USMS Long Distance Swimming

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.

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