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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Swimming In The Sahara, Ouma And Oases Of Open Water

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Nejib Belhedi will be greeting many Tunisian and some foreign guest swimmers in Tozeur, Tunisia for the Ouma of Dunes 2014 event from May 24th - 27th.

For open water swimmers who are fans of Hollywood films, the locations of the Ouma of Dunes sites include many oases and were used as filming locations for the Star Wars movies, Raiders of The Lost Ark, The English Patient, and The X-Files.

"Our Ouma modula program will be a combination of relaxation, travel, enjoyment, and education and motivation for children," Belhedi explains.

"The Ouma of Dunes will kick-off the Saharan swimming circuit where children and adults can swim in natural clean bodies of water in the Tunisian Sahara desert. The program will include events in Tozeur, Tamerza, Chebika, Nefta (shown above), Ksar Ghilane, Tataouine (site of the famous cave dwellings), Douz (called the ultimate palm oasis), and Matmata."

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Joining In The Sea Goddess At The Hall Of Fame

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Honour Swimmers Elizabeth Fry from the U.S.A., Sandra Bucha (U.S.A.), and Vojislav Mijić from Serbia, Honour Administrators James Anderson from the U.S.A. and Dr. Jane Katz from the U.S.A., and Honour Organisation Indonesian Swimming Federation will be formally added to the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Trophy (Sea Goddess) and archives at the 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference in Mount Stuart House on the Isle of Bute in Scotland between September 19th-21st.

The names of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame inductees are added to the base of the Sea Goddess Trophy that is on display at the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The names include those of the Honour Swimmer, Honour Coaches, Honour Administrators, and Honour Pilots.

For additional articles on the 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference, visit:

* Olga Kozydub To Be Honored In Scotland
* Pádraig Mallon To Be Honored In Mount Stuart Castle
* Mount Stuart House, Splendid Setting For Swimming
* Colleen Blair To Kick-off Global Open Water Swimming Conference
* The Man Who Swims Better Than He Walks
* St Ninian's Bay To Host International Swim Conference
* The 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference

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Noosa Ultimate Sports Test With Trent Grimsey

Courtesy of Noosa Ultimate Sports Test, Huntington Beach, California.

If there is anyone to learn from in the open water swimming community, it is Trent Grimsey. Solo swims across the English Channel, world championship races, cold water marathon swims from Poland and South Africa to Canada, invitational swims in warm tropical seas and the turbulent Atlantic, he understands what it takes to plan, train and succeed in the open water from his native Australia to swims as far as Eastern Europe.

Grimsey, who modified, acclimated, and willed his body to success through years of hard work, self-sacrifice, and strategic planning, will give free one-hour ocean swimming clinics on April 13th and April 26th to prepare for Zinc 96.1 Swim Noosa event in Noosa, Queensland. For more information, visit here.



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Heroism Leads To Boston For Rob Kent

Photo and amazing story courtesy of Rob Kent of L.O.S.T. (Lake Ontario Swim Team).

Follow Kent's story of how he worked hard to save a man's life that eventually led him to the Boston Marathon here.

Photo shows Rob Kent and his runner wife Joanne.

Hit, Bruised, Red, Swollen And Smiling

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Swimming in close proximity to a pack in large bodies of water: such is the nature of competitive open water swimming. When large packs of swimmers start together, go around a turn buoy together, or unintentionally swim into each other, there are always potential and elements of physicality. No harm intended, no foul (in most cases).

But occasionally a swimmer really gets whacked big-time. An elbow, a foot, a hand to the body or the face can hurt. The physicality can catch swimmers by surprise. The experienced swimmers do not focus on retaliation, but rather they accept the mishap, they understand the situation, and they swim on.

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Friday, April 18, 2014

The Success Of Team Dire Straits

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

In September 2007 across the Straits of Mackinac, 50 swimmers celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Mackinac Bridge between Michigan’s upper and lower peninsulas with another 50,000+ thousand colleagues.

The 50 members of Team Dire Straits raised over US$58,000 for Mentor Michigan in a charity swim organized by Jim Dreyer and conceived by Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm.

