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Friday, December 28, 2012

How Many Professional Open Water Swimmers Are There?

With the sport of open water swimming growing in all its various niches, the World Open Water Swimming Association conducted a comprehensive survey to estimate the size and demographic trends of the global community including ice swimmers, extreme swimmers, stage swimmers, fitness swimmers, marathon swimmers, competitive age-group swimmers, elite professional swimmers, relay swimmers, channel swimmers, and mass participation swimmers.

The results of Part 1 of this survey include the size of the channel swimming world. The World Open Water Swimming Association estimates there are a minimum of 710 active channel swimmers in 2012 who made at least 942 attempts and 797 successes across waterways in oceans or seas or around/between islands during this year. The analysis of the channel swimming survey are posted here. This number was derived by surveying all the established channel swimming governing bodies in the world in addition to the solo channel swimmers who attempted their swims outside of established governing bodies.

The results of Part 2 of its survey include the size of the marathon swimming world. The World Open Water Swimming Association estimates there are at least 6,500 active marathon swimmers - and there may be as many as 8,000 active marathon swimmers in the world. This number was derived from by a survey of 149 marathon swimming events of at least 10 km in distance (see list here) and adding the 710 active channel swimmers in the world to this estimated number. Some marathon swimmers do more than one of these swims and there are undoubtedly additional marathon swimmers who do unreported swims of marathon distance or swims that do not get on the global radar, but 6,500 is a reasonable estimate of the current size of the marathon swimming market. And it is growing at a rapid clip.

Part 3 of this survey estimates the number of professional open water swimmers in the world.

Who is defined as a professional swimmer? For the purposes of this survey, professional swimmers are those who swim as their livelihood (e.g., Martin Strel) or those who participate in the two established FINA professional marathon swimming circuits (i.e., FINA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup and FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix), or those who earn prize money in the independent professional invitation races around the world (e.g., King and Queen of the Sea).

During the 2012 season, there were 203 male athletes and 176 female athletes who could be defined as professional open water swimmers for a total of 379 pro swimmers.

Among these athletes, these ultra-marathon swimmers included the following individuals:

Argentina: Damián Blaum, Guillermo Bertola, Luciano Sales Rubio, Martín Carrizo, Martin Miguel, Esteban Paz, Lucas Castro, Gabriel Villagoiz, Pilar Geijo, Noelia Petti, Antonella Bogarin, Rita Vanesa Garcia, Cecilia Biagioli, Marianela Mendoza, Lara Rodriguez Anido, Aldana Martinez, Victoria Mori
Australia: Trent Grimsey
Belgium: Brian Ryckeman, Davy Billiau, Jarne Woutermaertens, Frone Wouters
Brazil: Sato Tiago, Matheus Evangelista, Ana Marcella Cunha, Mariana Mello
Bulgaria: Petar Stoychev, Tsvetan Yordanov, Lidiya Ivanova, Desislava Stoyanova
Canada: Xavier Desharnais, Philippe Guerrtin, Paul Blias-Morisett, Pierre Pelletier, Simon Covillard-Castonquay, Aurelie Cote, Leonie Pamerleau, Eloise Labrecque, Gabrielle Trottier
Croatia: Marin Milan, Duje Milan, Ivana Sitic, Dina Levacic
Czech Republic: Libor Smolka, Jan Posmourny, Michael Mruzek, Michal Flora, Rotislav Vitek, Silvie Rubarova, Jana Pechanova, Lenka Sterbova
Denmark: Mathilde Soerensen, Grith Sigsgaard
Egypt: Eslam Mohsen
France: Julien Sauvage, Joanes Hedel, Romain Beraud, Bertrand Venturi, Ophelie Aspord, Coralie Codevelle
Germany: Alexander Studzinski, Thomas Lurz, Andreas Waschburger, Christian Reichert, Benjamin Konschak, Angela Maurer, Nadine Reichert, Ines Hahn
Hungary: Gergely Kutasi
Ireland: Chris Bryan
Israel: Michael Demitreiev
Italy: Andrea Volpini, Edoardo Stochino, Rodolfo Valenti, Mattia Alberico, Alessandro Rivellini, Andrea Bondanini, Nicoletta Simonazzi
Mexico: Luis Escobar, Ivan Lopez, Alejandra Gonzalez
Macedonia: Evgenij Pop Acev, Tomi Stefanovski, Dejan Maladenovski, Aleksandar Pancevski, Miro Krstevski, Igor Dimonvski, Aleksandar Toromanoski, Danilo Paunovic, Aleksandar Illievski Montenegro: Nikola Tepavcevic
Netherlands: Ian Van Der Hulst, Daan Glorie, Maaike Waayer, Irene Van Der Laan
Russia: Anton Pilipas, Ivan Afanevich, Anna Uvarova, Olga Kozydub, Alexandra Sokolova
Slovenia: Nika Kozamernik
Serbia: Nikola Stupar, Milorad Jaksic, Milos Bozinovic, Mina Mastilovic
Spain: Esther Nunez
Switzerland: Swann Oberson
Syria: Mohammad Saleh

