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Friday, January 11, 2013

The Sense And Reality Of Freedom In The Open Water

Swim past the surf line, over reefs and into the deep, and a sense of freedom engulfs you. Floating above the marine world, open water swimmers relish movement in the aquatic environment.

Swim left, swim right. Swim fast, swim slow. Swim for a bit, swim for a distance. Swimming in the open water, even more so than in a pool, creates a cocoon of independence where the stresses, expectations and limitations of the terra firma world can be, at least temporarily, left behind.

Swimmers have carte blanche to move as they wish in the open water with full liberty to swim at their own accord. There are no walls, lane lines, reins or ropes to keep them, literally and figuratively, at bay.

But we can only imagine the feeling of unrestraint and the opportunity one feels in the open water if they are disabled on land. The confinement can be put on hold and the mind and body can wander.

And perhaps no one is as visibly joyous and ambitious in the open water as British artist Sue Austin:

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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.


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