USA Swimming To Share Its Open Water Recommendations

USA Swimming To Share Its Open Water Recommendations

Chuck Wielgus, Executive Director of USA Swimming, announced an update on its work related to open water swimming.

There are currently several important and necessary efforts underway,” explained the long-time sports administrator. “USA Swimming has commissioned its own fact-finding investigation and this is well down the road. We have also established an Open Water Review Commission, a group that is charged with reviewing the investigator’s report and developing recommendations for both USA Swimming and FINA.”

The National Team staff at USA Swimming are studying all aspects of our open water plans, programs and services to determine (a) what can be done in the near-term to better serve athletes, and (b) what needs to be done to ensure an ongoing and long-term commitment to safety and best practices. These efforts will take time, in part because we will also need to incorporate what is learned from the investigation and what is recommended by the commission into the longer-term plan.”

We have developed a working list of questions that relate to open water safety and that could be posed to all race organizers. We intend to have this list ready to share very soon and it will be sent to all our athletes who compete in open water events, and it will be posted on [the USA Swimming] website.”

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