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Friday, December 20, 2013

Great Cities In America For Open Water Swimming

In a country where there are tens of thousands of miles of shoreline and millions of endurance athletes, fitness swimmers, triathletes, competitive swimmers and open water swimmers, there are innumerable places to train, race and explore in open bodies of water.

But like politics in Washington D.C., finance in New York City, entertainment in Los Angeles, IT in Seattle and software in Silicon Valley, there are certain areas around the United States were there is a convergence of open water swimmers (fitness + competitive + triathlon), year-round opportunities to swim, a number of organized events and an overall ambiance oriented to the sport.

These cities include:

1. Honolulu, Hawaii
2. San Francisco, California
3. La Jolla (San Diego), California (shown above)
4. Boston, Massachusetts
5. New York/Brooklyn, New York
6. Clearwater/Tampa Bay, Florida
7. Atlantic City/Ocean City, New Jersey
8. Miami, Florida
9. Washington D.C.
10. Indianapolis/Noblesville, Indiana
11. Chicago, Illinois
12. Austin, Texas
13. Laguna Beach (Orange County), California

For additional hidden gems of the American open water swimming community, there are numerous other locations including:



1. Chattanooga, Tennessee
2. Atlanta, Georgia with Lake Spivey
3. Fort Myers, Florida
4. Branson, Missouri with Table Rock Lake
5. Seattle, Washington
6. Las Vegas, Nevada with Lake Mead
7. Derby, Vermont with Lake Willoughby / Lake Memphremagog
8. Salt River, Arizona
9. Salt Lake City, Utah
10. Bend, Oregon with Elk Lake
11. Orlando, Florida with Lake Cane

For more information on open water swimming in America, visit America's Top 100 Open Water Swims and Ultra Swims Around America.

Lower photo by Phil White of the Northeast Kingdom Open Water Swimming Association escorting swimmers in Lake Willoughby, Vermont.

Copyright © 2013 by World Open Water Swimming Association

9 comments:

  1. Brooklyn, NYC, home of the CIBBOWS. Top 5, at the very least. Interesting you left them off, Steve.

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  2. Good catch. Well-deserved group of NYC-based swimmers and community.

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  3. Yes, the community around the D.C. (and its environs) first caught our attention when Fletcher Hanks was doing lots of exciting things in the sport in the 1970s. Then his legacy was carried on by a number of individuals over the decades. In 2010 at the U.S. Masters Swimming international convention on open water swimming safety, we were very impressed with a number of individuals from the Washington D.C. area who were leading open water swimming clinics, weekend outings, training camps for newbies, triathletes and open water swimmers. They faced a number of obstacles, but these passionate individuals continue to create an ambiance of open water swimming excellence. Do you have a different opinion?

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  4. What? Laguna Beach has been relegated to #13 in the blink of an afternoon???

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  5. No, in doing the research for this list, we consulted with experienced, well-traveled swimmers in various states. We had New York on the original list and then in the course of cutting and pasting everyone's comments, we inadvertently deleted New York. Evan (above) caught our error and we added New York (and Brooklyn)…which meant that Laguna Beach became #13. Lucky 13. Our apologies, but the wonderful ambiance and opportunities of swimming in Laguna Beach and Orange County year-round remains where ample parking, numerous restaurants, warm showers, wide sandy beaches, dolphins, seals, lifeguards, relatively mild weather and friendly lifeguards are a year-round constant.

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  6. Cool, I'm glad you added NYC. By the way, Miami is listed twice - #7 and #12.

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  7. Tampa/St. Pete/Clearwwater should be near the top of any list like this. We have several pods swimming open water daily at several locations around Tampa Bay, including Clearwater Beach, Indian Rocks Beach, St. Pete Beach, Davis Island, and down in Sarasota at Siesta Key. I don't have pictures from today, but here are from last Saturday's get together at Carlouel Yacht Club at Clearwater Beach, Florida:

    https://www.facebook.com/RonCollins/media_set?set=a.10152028194222092.1073741843.646742091&type=1

    http://www.shallowspot.com/ Info and directions to Tampa Bay open water workouts
    http://www.distancematters.com/ 24 MIle Tampa Bay Marathon Swim and Open Water Boot Camp
    https://www.facebook.com/CaptainCudaOWS Facebook group
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/130589510309009/ Facebook for Frogman
    http://www.tampabayfrogman.com/ Frogman 5k swim to raise $ for vets annually in January
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/150387825138176/ Swim Across America Tampa Bay

    To be honest, our region should be near the top of any list, but never #1 because our water gets way too hot in the summertime. July and August temperatures at Clearwater Beach can reach as high as 91F, so any prolonged effort by a marathoner would likely end in dehydration, nausea and seasickness. So, we train on technique and do amphibious drills June 1 to October 1st, and we acclimate to the cold water and do qualifying swims during the winter since our water is usually around 60F Jan - Mar.

    Check and track Tampa Bay Open Water Swimming Temperature by visiting the NOAA buoy at Pier 60, Clearwater Beach, Florida:

    http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/station_page.php?station=cwbf1





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  8. That second picture looks like Mirror Lake in Lake Placid, NY.

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Thank you very much for your interest in the world of open water swimming.

The Staff of the World Open Water Swimming Association

2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference

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Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE

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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