As part of the Governor's promotion for physical fitness and held in conjunction with the annual Mackinac Bridge Walk led by the Governor, Team Dire Straits was cheered on as they swam in 6 groups by over 50,000 people who were concurrently walking on the Mackinac Bridge.

"Out on the Straits, there is so much time to think," recalled Kellie Nightlinger [shown above] who has also completed five 4-mile swims across the straits over her career.

"It is incredible, everything about the bridge," described Dreyer. "It really is an architectural marvel, not only for the state, but for the country, and when you are on a long swim, believe me, it is great to have something like that to look at."

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Open Water Swimmers Come In All Shapes And Sizes

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Go to any open water swim around the world and it is easy to see that open water swimmers comes in all kinds of shapes and sizes.

So Speedo took that fact, did some homework and addressed the concerns of its female clientele.

Speedo recently introduced a range of swimwear designed by women to shape and smooth their bodies for maximum confidence in and out of the water.

The Speedo Sculpture range was created after the analysis of over 5,400 female body shapes to create swimsuits with the best combination of comfort and fit. Speedo also interviewed 1,200 women globally to help develop the collection. It found that 52% of women didn’t feel their best in their current swimwear, 76% said they would like swimwear that flatters their body shape and a further 63% said that feeling more confident in their swimsuit would encourage them to swim more.

Information about Speedo Sculpture is here.

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The Uniqueness Of Rob Copeland

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

The 24-mile Tampa Bay Marathon Swim, the 28.5-mile Manhattan Island Marathon Swim, and the 22.5-mile Around the Island Marathon Swim in Atlantic City, New Jersey are a tough trio of swims on the East Coast of America.

No one has done all three of these swims but the American senior statements of open water swimming, Rob Copeland.

And the 42-year-old did it in a single year (1999). But in his own humble way, the former president of U.S. Masters Swimming and long-time race director downplays his own East Coast Triple Crown.

"This [achievement] is as much due to the nature of these events as it was the timing."

There are a number of swimmers who have done the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim and the Around the Island in Atlantic City. There are swimmers who have done the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim and the Tampa Bay Marathon Swim. But the timing and the professional nature of the Atlantic City race led to Copeland's unique accomplishment. But since the Atlantic City race is no longer held, Copeland's unique achievement may stand the test of time.

Rob Copeland recalls that swim season of 1999, "The Tampa Bay Marathon Swim was my first true marathon race and I made a few rookie mistakes, which made it the most challenging marathon of the season. For starters, I met my kayaker for the first time the night before and we only discussed feeding schedules. We didn’t discuss navigation and positioning, so we wandered around the Bay a bit and she was often 10-20 yards directly ahead, instead of at my 3:00. I’ve sense learned the importance of great swimmer/kayaker communication and planning. Secondly, I didn’t properly lube up and apply sunscreen, so at the end of the race I was bleeding from the neck and has a few spots of bad sunburn on my back and shoulders. And finally I took it out too fast so that by the end I could barely lift my left arm; it took a week to regain full range of motion. Thank the aquatic gods that the weather conditions were otherwise perfect for the swim."

His official time was 10 hours 6 minutes for fifth overall (third male).

"Next up was the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim. This time, I had an experienced kayaker and support boat - Morty Berger does a phenomenal job of lining these folks up - and one of my crew had done the race the previous year, so that helped. I was also well-rested and had learned from my Tampa Bay mistakes, so this race went a lot more smoothly. As you know, there is something unique about current-assisted swims; that and the amazing New York skyline. This was probably my best marathon swim. I felt good the entire race and between the perfect weather and the best tides and current in MIMS history, I was able to break the 7-hour mark, which according to the NYCSwim website is still the third fastest MIMS time, behind Tobie Smith (6:32) and Tammy Van Wisse (6:51). Of course, there are a lot of faster non-MIMS Manhattan swims, including Shelly Taylor-Smith’s 5:45."

His official time was 6 hours 52 minutes for third overall (first male).

