White Winter Wonderland In America

White Winter Wonderland In America

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

The United States Winter Swimming Association (USWSA) was recently established as a non-profit organization with the mission to promote the sport of winter swimming in the United States.

Winter swimming is extremely popular in countries with colder climates and competitions in Russia, the Czech Republic, Poland, Sweden, Finland, Latvia, Estonia and China. Even Great Britain and South Africa events typically draw hundreds of swimmers,” describes co-founder Darren Miller. “Over 1,000 swimmers competed in the 2014 Winter Swimming World Championships which were held in Lapland, Finland this past February. In the U.S., interest in winter swimming has been growing over the past five years. The USWSA was formed to make these competitions available in the United States.

We are excited to announce that on February 21st-22nd 2015, the first sanctioned Winter Swimming Championship in North America will be held in Newport, Vermont on beautiful Lake Memphremagog in accordance with rules of the International Winter Swimming Association and in collaboration with Kingdom Games,” explains co-founder and long-time cold water specialist R. Cristian Vergara.

For more information, contact R. Cristian Vergara, United States Winter Swimming Association co-founder and board member at info@uswsa.org. Online registration for the Winter Swimming Championship will be available on November 1st 2014 via kingdomgames.com and uswsa.org.

To subscribe for updates and to inquire about how you can get involved with the U.S. Winter Swimming Association, email to info@uswsa.org.

Lower photo shows traditional winter swimming course in Russia that will be replicated at the Winter Swimming Championship.

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Steven Munatones