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Friday, January 17, 2014

Hadar Aviram Across The Sea Of Galilee

Professor Hadar Aviram of the University of California Hastings College of the Law was all over the Sea of Galilee in Israel. Firstly, she completed a 6 km widthwise crossing of the Sea of Galilee a few years ago. Last December, she then completed the first lengthwise crossing of the lake last December in 9 hours 30 minutes.*

The Sea of Galilee, also known as Kinneret, Lake of Gennesaret or Lake Tiberias, is the largest freshwater lake in Israel is about 21 km (13 miles) long and at 214 meters (702 feet) below sea level, it is the lowest freshwater lake on Earth. The lake is fed partly by underground springs although its main source is the Jordan River which flows through it from north to south.

After waking up in the resort village in Kibbutz Ein Gev and motoring over to the start, she initially thought to herself, "This lake is huge," but she was mostly was entranced by the peace and quiet as she set off in the darkness.

We asked Professor Aviram about her historic crossing that started at Amnon Beach on the north of the lake.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: What was the water temperature and conditions (surface turbulence, clarity) of the Sea of Galilee?
Hadar Aviram: 64ºF (17.7ºC). The Sea of Galilee is a fresh water lake and was almost glassy with no currents or swells. We had a little bit of chop here and there, but the wind was favorable

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Was the crossing was you expected it would be? What was your time?
Hadar Aviram: I estimated the time and difficulty properly, but not the temperature. A week before the swim date, Israel was hit with the worst storm it has seen in probably 100 years - lots of snow and ice. While the storm calmed down after a few days, and the sun was out, snow from the mountains melted into the lake, bringing the temperature down considerably from what I expected. At Hour Six I was feeling very cold in my lower back and my groin and consulted with my crew about ending the swim, but decided to keep going, and by the end of Hour Seven (when my pace swimmer swam with me) I was in high spirits and felt I could finish.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: How did this crossing compare with your other marathon swims?
Hadar Aviram: Some of my previous swims included the 11-mile Portland Bridge Swim which was shorter and had a bit of current assistance, as well as more favorable water temperature. I also swam the Tampa Bay Marathon, withdrawing from the race at Mile 18 after 11 hours of swimming with a shoulder injury. The water in Tampa was much warmer, but the conditions were difficult - swells, chop, and the need to rescue survivors from capsized support boats. So this is not the longest I've swum so far, but it was the longest swim with the coldest temperatures.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: What kind of permissions or approvals did you have to receive in order to conduct your swim (i.e., did you have to ask for the permission of any government agency)?
Hadar Aviram: Since the crossing was a solo swim, I didn't have to get any approvals from the coast guard or from the municipalities around the lake.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: How many people have done this crossing before (if you know)?
Hadar Aviram: A couple of years ago, a group of Israeli swimmers crossed the lake during the summer in the opposite direction from north to south. My pilot also piloted for them and says that despite the big difference in water tempertures, my swim was faster partly because I was swimming under channel rules, did not touch the boat, and kept my feedings short.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: How did you train for this swim?
Hadar Aviram: I did mostly pool training, averaging 25 km a week in the last three weeks before taper. The longest I swam in the pool for this crossing was 10 km, combining long swims and sprints. I also swam in San Francisco Bay at Aquatic Park before the temperatures dropped below 55ºF (12.7ºC).

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Did you see anything under the surface of the water?
Hadar Aviram: We started the swim in the dark at 5 am, but since it was a freshwater lake, there was no bioluminescence. The water is clean. It is the source of Israel's national water carrier, but not clear, so I couldn't see any marine life. I do know there are plenty of fish in the lake.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: You had a pace swimmer. Was she local or come with you from California?
Hadar Aviram: I had one pace swimmer, Lisa Galfand-Trudler, who is a local Israeli endurance athlete. She swam in one-hour stretches at a time, taking an hour-long rest between swims. I swam the first two hours alone before sunrise
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Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Did any people from Beth Dror participate in the swim in any way?
Hadar Aviram: The good folks at Beth Dror heard about the swim two days before it was scheduled to happen. They had the link to my SPOT Tracker page and the youth at the shelter followed our progress online. They also publicized the swim on Facebook and were very excited and grateful. One of the happiest outcomes of the swim was that my pilot, Lior Eliyahu, who has a wakeboard/wakesurf business on the lakeshore, graciously offered all the youth in the shelter a fun day on the lake at his expense during the summer. The US$2,640 in donations raised through the swim will help the shelter continue its mission to provide Israel's only home and refuge for homeless GLBT youth.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: How did you select your pilot?
Hadar Aviram: Lior Eliyahu is a local waterman who lives and works on the lakeshore. He is extremely knowledgeable with regard to winds, currents, and accompanied the group swim conducted two years ago. The person who organized that swim (Three Days In Three Seas), Gadi Katz, the TI head coach in Israel, recommended him, and we're now good friends.

* Bill Welzien attempted and completed a 10 hour 25 minute crossing of the Sea of Galilee on September 2nd 2009, but as he stood up in the shallow water and was walking ashore, he nearly fell and his friend touched him to steady him against falling against the rocks in the shallows.

Because Welzien had not completely cleared the water, Welzien's swim is not considered a standard crossing under the Marathon Swimmers Federation rules.

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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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