DNOWS Header

Image Map

Saturday, February 11, 2012

USA Swimming's New Open Water Sanctioning Process Released

USA Swimming introduced its new sanctioning process for open water swimming events. For safety reasons, all USA Swimming open water sanctions required approval by USA Swimming via its designated Zone Representative.

Beginning in 2012, open water race directors must submit a Sanction Application and comprehensive Open Water Meet Application to their respective Local Swim Committee Sanction Chairperson.

There are 59 Local Swim Committees (LSC), roughly defined in area and responsibility by each state with the exception of the larger states where more than one LSC governs its respective regions. The LSC Chairperson subsequently submits a copy of the Open Water Meet Application to the regionally designated Open Water Zone Representative.

In the Central Zone, Rick Walker and Ken Schuh are the Open Water Zone Representatives. In the Eastern Zone, Dale Petranech and Bea Hartigan are the Zone Representatives. In the Southern Zone, Shannon Gillespy and Gregg Cross are the Zone Representatives. In the Western Zone, Marcelle Arakaki and John Dussliere are the Zone Representatives.

The Zone Representative reviews the application and makes suggestions as needed to the LSC sanction chairperson for changes or recommends approval. The Zone Representative also identifies a qualified Safety Monitor and together they coordinate the arrangement for Independent Safety Monitor to attend the open water events in their areas.

The Independent Safety Monitor ensures that the open water event is set up according to the application and assist on event day if there be a need for change and confirm the change is in compliance.

A copy of the Open Water Meet Application and a sample of a completed/approved Open Water Application can be found online at here.

Photo above shows Rick Walker in the red shirt at a feeding station.

Copyright © 2012 by Open Water Source

No comments:

Post a Comment

Thank you very much for your interest in the world of open water swimming.

The Staff of the World Open Water Swimming Association

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.


Open Water Swimming Event Sanctioning

World Professional Marathon Swimming Federation

Open Water Race Calendar

Coaches Education Program