Coaches Certification > Module 2 > Marine Environment
A Variety of Settings
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.
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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