The Danish Open Water Swimming Association Begins

The Danish Open Water Swimming Association Begins

3 years ago Hans Henrik Heming became acquainted with swimming in open bodies of water. It was a revelation and exploration into the previously unknown.

It has since marked a big part of my spare time. All the more happy and proud I am that I, together with other good forces yesterday launched an initiative that will help to spread the knowledge and developing the sport further: the Danish Open Water Swimming Association.”

The Danish Open Water Swimming Association (DOWSA) is a Danish association that promotes the sport of open water swimming and the community that swims in open water. DOWSA was announced last week in Copenhagen, Denmark.

It is the mission of DOWSA to organize the community around swimming in open bodies of water in Denmark for the benefit of all practitioners and stakeholders,” explains Heming. “We speak with a stronger voice and we are more visible when we unite. It is time to open water swimmers are on equal footing with other athletes in Danish sporting organizations.”

DOWSA organizes open water swimming training courses, lectures, events, documenting solo swims and records, etc. while serving to raise greater public awareness of the joy and knowledge of the sport. “DOWSA aims to be the gathering point and meeting place for those who cultivate open water swimming in Denmark,” Heming continues. “We opened our doors on Thursday and we already have over 150 members.”

Our members help to identify swimming locations in Danish waters by sharing their experiences with distance swimming, crossing different open bodies of water, and swimming in different surroundings as part of the DOWSA community. This community effort forms the DOWSA framework to share awareness of open water swimming in Denmark. We also pay tribute to open water swimmers who, through their work and achievements, produce results and help to develop the sport.”

It is very exciting to have another organization with a deep passion for the sport to join the global open water swimming community,” welcomes Steven Munatones of the World Open Water Swimming Association. “Hans is another example of someone deeply involved in the sport who wants others to share in the joy and challenge of venturing past the shoreline.”

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