The Growth Of Open Water Continues

The Growth Of Open Water Continues

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Re-evaluate and re-energize.

This is what many people around the world are doing about their health and other areas of their lives, from personal to professional.

Some of those people are getting into open water swimming. And some of those open water swimmers are doing Chillswim events in the Lake District in England like the Big Chill Swim and the 5.25-mile Chillswim Coniston.

1. More open water races are available with more entrepreneurs organizing more professionally-run open water races.

2. The growth of triathlons is directly impacting the number of people who participate in open water swimming.

3. Online technology (e.g., Internet, Facebook, email) enables more people to have more information about open water swimming in general and open water races in particular. 20 years ago, it was difficult to find information on open water swimming and it was even more difficult to find information about swim overseas. With search engines and race websites, finding about open water swimming has become significantly easier.

4. The media has often reported that swimming is a great way to maintain fitness, especially when you get older and you experience the stress that running and weight-lifting can place on your body.

5. Open water swimming remains a relatively inexpensive sport to do. Swimsuit, towel and goggles with the low entry fees do not create significant barriers to participation.

6. Introduction of wetsuits helps newcomers handle colder waters.

7. Introduction of the 10K marathon swim at the Beijing Olympics help generate global media interest in the sport.

Upper photo of the La Jolla Rough Water Swim by Annette Buhl.

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