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Saison 2 of the Tahiti Swimming Experience on 2-8 December 2018

Tahiti is the largest island in French Polynesia, the South Pacific archipelago. Shaped like a figure-8, it's divided into Tahiti Nui (the larger, western section) and Tahiti Iti (the eastern peninsula). With black-sand beaches, lagoons, waterfalls and 2 extinct volcanoes, it's a popular vacation destination. Explored by Captain James Cook in the 18th century, it was also often painted by French artist Paul Gauguin.

Open Water Swimming

  • The Tahiti Swimming Experience (or TSE) is an open water swimming event held in Tahiti that was created by Stéphane Debaere. The purpose is to invite international pool swimmers and Olympic swimmers to discover open water swimming in Polynesian waters. Saison 3 includes a 20 km ocean swim (nage en eau libre traversee in French) from Ta'apuna on Tahiti to Plage de Temae on Moorea in October 2019. As a result, the Tahitian Swimming Federation officially launched open water swimming in Polynesia with the support of the French Swimming Federation which supports this event in the EDF Tour Aqua Challenge - Tahiti to support open water swimming in French Polynesia.
  • The 2nd Tahiti Swimming Experience includes 3 ocean swims on 3 differents sites on Tahiti and Moorea islands. On 5 December 2018, swim from Tahiti to Pointe Vénus (4 x 200m relay and a 5 km fun race and a 2 km ocean race from Mahina to Pointe Vénus), on 7 December 2018, swim from Moorea to Pointe Temae (4 x 200m relay and a 2 km and a 10 km Moz Coral Open Water Race from Haapiti – Site Tiahura, on 8 December 2018, swim from Tahiti to Taapuna (a 4 x 500m relay, a 2.5 km and a 5 km Taapuna Open Water race). The event also includes on 3 December 2018 a Tere Fa'ati Fatutira and Pebble Fishing on Tahiti – Tautira; on 4 December 2018, a Fa'atau Aroha Ceremony on Tahiti – Paea, and on 5 December 2018, Manaha Arioi on Tahiti – Pointe Vénus.
  • The Tahitian Swimming Federation is working alongside the Moorea Coral Gardeners Association, to sustainably preserve coral gardens in Polynesia. Swimmers can adopt a coral and participate in the cuttings workshop in the lagoon of Temae in order to participate in the largest chain of safeguarding Tahiti's coral.
  • It is one of the World's Top 100 Island Swims.

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