DNOWS Header

Image Map

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Great Swims In The Great Lakes

Josh Heynes swam 24.3 miles across Lake Erie two times, five years apart.

In 2006, he finished his first swim in the Great Lakes in 11 hours 53 minutes to set the record. It was subsequently beaten by Randy McElwain who lowered the bar across Lake Erie to 11 hours 23 minutes.

But Heynes came back in 2011 to regain the record in an 11 hour 16 minute effort from Long Point in Ontario, Canada to North East Township's Freeport Beach in Pennsylvania, United States.

"This was a lot tougher than the first time. I was taking in too much water, and my stomach couldn't handle it. More cramping came in, but we fought through it, and my team kept pushing me. I got real sick six miles in. I didn't think I was going to make it. Around mile nine, I was ready to call it quits, but the team stuck through and pushed me along. We got better and hung in there. We kept pushing and pushing.

It's not just for me, it's their record, too. Without those [five escort kayakers] pushing me as hard as they did, I probably wouldn't be here right now

Heynes spent 10 months, training more than 2,400 hours and 1,000 miles of swimming for the charity swim that raised money for the John Kanzius Cancer Research Foundation.

Photo of Josh Heynes by Janet Campbell.

Copyright © 2012 by Open Water Source

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