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Friday, May 31, 2013

What Is An Ocean Advocate?

As Dr. Sylvia Earle famously advocated for society to start thinking blue as well as green.

That is quite easy for all open water swimmers to do at various levels.

The open water community is led by numerous ocean advocates, individuals who work to represent and speak for the oceans. They encourage, enable and inspire personal, corporate and political action to protect and preserve the oceans through actions, speeches, films, books, and leadership.

The activities of well-known advocates like Lewis Pugh, Doug Woodring, and Bruckner Chase serve to bring attention and financial support to, or actually improve the health of the oceans and its ecosystems due to over fishing or over exploitation of marine life, pollution, dumping of contaminants, plasticity, climate change, shark finning, and man-generated erosion to the oceanic ecosystem. These individuals are dedicated to public education, ecological awareness, conservation, and improvement of the world's oceans.

For Ocean Advocates like Lewis Pugh, advocating and implementing meaningful change is a long process involving the following steps:

1. Identifying the issue
2. Drawing attention to it - speeches, film, social media
3. Working out the solution
4. Meeting politicians and business leaders to force a political or economic solution
5. Calling for legislation and getting it through the legislative process
6. Ensuring it is adhered to

For Ocean Advocates like Bruckner Chase who is intimately connected with Marine Protected Areas has a focus based on a specific mission: Positively impact how we feel, think and act towards our oceans. "I work to facilitate individuals to find the cause that speaks to them personally. I work with Marine Sanctuaries and have seen these become highly charged emotional issues in the South Pacific. Sustainable positive action for the oceans requires both personal and political action. We can't just ban plastic bags; we simultaneously need to move individuals away from choosing to use them."

And there are also practical things that race directors and events can do to help. Doug Woodring founded the Plastic Disclosure Project at the Clinton Global Initiative as a way to bring about large-scale prevention of plastic waste. He has also created guidelines and practical recommendations for race directors, event sponsors, swimmers, venues, suppliers and spectators to follow in order to reduce their environmental impact and minimize their plastic footprint. These guidelines are part of the sanction agreement of World Open Water Swimming Association events and events like Jamie Patrick's Lake Tahoe events.

The Plastic Disclosure Project Sport guidelines include a checklist to assist with planning and a scorecard of certification as a PDP Sport event. "These guidelines should be very achievable for most events," explains Woodring. "For events that already pride themselves on their sustainability, they should stretch further and seek ISO 20121 certification."

Woodring explains further about who can become an ocean advocate. "An ocean advocate is a self-dedicated ambassador for the sea, which has no voice, except from those who help to speak on its behalf. They use innovation, creativity and their own interaction with the ocean, to translate a message to others, including those who benefit from, but may not use, the ocean. The ocean advocate motivates and inspires members of the community to be part of the “ocean team,” sometimes without them even knowing it. Their actions help initiate others to follow suit, yet not without challenges, as water is a foreign place to many in the community.

Their goal is to create a multiplier effect which resonates with the communities they touch, and spreads like a ripple to address the aspects of ocean health which truly need our engagement, collaboration and immediate attention. The problems they seek to help are also all solvable, yet for some reason, have not been at the top of the list, such as over-fishing, the over exploitation of marine life, pollution of all types, and overall disregard for its importance in our lives. An ocean advocate works in a myriad of ways, through actions, speeches, films, books, leadership and entrepreneurship, to encourage, enable and inspire personal, corporate or political action, in the ocean’s defense
."

Photo above shows an example of human aerial art, created by Spectral Q that offers a unique medium of communication designed to build community and inspire creativity and action.

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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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