To educate, entertain, and enthuse all those who venture beyond the shoreline. Over 9,400 articles on solo swims, pro races, relays, charity events, eco-swims, stage swims, marathon swims, trends, products, services, personalities, coaches, governing bodies, rules, demographics, books, films, blogs, conferences, camps, clinics, exploits and happenings in oceans, seas, lakes, rivers, dams, canals, channels, fjords, estuaries, lochs, coves, firths, straits, bays, and harbors.
Sunday, January 29, 2012
The Culture And Sport Of Open Water Swimming Tours
Aida Molina of Culture Sport in Spain, Simon Murie of SwimTrek in England, Martin Strel of Strel Swimming Adventure Holidays in Slovenia, Mark Roche of Blue Skies Adventures in Taiwan, and George "Hopper" McDonough of SwimVacation in Maine understand how to ideally blend open water swimming with memorable land-based activities with fellow swimmers in exotic, idyllic vacation destinations around the world.
All these open water swimming tour operators are run by passionate open water swimmers with personal endurance sports backgrounds who profoundly understand what swimmers of all ages and abilities are looking for and appreciate. "Nothing beats open water swimming holidays for fun," as Aida touts, but the guides and coaches also share and explore the best that each destination offers from various perspectives: historically, environmentally, culturally, and gastronomically.
"We offer swimmers a whole range of information about open water events, training opportunities or competitions in the local areas that will stir your interest," explains Aida whose non-stop potpourri of culture + sport led to her travel concept at Culture Sport (www.culturesport365.com). "Enabling an appreciation for and access to the local culture allow swimmers to better appreciate swimming in other countries as well as another way to practice it. We arrange group training sessions at Olympic pools with local swimmers before the race. In addition to training, we offer group bonding with an emphasis on sportsmanship and achievement. We also have team-building sessions and friendly competitions against equally-matched local swimming clubs in Spain."
And, of course, the open water swimming operators set up shop in some of the best beaches and lakes in the world, from Mexico to England, from Spain to Taiwan, from the Mediterranean to the Caribbean. The world of open water swimming is lapping at its shores.
As Simon says, "Why not try something different and exciting?"
Copyright © 2011 by Open Water Source
Open Water Swimming Magazine
Open Water Swimming MagazineThe 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 SwimmingAn 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.