"The final of the 3 races was the Atlantic City Marathon. Thanks in part to my long-time friendship with Sid Cassidy and my swims earlier in the year, I got an invitation to compete in the Atlantic City Around-the-Island Marathon Swim. Unlike the professional swimmers in the race, I had to supply my own kayaker, so I didn’t get the advantage of a rowboat draft or the navigational experience of the pros - those rowers did a great job. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the challenge of the changing conditions as we swam from the inlet to the ocean to the bay through the back waters and back to the inlet. As I recall, we had about a 20ºF difference in water temperature form the ocean to some of the back waters. What I remember most about this swim were all the spectators lined up on the Intracoastal Waterway and the stench of the Atlantic City waste treatment facility."

His time was 10 hours 22 minutes.

With that prolific year of 1999 in his wake, the tireless visionary in the sport among the masters swimming community is currently the chairman of the Georgia LMSC Open Water Committee and was the 2011 recipient of the Captain Ransom J. Arthur M.D. Award from U.S. Masters Swimming. Below is a visionary discussion with Swimming World Magazine's Brent Rutemiller in 2008:



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The Man Who Swims Better Than He Walks

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Marathon swimmer. Race director. Promoter. Official. Administrator.

Vojislav Mijić of Serbia has done it all and will be inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame as an Honour Swimmer at the 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference in Scotland on the Isle of Bute at the Mount Stuart House.

"I will be there together with my wife Jasmina and my coach Slobodan Lovčević and his wife Dragica. The International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame award has the best prestige and is a dream of everyone."

But the long-time race director of the Sabac Swim Marathon (Plivački maraton Jarak-Šabac) and the annual Epiphany Swimming for the Holy Cross of Honour has been dreaming, working and supporting thousands of others throughout his illustrious career.

Born in 1953 in Šabac, Mijić worked for three decades as a chemical engineer while always having a mindset always rooted in the open water swimming community.

Mijić learned how to swim in the River Sava where the Šabac Swim Marathon takes place. He won the Sabac Swim Marathon himself in 1978 and has done hundreds of open water swims in Serbia, Macedonia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Argentina, U.S.A. (from Hawaii to New Jersey), Yugoslavia, Italy, Brazil, Czech Republic, Brazil, the Netherlands, Egypt, Syria and Greece.

As the founder and first president of the Committee for Marathon and Long Distance Swimming in the Republic of Serbia, Mijić participates in and occasionally promotes marathon swimming all over Europe. In his native tongue, his nickname can be translated into English as "the man who swims better than he walks." With three swims recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records, his nickname is appropriate.

He earned a bronze medal at the 1986 World Marathon Swimming Championships in the 33 km Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli race in Italy. "In Serbia, we now have 15 marathon swims per year. When I first started swimming marathons back in 1973, people told me that I was a very crazy man. But now, everything has changed. Marathon swimming is now in the Olympics. I am deeply satisfied in my heart."

Besides his nomination for the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year, he also received a Recognition as a Meritorious Sportsman in 2008 by the Government of the Republic of Serbia. His international open water swims have included the following competitions:

