Tag: Pam Lazzaratto

Women versus Men In The Open Water World

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. South African swimmer Theodore Yach asked a question whose answer is not surprising to those in the open water swimming community: Are women equal or better at ultra sea swimming than men? Think Lynne Cox, Alison Streeter, Chloë McCardel, Diana Nyad, Natalie du Toit and Carina Bruwer plus many others out

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Swimming Around The San Juan Islands

With the sparkling blue water no warmer than 55ºF (12ºC) even in the heat of summer, massive kelp beds, orca whales, and plenty of islands to swim to and around, the idyllic San Juan Islands seem like the perfect playground for hardy ocean-faring athletes like Ned Denison and his friends. Orcas and seals, deer and foxes dot in and around the 172 islands of

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Synchronicity Among Swimmers

We love it to see swimmers out in the open water totally in sync with one other. Without words and without direction, a few swimmers are able to head off parallel along the shore or around an island at the same pace with their arm strokes are in near-total synchronicity. They become so much more visible...and beautiful...when they are together whether they

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Swim Angels Make Everything Better

Drury Gallagher of Swim Free first popularized the name Swim Free Angel™ and swim angels in 2009. While the term had been used on and off previously in the 20th century, the use and identification of swim angels has really exploded in myriad events over the last several years from Africa to America. A swim angel is an experienced swimmer or

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Whose Territory Is It?

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. A giant California sea lion was swimming underneath and around Lexie Kelly and Pam Lazzarotto during their weekly 3-mile circumnavigation of Naples Island in Long Beach, California. Usually the pair have to watch out for kayakers, rowers, and sailors, but today was a day they were followed by a male. The

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Sharing The Passion In The Water

"When these women came to the Swimming Wellness program, they could barely swim," recalls coach Pam Lazzarotto. "They were nervous and excited at the same time. I honestly thought, what a great opportunity to share my passion for the water." The 51-year-old Swim Across America race director who regularly does 500 yards of fast butterfly in a typical

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