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Nejib Belhedi Swimming On High

62-year-old Nejib Belhedi is preparing for a 1 km open water swim up in Mount Everest at 6,000 meters at altitude.

Walking up Mount Everest is hard enough; Belhedi is going to swim up there.

How is he planning on accomplishing this 1 km swim? By training at sea level.

"I conceived a new concept 061-6K," explains the former Lt. Colonel in the Tunisian Army. "I will test it in Tunisia and I will prove its efficiency later during my Mount Everest swim. It's a new theory of training at zero altitude to overcome the effects of high altitude during my swim up in Mount Everest at 6000 meters above sea level."

He is confident 061-6K will work. "It will be a world vanguard of a training concept for high altitude exercise for open water swimming as well as for other athletic fields if I may able to overcome the challenges of my Mount Everest swim."

In his meticulous way, Belhedi laid out his 061-6K plan:

I. Concepts of Acclimatization for High Altitude:

The first approach is to take 21 days at a minimum as one's period of acclimatization to high altitude. The second approach is to arrive directly at the high altitude site without acclimatization with the body fully saturated with Oxygen and perform the swim immediately.

II. New Concept: 061- 6K

The originality of 061-6K gives the opportunity to conduct efficient training at sea level (zero altitude). "I would do it at 6000 meters or more. I consider this new concept as a revolution in high altitude training and it could replace the current concept of acclimatization."

Belhedi explains how he will achieve this by educational respiratory. "Firstly, Extreme Educational Respiratory Training is a technique used in order to educate new swimmers to conditions in the water. We know about breathing for new swimmers as well as improving the aerobic power for competitive swimmers, but an appropriate training concept does not exist in the open water swimming world to resolve the limiting factors for swimmers in particular and athletes in general who are preparing to achieve high altitude objectives. I will prove it. This technique is in somes basic swimming books. By combining swimming information with some research done on high-altitude effects, I saw the light. This method of training is used extensively by swimmers It has the same convergence of effects as someone who is exposed to high altitude. What is this common extreme effects? It's the well-known symptom - an acute headache - and a more grave condition: brain / respiratory odema."

III. The 061-6K protocol:

Belhedi is training in the Kef region, north of Tunisia. But he is training her not for high altitude, but for practicing his new concept in the big lake dams of Tunisia - the Oued Mallegue Dam - until he reaches the 061-6K level. He will be covered by Al Watanya TV 1 and will explain on Tunisian television about his Mount Everest Swim that will also give birth to this new concept of high altitude.

Belhedi explains, "I will not use the common concept to spend 21 days as my acclimatization period. I will jump in the tarn without acclimatization. I will spend only 12 days to go from Beijing to Lhassa and then from Lhassa to D12 in order to swim in the Mount Everest tarn at 6000 meters. So, at D12, I will undergo his final 061-6K test.

The scientists will examine me to see if how this new concept of utilizing aerobic energy with a very low consumption of oxygen and higher metabolic optimization. Aerobic , anerobic lactic and analactic, hypoxia could be melted relatively and thinly by Extreme Educational Breathing training to achieve my Mount Everest swim at this highest altitude."

Belhedi needs to get used to swimming long distances with an extreme shortage of oxygen. "I will push my metabolism to support the effort of endurance for more strokes and will adapt my metabolism to support well the headache of extreme shortage of oxygen; the same symptoms that I will be vulnerable at the high altitude of 6000m."

His training stage rules of the new concept 061-6K includes to proceed progressively during in a minimum of 3 months before attempting the Mount Everest Swim. "In the first stage of training, I will take one stroke and one breathe (inspiration). This is predominantly developing the capacity to do long, continuous aerobic work of 50- 60 strokes per minute. In the second stage, I will take 2 strokes per one breath in order to develop a daily, significant long distance continuous work. This will continue until I am in the sixth stage and am to be able to swim easily taking 6 strokes for every one breathing, covering a distance of 6 km."

Belhedi has calculated an indication of readiness to swim at 6,000m altitude from sea-level training. "I have to reach 061-6K at 0 meters altitude before I will attempt the 1 km Mount Everest swim at 6000m altitude. I have to be able to swim 6 strokes without breathing and with only one breath as a repetitive macrocycle during the entire 6 km."