Photo above shows Germans Alexander Studzinski and Nadine Reichert training on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro.

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2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference Agenda


Friday, 19 September

5:30

PM


Welcome Reception at Mount Stuart House, Isle of Bute, Scotland

Documentary films shown throughout the reception:

Blue Journey-Amerika Samoa – Stronger Together: The Waterman’s Way
(film by Bruckner Chase)

Dancing With The Water, Crossing of Lake Pontchartrain
(film by Wayne Ewing about Matthew Moseley's Lake Pontchartrain crossing)

Bering Strait Swim Chukotka - Alaska
(film by Admiral Konstantin Sidenko about the relay between Russia and Alaska)

The Clean Swim – Hong Kong to Macau
(film about Simon Holiday's Pearl River Delta crossing)


Saturday, 20 September

9:00

AM


Registration and Coffee at Mount Stuart House, Isle of Bute, Scotland

10:00

AM


Keynote Speech:
Colleen Blair (Scotland) on The History of Scottish Swimming

10:20

AM


Christopher Guesdon (Australia) on Multidimensional Roles In The Sport

10:30

AM


Colin Hill (England) on Recent Explosion in UK Open Water

10:50

AM


Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia) on The Feminine Code of Achievement - How a Lady from Down Under Revolutionized Professional Marathon Swimming

11:10

AM


Simon Murie (England) on Open Water Swimming Holidays: How A New Sector Was Created Within The Travel Industry

11:30

AM


Swimming The Oceans Seven
A round table discussion moderated by:
Kevin Murphy (England), with Stephen Redmond (Ireland), Anna-Carin Nordin (Sweden),
Darren Miller (USA), Adam Walker (England), Kimberley Chambers (New Zealand)

12:30

PM


Coffee and Break

1:00

PM


World Open Water Swimming Awards Luncheon:
with co-hosts Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia) and Steven Munatones (USA)

Pádraig Mallon (Ireland), 2013 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year

Olga Kozydub (Russia), 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year

Bering Strait Swim, 2013 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year

Honoring: Vladimir Chegorin, Maria Chizhova, Elena Guseva, Ram Barkai, Jack Bright, Oksana Veklich, Aleksandr Jakovlevs, Matías Ola, Henri Kaarma, Toomas Haggi, Nuala Moore, Anne Marie Ward, Toks Viviers, Melissa O’Reilly, Ryan Stramrood, Cristian Vergara, Craig Lenning, Rafal Ziobro, Andrew Chin, Jackie Cobell, James Pittar, Paolo Chiarino, Mariia Yrjö-Koskinen, Ivan Papulshenko, Zdenek Tlamicha, Zhou Hanming, Oleg Adamov, Andrei Agarkov, Alekseev Semen, Tatiana Alexandrova, Roman Belan, Elena Semenova, Alexander Brylin, Afanasii Diackovskii, Vladimir Nefatov, Evgenii Dokuchaev, Oleg Docuckaev, Roman Efimov, Dmitrii Filitovich, Olga Filitovich, Victor Godlevskiy, Olga Golubeva, Alexei Golubkin, Alexander Golubkin, Alexandr Iurkov, Oleg Ivanov, Pavel Kabakov, Eduard Khodakovskiy, Aleksandr Komarov, Aleksandr Kuliapin, Andrey Kuzmin, Irina Lamkina, Vladimir Litvinov, Andrey Mikhalev, Victor Moskvin, Nikolay Petshak, Sergey Popov, Vladimir Poshivailov, Grigorii Prokopchuk, Dmitrii Zalka, Natalia Seraya, Viacheslav Shaposhnikov, Olga Sokolova, Andrei Sychev, Alexei Tabakov, and Nataliia Usachaeva [represented by Admiral Konstantin Sidenko and Nuala Moore]


