Whether you walk into the shore in La Jolla Cove or Sandycove, whether you escort a swimmer down the Paraná in Argentina or to Rottnest Island in Australia, whether you go for a cold water swim in the Czech Republic or South Africa, whether you lather on sunscreen in Waikiki or the Cayman Islands, the open water swimming community feels like a small world.
The camaraderie among swimmers, the brotherhood among those who venture offshore, and the stories shared are common bonds that tie the open water swimming community together.
Take a look at the swimmers in the Serpentine or the swimmers in Aquatic Park, and the differences are nil. Analyze the mindset of swimmers tackling the Tsugaru Channel in Japan or the Strait of Messina in the Mediterranean, and the similarities are abundant. Talk with the swimmers standing on Copacabana Beach in Brazil in view of Cristo Redentor statue and those along the Izu Peninsula in Japan in view of Mount Fuji, and the conversations are interchangeable. On human terms, especially with the social media and Internet, the open water community is a small world after all.
But in traveling hours and days from Sydney to Sweden, from Auckland to Amsterdam, from the Maldives to Macedonia, the Planet Earth is one mighty gigantic place with innumerable opportunities to swim and explore.
Lakes, rivers and bays. Straits, sounds and seas. Canals, channels and coves. All commonly tied together by the intense interest and adventurous attitude of the world’s open water swimmers.
But the bodies of water are so very different and so very far apart.
It’s a small world on a very big planet.
Copyright © 2012 by Open Water Source
Register for FREE and see content that is not accessible to the general public.
Better yet, join Open Water Source as a Premium Member and get full access instantly.
See What You’re Missing!
Subscription Amount: $5.99/month
Access All Premium Content!
Open Water Source… Your complete source for open water swimming.
[SlideDeck id='1522' width='100%' height='260px']
|Voting is open! See the Complete List of WOWSA Nominees in all four categories.
An Inspirational Cause… A Successful Event
SWIM ACROSS AMERICA, LONG BEACH
THE DRAMA OF THE SPORT
Entering an event is free. If you are an event manager, we would like to have all your events in the event database so we can patronize your events and boost your numbers!
More people swim than play football, run, cycle, golf, tennis or just about anything else in the world!