DNOWS Header

Image Map

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Oceans Seven. Why? Where?

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

The inspiration for the Oceans Seven was mountaineering's Seven Summits, the 7 highest mountains on each continent. However, it needed a bit of modification because Antarctica was a bit too cold so 7 of the world's most challenging channels geographically spread out around the world were selected.

The selection, succinctly described, was based on the following:

* The English Channel between England and France is considered the Mount Everest of open water swimming and is well-known among swimmers and non-swimers.

* The Catalina Channel in Southern California is the Pacific Ocean's near equivalent of the English Channel in distance and is well-known among swimmers and even among some non-swimmers.

* The North Channel between Scotland and Ireland connects 2 countries and is a treacherous, always dynamic, jellyfish-strewn cold-water body of water that many swimmers considered to be the toughest channel in the world.

* The Molokai Channel between Oahu and Molokai is the North Channel's warm-water equivalent and has some of the toughest currents and largest ocean swells in the world to overcome as well as marine life such as sharks, jellyfish and whales.

* The Strait of Gibraltar connects two countries and two continents, involves Africa, and is well-known among swimmers and many non-swimmers for its challenging currents and turbulent conditions.

* The Cook Strait in New Zealand is a cold-water challenge in the Southern Hemisphere with currents, tidal flows and marine life that present real challenges to overcome.

* The Tsugaru Channel in Japan is not known well among the swimmers and non-Japanese, but presents tricky and unpredictable conditions as well as sharks, squids, jellyfish and tremendously strong eddies and currents with winds that exceed that in the English or North Channels. Being in Asia, it enables the Oceans Seven to claim the swims in Asia, Oceania, Europe, the Americas and Africa.

Photo shows Adam Walker crossing the Cook Strait with his mammalian colleagues. The Who's Who of the Oceans Seven are listed here.

Copyright © 2014 by World Open Water Swimming Association

A Thank You Gift from WOWSA

WOWSA is celebrating the
1-Year Anniversary of the monthly Open Water Swimming Magazine
by giving you a free copy of the anniversary issue.

Open Water Swimming Magazine Anniversary Issue
File Size: 13MB


Download the file to your computer, and then right-click to extract the magazine which is inside the zip folder. The magazine is in PDF format.

CLICK HERE to download your free copy now.

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.


Open Water Swimming Event Sanctioning

World Professional Marathon Swimming Federation

Open Water Race Calendar

Coaches Education Program