* Island Hvar Croatia (Faros Maratón) 16 km: 1977, 10th place, 5:38
* Island Hvar Croatia (Faros Maratón) 16 km: 1978, 10th place, 5:04
* Island Hvar Croatia (Faros Maratón) 16 km: 1979, 14th place, 4:44
* Island Hvar Croatia (Faros Maratón) 16 km: 1980, 12th, 4:29
* Sabac Swim Marathon 15 km: 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1978 (gold medal), 1979 and 1980
* Sozopol, Bulgaria 15 km: 1980, gold medal, 3:45
* Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli World Championships 35 km: 1980, DNF
* Kanjiza Marathon, Yugoslavia, River Tisa 5 km: 1980, gold medal, 0:42
* Sabac Swim Marathon 18 km: 1981, 1982, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 2002, 2003, 2004 (with several victories)
* Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli World Championships 35 km: 1986, bronze medal, 10:55
* Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli 35 km: 1987, 5th place, 10:05
* Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli 35 km: 1988, 8th place, 9:38
* Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli 35 km: 1989 and 1990
* Bratislava, Czech Republic 10 km: Lake Golden Sand, 1979, gold medal, 2:52
* Bratislava, Czech Republic 10 km: Lake Golden Sand, 1980, gold medal, 2:42
* Bratislava, Czech Republic 10 km: Lake Golden Sand, 1981, gold medal, 2:38
* Bratislava, Czech Republic 10 km: Lake Golden Sand, 1983, gold medal, 2:50
* Bratislava, Czech Republic 10 km: Lake Golden Sand, 1984, bronze medal, 2:53
* Poznan, Poland, Lake Kiekrz 1 km: 1983, 1984 and 1986
* Island Hvar (Faros Maratón) 16 km: 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984 and 1986
* Kanjiza Marathon, Yugoslavia, River Tisa 5 km: 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989 and 1990 (with several victories)
* Lake Lipno, Czech Republic 15 km: 1986, 3rd place, 3:38
* Lake Lipno, Czech Republic 15 km: 1988, 4th place, 4:40
* Lake Lipno, Czech Republic 15 km: 1989, 5th place, 4:23
* Coppa Lord Byron, Venezia, Italy 12 km: 1983, 6th place, 3:32
* Coppa Lord Byron, Venezia, Italy 12 km: 1984, 5th place, 3:35
* Forio D Ischia, Italy 20 km: 1989, 7th place, 5:42
* Toregaveta-Baia-Bacoli, Italy 18 km: 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987 and 1988
* Around Capri, Italy 12 km: 9th place, 3:56
* Ana Capri, Italy 10 km: 1986, 8th place, 2:52
* Ana Capri, Italy 10 km: 1987, 7th place, 3:02
* Ischia, Italy 16 km: 1982, 5th place, 5:01
* Ischia, Italy 16 km: 1983, 6th place, 5:33
* Ischia, Italy 16 km: 1984, 8th place, 5:42
* Ischia, Italy 16 km: 1985, 12th place, 5:52
* Sluis, Holland 16 km: 1984, 10th place, 4:25
* Sluis, Holland 16 km: 1986, 7th place, 4:44
* Lecco-Dervio, Italy 30 km: 1989, Lake Como, gold medal, 9:15
* Palermo, Italy 10 km: 1986, silver medal, 2:15
* Palermo, Italy 10 km: 1987, 5th place, 2:22
* Palermo, Italy 10 km: 1999, 5th place, 2:26
* Alexandria, Egypt 20 km: 1984, 7th place, 6:26
* Ismailia, Egypt, Suez Canal 26 km: 1986, 8th place, 7:02
* Port Saed, Egypt, Suez Canal 25 km: 1986, 10th place, 6:07
* Nile River, Egypt 10 km: 1986, 10th place, 5:35
* Nile River, Egypt 20 km: 1987, 12th place, 6:05
* Toroneos Gulf, Greece 25 km: 1988, 7th place, 7:25
* Toroneos Gulf, Greece 25 km:, 1989, 7:30
* Ponza-Felice Circeo, Italy 30 km: 1989, 12th place, 9:23
* Galway Bay, Ireland 12 km: 1987, 5th place, 3:46
* Galway Bay, Ireland 12 km: 1988 7th place, 3:42
* Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy 10 km: 1988, gold medal, 2:15
* Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy 10 km: 1989, silver medal, 2:34
* Jablah-Latakia, Syria 2000 20 km: 15th place, 6:47
* Sozopol, Bulgaria 15 km: 1981, bronze medal, 4:02
* Sozopol, Bulgaria 15 km: 1982, 5th place, 4:22
* Around the Island, Atlantic City, U.S.A. 26 km: 1989, 15th place, 10:36
* Trasimeno Lake, Italy 20 km: 1987, 8th place, 5:42
* Trasimeno Lake, Italy 20 km: 1988, 10th place, 6:12
* Budapest, Hungary, 12-hour non-stop swim: 1987, 6th place
* Budapest, Hungary, 12-hour non-stop swim: 1988, 4th place
* Sabac Swim Marathon, Yugoslavia, 16 km: 1979, silver medal, 3:07
* Sabac Swim Marathon, Yugoslavia, 16 km: 1982, 4th place, 3:20
* Isola Di Procida, Italy 15 km: 1985, 7th place, 4:29
* Lago di Mergozzo, Italy 20 km:, 1990, 8th place, 5:37
* Lake Como, Italy 30 km: 1990, 7th place, 9:45
* Double Roughwater Swim, Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A. 7 km: 1989, 5th place, 1:47
* Maslarevo Lake, Bulgaria 30 km: 1986, 3rd place, 7:25
* Lerici Coppa Byron 8 km: 1990, 8th place, 2:35
* Isola di Ustica, Italy 16 km: 1988, 7th place, 5:15
* Sluis, Holland 3 km: 1987, 8th place, 44:05
* Porto Alegre FINA World Cup, Tapes, Brazil 26 km: 1993, 12th place, 7:10
* Porto Alegre FINA World Cup, Tapes, Brazil 26 km: 1994
