The Perfect Open Water Swimming Venue

The Perfect Open Water Swimming Venue

The perfect open water swimming venue, if it ever existed, would have the following elements:

1. A beautiful sunset every evening.
2. A gorgeous sunrise every morning.
3. An occasional lightning storm that lights up the sky.
4. Cloudless full moons for night swimming.
5. A wide expanse of silky smooth white sand.
6. Cold water coming in on low tides (so you have time to think about jumping in).
7. Warm water coming in on high tides (so you can get in right away).
8. Colorful, non-venomous, non-aggressive marine life.
9. A magnificent coral reef with a few spots to easily get in and out.
10. Uniform powerful waves to bodysurf in.
11. Occasional winds that blow at set intervals (so you can get in some rough water training).
12. Playful dolphins.
13. Breaching whales.
14. Graceful mantas.
15. Mellow sea turtles.
16. Warm showers on the beach.
17. Warm towels at the ready.
18. Low-lying piers and pontoons to arrange a hydration station.
19. Attractive, friendly sunbathers to watch over your belongings while you swim.
20. Rainbows galore.
21. Billowy white clouds.
22. Seaside restaurants with healthy, plentiful breakfast, lunch and dinner meals.
23. Free parking.
24. Lifeguard stations exactly every 250 meters.
25. Kayaks, SUPs, and paddle boards available for free – with willing kayakers and paddle boarders.
26. Knowledgeable escort pilots at the ready.
27. Fitness gym.
28. Running course.
29. Cycling path.
30. Wireless Internet accessibility.
31. Swimmers and triathletes of every age, ability and background with goals that span from ice swimming to marathon swimming.
32. Cafes lining a boardwalk along the beach.
33. A library filled with swimming books.
34. A theater with films with a killer sound system.
35. GPS units available for free.
36. Analysts, marine biologists, oceanographers, and coaches to provide advice.
37. Mariners from around the world to tell stories and recall swims of the past.

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