2:30

PM


Alexey Salmin Pavlovich (Russia) and Dmitry Dragozhilov (Russia)
on the 2016 Winter Swimming World Championships [film]

2:50

PM


Sally Minty-Gravett (Jersey) on Motivating Swimmers

3:10

PM


Dmitry Blokhin (Russia) and Aleksei Veller (Russia)
on the First World Ice Swimming Championships [film]

3:30

PM


Matthew Moseley (USA)’s Dancing With The Water, Crossing of Lake Pontchartrain [film]

3:50

PM


Simon Holliday (England) and Doug Woodring (Hong Kong)’s The Clean Swim – Hong Kong to Macau 2014 [film]

5:00

PM


International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF)
and International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (IMSHOF)

IMSHOF Induction Ceremonies and Dinner
with co-hosts Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia) and Steven Munatones (USA).

Recognition of International Swimming Hall of Fame honorees:

  • Elizabeth Fry (USA), IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

  • Vojislav Mijić (Serbia), IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

  • James Anderson (USA), IMSHOF Honour Administrator

  • Dr. Jane Katz (USA), IMSHOF Honour Administrator

  • Indonesian Swimming Federation Open Water Committee (Indonesia), IMSHOF Honour Organisation

  • Melissa Cunningham (Australia), Irving Davids – Captain Roger Wheeler Award by the International Swimming Hall of Fame and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

  • Sandra Bucha (USA), ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

  • Jon Erikson (USA), ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer [represented by Sandra Bucha]

6:30

PM


International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) Introduction Video.
Welcome speech by host Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia)

6:45

PM


Dinner

7:30

PM


International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF)
Induction Ceremonies and Dinner with host Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia)

Recognition of International Swimming Hall of Fame honorees:

  • Mercedes Gleitze (England)
    ISHOF Honor Pioneer Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
    [represented by daughter Doloranda Pember]

  • Dale Petranech (USA)
    ISHOF Honor Contributer and IMSHOF Honour Administrator

  • Claudio Plit (Argentina)
    ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
    [represented by Shelley Taylor-Smith]

  • Judith van Berkel-de Nijs (Netherlands)
    ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
    [represented by Niek Kloots]

  • George Young (Canada)
    ISHOF Honor Pioneer Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
    [represented by the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation]

  • David Yudovin (USA)
    ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer


Sunday, 21 September

9:00

AM


Registration and coffee at Mount Stuart House, Isle of Bute, Scotland

10:00

AM


Nuala Moore (Ireland) on The Mindset of 1000m at 0ºC

10:20

AM


Admiral Konstantin Sidenko (Russia)’s Bering Strait Swim Chukotka - Alaska in 2013 [film]

10:40

AM


Ned Denison (Ireland) on Swimming The World

11:00

AM


Bruckner Chase (USA)’s Blue Journey-Amerika Samoa
Stronger Together: The Waterman’s Way
[film]

11:20

AM


Rok Kerin (Slovenia) on Lifestyle Benefits From Open Water Swimming

12:00

PM


Survey distribution and group photo-taking

2:00

PM


Swim at Stravvana Bay, Isle of Bute






CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE

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."


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