The 1-2-3 of Open Water Swimming

The 1-2-3 of Open Water Swimming

Many sports are about numbers from best times and records to the length of the field and batting averages.

Open water swimming is no different with its DPS, SR, TTF, course distances, TOF and water temperatures.

Here are a few:

One-way: a swim in one direction across a channel, lake, river or other body of water

Two-way: a swim that continues two consecutive times across a channel, lake, river or other body of water

Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming: a completion of 3 marathon swims: English Channel, Catalina Channel and Manhattan Island Marathon Swim

Quatro Break: a completion of 4 swims from former prison islands: Robben Island, Alcatraz Island, Spike Island and Rottnest Island

5 Oceans: a completion of a marathon swim in the Atlantic Ocean, Arctic Ocean, Southern Ocean, Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean

6-wide: a formation of 6 athletes swimming side-by-side during a race or training session

Oceans Seven: a completion of a crossing of the North Channel, Cook Strait, Molokai Channel, English Channel, Catalina Channel, Tsugaru Channel and Strait of Gibraltar

8 Bridges Swim: is an 8-day marathon swimming stage swim down the Hudson River

9 miles: length of the Day 2 swim across the Canyon Lake of the S.C.A.R. Swim Challenge

10K: the standard distance of a marathon swim

11 years: age of Thomas Gregory, the youngest individual to cross the English Channel

12-way Warriors: the 12-way crossing of Windermere by Liane Llewellyn, Thomas Noblett, Keith Bartolo, Michelle Lefton, Michelle Sharples and Dee Llewellyn in 75 hours 32 minutes

Photo shows Guillermo Bertolo of Argentina with lucky number 7.

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