Arnel Aba is an endurance athlete and para-athlete (above-the-knee amputee) from the Philippines who competes in open water swims including the Speedo 3.5.8 Open Water Swim Masters Series in Batangas.
Speedo 3.5.8 Open Water Swim Masters Series
The 358 Swim (Speedo 3.5.8 Open Water Swim Masters Series) is a 3km, 5km and 8km open water swimming championship held off the Hamilo Coast in Anilao in the province of Batangas in the Philippines. The November race is part of the Philippine Amateur Swimming Association’s bid to promote the fledgling sport among Filipino swimming enthusiasts.
“With open swimming now part of the Olympic calendar, this is one way for Philippine Amateur Swimming Association to develop open swimmers who may be able to vie for medals in future Olympic Games,” explained race organizer and former national swimmer Guy Concepcion.
The 358 Swim is a multi-race competition for swimmers of all ages and abilities held in the beautiful Hamilo Coast in Nasugbu, Batangas in the Philippines. Accessible from Manila by car (2.5 hours), sea ferry (70 minutes) or helicopter (20 minutes), Batangas is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Philippines. A breathtaking, coral-rich course, the 3-kilometer, 5-kilometer and 8-kilometer open water swims are held at the Pico de Loro Beach and Country Club.
It is ranked among the Top 50 Open Water Swims In Asia.