Stage swim

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Chart of the Round Ireland Swim, a stage swim around Ireland
Wider Than A Mile, a memoir by American open water swimmer Mimi Hughes who swam down the Danube River in 2006 in 89 days
noun - Stage swim is a type of solo swim, relay or race conducted over two or more consecutive days or time periods where the distance of the individual stages can vary on each day and the starting point of the subsequent stages begins at or near the same point as the finish of the previous day's swim. The overall final time is the culmination of the swimming times of the individual stages. The overall final distance is the distance measured from the starting point to the finish point in miles, nautical miles or kilometers. The cumulative swim time (i.e., total time spent in the water) is different from the cumulative time (time from the start to the finish inclusive of rest time between stages). The finish on the final day can be at the same location or at a different location than the start on the first day.

Stage swims can also have more than a 24-hour break between each leg.

The stage swim from Los Angeles to San Diego was conducted over ten days.

Types of Stage Swims

A stage swim is different from a Continuous stage swim. In a traditional stage swim, the swimmer begins the swim on each day at the exact point where the swim on the previous day was finished. In a Continuous stage swim, the swimmer is allowed to float with the currents and tides and begins the swim on each day at whatever point the swimmer wishes.

The swim can be Assisted or Unassisted. If Assisted, the swimmer can wear or benefit from a wetsuit, protective swimwear, technical swimsuit, fins, paddles, wetsuit, shark cage or protective jellyfish cage. If Unassisted, the swimmer wears only traditional swimwear (as defined by the English Channel swimming community), goggles, ear plugs and one swim cap. In either Assisted or Unassisted swims, the stage swimmer can swim together with a pace swimmer.

Synonyms

Staged race, Staged relay, Adventure swimming, Continuous stage swim

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