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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Canine Swimmers Around The Open Water World

Photo courtesy of Phil White, Island Pond Swim, Vermont.

The history of canine swimmers (dogs) competing in open water swims and other venues goes back at least to Manaia, a Labrador-Irish setter, that swam faster than 400 of the 922 human entrants in the 1980 Waikiki Roughwater Swim, completing the 2.4-mile swim in 90 minutes across Waikiki Beach in Hawaii.

There are other canine swimmers around the world:

* Guri Bosch, a labrador retriever, completed the 5-mile Lake Willoughby Swim in Vermont.
* Digger from Orlando, Florida who completed over 100 Lucky's Lake Swim.
* Robbie, a Labrador, has saved his fellow canine friends [see below].
* Barney is from Sarasota, Florida [see below].
* Jake from La Jolla, California who finished 72nd out of 500+ open water swimmers at the Alcatraz Invitational in San Francisco.
* Massi, a Newfoundland, serves as a canine lifeguard in Ostia Beach, Rome.
* Rambo, a Labrador, serves as a canine lifeguard in Ostia Beach, Rome.
* Romeo, a Labrador, serves as a canine lifeguard in Ostia Beach, Rome.
* Udaine, a Belgian Shepherd, serve as a sniffer dog in South Africa.
* Butch, a Labrador cross pointer, serve as a sniffer dog in South Africa

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  1. Hi Steven
    There was also Jake & his master from La Jolla Cove who came in 72nd out of 500+ Swimmers at the Alcatraz Invitational from the South End Rowing Club in early 2000's. It was a kick. Happy New Year

    1. Thank you very much. FYI - http://www.openwaterpedia.com/index.php?title=Jake


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