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How Open Water Swimmers Can Become More Comfortable With Bilateral Breathing

Most Masters coaches have probably shouted themselves hoarse over the issue of bilateral breathing once or twice in their lives. And there’s a reason most of them are so emphatic that swimmers adopt this skill and get comfortable with it.

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What to Look Out for When Selecting a New Open Water Site

Water is perhaps the most powerful force on the planet. It has literally moved mountains, carved valleys, and destroyed civilizations throughout the ages. For swimmers, it’s our element, sure, but it absolutely demands the appropriate level of ...

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How to Ditch the Wetsuit

Polly Madding looked out across the Boston Harbor in 2017 and wondered why she couldn’t swim there. A little research later, she learned that she actually could and signed up for her first open water event on June 4, 2017. She purchased a sleev...

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How to Prepare for a Cold Open Water Swim

No competent event director should knowingly put athletes in an environment that would compromise their health. But when conditions are within acceptable temperature ranges for an event, it falls on you to make sure you’re ready for the swim.

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  • Technique and Training

What to Know About Early-Season Open Water Swimming

If you’re able to safely access open water, this might be a good option. But bear in mind a few important points of consideration before you go marching off to your local swimming hole.

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What to Know About Relocating Pool Workouts to the Open Water

Before you take the plunge, consider the following factors.

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How to Help Your Swimmers Learn to Draft

Most of the technique coaching we provide our swimmers centers on reducing drag. Every square inch of body surface that pushes forward against the water slows that swimmer’s progress. But directly behind that body, there’s a slipstream zo...

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Should I Get Mirrored or Polarized Goggles for Open Water Swimming?

For open water swimming goggles, the choice between a mirrored or polarized lens to enhance visibility depends on weather conditions.

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The Mighty Mermaids Keep Ruling the Water

About 15 years ago, as she was approaching her 50th birthday, Christie Ciraulo, of UCLA Bruin Masters, had an idea to build an extraordinary team of swimmers to tackle some of the toughest and most iconic open water swims in the world. But this would...

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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...