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Trial swim

From Openwaterpedia

noun - A trial swim (or an assessment swim or a check out swim or a qualifying swim) is a mandatory open water swim required by governing bodies of swimmers prior to attempting a channel swim or marathon swim or open water swim, and is part of the governing body's duty of care

Types of Assessment Swims[edit]

  • For the Great Chesapeake Bay Swim in Maryland's Chesapeake Bay, applicants must submit documentation that they have either completed a recent open water swim or completed a 3-mile pool swim in under 2 hours 15 minutes.
  • For Lake Ontario marathon swims in Canada, solo swimmers must complete an outdoor, open water, continuous trial swim of not less than one-third of the intended distance, with a maximum of 10 miles (16 km), to test the swimmer's readiness.
  • For a Cook Strait crossing, a 6-hour swim in 15ºC or less with a minimum speed of 3 km per hour is recommended to be successful.


check out swim, qualifying swim, assessment swim

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