Quinn Carver Nurturing A Love For The Open Water

From frolicking as a child in pools in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to a collegiate career as a butterflyer at Penn State, software engineer Quinn Carver has been swimming for much of his life. But his career took off when he hit the tropical waters in Hawaii where he currently resides.

His inter-island channel crossings in Hawaii include the 8.8-mile Maui Channel (Lanai-Maui in 2007), the 8.5-mile Palilolo Channel (Maui-Molokai in 2008), the 17-mile (Kealaikahiki Channel (Kahoolawe-Lanai in 2009), and the 17-mile Kaulakahi Channel (Kauai-Niihau in 2010).

For more information about how Carver prepares for an inter-island Hawaii channel swim, visit here. He has an overwhelming amount of passion for the open water. As he told Jeff Kozlovich, “After I stopped swimming for the University, I was mentally over it. I vowed I would never swim again, maybe not even get wet. Fast Forward ten years. I am fifty pounds heavier, and three years into starting an electronics manufacturing business. The stress of being a newlywed small business owner is magnified by the disgust I have in my physical condition.

I got back into Masters swimming about 1998, I started swimming about 2,500 meters once or twice a week. Since then I’ve been swimming with Masters swimming groups, working up the yardage, consistency and workout frequency each year. Currently my pool yards are 4k three times a week.

Currently, I swim for University of Hawaii Masters swimming team. Masters Hawaii swimming, more than any other group I’ve seen in the nation, is a group of “soul-swimmers”. People who swim for all the right reasons: personal challenge, peaceful solitude, and an appreciation of vast blue ocean water and the abundant life it nurtures. I have found that true accomplishment in swimming is leaving one body of land, swimming across the blue alien divide and arriving on the other side. Sometimes, laughing, sometimes crawling up the beach
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