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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Think About It - Live Like You Love The Ocean

Live like you love the ocean is easy for open water swimmers to do. Open water swimmers love the smell of the ocean air, the sound of the sea breeze and the feel of the sand between their toes. They live for that feeling of stretching out as they head out beyond the shore and the feeling of exhilaration when they come back ashore.

The sense of floating above the marine world, whether in a tropical sea-green paradise or a deep gray estuary, is indescribably joyous. The simultaneous sensory deprivation and sensory overload of swimming in turbulent waters are often sensations understood by many in the open water swimming community. But what about the rest of society? How do non-swimmers view the open water world? What is their relationship with the open water? Fear for some; ignorance for many; wonder for most.

At the BLUEMiND 2 Summit, held on June 4 – 5 in North Carolina’s Outer Banks, leaders and innovators from the worlds of neuroscience and ocean exploration will discuss the convergence of the two disciplines. "Humans have a deep emotional connection to the sea that drives many of our decisions, from what seafood we eat and where we live, to how we vacation and relax," said Dr. Wallace J. Nichols, founder of BLUEMiND and a research associate at the California Academy of Sciences.

"But that connection is poorly studied and perceived as tricky territory to discuss among scientists and policy makers. So, we decided it was time to bring the mind and ocean together with this symposium. Understanding the connection between neuroscience and the ocean may shed new light on the best use of our brains to change our relationship to the ocean planet."

This is certainly a field where open water swimmers have a unique perspective. While scuba divers, marine biologists, fishermen, naval personnel and surfers interact with the oceans in their own unique ways, it is the open water swimming community that fully immerses itself in the wonders and challenges of the waterworld. With no fins, no boards, no tanks and no neoprene, open water swimmers are fully exposed to the power of the ocean, mere pawns to the dynamics of the seas. Their collective experiences across channels, along seashores and through the waves and swells are profound examples of how these aquatic athletes view and interact with the oceans.

Although Dr. Nichols is not a neuroscientist, he is at the forefront of the new field of study called neuro-conservation that explores the intersection of the brain and the ocean. The emerging field unites neuroscience, ocean exploration and marine stewardship in new global dialogue between neuroscientists, ocean scientists, economists, photographers, explorers, writers, and ocean advocates.

Together with a team of scientists, explorers and aquapreneurs, Dr. Nichols has planned this BLUEMiND Summit that will explore when the planet’s most complex organ intersects with the planet’s largest feature. "We are thrilled to host BLUEMiND on the Outer Banks. The goals of the Summit are right in line with the way people in our community and visitors to the Outer Banks live and feel about the ocean. There's no better place to get your blue mind on than right here," said Adam Norko, the BLUEMiND coordinator.

"As a clinical neuroscientist, it is clear to me that the mind-brain and the ocean are two vast dynamic organic domains," explained Dr. Philippe Goldin, Research Psychologist at Stanford University, who presented at the 2011 BLUEMiND Summit at California Academy of Sciences.

"Both are complex and intriguing, and they require our attention and care for their continued well-being and existence."

With ongoing threats to the ocean intensifying, there is urgent need to focus on solutions: Dr. Nichols and his team of deep-thinkers with a passion of the world’s ocean believe that new insights may emerge as they delve into and better understand the human brain and its relationship with the oceans. Currently, little data exists about the brain ‘on the ocean’ in the field of cognitive neuroscience, or the ocean research and conservation communities.

These pioneering thinkers and activists ask, "What happens to the brain when a person is in proximity to the ocean? Why do we spend hard-earned money to vacation, live or dine within the view or sound-shed of the sea? What are the links between the ocean, relaxation, stress and public health? What are the fundamental emotional drivers behind our voracious appetite for disappearing seafood?"

These are the issues that Dr. Nichols ponders together with his colleagues in the neuro-conservation discipline … and the answers that the open water swimming community can help shed some light at least from one fully exposed, highly passionate, fully dialed-in demographic group.

This year BLUEMiND will provide a platform for scientists from National Institutes of Health, Penn, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Duke University, Institute of Neuro Innovation, The Greenstein Institute, Sands Research and other institutions and organizations to present, discuss, debate and better understand these interconnections, supporting further exploration on the implications for ocean and human health. Topics to be explored include post-traumatic stress disorder and the ocean, open water swimming and youth empowerment, the brain on seafood, the science of playing in the ocean, and the main theme of memory.

"Nostalgia is the word we use for a special kind of memory. For many people nostalgia is connected to the sea. What do you want your kids to be nostalgic about? The ocean is a pretty good choice for a lifetime of fond memories that can help us manage stress and think creatively. The goals of the summit are to expand the conversation we jump started last year, hear about new findings and promote several new lines of mind and ocean research in order to add a new tool to our ocean conservation and human well-being toolboxes," explains Dr. Nichols.

