以心伝心 Ishin Denshin In The Open Water
With Darren Miller and Stephen Redmond ready to take on the Tsugaru Channel, Japanese is on the minds of their crew members including Miller’s brother, a documentary film crew from Red Bull Media House, Captain Mizushima and lead coordinator Masayuki Moriya of Ocean Navi.
When means of communication is limited in marathon swims, information between coach and athlete must be conveyed in unspoken or unwritten ways. This nonverbal, mutual understanding between a coach and an open water swimmer is something special and must be developed over time.
When open water swimmers and their coaches communicate through a nod, a smile, a thumbs up, a wink, a wave or a “look” (seen through a pair of goggles) while in the open water, this ishin denshin just feels right. Both coach and athlete feel the communication and internalize the messages being relayed from coach-to-athlete and from athlete-to-coach.
These implied communication skills, that may be unfathomable by others onshore or on the escort boat, are one reason why many people in the open water world understand the concept of ‘what the mind thinks the heart transmits.’
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