Mike Lewis

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Mike Lewis, Colin Hill, and Will Rollo at the 2024 World Aquatics Championships in Doha, Qatar, calling the action at the open water swimming venue
Mike Lewis, principle of Ola Vista Photography, swimming in the Pacific Ocean's Cabo San Lucas
Mike Lewis in his element

Mike Lewis (born 27 April 1965) is a pool and open water swimmer, coach, correspondent and photographer for SwimSwam and World Aquatics, and a meet announcer and sportscaster for USA Swimming, U.S. Masters Swimming, and World Aquatics including the U.S. Open, the 2024 World Aquatics Championships in Doha, Qatar, and the USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Championships. He is also the principle for Ola Vista Photography.

A California Waterman

Lewis has been an open water swimmer for nearly three decades and an United States Lifesaving Association national champion. A member of the University of California, San Diego swim team, he helped capture several national NCAA top 3 performances.

He is a diverse waterman who was an ocean lifeguard on San Diego beaches for over 10 years and an entrepreneurial manager with the United States Olympic movement. He was the High Performance Director for the 2000 USA Olympic team (USA Canoe and Kayak) where was responsible for national team development and performance at World Cup events, World Championships and Pan American Games.

Lewis has notched top ranked finishes in several [[open water swimming[[ events throughout the world and was one of the first persons to cross Walloon Lake in northern Michigan. Mike is also active in United States Masters Swimming and has held numerous top ten rankings and was national champion (1500m freestyle). He lives in San Diego, California with his dog Miles.

Sports Career

Lewis also served as the Public Relations chairman of the Pan American Canoe Federation and was a U.S. Olympic Committee Sport Partnership Manager responsible for numerous sports. Later, he was the Director of Sport Development for USA Water Polo where he oversaw the development of a comprehensive national coaching certification program and managed membership services. His tireless work ethic and focus on the athlete were reasons why he served on the U.S. Olympic Committee Coaching Education Task Force.

Administratively, Mike co-founded and served as the Executive Director of the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches. He promoted the sport at the college and university level which led to unprecedented growth. Most recently, he served as the General Manager for the world-renowned Mission Viejo Nadadores swim team where he provided management oversight for all aspects of one of the world's largest swim clubs. He is graduate of University of California San Diego and a Masters Degree in Sport Psychology from San Diego State University, Mike's passion and commitment to open water swimming is evident in his continuing efforts to promote and build the sport at all levels.

Mike is an open water swimming correspondent for Swimming World Magazine and Swimming World TV. His international coverage features the top elite performers, notable figures and dynamic stories from with world of open water swimming.


Mike Lewis is an award winning editorial and commercial photographer and operates Ola Vista Photography. His work has been featured in numerous publications and commercial campaigns both in domestically (USA) and international. He has become one of the most prolific swim photographers and is the official photographer for USA Swimming, a member of the Official Photographer team at World Aquatics.

Video Productions By Mike Lewis

2014 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year Nomination

Ola Vista Photography by Mike Lewis is nominated for the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

"Mike Lewis has an eye for photography that many companies, events, governing bodies and universities appreciate. From USA Swimming and the U.S. Olympic Committee to Stanford University to Yale and many of the major swimsuit manufacturers, Lewis understands motion and beauty above, on and under because he is a waterman himself. He not only catches those moments in competition that can tell a story by themselves, but he also creates award-winning images that showcase the power, grace and athleticism of swimmers in any aquatic environment, whether it is bodysurfing on a wave or diving in at the start. For his creativity in capturing beautifully energetic images, for presenting swimmers in a visually creative manner, for exposing swimmers in unique positions and conditions, Ola Vista Photography is a worthy nominee for the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year."

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2014 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year Nominees

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