Open water swimmers know the beauty of swimming at sunrise and at sunset when the colors of the sky turn magical and majestic. For a select few who get in the water at night for various reasons: adventure, training for a channel swim or for an actual channel swim, are often enthralled by the beauty of the ocean orlake, particularly during a full moon on a still, cloudless night.

Elaine Kornbau Howley, a member of the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming, explains, “My best experience with night swimming was across the Catalina Channel. I was so enchanted with the bioluminescence that I forgot it was dark out at all.”

bioluminescence is the production and emission of light by organisms and is particularly beautiful when you are under the water and looking up at the surface of the water under a full moon.

The Outdoor Swimming Society has an entire subset of their wild swimming population who enjoy swimming in the moonlight.

Bio-swimming…gotta love it at night.

Photo from Oh Joy.

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Steven Munatones