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How to Find and Swim in New Open Water Locations

Review these 10 factors to help determine whether the waterway is safe for swimming.

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USMS Members Complete the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming in 2021

For Masters swimmers looking to swim long distances in open water, a bevy of races, events, and challenges exist. One of the top challenges—which has gained in popularity in recent years—is the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming. The ser...

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How to Make Sure You're the First to Complete an Open Water Swim

In marathon swimming, “firsts” (swims that have never been done) are a special sort of revered achievement. Just look to Matthew Webb, whose story crossing the English Channel launched marathon swimming.

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How to Prepare for an Open Water Race Like Olympian Jordan Wilimovsky

You might think California resident Jordan Wilimovsky would swim almost every day in the Pacific Ocean or a similar body of water in his quest to stand on the podium at this year’s Olympics in the 10-kilometer swim. But the Malibu native and fo...

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How to Cope With Jellyfish Stings

If your open water swimming adventures ever take you into salt water, you should be prepared to meet some stinging, gelatinous creatures while you’re submerged.

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How to Swim Open Water Like an Olympian

Open water swimmers don’t get many opportunities to enjoy a pro-level marathon swim race from the comfort of their own couch, but the postponed 2020 Tokyo Olympics will provide a perfect opportunity to watch and learn from elite aquatic athlete...

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How You Can Overcome Your Fear of Open Water

If you’re looking to expand your horizons beyond the pool and are uncomfortable swimming in open water, read on, my friend. With pools being closed during the coronavirus pandemic, many swimmers have ventured to “the other side” and...

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Open Water Swimming Tips

As the water warms up, you might be thinking about venturing into the open water. Open water swimming can offer many benefits: it can better your mental health, sleep and circulation, increase your metabolism, and boost your immune system. It also of...

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Three Open Water Skills to Practice in the Pool

Although there are a bunch of variables in open water that you don’t experience in the pool, you can and should develop some skills in the pool to help you in a triathlon or an open water race. Three of the most basic ones are swimming straight...

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Open Water Swimming Drills You Can Do Now to Get Ready for the Summer

Summer is coming. No, really. It is. It might not feel like it now, but it’s just up around the bend, and with it comes open water swimming season. With that knowledge in hand, it’s time to turn Aesop’s fable of the “Ant and t...

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