Misinformation And Myths In The Open Water World

Misinformation And Myths In The Open Water World

There is a certain amount of misinformation and myths reported in the media and widely believed by parents, coaches and athletes in the open water swimming world. Occasionally, it is difficult for the newcomer to distill fact from fiction, reality from rumor, especially if they do not ask the reasons why. Some of the previously held sacrosanct beliefs among swimmers included the following: 1. When there are dolphins in the oceans, the swimmers is safe from sharks (read here). 2. Most body heat escapes through your head in the water (read here). 3. Commercial jellyfish ointments will prevent jellyfish barbs from firing into the skin of open water swimmers. 4. Black wetsuits lead to shark attacks (read here). 5. Shark risks increase at dawn and dusk (read here). 6. More people have been in space than have swum across the English Channel (read here). Copyright © 2008 – 2013 by World Open Water Swimming Association