The Future is Bright in Open Water Swimming in India
Dr. Jaiprakash Duble is an open water swimming coach from India who has coached his son Jayant Jaiprakash Duble of the Dolphin Swimming Club, Nagpur. The son has competed in the 81 km India National Open Water Swimming Competition in River Bhagirathi, the 36 km All India Swimming Marathon, completed 24 km and 27 km crossings in the Arabian Sea, and a 29 km crossing of the Palk Strait between Sri Lanka and India.
The doctor started the Open Water Swimming Coaching Centre at Arabian Sea, Juhu Beach in Mumbai with the support of Home (Ports & Transport) Department of the Government of Maharashtra. He recently conducted a 3-day coaching camp in this centre.
Dr. Duble says, “I have coached my son to the second fastest time across the Palk Strait (9 hours 20 minutes on March 26th 2021), but in India, there are so many young talented swimmers, but they are not getting proper training of open water swimming. Therefore, I requested the government give its permission to start the Open Water Coaching Centre.”
The future is bright.
“Dr. Duble has the vision, put in a tremendous amount of effort, has an incredible track record of success in places fromthe Palk Strait to the English Channel and Strait of Gibraltar. He is now laying the foundation for the sport to grow even more in India – and I expect to see more swimmers from India take on the challenges, both domestically and internationally as a result,” says Steven Munatones. “TheOpen Water Swimming Coaching Centre is a wonderful initiative and program.”
Photo above shows Nagpur teenager Jayant Jaiprakash Duble after becoming the second fastest swimmer to swim across Palk Strait.
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