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Monday, February 11, 2013

A Game Changer - Aerial Footage Of Open Water Swimming

One of the coolest phenomena at the world's largest open water swimming competition at the Midmar Mile in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa is the use of the RC Helicam Quadcopter.

The battery-powered, remote-controlled Quadcopter can be launched from anywhere at the venue. At the 2013 Midmar Mile, owner-inventor Andrew Martens took the Quadcopter on the media boat and was able to capture outstanding images of the leaders and the field from above throughout the race.

The use of the aerial footage in competitive races is potentially a game changer. Instead of officials being out of position on an escort boat or guessing what happens between athletes in a pack, the officials can now be in ideal position with an optimal perspective. Through the images taken by the camera on the Quadcopter, they can easily make objective judgment calls during a race. Usually, officials only have one perspective of the swimmers from the side of a boat. With the Quadcopter, officials can now enjoy viewing the athletes from above or any position, giving them optimal aerial perspectives. The officials can now see the action much better and objectively witness if the athletes are impeding other athletes, veering into other swimmers, touching their legs or feet, or throwing an elbow.

Furthermore, because the athletes will know they are being potentially watched from the RC Helicam's "eye in the sky", they are less likely to push or violate the rules. This new and clear perspective by the officials will effectively reduce the physicality of the elite and professional competitions.

We believe this new technology will lead to positive changes for both officials and athletes.

Undoubtedly, the images (both still and video) that can be captured by RC Helicam's Quadcopter are unique and beautiful. The images can present the sport and the athletes in rare and interesting perspectives. These images can then be used for promotional and advertising purposes by the event organizers, sponsors, the media and the athletes.

The Quadcopter can also quickly cover a wide area.

From the race director's perspective, the Quadcopter can verify if the buoys are lined up properly. From a Safety Official's perspective, the Quadcopter can identify if there any hazards or stray swimmers to worry about. From an athlete's perspective, the Quadcopter can showcase the water conditions far from shore. From a coach's perspective, the Quadcoper can show the line that their athletes swam and how they positioned themselves in the pack during the race. These videos can then be posted online and on the event's website for public awareness and education.

We strongly encourage FINA officials on the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix and FINA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup circuits to consider utilizing this innovative technology. RC Helicam has come up with a game-changing technology.

We wholeheartedly encourage use of this technology by NBC television and the IOC for the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim qualifying races and at the marathon swim at Copacabana Beach at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

FINA, NBC, and the IOC have the budgets to utilize this reasonably priced, proven, game-changing technology. It is within their grasp and would fit well with their media strategies to promote swimming in this era of social media. But until FINA, NBC and the IOC makes a decision on this technology, we will continue to see the amateur open water swimming market continue to utilize creative technologies and innovations. The grassroots level will bring the sport closer to fans and the media.

And the RC Helicam's eye-in-the-sky will continue to be used at leading events like the Midmar Mile. These amateur mass participation events will push the envelope and make the sport more visually entertaining to its participants and the general public.

The images shown in this article from RC Helicam show winner Chad Ho leading Troy Prinsloo and the other top competitors.

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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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