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Ready for Another Open Water Race

My first thought when I saw U.S. Masters Swimming’s 2-Mile Cable Open Water National Championship would be just 10 miles from my house was that this was great. I signed up months in advance, which gave me enough time to put together a training ...

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From the Pool to the Open Water

More than 320 athletes swam in the serene waters of Lake Berryessa near Sacramento, Calif., on June 1 to participate in an annual 2-mile open water race, this year’s venue for the U.S. Masters Swimming Middle-Distance Open Water National Champi...

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How to Become Acclimated to Open Water Swimming

People raised on beaches love plunging into ponds, lakes, and oceans. But some who have only swum in lap pools can find open water frightening. How can you learn to be comfortable without lane stripes, walls, or the smell of chlorine?

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Five Open Water Swimming Training Drills

The best way to better your open water swimming skills is to swim regularly in the open water. While you’re out there, take time to really improve by incorporating some important open water drills. These drills can help you fine tune your open ...

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Finding New Friends in the Open Water

When I introduce myself to someone new, I could as easily say “I’m a swimmer” as “I’m Susan.” The water is almost always on my mind. Swimming calms me when I’m anxious, balances me when I feel out of touch wi...

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How to Stay Safe in the Open Water

Whether you’re swimming for fitness in the open water or training for an open water race or triathlon, the person most responsible for your safety is you.

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How to Make a Plan for Your Next Open Water Swim

Making a plan for your next big open water swim is essential if you want success.

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How to Train for a Long Open Water Race

If you think a long open water race is something you’d like to try, here are a few things to keep in mind to help you finish with a big smile on your face.

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Olympic Gold Medalist Learns to Love Open Water Swimming

As I walk to the dock where Portland’s “River Huggers,” the Willamette River swimmers, gather daily to swim across the river under the Hawthorne Bridge, second thoughts crowd against third and fourth. The chilly air on this early We...

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‘You Can’t Beat … Open Water Swimming’: USMS Members Enjoy Three National Championships in One Week

Stephanie Lemmons and Megan Tosh were among the 15 or so swimmers to compete in the three open water national championships in the Pacific Northwest in July.