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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Positively Polar … The Pirita Open

We watch the ice swimmers of all ages and athletic background, but we still do not know how they do it. But they do in increasing numbers.

The Pirita Open is a ice swimming festival held in the Pirita river in Tallinn, Estonia.

With air temperatures and water temperatures down below freezing, the timing is perfect.

"The weather forecast is quite promising: -10ºC to -20ºC with little snow and some sunshine over the next few weeks which will insure the winter will last at least until the end of February. This is exactly what we need," explains Viimsi Veeklubi.

The general rules for participants in the Pirita Open ice swimming competition are as follows:

1. Men must swim in swimming trunks; women in 1 or 2 piece swimsuits. Swimming costumes may not go beyond the middle of the thigh or past the shoulder (i.e., they may not have legs or sleeves). Swimming trunks may not go beyond waistline. Swimming costumes shall not have thermal protection or buoyancy.

2. Swimmers may not use any device or material, which is designed to improve performance (including hand paddles, snorkels, fins, or floatation devices).

3. Swimmers must wear something on their head; either a swimming cap or a woolen or other warm hat. Swimmers may wear goggles. With the exception of a hat, swimmers may not wear any additional clothing (e.g. gloves or neoprene socks) or wetsuits of any description, whether made of neoprene or any other material.

4. Diving into the water is not permitted.

5. Participants of the next heats are announced near the entrance to the ice. Start lists are also available in festival area for everybody to see. Swimmers can dress before and after the start in the dressing tent. It is preferable that swimmers go to the start wearing footwear and clothes which can be removed quickly.

6. Swimmers in dressing tent will be notified when it’s their time to go to the start.

7. At the start, competitors will be instructed to disrobe: "Riietuge lahti / Take off your clothes." Baskets will be provided for each lane and competitors should put all their clothing and bags into them. They will then be carried around to the other end of the lane, ready for the competitor to pick up his or her clothes when he or she has finished the race.

8. When all competitors are disrobed, they are instructed to enter the water: "Vette / In the water“ and competitors using ladders descend in the water so that shoulders are under the water.

9. Competitors will then be instructed to get on their marks: "Valmis olla / On your marks", whereby competitors must visible hold the steps with one hand.

10. Start will be given with audio signal.

11. False starts will not be called back. Blatant false starts will result in disqualification. Minor false starts will result in a five second penalty being added onto the race time.

12. Swimmers cannot dive under the water after the starting push.

13. To finish, each competitor must touch the end of his or her lane with at least one hand.

14. The only permissible stroke of 25m breaststroke races is head-up breaststroke. The crown of the head may not be submerged at any time.

15. In relays, the swimmers 2-4 must wait in the water and can leave after the previous swimmer has touched the wall at the end of the swimming lane. Blatant false starts will result in disqualification. Every minor false start will result in a five-second penalty being added onto the race time.

16. There must be at least one woman and one man in each team in order to participate in competitive relay event. Teams of 4 men or 4 women may swim but they are not included in overall ranking and will not get medals.

17. The distance of endurance swim is expected to be 450m. The distance can be changed according to the decision of organizers.

18. Tumble turns are not permitted in endurance swim. In order to turn, swimmer touches the wall with at least one hand and pushes off the wall as in the start of the race.



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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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