The 2011 Open Water Swimming Safety Conference

Sponsored by U.S. Masters Swimming and supported by Pacific Masters Swimming, the 2011 Open Water Swimming Safety Conference in San Francisco, California was organized by World Open Water Swimming Association.

U.S. Lifesaving Association experts, experienced administrators from Australia, Canada, Cayman Islands, Mexico, Bermuda, Japan, Great Britain and across America, and some of the world’s top open water swimming and triathlon race directors discussed these timely topics:

· identify potential problems in the open water
· identify current issues in the sport
· share information, experiences and solutions
· learn about equipment, protocols, procedures and policies
· pinpoint proven and potential solutions
· understand the rules, regulations and traditions of the sport as it is currently practiced worldwide
· document a series of best practices used around the world
· discuss proposals, including minimum and maximum water temperature ranges for all ages
· discuss what-if scenarios, common injuries and tragic situations
· publicly post recommendations and findings
· network with safety professionals, vendors and race directors from around the world

The goals of this conference were to help the sport understand how to best plan for and ensure safety in open water swims conducted in oceans, lakes and rivers for swimmers of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. “The Open Water Safety Conference brought together open water and triathlon event directors, administrators, medical personnel, military experts, researchers and athletes who discussed the best practices in the sport and case studies in risk management and open water event safety,” described coordinator Steven Munatones.

Held at the San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront, guest speakers included Shelley Taylor-Smith (7-time World Marathon Swimming Champion), Rob Butcher (Executive Director, U.S. Masters Swimming), Maddy Crippen (Fran Crippen Elevation Foundation), Jim Wheeler (Total Aquatic Managment / Pacific Masters LMSC), Steven Munatones (Founder, World Open Water Swimming Association), Dr. Jim Miller (FINA Sports Medicine Committee member), Eric Juneau (General Manager, Traversée International du lac St-Jean), Paul Asmuth (7-time World Professional Marathon Swimming Champion), Lawrie Cox (Board Director, Swimming Australia), Dale Petranech (Honorary Secretary, International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame), Bruce Wigo (CEO, International Swimming Hall of Fame), Ralph Goto (Administrator, City & County of Honolulu Ocean Safety & Lifeguard Services), Kate Alexander (Safety Coordinator, Flowers Sea Swim), B. Chris Brewster (President, U.S. Lifesaving Association), Chris Sheean (Race Director, Big Shoulders), Bob Placak and Mike Carr (Founder & Safety Officer, RCP Tiburon Mile), Captain Brent Jacobsen (Newport Beach Lifeguard / Fire Department), David Robinson (Aquatic Specialist, Somona County Regional Parks), Malcolm Cooper (Safety Officer, Maui Channel Swim), Marcia Cleveland (Author of Dover Solo), Lori Bosco (Race Director, Swim Around Key West), Kaia Hedlund (President, Waikiki Roughwater Swim), Yutaka Shinozaki (Founder, Japan International Open Water Swimming Association), Lt. Greg Buchanan (San Diego Lifeguard Service / San Diego Fire Rescue), Joel Wilson (Race Director, Santa Cruz Cruise), Dick Sidner (Race Director, USMS National 25K Championships), John Dussliere (2008 Olympic Open Water Swimming Coach), Rick Gould (US Lifesaving Association and Santa Cruz Roughwater Swim), Dean Jackson (Executive Vice President, blue seventy), and Liz Tucker (Race Director Certification Manager, USA Triathlon).

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Steven Munatones