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Open Water Swimming Safety In The Netherlands

No two individuals have a greater influence on their country's open water swimming culture than Richard Broer and Niek Kloots (shown on left).

The long-time Dutch open water enthusiasts have served in every possible role within the open water swimming community in the Netherlands. And over the years, they have collectively pushed for and implemented a number of safety protocols, procedures and policies with the athletes always in mind.

Broer and Kloots dictate and execute the following procedures when designing and conducting an open water swim in the Netherlands:

1. All events have a safety plan that is used to obtain a permit from the local government.
2. No event is held in unsafe waters due to chemical or bacterial pollution.
3. No event longer than 1 km is swum in water colder than 15ºC (59ºF) and all distances at 16ºC (60.8ºF). Note: in the Netherlands, there are no open water events on record that are conducted in water warmer than 26ºC (78.8ºF).
4. There are a sufficient number of certified life savers who are affiliated with the national life savers federation or sometimes the local fire department.
5. There is adequate communication devices (e.g., radios).
6. Referees and judges must not be in the same boats with the life savers.
7. There must be a first aid team that is affiliated with national Red Cross on site during a race.
8. No more than 4 heats are in the water at the same time. Note: races in the Netherlands are no longer than 150 participants.
9. There must be one fast motorboat for the life savers and a safety diver available.
10. Life savers must use their own equipment that is certified by the national federation as well as their own communication devices.
11. All security is under one command who is usually the safety officer who is also a life saver.
12. The security officer has a direct contact (via telephone) with the Fire Department (using 911) for extensive search and rescue (e.g., on the 22 km IJsselmeer swim marathon, a Navy helicopter is on stand-by).
13. The referee is in direct contact via radio (if needed, via security officer) with all safety officials including the Red Cross, life savers, and divers.
14. There are judges positioned in separate boats at the turning points.
15. Judges and especially life savers are on the lookout for swimmers who leave the course during the swim for any reason.
16. There must be a separate check-in area where only the swimmers and judges are allowed. The officials check on name and number and readability of numbers where silicone swim caps with printed numbers by Speedo are used at all times. Note: no numbers are written on the swim caps as the numbers blur and fade, and do not read well in the sun.
17. Swimmers who swim frequently in sanctioned races possess their own swim cap. Swimmers who participate infrequently borrow a swim cap from the event organizers. Note: Usually these borrowed caps are cotton, like old water polo caps or inexpensive latex caps.
18. There is only one point of entrance to the water via the check-in area. There is also only one point of exit of the water via the check-out area.
19. After check-in, no additional swimmers or any other individuals are allowed into the competition area. Note: after the swimmers check in, the swimmers are under the command of the judges.
20. After check-in, the number of athletes is communicated to all officials including the turn judges and finish judges as well as the check out staff.
21. After check-in, the swimmers are instructed to only leave the water via a life saver's boat or at the side of the course but only after informing the life savers or judges.
22. At all turns, the swim caps of the swimmers are noted by the turn judges.
23. If it is a very long course, the numbers of the swimmers is noted at the halfway mark.
24. The number of swimmers who pass at every turn or important mark is counted and communicated to the referee and the security officer.
25. At the finish, the numbers of the swimmers are called out and an official notes all numbers.
26. Swimmers must leaving the water only via the check-out area where their numbers are confirmed one last time.
27. The life savers take the rescued swimmers or swimmers who did not finish at the designated check-out area.

"This way, we know exactly where all the swimmers are," explains Broer. "Security is virtually waterproof. In our county, we have a long tradition and vast experience in these matters."

Without a doubt.

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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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