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How to Remain Calm in Open Water Swimming Chaos

Knowing what to do when you’re triggered into survival mode can keep you from going over the fight-or-flight edge and into a panic situation. Let’s take a look at some things to practice and prepare for for when you’re in unexpected...

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Sarah Thomas Completes Historic Four-Way English Channel Swim

After 54 hours and 10 minutes in the 64-degree water of the English Channel, Sarah Thomas, a 37-year-old health care recruiter from greater Denver stumbled out of the surf and literally crawled onto a rocky beach in Dover, England. She’d just b...

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More Than 100 Masters Swimmers Compete in Lake Willoughby Open Water National Championships

More than 100 Masters swimmers gathered at Lake Willoughby, Vt., on Aug. 16 and 17 for U.S. Masters Swimming’s Sprint-Distance Open Water National Championship and Long-Distance Open Water National Championship. The event was hosted by the Nort...

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USF's Brian Noble Enjoys His Experience at Ultramarathon-Distance Open Water Nats

Blame the Moose. This needs explaining. Moose was my dog. He was more than just a dog, though. He was Moose. 200 pounds. Jet black with a white necktie. Svelte. Intact. Sweet to me but aloof to others. For almost 10 years my daily routine was: Get up...

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What to Do If You Become Stressed or Nervous During an Open Water Swim

Open water swimming is both a physically and mentally demanding sport.

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How to Cope With Water That's Too Warm

Climate change is real, and many swimming locales are getting hotter. If you’re facing down a too-warm waterway this summer, follow these tips to stay safe.

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How to Do Open Water Swimming Race Starts and Finishes

Open water races and triathlons require participants to start and finish either in the water or on solid ground, whether that’s a beach, shoreline, dock, or something else. Practicing these types of starts and finishes is critical for success. ...

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Which Wetsuit is Right for You?

Selecting the right wetsuit can be daunting. There are many brands to choose from and with prices ranging up to $1,200 or more, buying one can be costly. But there are a lot of things you should consider beyond price. Is one wetsuit faster than anoth...

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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...