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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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How to Do Cold Open Water Swimming Safely

Pools closed during the COVID-19 pandemic led many swimmers to dive into the open water. But training in rivers, lakes, seas, or oceans requires swimmers to not only adapt to waves, currents, and boat traffic but to cold temperatures in some places. ...

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Five Ways Pool-Based Snorkel Training Can Make You a Better Open Water Swimmer

For many people the concept of a snorkel brings to mind Caribbean fish-spotting sessions. For open water swimmers, however, a snorkel can be an important part of your gear bag when training in the pool. Specifically, a center-mount snorkel that&rsquo...

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