Open water swimming

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Penny Palfrey setting a world marathon swimming record in the Cayman Islands - Image by Spike
Lexie Kelly and Steven Munatones swimming in a channel in the Cayman Islands
Waikiki Roughwater Swim start in Honolulu, Hawaii
noun - Open water swimming is competitive or non-competitive swimming in an open body of water such as oceans, seas, bays, lakes, rivers, canals, fjords, rowing basins, dams, estuaries, lidos and reservoirs. It can be done in any swimming style or stroke, with or without equipment including fins, snorkels, goggles, caps, wetsuits, paddles or flotation devices. It can be of any distance and is an Olympic sport (called the Olympic Marathon Swimming 10km or Olympic 10K Marathon Swim.

It can be referred to as Free swimming, Wild swimming, Long distance swimming, Channel swimming, Rough water swimming or Marathon swimming.

Open water swimming is considered to be the fastest growing sport in the world since its inclusion in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.



Free swimming, Wild swimming, Long distance swimming, Channel swimming, Rough water swimming, Marathon swimming, ice swimming, extreme swimming, excursion swimming, adventure swimming, expedition swimming

Open Water Swimming

Bruckner Chase is shown below doing some rough water swimming in Amerika Samoa.

Driven, A Documentary of Marathon Swimming

Channel Swimming

Video of Brad McVetta crossing the Tsugaru Channel from Honshu to Hokkaido in Japan, courtesy of Masayuki Moriya of Ocean-navi and the Tsugaru Channel Swimming Association

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