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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Pool Open Water Swimming In The Tropics

It was cold on Saturday night in South Jersey on the East Coast of the United States. So Toa a le Tai founder Bruckner Chase brought a little bit of the tropics and a whole lot of fun to the Ocean City Swim Club workout.

They took out all the lane lines in the indoor pool and conducted a Pool Open Water workout for dozens of swimmers - with a bit of tropical flair.

Bruckner and his wife Michelle held a fundraiser for the Amerika Samoa programs (Toa o le Tai) and the Ocean City Swim Club. In the spirit of Samoa and open water swimming, they included POW (Pool Open Water) with palm trees as the turn buoys for the members of the Ocean City Swim Club Masters Group and the Stingrays Special Olympics Swim Team.

"It exceeded all my expectations," explained the innovative Uila O Le Sami. "We used rope tied around the base of the tree with four equal length pieces coming around from that rope equi-distance around the larger base. The four segments met in the middle underwater and were clipped together with a carabiner that also clipped to an anchor line. The anchor line was set pretty tight to hold the tree upright.

It was a blast. Who says you have to be 12 to have a pool party?

Photos of the Island Fever POW workout are here. Video of the event is here.

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