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Monday, March 4, 2013

If You Learn To Swim With Ease

Samuel Richards, Jr. was an American open water swimmer who won the 1911 and 1912 Boston Light Swim. Richards won the 1912 race in a time of 5 hours 15 minutes when only 3 swimmers out of 42 entrants completed the race.

He was a famed member of the L Street Brownies Club in Boston, Massachusetts who eventually competed in the Boston Light Swim a record 14 times.

He held several other records including the following:

*one-way from Charlestown Bridge to Boston Light (10 miles) in 5 hours 15 minutes
*two-way from Charlestown Bridge and Boston Light (20 miles) in 13 hours 9 minutes
*from Charlestown Bridge to Graves Light (17 miles) in 5 hours 40 minutes
*from New York Battery to Sandy Hook (22 miles) in 8 hours 11 hours
*Delaware River (40 miles) in 15 hours 14 minutes
*from Bass Point to Beachmont (3 miles) in 1 hour 36 minutes

But his epitaph on his memorial include some profoundly beautiful words:

If you would learn to swim with ease,
Go into the water above your knees,
Be not afraid of fish or wave
And sometime a life you’ll surely save.

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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...

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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.

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In fact, there is even one for open water swimming...

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The trends are very clear.
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