Some facts you need to know about OPEN WATER SWIMMING?

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Some facts you need to know about OPEN WATER SWIMMING?

In general terms, Open water swimming means swimming in an unrestricted open water area, such as swimming in an ocean or a large river or lake; contrast this with swimming pools that have limited area.

We invite you to take a look at some of the special events of open water swimming through the article below!

Special initiator

The historical record of the originator for outdoor swimming is Lord Byron when he swam across the Hellespont Strait in Turkey (now known as Dardanelles) connecting Europe with Asia on 3 May 1810 with a length of about 4 miles. The above information may not be very impressive if we do not know that Lord Byron is the 6th baron Byron (1788 – 1824) and the romantic poet of England. He is considered one of the great poets of the 19th-century world. Lord Byron has a disability in his legs since birth, but in return, he has a beautiful face like a Greek and hobby often curls in the night.

Who would have thought that the “ancestor” of open water swimming was an eminent poet with a handicapped leg?

The modern people promoting open water swimming movement

Anyone who participates in the Open water swimming movement knows more or less about the famous book “Wild Swim” by Kate Rew. Kate Rew (born September 11, 1970) is a freelance journalist, writing for The Guardian, The Times, Evening Standard, Grazia, ELLE and The Sunday Times. She was the founder of the Outdoor Swimming Society (Outdoor Swimming Society) in 2006 when she turned 36 years old to promote swimming in the wild and nude. Her book “Wild Swim” has become a bestseller. Monocle Magazine for News and Lifestyle has called her one of “20 heroes who deserve a bigger stage around the world”.

Kate Rew

Kate Rew

Wild Swim released in April 2009. In this stunning and inspirational guide, Kate Rew takes you on a wild adventure across the UK with first-hand experiences of the most incredible landscapes. From natural waterfalls and hot tubs to sea caves and meandering rivers, all are adorably detailed through fun swimming experiences, as well as real details. practical tips and advice on swimming techniques.

With over 300 swimming spots, the book is suitable for everyone, from a five-year-old with a float to a seasoned outdoor swimmer, from an amateur camper to a summer picnic enthusiast. Beautifully captured by Dominick Tyler and with its comprehensive map, “Wild Swim” is the best guide to outdoor swimming in the UK and is an inspiration for all open water swimming enthusiasts.

Who would have thought that the one who inspired and influenced the world outdoor swimming movement was this quite young woman?

Open water swimming tournament achieved a Guinness World Record

Midmar Mile is a swimming competition held annually in February at Midmar Dam north of the city of Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Each year, it attracts thousands of competitors, from serious international athletes, Olympic medalists to pure recreational swimmers.

In 2009, the event, with 13,755 people completing the race, was recognized by the Guinness Book of Records as the largest outdoor swimming event in the world.

The event is named after the venue (Midmar Dam) and the competition distance is about one mile (1.6 km). A unique feature of the race is that while the competition distance is always one mile, depending on the rainfall and the water level in the dam, the actual length of the swimmers will change from year to year. In years of low rainfall, thousands of people start as athletes sprinting on the muddy lakeshore, then quickly swim through shallow water to plunge into water deep enough to swim.

Who would have thought that an outdoor swimming event could attract such a “huge” number of attendees?

FINA’s standardization of rules for Open water swimming competitions

Nowadays, outdoor swimming competitions have become extremely popular. Whether it’s swimming in a river by 1600 meters or swimming in the ocean 25 kilometers, the festive atmosphere often dominates at outdoor swimming events, despite the tough demands placed on swimmers.

In the early years, the majority of outdoor swimming competitions were reserved for a small number of professional long-distance swimmers to overcome the particular challenges they would face. However, over the last two decades, millions of swimmers of all levels have ventured into the world of outdoor swimming. With the growing popularity of triathlons and thousands of recreational and competitive outdoor swimming races now offered around the world, this number continues to grow rapidly.

FINA – International Swimming Federation – has certainly been at the forefront of this burgeoning phenomenon and has included outdoor swimming in the World Championships since 1991. With the inclusion of the 10km men’s competition and women participating in the water sports competition program at the Olympic Games since 2008, FINA has contributed to increasing interest and support for outdoor swimming around the world. Currently FINA manages long distance swimming for races of 5 km, 10 km, and 25 km (3.1 miles, 6.2 miles and 15.5 miles).

Outdoor swimming usually includes the following types:

  • Winter swimming is a swimming activity in winter, typically in open water swimming locations or in open-water public swimming pools that do not have a heater.
  • Long distance swimming is distinguished from regular swimming in that the swimming distance is longer than competing swimming distances at the swimming pool (which must be more than 1500m long), including a special type. Ultra-long distance swimming sometimes referred to as marathon swimming. The minimum distance that constitutes a marathon has shortened significantly over time but must have reached at least 10 km. Different organizations adopt different minimum distances. The Olympic swimming marathon has a distance of 10 km.
  • Outdoor swimming is also an important part of the Olympic triathlon (swim/bike/run, with a swim length of 0.9 miles (1.5 km), and the longer version, Ironman with 2, 4 miles (4 km) of outdoor swimming.

Open water swimming is an attractive activity

This attraction comes from the people involved and from events held on a large and small scale around the world. Coming to open water swimming competitions is to come to color, to open spaces, to cultural exchanges, to discover places, to festivals.

The attraction also comes from the fact that this playground has content that is flexibly reduced depending on the subject, making it a playground for all subjects to love.

Those who love open water swimming can watch the FINA Marathon World Cup Series going on. This tournament system for senior athletes is held annually in more than 9 locations and takes place in freshwater or the sea. Since 2007, FINA decided to focus only on 10km distance for the FINA Marathon World Series because the 10km swimming content was included in the 2008 Olympic program.


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