Badge of Honour
noun - A Badge of Honour is an experience of an open water swimmer, triathlete, surfers and other marine sports enthusiasts that is unique to the sport of open water swimming. Examples of Badges of Honour include the following:
Ten Common Badges of Honour
Descriptions of a Badge of Honour are usually followed by elaborate explanations of the effects and conditions that open water swimmers or triathletes experience.
1. I got stung.
2. I saw a shark.
3. I got hypothermia.
4. I got swum over at the buoys.
5. I got caught in the tides.
6. I saw dolphins.
7. I heard whales.
8. I got massive chafing.
9. I got stuck against the currents.
10. I got an ice cream headache.