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A Variety of Settings

Olympic champion Alexander Popov once observed:

“The water is your friend. You don’t have to fight with water, just share the same spirit as the water and it will help you move.”

In the open water, these words ring especially true.

On the other hand, when you encounter wind, waves, currents, tides, jellyfish, sharks, and seaweed in the open water, Popov’s words can also ring hollow.

Open water swimming is defined as swimming for pleasure, fitness, or competition in natural or man-made bodies of water including oceans, lakes, bays, rivers, reservoirs, rowing basins, seas, ponds, coves, lagoons, canals, channels, dams, estuaries, fjords, and gulfs.

With over 70 percent of the world covered by water, scenic and safe venues for open water swimming are limited only by swimmers’ creativity and willingness to swim beyond the shores. Open water swimming can be in saltwater or freshwater, calm or rough conditions, warm or cold temperatures, and still or with currents, depending on the time of day, the season, and the location.

Today, over 4,000 open water events are held in at least 89 countries-and this number does not include triathlons, solo swims, lifeguard competitions, polar bear swims, and other multi-sport events involving the open water.

 



Exemplary Preparation:
One of the best examples of a well-prepared open water swimming event is
Brazil's King and Queen of the Sea. [More...]


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