Why We Swim – World Open Water Swimming Association

Bonnie Tsui’s book, Why We Swim, explains why people enjoy swimming from the frigid cold to the tropical warmth – as told from myriad perspectives in San Francisco Bay, Japan, and Baghdad.



Why is the most asked question in the open water swimming world. Why did you cross the English Channel? Why do you swim in cold water? Bonnie Tsui pens the most eloquent response in her highly acclaimed book, Why We Swim.

Why it was nominated

For elevating the joy of swimming and the raison d’être in the water to millions of swimmers and non-swimmers alike, and for becoming an Amazon best seller and Time Magazine Must-Read Book of 2020.


United States

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The Creator(s)

Bonnie Tsui