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Monday, March 29, 2010

Oh Wow...POW

We have been advocating POW Swimming (Pool Open Water) for years, especially for those triathletes or swimmers who do not have easy access to open water swimming venues.

USA Swimming explains its recommendations for POW racing and training in this short 5-minute video:

For more examples, videos and information on Pool Open Water swimming (Pool Open Water), visit here.

Copyright © 2010 by Open Water Source

Out Of The Box And Into The Open Water

USA Swimming produced a variety of tips, tactics and training methodologies in an open water swimming video called Out of the Box.

Here are some clips with long-time national open water swimming team coach Rick Walker on camera in a training session in Fort Myers, Florida:

Copyright © 2010 by World Open Water Swimming Association

Distance Matters With The Angry Fish

Whiskey Joe's Thirteenth Annual 24 Mile Tampa Bay Marathon Swim is scheduled on April 17th.

According to Race Director and Founder Ron Collins, over fifty swimmers will compete in this year's event as either solo marathoners or a relay members.

The 24-mile race covers the entire length of Tampa Bay, Florida and is a celebration of Earth Day and the revitalization of Florida's largest estuary.

U.S. Masters Swimming's longest sanctioned race started in 1998 and has attracted competitors from America, Great Britain, Guatemala, Italy, Australia, Dominican Republic, Germany, India, Canada and the Cayman Islands. The solo swimmers include Craig Lenning (30) of Colorado, Terry Laughlin (59) of New York, David Barra (45) of New York (shown on left), Darren Miller (27) of Pennsylvania, Flavia Zappa (43) of Florida, Jacqueline Eastridge (49) of Pennsylvania, Jim Meier (65) of New York, New York, and Jose Serra (36) of Guatemala.

The relays include The Angry Fish (Kathryn Kirmayer (46) Silver Spring, Maryland, Bill Couch (46) Watertown, New York, Rob Benson (41) Mount Desert, Maine, Chris Kirwan (44) Overland Park, Kansas, and John Young (34) Davidson, North Carolina. 3 Y'S Guys Swim for Richard (Paul Kiell (79) Far Hills, New Jersey, Doug Munch (63) Morristown, New Jersey, Martino Caretto (59) Basking Ridge, New Jersey) and Team Endurance Trust (Kim Plewa (27) Rahway, New Jersey, Michelle Nelson (38) Lake Worth, Florida. Tar Heel Alumni (Patrick Woodruff (26) Durham, North Carolina, Greg Sanchez (52) Cary, North Carolina, Tucker Shade (33) Raleigh, North Carolina, Paul Weir (24) New York, New York, Kelly Woodruff (24) Raleigh, North Carolina, Erin Cutrell (25) Raleigh, North Carolina.

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Travessia dos Fortes Along The 2016 Olympic Course

COPACABANA BEACH, Brazil. Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana Beach is one of the most famous beach fronts stretches in the world - and the wonderful site for the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim at the 2016 Rio Olympics. The 3.5K Travessia dos Fortes is one of the world's most well-organized mass swims - that goes along the Rio Olympic 10K course, a real treat for non-Olympic swimmers.

Travessia dos Fortes is held on April 4th and stretches from one end of Copacabana Beach to the other in front of tens of thousands of fans and beachgoers.

Because the race goes along a resort-lined seashore, it reminds us of other famous open water swims like the Waikiki Roughwater Swim and the Acapulco International 5K Swim.

Since being started in 2002, the Travessia dos Fortes has boomed in popularity and is now limited to 2,500 swimmers which usually takes less than 48 hours to fill.

All of Brazil's open water swimming superstars will participate: Poliana Okimoto, Ana Marcela Cunha and Allan do Carmo - all of whom got their start in the Travessia dos Fortes. Poliana and Allan are the defending champions where everyone gives an Olympian effort.

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A Thank You Gift from WOWSA

WOWSA is celebrating the
1-Year Anniversary of the monthly Open Water Swimming Magazine
by giving you a free copy of the anniversary issue.

Open Water Swimming Magazine Anniversary Issue
File Size: 13MB


Download the file to your computer, and then right-click to extract the magazine which is inside the zip folder. The magazine is in PDF format.

CLICK HERE to download your free copy now.

Open Water Swimming Magazine

Open Water Swimming Magazine

The Open Water Swimming Magazine is the monthly magazine entirely focused on open water swimming heroes and heroines of every age, ability, and background. Published by the World Open Water Swimming Association, the Open Water Swimming Magazine is a free benefit to WOWSA members.

WOWSA Member Benefits include 12 issues of the Open Water Swimming Magazine, the annual 276-page Open Water Swimming Almanac, a free listing in Sponsor My Swim, outstanding product discounts from FINIS, an entry in Openwaterpedia and more...

The Other Shore

The Other Shore follows world record holder and legendary swimmer Diana Nyad as she comes out of a thirty-year retirement to re-attempt an elusive dream: swimming 103 miles non-stop from Cuba to Florida without the use of a shark cage. Her past and present collide in her obsession with a feat that nobody has ever accomplished. At the edge of The Devil’s Triangle, tropical storms, sharks, venomous jellyfish, and one of the strongest ocean currents in the world, all prove to be life-threatening realities. Timothy Wheeler’s documentary brings Diana Nyad’s extraordinary adventure to life as Diana sets out to prove that will and determination are all you need to make the unimaginable possible.

2014 Open Water Swimming Almanac

An Almanac for Open Water Swimming

An almanac is essentially a body of knowledge which is so complete that it enables people in different fields to make predictions about the future of their respective industries.

This, for example, was the purpose of the traditional farmers almanacs. It enabled farmers to determine as accurately as possible which crops to plant for the greatest harvests in a given year.

But the farmers almanac was just one example among many.
There are, of course, many different kinds of almanacs.

In fact, there is even one for open water swimming...

Preview the Open Water Swimming Almanac:

The trends are very clear.
The tide is rising for open water swimming.


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