From OpenwaterpediaAdventure swim can start on land, piers, pontoons, jetties, breakwaters, boats and be done in oceans, lakes, bay, estuaries, reservoirs or rivers. An adventure swim may be done with or without the use of aids of any sort (e.g., fins, wetsuits, paddles, technical swimsuit, flotation device, shark cage, protective wear) and can be conducted under any set of rules or course design. Adventure swimming can be attempted or done for personal reasons, pure adventure, new experiences, memories, records, history or promotion (either self-promotion or promotion of a charity, issue or cause). It can be a solo effort or a relay (group) exploit or a Stage Swim.
According to Jamie Patrick, Ultra Adventure Swimming is self-created and self-designed. It is about going beyond limits, exploring abilities, experiencing the world through swimming. It is blazing new paths in oceans, lakes, and rivers just for the simple reason of adventure.
Video of Brad McVetta crossing the Tsugaru Channel from Honshu to Hokkaido, courtesy of Masayuki Moriya of Ocean-navi and the Tsugaru Channel Swimming Association
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