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Ratify Your Swim - Rules & Regulations

Ratify Your Swim - Rules & Regulations
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Open Water Swimming Educational Programs

Comprehensive open water swimming courses and coaching certification

Coaches Education Program
This is a comprehensive Open Water Swimming Coaches Education Program for pool swimming coaches, triathlete coaches, masters swimming coaches, fitness coaches, endurance sports coaches and multi-sport coaches.

WOWSA Open Water Swimming Course
Open Water Swimming Course young athletes, adult athletes just getting into the sport, triathletes who are better at running or cycling, or multi-sport athletes who wish to improve their swimming performance.

Open Water Swimming Basics for Triathletes

Open Water Swimming for Triathletes
Created in collaboration with Steven Munatones & the staff at World Open Water Swimming Association (WOWSA), this course is a short, fun and educational preview of what to expect and how to succeed in the swim leg of your triathlon.

WOWSA Safety for All
Online training course for event organizers, staff, and swimmers. Reduce risk of incident by providing a brief but comprehensive education on open water safety. Course covers kayak and escort boat protocols, communication plan, medical staff and more.

WOWSA Online Swim Analysis
The fastest way to improve is to first review your current stroke and get feedback from an expert to identify and prioritize what to work on first, second and third.

Programa Educativo para Entrenadores
Éste es un programa educativo integral para entrenadores de natación en aguas abiertas dirigido a entrenadores de natación en alberca, de triatletas, de natación máster, de fitness, de deportes de resistencia y de deportes múltiples.

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World Open Water Swimming Events

Gozo-Malta Open Water Channel Swim

This is a competitive swim that may serve to generate funds for a favored charitable institution. The swim uses regulations issued by the Swimming Board of Birkirkara St. Joseph Sports Club in Malta. All swimmers are escorted by safety boats. Swimming in groups up to 4 is allowed, although group swimming is not part of the competition. Apart from the main marshal boat, a maritime team of paramedics accompanies the swimmers. The two-way 11 km swim starts in Marfa Bay, Malta with a turn-around buoy in Qala, Gozo and the finish in Marfa Bay. The one-way 5. km swim starts from Gozo.

20 Bridges Swim

Field is limited to 25 solo swimmers and 18 relay teams that start and finish at Battery Park City. Fields sells out in less than 45 minutes. Race first held in 1927. Substantial surface chop and strong tidal pull are possible. Water temperature varies between 17 – 19°C (64 – 67°F). Course may also include random jetsam and flotsam. A Qualifying Swim must be completed before application will be accepted.

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