ASCA Presents Virtual Open Water Swimming Clinics

ASCA Presents Virtual Open Water Swimming Clinics

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

The American Swimming Coaches Association and the World Open Water Swimming Association jointly presented with sponsor FINIS its first virtual open water swimming clinic with 68 participants logging in from Southeast Asia.

Olympic 10K Marathon Swim visionary and 2008 and 2016 head referee Sid Cassidy kicked off the first virtual clinic that delved into the history of the sport from Gertrude Ederle’s crossing of the English Channel in 1926 to Maarten van der Weijden’s unlikely and unexpected gold medal victory at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, the first leukemia survivor to win an Olympic medal.

The webinar was a combination of PowerPoint presentations, first-hand explanations of world championship and Olympic races, question-and-answer periods, and a lively chat among open water enthusiasts, led by the charismatic Sid Cassidy. “It was so fun. Sid always lights up a room, but Zoom was his domain this morning – and it was alive with energy and just genuine open water enjoyment. Educational topics aside, Sid really gets coaches and administrators inspired and pumped up about the sport like few others can,” said Steven Munatones who will present tomorrow on the second Virtual Open Water Swimming Clinic on a wide variety of topics ranging from high-altitude swimming and ice swimming to stage swimming, circumnavigation events, and the Pyramid of Open Water Swimming Success.

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