The conduct and organization of Long Distance swimming for USMS is controlled by the Long Distance National Committee. The Committee is in charge of the Long Distance Swimming Rules; conducts ten National Championship events each year; maintains Long Distance National Records; publishes the Long Distance Calendar and various Long Distance Manuals; and recognizes All American and All-Star swimmers who have earned these honors. In addition, the committee serves as a source for guidance and education for event directors.
Long Distance Events
A long distance pool event is any distance-based swimming event over 1650 yards (1508.8 meters), or a time-based event equal to or greater than one hour. It may be conducted in any body of water, either natural or man-made. A long distance open water event is a swimming event of any distance conducted in an open body of water, either natural or man-made.