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Thursday, March 8, 2012

The Legacy Of Fran Crippen

The International Swimming Hall of Fame announced the inaugural International Aquatic History Symposium & Film Festival (IAHSFF) that will be held in Ft Lauderdale, Florida, USA between May 9th - 12th, 2012.

One of the presentations will be "Lessons Learned By The Death Of Fran Crippen". The presentation will examine the number and causes of death in open water swimming competitions and training the 12 months preceding and following the tragic passing of Fran Crippen at a FINA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup in Dubai.

It was during this period in 2010 - 2011 that the sport of open water swimming was expanding at a rate of over one new race per day and nearly two dozen tragedies around the world put race directors, athletes and safety personnel on alert.

The presentation by Steven Munatones presents an analysis that resulted from a number of interviews with race directors, family members, race volunteers, physicians, race officials and swimmers who participated in races where open water swimmers died.

The causes of death range from accidents in high surfs and caused by strong currents to extreme water temperatures and collisions with watercraft. The findings and conclusions include how the deaths were analyzed by the local organizations, governing bodies and what race committees and the open water swimming community changed or implemented as a result.

The explosive global growth of open water swimming has caught some of the world's governing bodies by surprise, but decision-makers have aggressively and immediately discussed, added or approved various procedures, protocols and policies to address myriad situations and the growing masses of swimmers of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.

This information, which Fran pushed for on behalf of everyone in the global open water swimming community, should be shared, analyzed and collectively discussed among race directors and athletes around the world who face a multitude of conditions in the world's waterways.

Copyright © 2012 by Open Water Source

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