* Salvador Bahia, Brazil 12 km: 1991, 15th place, 4:27
* Salvador Bahai, Brazil, 12 km: 1993, 10th place
* Toroneos Gulf, Halkidiki, Greece 25 km: 1991, 5th place, 7:32
* Toroneos Gulf, Halkidiki, Greed 25 km: 1992, 10th place, 10:05
* Toroneos Gulf, Halkidiki, Greece 25 km: 1995, 3rd place, 7:20
* Nile River, Cairo, Egypt 20 km: 1994, 7th place, 7:22
* Nile River, Cairo, Egypt 20 km: 1998, 7th place, 7:17
* Double Roughwater Swim, Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A., 7 km: 1991, silver medal, 2:07
* Double Roughwater Swim, Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A., 7 km, 1993, silver medal, 2:01
* Double Roughwater Swim, Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A. 7 km: 1994, bronze medal, 1:48
* Double Roughwater Swim, Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A., 7 km: 1995, bronze medal, 2:03
* Hawaiian FINA Pre-world Open Water Swimming Championships, 3 km, 1999, silver medal age group category, 57:11
* Cefaly, Sicily Italy 10 km: 1998, 5th place, 3:15
* Cefaly, Sicily Italy 10 km: 1999, 7th place, 3:25
* Nile River, Cairo, Egypt 15 km: 1994, 8th place, 4:12
* Suez Canal, Ismailia, Egypt 25 km: 1993, 8th place, 7:21
* Suez Canal, Port Said, Egypt 26 km: 8th place, 8:32
* Giza Marathon Swim, Egypt 22 km: 1999, 9th place, 6:49
* Hernandarias-Parana, Argentina, FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix 88 km: 1992
* Hernandarias-Parana, Argentina, FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix 88 km: 1993, 8th place
* Swan River, Perth, Western Australia 4 km: 1995, silver medal, 1:03
* Mar de Plata, Argentina 22 km: 1996, 12th place
* Danube River, Around War Island, Beograd, Serbia 15 km: 1996, 7th place, 3:38
* Piombino, Italy: 1995, 8th place, 5:36
* Piombino, Italy: 1996
* Maratona Degli Etrushi 20 km: 10th place, 5:44
* Maratona Degli Etrushi 20 km: 1998, 8th place, 5:52
* Aci Castelo, Italy 10 km: 1998, bronze medal, 3:45
* Ohrid Lake, Macedonia 30 km: 1991, 10th place, 7:05
* Ohrid Lake, Macedonia 30 km: 1993, 8th place, 7:21
* Ohrid Lake, Macedonia 30 km: 1994, 12th place, 7:15
* Lerici, Italy 10 km: 5th place, 3:35
* Palermo, Traversata du Golfo, Italy 10 km: 1998, 6th place, 3:21
* Palermo, Traversata du Golfo, Italy 10 km: 1999, 8th place, 2:25
* Around the Island, Atlantic City, U.S.A., 36 km: 1989, 15th place, 10:45
* Piombino, Italy 5 km: 1998, 5th place, 2:16
* Kailua Bay, Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A., 5 km: 1997, silver medal, 1:24
* Bacoli, Italy 16 km: 1987, 10th place, 4:55
* River Tisa, Kanjiza, Serbia 5 km: 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000 (several victories)
* Herceg Novi, Adriatic Sea, Montenegro 10 km: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000
* Sluis, Vlanderen Marathon, Holland 16 km: 8th place, 4:35
* Lecco-Dervio, Lake Como, Italy 30 km: 1991, 8th place, 9:25
* Lerici-Porto Venere, Italy 8 km: 1998, 6th place, 2:21
* Sremska Mitrovica, River Sava, Serbia 5 km: 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000 (several victories)
* Lake Palic, Subotica, Serbia 5 km:1993, 1994, 19995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000 (several victories)
* Lake Balaton, Hungary 10 km: 1994, 5th place, 2:45
* Lake Balaton, Hungary 10 km: 1995, 2:50
* Sutomore-Bar, Montenegro 5 km: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000 (several victories)
* Belgrade Marathon, Ada Ciganlija 5 km: 1998, 1999 and 2000
* Kanjiza, River Tisa, Serbia 5 km: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 (several victories)
* Trieste, Riviera di Barcola, Italy 5 km: 2002, 2003 and 2004
* FINA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup, Alexandria, Egypt: 2003, 15th place, 3:35
* Trihonidas Lake, Greece 16 km:, 2003, 8th place, 4:47
* Trihonidas Lake, Greece 16K km: 2004, 7th place, 4:52
* Apatin Marathon, Danube River, Serbia 5 km: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 (several victories)
* Sremska Mitrovica, River Sava, Serbia 5 km: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 (several victories)
* Celeia, Lake Smartin, Slovenia 5 km: 7th place, 2:35
* Varna, Black Sea, Bulgaria 5 km: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 (several victories)
* Ada-Mol Marathon, Danube River, Serbia 5 km: 2010, 5th place, 0:35 * Novi Pazar Marathon, Lake Ribaric, 5K, 2008, 5th place, 2:25
* Sombor Marathon, Danube River Serbia 5 km: 2008, 3:05
* Sabac Swim, River Sava, Serbia, 5K, 2005, 5th place, 1:05
* Lake Panonia, Serbia 5 km: 2008, 2009 and 2010
* Lake Krivaja, Serbia 5 km: 2008, 2009 and 2010
* Ovcar-Kablar Marathon, River Morava, Serbia 5 km: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010
* Becej Marathon, River Tisa, Serbia 5 km: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010

