in November 2018 and early 2019!

I've been all over the world looking for beautiful and safe open water swimming. Guess what? I found it right where I live…on the Big Island of Hawaii.  

I will be your HOST and COACH on this seven-day adventure that includes a combination of AMAZING open water swims, interspersed with group and private instruction, and even a trip to Volcanoes National Park. The camp size will be small (10 or less) and most days are done before midday allowing you time to bike and run, or to go explore the wonders of this BIG island.

All camps include:

  • One hour of private instruction with video analysis in Karlyn's Endless Pool
  • Faster Freestyle Workshop
  • Open Water Skills and Drills Workshop
  • 8 different open water swims
  • Outrigger canoe paddle adventure
  • Day trip to Volcanoes National Park
  • Meet and greet/farewell party
  • Three lunches, one dinner and snacks/fruits at each swim
  • Silicone swim cap
  • Autographed copy of Karlyn's memoir The Do-Over.

Proposed camp schedule:

Saturday evening at sunset (before camp officially begins) 5:30 pm: Meet and greet at the host hotel Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel with pupu's, pineapple, Mai Tais and non-alcoholic beverages.

Sunday, 8:00-12 Noon: The day begins in Kailua Bay with a 2-hour Faster Freestyle workshop designed to help you improve your technique. After a short break for refreshments, we will take your new stroke out for a "test drive" on the official Ironman World Championships swim course. Swim distance: 1.2 - 2.4 miles. 

Monday, 7:00-11:00 am: If you have ever wanted to try Hawaiian OUTRIGGER canoe paddling, now is your chance! We will paddle twice the distance of the IM course and hope to see dolphins or whales. No experience or equipment needed. After a light refreshment break, we will swim north from Kailua Pier toward the Old Airport State Park. Swim distance ~2.2 miles

Tuesday, 8:00-2:00 pm: You will be picked up at the host hotel at 8 am and we will drive to world-renowned Hapuna Beach. It's a wide, sandy beach making it perfect for an Open Water Skills and Drills workshop from 9-10:30. After light refreshments, we will swim the Ironman HONU 70.3 swim course or more.  On the drive back into Kona we will stop at the Shops at Mauna Lani for lunch (provided), then proceed to our second swim of the day in the gorgeous, turquoise waters of Kua Bay. Swim distance between 2-3 miles.

Wednesday, 8:00 am-9:00 pm (big day!): WE ARE GOING TO SEE THE VOLCANO! But first, we drive south to Ho'okena beach for yet another amazing swim. After getting our gils wet, we will drive to Punalu'u for lunch (provided), then visit a black sand beach on our way to Volcanoes National Park. From approximately 2 pm until sunset we will tour around the park, visit museums, walk the Thurston lava Tube and hike the crater rim before we visit the Halemaumau crater at sunset and watch the glow of the lava lake below. Drive back to Kona is about two hours. 

Thursday: No group activities. Book your appointment for your private session with video analysis in Karlyn's Endless Pool (also to be held Monday afternoon).

Friday, 8:00-1:00 pm. Todays adventure will take us to Kealakekua Bay (also known as Capt. Cook) where we will swim across the bay to the monument, then back. A light brunch will be provided before we head a few miles south to a local favorite snorkel location called "Two-Step" for a second (optional) swim. Swim distance 2-3 miles

Friday evening 5:30-8:30 pm. Farewell dinner at Karlyn's home with awards and fun!

Saturday 8:00-10:00 am: Our last swim is a beauty! We will head a few miles south to Kahalu'u Beach park, also known as "turtle beach." This is an amazing swim in aquarium like water with an equally amazing reef. To be honest, it's one of my FAVORITE places to swim and a perfect way to end the camp. Swim distance 1.5 - 2.5 miles.


$1495 does not include accommodation or airfare. Book early and use air miles or SPG or Marriott points


Sunday Nov. 11 to Saturday Nov. 17th 2018 (Veterans Day Nov. 11th)

Sunday, Jan. 20th to Saturday, Jan. 26th (Martin Luther King Day Jan. 21st) 

Sunday, Feb. 16th to Saturday, Feb. 23rd (Presidents Day Feb. 18th)

Sunday, March 2nd to Saturday, March 9th

To sign up or for more information, please email Karlynpipes@gmail.com

Mini-Camps offered year-round...you create the schedule!

Together we will create a custom "mini-camp" with a flexible schedule that offers a combination of private or semi-private instruction in a variety of locations. Perfect a solo traveler, a couple or a small group. Book your camp today!

Sample schedule:

Session one in the Endless Pool: The camp begins with a 30-minute discussion about swim technique, followed by a private 60-minute lesson with plenty of videotaping and analysis. You will experience immediate results and the videos to prove it! For more details, please view swimming lessons page.

Session two in Kailua Bay: Held on the Ironman World Championships swim course, we will begin with a safety talk then head out into the crystal clear waters to work open water skills and drills and improving your technique. Distance covered will depend on comfort level and ability. 

Session three:  We can return to my Endless Pool to continue to work on the “new” stroke adding breaststroke and butterfly.  Or, if the open-water is calling you, let's go swim with the fish again! Flexibility is key, so we let's wait until after the second session to decide what location will work best for you to help you reach your swimming goals.


Two session mini-camp $425, three session mini-camp $545
Two to five people: Two session mini-camp $395, three session mini-camp $495

If you are considering a trip to Hawaii and would like to work with me, please view my travel schedule first, then book your camp today! 

Need a Swim Coach for YOUR Camp?

Do you need an enthusiastic and knowledgable on-deck swim coach for your next TRIATHLON or SWIM TEAM training trip to the Big Island of Hawaii? Then consider me! I will deliver innovative and challenging workouts specifically created for your group that can be held in either the pool or ocean. All abilities and ages are welcome.

Ideal for:

  • Triathletes

  • Masters swimmers

  • Youth swimmers

  • A group of like-minded friends

I will work with you to create a schedule and then custom-build workouts designed specifically for your group. You will have plenty of options between my Endless Pool, the ocean and the community pool. Best of all, participants will receive swim technique and stroke instruction throughout the camp. Perfect for groups large or small.

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