Global Open Water Swimming Conference 2014 will be held at Mount Stuart Castle on the Isle of Bute, Scotland

The conference's mission statement is to provide opportunities to listen and meet many of the world's most foremost experts in open water swimming. Dozens of presentations cover every aspect of the vast and growing world of open water swimming where attendees can learn the latest trends, race tactics, training techniques, equipment, race organization and safety practices for open water swimming as a solo swimmer, competitive athlete, masters swimmer, triathlete, multi-sport athlete, administrator, race promoter or referee.

The conference was first held in Long Beach, California and will be held in New York City and London over the next two years. The Global Open Water Swimming Conference was started due to the desire and need for athletes, coaches, referees, administrators, promoters and sponsors from around the world to share, collect and learn information about the growing sports of open water swimming, marathon swimming and triathlons. The conference offers four central themes: Training, Business, Racing and Lifestyle with each presentation geared towards providing different perspectives on these themes.

After the inclusion of marathon swimming in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and its announced return at the 2012 London Olympics in Hyde Park and at the 2016 Rio Olympics at Copacabana Beach, there was a growing need for sharing information between race directors, athletes, coaches, administrators and referees.

Speakers at the conference include English Channel world record holders, renowned coaches, world open water swimming champions, professional marathon swimmers, renowned coaches, race directors, officials and administrators from the Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania.At the Global Open Water Swimming Conference, awards are presented to the World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year, the World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year, the World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year. Special Lifetime Achievement Awards are also presented to individuals who have made significant contributions to the sport over their lifetime.

The International Marathon Swimmimg Hall of Fame Awards will be held during the conference, the Hall of dame honours swimmers, coaches, pilots, administrators and contributors who have excelled in open water swimming.

"On behalf of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame, I am very thankful to Robert Hamilton and his team of dedicated open water swimmers in Scotland for hosting the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame induction ceremonies and the Global Open Water Swimming Conference. From the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Florida and the Queen Mary in Long Beach to the United Nations Building in New York and last year's festivities in Cork, Ireland, the ceremonies have been hosted in a number of locations around the world. In 2014, Scotland rolls out its welcome mat to the open water swimmers around the globe. The event will be enjoyable, educational and entertaining with a fascinating presentation of luminaries of the sport, outstanding speakers, awards, and swimming opportunities. Thank you very much."

Steven Munatones Chief Administrator & Vice President of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame

This years conference will be held at the absolutely stunning Mount Stuart Castle on the Isle of Bute.

There will be a Global Open Water Swimming Conference Swim on Sunday, 21 September, 2014