Belhedi calculated the following: To be able to swim at 6,000m in Mount Everest = 6 1(1/4 Oxygen) 1K

When 6 equals 6000m altitude, 1 equals one breath for each stroke, (1/4 Oxygen) is the quantity of oxygen at 6000 altitude. "This mean that I will have only 5° of oxygen compared to 23° Oxygen that exists at 0 altitude.

61 (1/4 Oxy) 1K = 061-6K

"This interoperability is possibly theoretical because when I swim at O altitude under this modal (where 1 stroke per 1 breath), he consumes a volume "V" of the existent volume of oxygen V° (23°/0 of the volume of air), but when I swim at O altitude with the modal (6 strokes per one breath), I consume only volume V where this volume is V/6 = V'. If I swim easily in V state, he will swim less easly in V' state. With hard training in the V' state, the volume of oxygen consumed in Mount Everest swim (Vme) will be reached relatively easily. Indeed the volume of oxygen existent in Mount Everest is 1/4 of V°.

The redundancy factors are ensured in this inter-operablity in accordance with the orientation that training has to be harder than the final objective on Mount Everest. Since I have to swim 1 km up on Mount Everest, I will train in Extreme Educational Respiratory or 061-6K or 6 km. Since I will have to face swimming with 5°/0 oxygen up on Mount Everest which only has 1/4 of 23°/0 of oxygen compared with sea level, I will be able to manage the limited oxygen volume of V/6 during his Extreme Educational Respiratory Training at zero altitude."



Additional information about his swim is here.

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2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference Agenda


Friday, 19 September

5:30

PM


Welcome Reception at Mount Stuart House, Isle of Bute, Scotland

Documentary films shown throughout the reception:

Blue Journey-Amerika Samoa – Stronger Together: The Waterman’s Way
(film by Bruckner Chase)

Dancing With The Water, Crossing of Lake Pontchartrain
(film by Wayne Ewing about Matthew Moseley's Lake Pontchartrain crossing)

Bering Strait Swim Chukotka - Alaska
(film by Admiral Konstantin Sidenko about the relay between Russia and Alaska)

The Clean Swim – Hong Kong to Macau
(film about Simon Holiday's Pearl River Delta crossing)


Saturday, 20 September

9:00

AM


Registration and Coffee at Mount Stuart House, Isle of Bute, Scotland

10:00

AM


Keynote Speech:
Colleen Blair (Scotland) on The History of Scottish Swimming

10:20

AM


Christopher Guesdon (Australia) on Multidimensional Roles In The Sport

10:30

AM


Colin Hill (England) on Recent Explosion in UK Open Water

10:50

AM


Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia) on The Feminine Code of Achievement - How a Lady from Down Under Revolutionized Professional Marathon Swimming

11:10

AM


Simon Murie (England) on Open Water Swimming Holidays: How A New Sector Was Created Within The Travel Industry

11:30

AM


Swimming The Oceans Seven
A round table discussion moderated by:
Kevin Murphy (England), with Stephen Redmond (Ireland), Anna-Carin Nordin (Sweden),
Darren Miller (USA), Adam Walker (England), Kimberley Chambers (New Zealand)

12:30

PM


Coffee and Break

1:00

PM


World Open Water Swimming Awards Luncheon:
with co-hosts Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia) and Steven Munatones (USA)

Pádraig Mallon (Ireland), 2013 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year

Olga Kozydub (Russia), 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year

Bering Strait Swim, 2013 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year

