Lifetime Vigorous Swimming for Fun, Sport and Health

Lifetime Vigorous Swimming for Fun, Sport and Health

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

The Waikiki Roughwater Swim has a motto that has served as its mission statement since it was first established in 1970: Lifetime Vigorous Swimming for Fun, Sport and Health.

It is a great mission statement for an open water swim.

What other mottos are out there in the open water world in addition to ‘Expect the Unexpected.’

Nothing great is easy‘ is another motto shared by channel swimmers around the world and is engraved on the memorial to Captain Matthew Webb who was the first person to successfully swim across the English Channel.

Ferries are for wimps. Let’s swim‘ is the motto for SwimTrek, the leading swimming holiday operator with tours, camps and training events around the world.

Open Water Planet, an event organizer and website, operates under the motto, ‘Open Mind, Open Water, Open Planet.’

Every Child A Swimmer‘ is another great motto from the non-profit organization called appropriately enough Every Child A Swimmer.

Similarly, in trying to share the benefits and joy of swimming, Diversity in Aquatics has a motto ‘Each One, Reach One, Teach One.’

Randy Nutt, the 2008 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year, lives by his motto, ‘Life is precious and so it should be interesting.’

The incredibly inspirational and always positive Natalie du Toit, the South African Olympic marathon swimmer, has a motto that she certainly lives by day after day, ‘Be everything you want to be.’

The Long Bridge Swim in Sandpoint, Idaho has a motto ‘Take The Challenge, Take The Plunge!’

The Alcatraz Challenge‘s motto is ‘Swim or DIE‘ that is both tongue-in-cheek and seriously oriented motto directed at individuals who challenge the always cold waters of San Francisco Bay with its tricky tidal flows – balanced by a strong sense of community and stringent adherence to safety by the always interesting community in San Francisco Bay.

Martin Strel of Slovenia who has set numerous stage swim records from Europe to the Amazon River has a motto for all his celebrated swims, ‘Swim for peace, friendship and clean waters.’

The motto of several swimmers include ‘No lanes, no lines, no walls, no mercy.’

The motto of James Pittar, the blind honor swimmer honored by the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame, is ‘You don’t have to see it to believe it.’

The motto of the New Zealand Ocean Swim Series is ‘Go On Take The Plunge.’

And, finally, FINA’s motto ‘Water Is Our World is especially appropriate for the open water swimming community.

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Steven Munatones