Venue change for Bute swimming conference

Organisers of the World Open Water Swimming Association’s global conference, taking place on Bute this weekend, have announced a late change of venue for the event.

The conference, which runs from Friday evening until Sunday afternoon, will now take place at the Isle of Bute Discovery Centre in Rothesay, instead of at Mount Stuart as originally planned.

In Fort Lauderdale, a hall of fame to dive deep into

The International Swimming Hall of Fame fills a wave-shaped building with a collection so vast, it overflows into the pool shop’s attic. I expect photos, medals and back stories related to superstars whose strokes I’m still trying to emulate, from Fort Lauderdale-based swimming/diving legend Katherine Rawls to nine-time Olympic champion Mark Spitz. It’s the surprises that anchor me here for hours.

Speakers and Presentations at 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference

The Speakers and Presentations at 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference are announced

Colleen Blair (Scotland):   The History of Scottish Swimming

Christopher Guesdon (Australia):  Multidimensional Roles In The Sport

Swimming the Oceans Seven:  A roundtable discussion moderated by Kevin Murphy (UK) with Stephen Redmond (Ireland), Anna-Corin Nordin (Sweden), Darren Miller (USA), Kimberley Chambers (New Zealand), Adam Walker (UK) 

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.

International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Announces Class of 2014 Inductees

The International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame, a Hall of Fame group dedicated to open water swimming, has announced 7 inductees for its class of 2014.

IMSHoF seeking financial support

2013-10-30 - Ft. Lauderdale IMSHoF sent out the following press release:

Our purpose of writing this request for financial support for the International Marathon Swimming Hall Of Fame (IMSHOF) is twofold. First we are soliciting your financial support by way of a donation to the IMSHOF, a non-profit organization which depends upon the generous contributions of its supporters. Second we are requesting that you share this letter with friends and request that they do the same.

2 new speakers announced for the GOWSC in Cork

Fergal is an Irish Marathon Swimmer and another swimming pioneer, especially around the Aran Islands, in beautiful Co. Galway.
He started Open Water Swimming in 2007, moving to 10Km+ distances in 2009. In 2010 Fergal recorded the first Inis Meáin to Rosaveel (Galway Coast) swim and followed this up in 2011 with an English Channel solo swim. He has also pioneered the Dublin Bay 2-way swim late in 2012 when his chance to swim the North Channel disappeared due to very poor conditions.
He is a member of Eastern Bay Swim Team in Dublin and swims year round at High Rock in Malahide (Dublin).

Global Open Water Swimming Conference Cork 2013, Ireland

Friday, 11 October, 2013 (All day) to Sunday, 13 October, 2013 (All day)

From Florida to California, from the United Nations to the Queen Mary, the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame and World Open Water Swimming Association has held its ceremonies in various locations from the West Coast to the East Coast in the US.

Japanese Added To The International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame

The International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (IMSHOF) website is now available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and Japanese.

The IMSHOF site will also soon be made available in French and German.

The International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame was established in 1961 to recognize the marathon swimmers throughout the world and is governed by an international selection committee of marathon swimming experts.

The Inconsistencies in Marathon Swimming

by Scott Zornig, SBCSA President

Marathon swimming is an amazing sport that tests the limits of human endurance like few other athletic endeavors. I would put marathon swimming right alongside the Tour de France, ultra marathons, free diving, mountain climbing and the Iditarod. Marathon swimming includes long distances, cold water, unpredictable currents, large waves, darkness, predators and plenty of risk, which uniquely challenges a person both physically and mentally.