Honoring: Vladimir Chegorin, Maria Chizhova, Elena Guseva, Ram Barkai, Jack Bright, Oksana Veklich, Aleksandr Jakovlevs, Matías Ola, Henri Kaarma, Toomas Haggi, Nuala Moore, Anne Marie Ward, Toks Viviers, Melissa O’Reilly, Ryan Stramrood, Cristian Vergara, Craig Lenning, Rafal Ziobro, Andrew Chin, Jackie Cobell, James Pittar, Paolo Chiarino, Mariia Yrjö-Koskinen, Ivan Papulshenko, Zdenek Tlamicha, Zhou Hanming, Oleg Adamov, Andrei Agarkov, Alekseev Semen, Tatiana Alexandrova, Roman Belan, Elena Semenova, Alexander Brylin, Afanasii Diackovskii, Vladimir Nefatov, Evgenii Dokuchaev, Oleg Docuckaev, Roman Efimov, Dmitrii Filitovich, Olga Filitovich, Victor Godlevskiy, Olga Golubeva, Alexei Golubkin, Alexander Golubkin, Alexandr Iurkov, Oleg Ivanov, Pavel Kabakov, Eduard Khodakovskiy, Aleksandr Komarov, Aleksandr Kuliapin, Andrey Kuzmin, Irina Lamkina, Vladimir Litvinov, Andrey Mikhalev, Victor Moskvin, Nikolay Petshak, Sergey Popov, Vladimir Poshivailov, Grigorii Prokopchuk, Dmitrii Zalka, Natalia Seraya, Viacheslav Shaposhnikov, Olga Sokolova, Andrei Sychev, Alexei Tabakov, and Nataliia Usachaeva [represented by Admiral Konstantin Sidenko and Nuala Moore]


2:30

PM


Alexey Salmin Pavlovich (Russia) and Dmitry Dragozhilov (Russia)
on the 2016 Winter Swimming World Championships [film]

2:50

PM


Sally Minty-Gravett (Jersey) on Motivating Swimmers

3:10

PM


Dmitry Blokhin (Russia) and Aleksei Veller (Russia)
on the First World Ice Swimming Championships [film]

3:30

PM


Matthew Moseley (USA)’s Dancing With The Water, Crossing of Lake Pontchartrain [film]

3:50

PM


Simon Holliday (England) and Doug Woodring (Hong Kong)’s The Clean Swim – Hong Kong to Macau 2014 [film]

5:00

PM


International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF)
and International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (IMSHOF)

IMSHOF Induction Ceremonies and Dinner
with co-hosts Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia) and Steven Munatones (USA).

Recognition of International Swimming Hall of Fame honorees:

  • Elizabeth Fry (USA), IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

  • Vojislav Mijić (Serbia), IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

  • James Anderson (USA), IMSHOF Honour Administrator

  • Dr. Jane Katz (USA), IMSHOF Honour Administrator

  • Indonesian Swimming Federation Open Water Committee (Indonesia), IMSHOF Honour Organisation

  • Melissa Cunningham (Australia), Irving Davids – Captain Roger Wheeler Award by the International Swimming Hall of Fame and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

  • Sandra Bucha (USA), ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

  • Jon Erikson (USA), ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer [represented by Sandra Bucha]

6:30

PM


International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) Introduction Video.
Welcome speech by host Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia)

6:45

PM


Dinner

7:30

PM


International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF)
Induction Ceremonies and Dinner with host Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia)

Recognition of International Swimming Hall of Fame honorees:

  • Mercedes Gleitze (England)
    ISHOF Honor Pioneer Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
    [represented by daughter Doloranda Pember]

  • Dale Petranech (USA)
    ISHOF Honor Contributer and IMSHOF Honour Administrator

  • Claudio Plit (Argentina)
    ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
    [represented by Shelley Taylor-Smith]

  • Judith van Berkel-de Nijs (Netherlands)
    ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
    [represented by Niek Kloots]

  • George Young (Canada)
    ISHOF Honor Pioneer Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
    [represented by the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation]

  • David Yudovin (USA)
    ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer


Sunday, 21 September

9:00

AM


Registration and coffee at Mount Stuart House, Isle of Bute, Scotland

10:00

AM


Nuala Moore (Ireland) on The Mindset of 1000m at 0ºC

10:20

AM


Admiral Konstantin Sidenko (Russia)’s Bering Strait Swim Chukotka - Alaska in 2013 [film]

10:40

AM


Ned Denison (Ireland) on Swimming The World

11:00

AM


Bruckner Chase (USA)’s Blue Journey-Amerika Samoa
Stronger Together: The Waterman’s Way
[film]

11:20

AM


Rok Kerin (Slovenia) on Lifestyle Benefits From Open Water Swimming

12:00

PM


Survey distribution and group photo-taking

2:00

PM


Swim at Stravvana Bay, Isle of Bute






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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."


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