Swimming Is A Unifier

Swimming Is A Unifier

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

American open water swimmer, event director and coach Suzie Dods of San Francisco, California has a motto, “The world is 75% water, swimming is a unifier.”

She explains its origin. “I guess it just comes from my experience. Through swimming I have traveled to all sorts of different places in the world.

I have experienced local people doing what they do and been able to see parts of the world from a very personal level. I am able to relate to and communicate with people all over the world. I am able to connect with other people and help people connect. It’s always nice when you travel to have someone who knows what you like to do and can help you do it. You are no longer a stranger…you are a friend
.”

Dods swam across the English Channel (12 hours 37 minutes), Catalina Channel (18 hours 36 minutes), Lake Tahoe width and length, did 2 English Channel relays, swam 12 miles around San Diego’s Coronado Island, did the 15 km Maratona dei due mari in Sicily, Italy, the 26.2 km International Self-Transcendence Marathon-Schwimmen across Switzerland’s Lake Zurich, a 9-mile swim in Tampa Bay, Florida, a 8.2-mile Great Salt Lake Open Water Marathon in Utah, and an 8-mile swim around Pennock Island in Ketchikan, Alaska. She also organized the 2014 24 Hour Swim Relay in Aquatic Park in San Francisco.

For more information on Dods’ coaching services, visit here.

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