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Thursday, April 11, 2013

A Lifetime Of Open Water Swimming

There is so much to do in the world of open water swimming.

You can swim in the tropics or you can explore acclimatization in the cold water.

You can race or do solo swims. You can participate in relays or do a stage swim. You can swim in wetsuits or just see how far you can swim naked.

An old observation started back in the 1970's about the Geography of A Woman gave us some ideas about swimming in the open water swimming over our lifetimes.

When a swimmer is under the age of 10, the open water world appears to be like California: a place where all is possible, full of dreams...

When a swimmer is between 10-15, the open water world is like New York: an exciting place with lots of different people, but some things can be cause worry...

When a swimmer is between 16 and 18, the open water world is something like Hawaii: wild and tantalizing, exciting and exotic...

When a swimmer is between 19 and 25, the open water world reminds us of Africa: half discovered, half wild, fertile and ever so beautiful...

When a swimmer is between 26 and 35, the open water world calls to mind Europe: diverse, alluring, and a place to explore...

When a swimmer is between 36 and 45, the open water world hints of Spain: relaxed, inviting, and sometimes hot and spicy, and other times cool and windy...

When a swimmer is between 46 and 55, the open water world makes one think of Greece: civilized and desirable to visit, but it can get excitable and explosive at any time...

When a swimmer is between 56 and 65, the open water world recalls Great Britain: a glorious past with global variety but with the potential for even more...

When a swimmer is over 65, the open water world makes one think of Israel: they have been through all kinds of situations and no mistake is made twice...

When a swimmer is past 70, the open water world stirs up images of Canada: vast, largely untouched, and a place where there is so much more to explore...

When a swimmer reaches 80, the open water world conjures Tibet: it remains mysterious and unknown despite a lifetime of experience and wisdom of the ages...

Open water swimming presents something different to everyone and something different to each individual as we experience open bodies of water over a lifetime.

Photo shows a young swimmer in Fiji whose race was cancelled due to unexpectedly high surf.

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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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