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Friday, March 14, 2014

The Perfect Open Water Swimming Venue

The perfect open water swimming venue, if it ever existed, would have the following elements:

1. A beautiful sunset every evening.
2. A gorgeous sunrise every morning.
3. An occasional lightning storm that lights up the sky.
4. Cloudless full moons for night swimming.
5. A wide expanse of silky smooth white sand.
6. Cold water coming in on low tides (so you have time to think about jumping in).
7. Warm water coming in on high tides (so you can get in right away).
8. Colorful, non-venomous, non-aggressive marine life.
9. A magnificent coral reef with a few spots to easily get in and out.
10. Uniform powerful waves to bodysurf in.
11. Occasional winds that blow at set intervals (so you can get in some rough water training).
12. Playful dolphins.
13. Breaching whales.
14. Graceful mantas.
15. Mellow sea turtles.
16. Warm showers on the beach.
17. Warm towels at the ready.
18. Low-lying piers and pontoons to arrange a hydration station.
19. Attractive, friendly sunbathers to watch over your belongings while you swim.
20. Rainbows galore.
21. Billowy white clouds.
22. Seaside restaurants with healthy, plentiful breakfast, lunch and dinner meals.
23. Free parking.
24. Lifeguard stations exactly every 250 meters.
25. Kayaks, SUPs, and paddle boards available for free - with willing kayakers and paddle boarders.
26. Knowledgeable escort pilots at the ready.
27. Fitness gym.
28. Running course.
29. Cycling path.
30. Wireless Internet accessibility.
31. Swimmers and triathletes of every age, ability and background with goals that span from ice swimming to marathon swimming.
32. Cafes lining a boardwalk along the beach.
33. A library filled with swimming books.
34. A theater with films with a killer sound system.
35. GPS units available for free.
36. Analysts, marine biologists, oceanographers, and coaches to provide advice.
37. Mariners from around the world to tell stories and recall swims of the past.

Copyright © 2014 by World Open Water Swimming Association

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Open Water Swimming Magazine

Open Water Swimming Magazine

The Open Water Swimming Magazine is the monthly magazine entirely focused on open water swimming heroes and heroines of every age, ability, and background. Published by the World Open Water Swimming Association, the Open Water Swimming Magazine is a free benefit to WOWSA members.

WOWSA Member Benefits include 12 issues of the Open Water Swimming Magazine, the annual 276-page Open Water Swimming Almanac, a free listing in Sponsor My Swim, outstanding product discounts from FINIS, an entry in Openwaterpedia and more...

The Other Shore

The Other Shore follows world record holder and legendary swimmer Diana Nyad as she comes out of a thirty-year retirement to re-attempt an elusive dream: swimming 103 miles non-stop from Cuba to Florida without the use of a shark cage. Her past and present collide in her obsession with a feat that nobody has ever accomplished. At the edge of The Devil’s Triangle, tropical storms, sharks, venomous jellyfish, and one of the strongest ocean currents in the world, all prove to be life-threatening realities. Timothy Wheeler’s documentary brings Diana Nyad’s extraordinary adventure to life as Diana sets out to prove that will and determination are all you need to make the unimaginable possible.

2014 Open Water Swimming Almanac

An Almanac for Open Water Swimming

An almanac is essentially a body of knowledge which is so complete that it enables people in different fields to make predictions about the future of their respective industries.

This, for example, was the purpose of the traditional farmers almanacs. It enabled farmers to determine as accurately as possible which crops to plant for the greatest harvests in a given year.

But the farmers almanac was just one example among many.
There are, of course, many different kinds of almanacs.

In fact, there is even one for open water swimming...

Preview the Open Water Swimming Almanac:

The trends are very clear.
The tide is rising for open water swimming.


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