For additional articles on the 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference, visit:

* Olga Kozydub To Be Honored In Scotland
* Pádraig Mallon To Be Honored In Mount Stuart Castle
* Mount Stuart House, Splendid Setting For Swimming
* Colleen Blair To Kick-off Global Open Water Swimming Conference
* Joining In The Sea Goddess At The Hall Of Fame
* St Ninian's Bay To Host International Swim Conference
* The 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference

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First Dip Of Summer

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

With the water in Camlough Lake in Ireland about 10-11ºC (50-51.8ºF), the community is heading to the shoreline.

This event poster provides a great imagery for the reality of the first open water swim of the event.

There are the confident swimmers - swimmers who have acclimated to the cold throughout winter and spring. These are the hardy folks, the hardened swimmers. They look out towards the horizon as they walk in the water, seemingly and factually impervious to the cold. They do not shiver; they smile afterwards.

Then there are the less-hardened swimmers - swimmer who have not acclimated to the cold throughout the winter and spring. These are open water swimmers through and through, but less motivated and not committed to swim in the brutal conditions of winter. They look down at their feet, face aimed towards the water surface, anxious to prove their cold-water worth, but factually worried about the conditions. They shiver and shake, but they also smile afterwards.

Cheers to them all.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Lagos Open Water Championship, Sign Of Potential

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

The Lagos Open Water Championship will be held this Sunday at the Regatta Village, Victoria Island in Nigeria.

Kwami Kpodoh, a FINA open water swimming official from Ghana, will participate in the April 20th event in Lagos, Nigeria as the sport of open water swimming continues to grow along the eastern and western coastlines of Africa.

