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Friday, November 22, 2013

You Are An Old-Time Swimmer If...

You know you are a wily old veteran swimmer if you...

1. can remember swimming an entire workout without goggles
2. came out of workout and remember seeing rings around all the lights
3. can remember a time when only rectangular-shaped hand paddles were used
4. can remember a time when there was only one type of white pull buoys was used
5. can remember stop watches that require winding with a button at the top
6. can remember workouts that were conducted without a pace clock
7. owned a Belgrad suit
8. owned double-lined swimsuits with plunging neck lines
9. sent a letter and went to the post office to communicate with your escort pilot
10. can remember a time when survey tools were used to mark courses
11. can remember a time when fins and snorkels were used in the ocean and not in the pool
12. could enter the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim without writing essays
13. mailed in your entry forms
14. received Popsicle sticks as you crossed the finish line
15. did not warm-down after a race
16. did not bring hydration to the pool or take water bottles to workout
17. thought naked swimming meant skinny dipping
18. could not imagine what vog is or what yackers are
19. thought zip lining was something you did in the forest or jungle on vacation
20. thought swimcest was rare and swickies were non-existent
21. had no idea what GPS, triathlon, transponder, jammers, brown fat or gel packs meant when you first started swimming

22. remember no college swimming scholarships for women

Barbara Held added:

23. used an Exergenie.

Coach Bob Bruce added:

24. remember when lane lanes were ropes with an occasional buoy
25. remember when backstroke flags were optional
26. remember when training rarely involved circle swimming
27. remember when 3000-yards was a huge practice
28. remember when 55-yard pools were not uncommon
29. were taught to dive onto the water, not into the water
30. remember when your teammates had to sit on wooden blocks to keep them from moving

Kaia Hedlund added:

31. pulled with a kickboard held between your legs
32. pulled with 1/2 kickboards with a rubber band around it and had to use Vaseline to avoid chafing
33. wore multiple suits for additional drag
34. wore white rubber swim caps even if you were a girl with short hair
35. ate jello powder and honey at swim meets
36. had wool suits and thought the nylon swimsuits with a double panel in the front and a skirt were a big improvement
37. stitched a skirt in front of your Belgrad suit

Channel Swimmer added:

38. wore your mother's old nylons and t-shirts for additional drag
39. used lemon to treat green hair from the chlorine in the pool
40. remember when Jello squares were sold at the snack bar

Shelley Taylor-Smith added:

41. trained with up to 20 swimmers per lane
42. swam without lane ropes which was the norm
43. warmed up with 10x50’s butterfly to get rid of the public out of your lane
44. used a bucket tied with a towel around your ankles for extra drag
45. used a towel tied to a rubber band around your ankles for pulling
46. used a rubber band only for pulling
47. trained without a swim cap
48. raced without a swim cap…or goggles
49. remember when green hair was the norm for blonde hair
50. your green hair snapped off from the chlorine
51. remember when clear goggles were the only coloured goggles
52. open water swims in Australia were called “Swim-Thru’s”
53. remember when a kick set was only using your own legs (i.e., no fins)
54. learned to swim in the river or ocean
55. swam 800m/1500m events around midnight as the last event on the program
56. ate loaves of white bread for carbo-loading
57. ate jellybeans for instant energy in between heats and finals
On the reverse side of aquatic sports, you are a newbie swimmer if you do these things.

Copyright © 2013 by World Open Water Swimming Association

2 comments:

  1. For drag you wore your Mom's old nylons and t-shirts
    You used lemon to treat green hair from the chlorine
    You knew you hit the end of the pool because your head hurt in backstroke kick (arms not above your head)
    Mom brought your Tang in a mason jar with a lid so it didn't spill
    Jello square were sold at the snack bar.
    You still cringe at the thought of MacDonald's orange drink from Saturday Meets. It was that or Coffee first thing in the AM

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  2. Outstanding memories from a veteran!

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The Staff of the World Open Water Swimming Association

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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