From Canada To America, Across Lake Erie

From Canada To America, Across Lake Erie

Josh Heynes of the Lake Erie Open Water Swimming Association announced the opening of invitations to swim across Lake Erie.

Heynes explains, “The Lake Erie Open Water Swimming Association is the official “observation” and monitoring group for any solo/relay marathon swims across Central Lake Erie. We are made up of a group of local successful open water swimmers along with Pennsylvania state resident Darren Miller [of Oceans Seven fame], to provide the best possible experience for marathon swimmers.

We also provide sanctions through the World Open Water Swimming Association (WOWSA) and make sure rules/regulations and foremost safety are adhered to during any attempt. We have also established proper forms, guidelines, and insurance through WOWSA.

We are currently taking applications from aspirants for summer of 2014. We are excited to enter our second year as an organization, we are still new and learning every step of the way.

LEOWSA is located in Erie, Pennsylvania and have made the proper local contacts for pilots, kayakers, including U.S. Border Patrol and Customs, along with the U.S. Coast Guard that are in charge of Lake Erie. There is an established 24.3-mile course that begins at the Tip of Long Point, Ontario, Canada and ends in North-East Twp, Pennsylvania. Twelve official recognized crossings of that particular route, however, there can be arrangements made for other routes if desired throughout Central Lake Erie
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WOWSA supports the endeavors, rules and philosophy of the Lake Erie Open Water Swimming Association,” says Steven Munatones. “As one of the Great Lakes, Lake Erie presents a fantastic challenge to open water swimmers.

Lake Erie is vast, dynamic open body of water that demands the very best of every endurance athlete who attempts a crossing. Any crossing is inherently risky and can present problems for the swimmer and crew
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LEOWSA has instituted a charter that places safety as its highest priority and offers optimal levels of pre-swim information and support during and after each crossing. Nothing is a given or guarantee in the sport of marathon swimming or in Lake Erie, but LEOWSA strives to help prepare each swimmer for what is in front of them and to safely and courageously overcome obstacles in their path.

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