"The annual Lagos Boat Regatta and Open Water Swimming Championship will be held on Easter Sunday," says Babatunde Fatayi Williams, the President of Nigeria Aquatics Federation about the increasingly large open water swim. "For the first time, Lagos State will be inviting swimmers from other states for the event."

The female race will be 1 km while the male competition will cover 2 km. “The state government is partnering with us - the Nigeria Aquatics Federation - for the open water swim at the Boat Regatta and Open Water Swimming. Plans are also afoot to stage an open water swimming championship in Bayelsa State. The federation will encourage any state that does not have standard swimming facilities, but has open water venues, to host the Open Water Swimming Championships in order to develop the sport because it is one area that the country has enormous potential."

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Colleen Blair To Kick-Off Global Open Water Conference

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Colleen Blair, who has crossed both the English Channel and the North Channel, will help kick off the 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference in Loch Lomond, Scotland.

"It will be an honor to swim in the wake of one of the heroines of the sport, Colleen, the first woman to swim between Orkney and the Scottish mainland at the Global Open Water Swimming Conference," remarked American Steven Munatones who will be coming from California. "A good training swim in the chilly waters of Loch Lomond with help shake off the jet lag for everyone coming from overseas to Scotland. We have people coming from Hawaii and South Africa, Japan and Russia, and all over Europe."

"Blair, from Aberfeldy, was the first woman to swim The Pentland Firth, the stretch of water between Orkney and the Scottish mainland well known for its extreme tidal currents of up to 11 mph," explains Robert Hamilton of Vigour Events, the host of the Conference. "She will be speaking about her exploits. She will also be joined by ‘Mad’ Adam Walker from Nottinghamshire who is about to become the first British man to complete the Oceans Seven challenge, the 7 hardest ocean swims in the world; and the marathon swimmer Kevin Murphy who holds the male record for English Channel swims – 34 including three double crossings. Extreme endurance adventurer Sean Conway, the first and only man in history to swim the length of Britain from Land’s End to John O’Groats across 900 miles, will also be in attendance."

Vigour Events has put together a comprehensive conference that starts on September 18th with a two-day tour of Scotland and will culminate with a swim in in St Ninian's Bay on the Isle of Bute with some of the world’s best open water swimmers.

For additional articles on the 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference, visit:

* Olga Kozydub To Be Honored In Scotland
* Pádraig Mallon To Be Honored In Mount Stuart Castle
* Mount Stuart House, Splendid Setting For Swimming,
* The Man Who Swims Better Than He Walks
* Joining In The Sea Goddess At The Hall Of Fame
* St Ninian's Bay To Host International Swim Conference
* The 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference

Photo courtesy of Sally Cuthbert.

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Bob Burnside, Ocean Safety Extraordinaire, Recognized

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Paragon (noun): a person regarded as a perfect example of a particular quality.

Paragon Awards (noun): annual recognition given to individuals or organizations for outstanding contributions to Competitive Swimming, Water Polo, Competitive Diving, Aquatic Safety, Synchronized Swimming and Recreational Swimming.

Bob Burnside: recipient of the 2014 Paragon Awards for his outstanding and influential lifelong contributions to Aquatic Safety.

In 1964, Bob Burnside was appointed as the first president of the Surf Lifesaving Association.

The emerging water safety group later became known as the United States Lifesaving Association (USLA). In 1967, he developed the revolutionary plastic Burnside Rescue Can that is now a standard for lifeguards worldwide and iconic symbol of beach lifeguarding.

An ocean lifeguard since 1951 in Los Angeles, he was completely comfortable in the open water as a fast swimmer, competitive bodysurfer, and ocean lifeguard, and also on shore as a capable administrator and passionate advocate of all things related to safety.

Burnside will be presented with his well-deserved award on June 13th at a special ceremony at the 50th Annual International Swimming Hall of Fame Honoree Weekend in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. “Pentair is honored to be associated with the International Swimming Hall of Fame and to recognize leaders in the aquatic industry who play a prominent role in the promotion of swimming,” said Jim Drozdowski, Institutional Aquatics Sales Manager for Pentair Aquatic Systems, sponsors of the Paragon Awards.