The summit will be livecast to the public free of charge at Mind and Ocean. For program updates and further information, visit BLUEMiND.



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2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference

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The Global Open Water Swimming Conference is a conference on the sport of open water swimming, marathon swimming and swimming during triathlons and multi-sport endurance events.

The conference which has been attended by enthusiasts and luminaries from 6 continents, is devoted to providing information about the latest trends, race tactics, training techniques, equipment, psychological preparation, race organization and safety practices used in the sports of open water swimming, marathon swimming and triathlons.

The conference's mission is to provide opportunities to listen and meet many of the world's most foremost experts in open water swimming, and to meet and discuss the sport among swimmers, coaches, administrators, event organizers, sponsors, vendors, officials, escort pilots, and volunteers from kayakers to safety personnel.

Dozens of presentations at the 2014 Conference at the Mount Stuart House cover numerous aspects of the vast and growing world of open water swimming where attendees can learn and share the latest trends, race tactics, training modalities, swimming techniques, equipment, race organization, logistics, operations, and safety practices for open water swimming as a solo swimmer, competitive athlete, fitness swimmer, masters swimmer, triathlete, multi-sport athlete, administrator, race promoter, sponsor or referee.

The conference was first held in Long Beach, California as part of the 2010 USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Championships. It has since been held on the Queen Mary in California, at Columbia University and the United Nations in New York City, and in Cork, Ireland. This year in September, it comes to another iconic location, the Mount Stuart House on the Isle of Bute in Scotland.

"The Global Open Water Swimming Conference was started due to the desire and need for athletes, coaches, referees, administrators, race directors, promoters and sponsors from around the world to share, collect and learn information about the growing sports of open water swimming, marathon swimming and triathlons," said founder Steven Munatones. "Other swimming conferences usually offering nothing on open water swimming or perhaps a speech or two, but we thought open water swimming deserves its own global conference. It is great that the community shares its information via the online social network, but there is nothing like meeting other open water swimming enthusiasts face-to-face and talking about the sport from morning to night."

Speakers at the conference include English Channel swimmers, ice swimmers, record holders, renowned coaches, world champions, professional marathon swimmers, renowned race directors, officials and administrators from the Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania.

"Because the audience is passionate and educated about the sport and its finest practitioners, the Global Open Water Swimming Conference is also the location of the induction ceremonies for the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame and the annual WOWSA Awards that recognize the World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year, the World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year, the World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year, and the World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year. Special Lifetime Achievement Awards are also occasionally presented to individuals who have made significant contributions to the sport over their career."

The 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference Programme

Wednesday, September 17th
Leave Glasgow to commence 2-day tour of Scotland [closest international airport is Glasgow]

Thursday, September 18th
Stay Mainland, North of Scotland

Friday, September 19th
14:00 - Swim Loch Lomond
17:00 - Head to Isle of Bute
19:30 - Scottish Banquet
21:30 - Dinner Dance

Saturday, September 20th
09:00 - Registration & Coffee
10:00 - Speeches
12:20 - Lunch and WOWSA Awards
13:40 – Speeches
15:40 - Round Table
19:00 - International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony

Sunday, September 21st
09:00 - Registration & Coffee
10:00 - Speeches
14:30 - Swim in St Ninian's Bay on the Isle of Bute

The luminaries of the open water swimming world who will be honored in Scotland will include:

* Sandra Bucha (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer and International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer
* Jon Erikson (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Claudio Plit (Argentina), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Judith van Berkel-de Njis (Netherlands), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* David Yudovin (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Mercedes Gleitze (Great Britain), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* George Young (Canada), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Dale Petranech (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Contributor
* Melissa Cunningham (Australia), 2013 Irving Davids-Captain Roger Wheeler Memorial Award winner
* Vojislav Mijić (Serbia), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer
* James Anderson (U.S.A.), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Administrator
* Dr. Jane Katz (U.S.A.), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Administrator
* Indonesian Swimming Federation, , International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Organisation
* Elizabeth Fry (U.S.A.), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer
* Pádraig Mallon (Ireland), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year
* Olga Kozydub (Russia), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year
* Bering Strait Swim (international team), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year
* International Ice Swimming Association (Ram Barkai, founder, South Africa), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year

For additional articles on the 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference, visit:

* Olga Kozydub To Be Honored In Scotland
* Pádraig Mallon To Be Honored In Mount Stuart Castle
* Mount Stuart House, Splendid Setting For Swimming
* Colleen Blair To Kick-off Global Open Water Swimming Conference
* The Man Who Swims Better Than He Walks
* Joining In The Sea Goddess At The Hall Of Fame
* Mercedes Gleitze To Be Honored In Scotland
* The Incredible Career Of Merceded Gleitze
* Jon Erikson To Be Honoured In Florida
* The Incredible Career Of Mercedes Gleitze
* St Ninian's Bay To Host International Swim Conference

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