The annual Paragon Awards bring some of the most interesting and fascinating people each year to the Hall of Fame,” said International Swimming Hall of Fame President and CEO Bruce Wigo, including Burnside who continues to compete in ocean competitions at the age of 82. “These are the unsung heroes who make competitive and recreational aquatics possible, who save lives, who promote water safety and further aquatic education.”



For ticket information to the 50th Annual International Swimming Hall of Fame ceremonies and Paragon Awards, visit www.ishof.org.

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Sid Cassidy Is A Paragon Of Open Water Success

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Paragon (noun): a person regarded as a perfect example of a particular quality.

Paragon Awards (noun): annual recognition given to individuals or organizations for outstanding contributions to Competitive Swimming, Water Polo, Competitive Diving, Aquatic Safety, Synchronized Swimming and Recreational Swimming.

Sid Cassidy (multi-talented, multi-faceted open water enthusiast): winner of the 2014 Paragon Awards for his outstanding lifelong contributions to Competitive Swimming.

Cassidy will be presented with his well-deserved award on June 13th at a special ceremony at the 50th Annual International Swimming Hall of Fame Honoree Weekend in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. “Pentair is honored to be associated with the International Swimming Hall of Fame and to recognize leaders in the aquatic industry who play a prominent role in the promotion of swimming,” said Jim Drozdowski, Institutional Aquatics Sales Manager for Pentair Aquatic Systems, sponsors of the Paragon Awards.

The annual Paragon Awards bring some of the most interesting and fascinating people each year to the Hall of Fame,” said International Swimming Hall of Fame President and CEO Bruce Wigo. “These are the unsung heroes who make competitive and recreational aquatics possible, who save lives, who promote water safety and further aquatic education.”

Cassidy is one of the long-time globally acknowledged leaders and visionaries of the sport of open water swimming. He has received the highest accolades from USA Swimming and served as the Chairman of the FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee. From his days as a professional marathon swimmer and coach/athlete in the long-standing English Channel relay to his four decades of working behind the scenes, on pool decks, and along shorelines around the world, Cassidy has been the epitome of a selfless, passionate athlete, national team coach, amateur and professional race director, promoter, USA Swimming administrator, FINA referee, and sought-after lecturer.

For ticket information to the 50th Annual International Swimming Hall of Fame ceremonies where American marathon swimmers Sid Cassidy, Sandra Bucha and Jon Erikson will be honored, visit www.ishof.org.

Copyright © 2014 by World Open Water Swimming Association

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Mount Stuart House, Splendid Setting For Swimming

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

The 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference will be held between September 19th and 21st at the renowned Mount Stuart House on the Isle of Bute in Scotland.

The Conference speeches, lunches, dances, and awards dinners will take place within Mount Stuart House, a Neo-Gothic country house with extensive gardens located on the east coast of the Isle of Bute, Scotland that took 20 years to build.

In addition to its renowned gardens, it has been described as an architectural masterpiece and one of the world's great houses, designed by Sir Robert Rowand Anderson for the 3rd Marquess of Bute in the late 1870s.

Among the interesting facts of the Mount Stuart House, it contains the world's first heated pool in any house and was the first home in Scotland to be lit by electricity.



The gardens were recently voted one of the top ten in the world. They reflect a rich tapestry of design and great planting artistry that was the hallmark of Edith, Lady Londonderry. The formal areas exude a strong Mediterranean feel and resemble an Italian villa landscape, while the wooded areas support a range of plants from all corners of the world.



For additional articles on the 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference, visit:

* Olga Kozydub To Be Honored In Scotland
* Pádraig Mallon To Be Honored In Mount Stuart Castle
* Colleen Blair To Kick-off Global Open Water Swimming Conference
* The Man Who Swims Better Than He Walks
* Joining In The Sea Goddess At The Hall Of Fame
* St Ninian's Bay To Host International Swim Conference
* The 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference

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