Open water swimming reached a new level of international exposure by becoming an official event at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. Open water swimming offers the purest form of racing, where athletes are racing against their fellow competitors and not the clock. Race strategies, along with the conditions, are constantly changing which makes adaptability a key skill. Each race varies in length and course design, especially at the local level. USA Swimming’s Zone Championships feature a 5K and our national and international level events feature a 5K, 7.5K, 10K, and a 25K.
Open water is a unique a part of our sport and an experience that swimmers should try once!
Whether you’re a long-time open water enthusiast or looking to try it for the first time, open water swimming offers new and exciting challenges. Read more about them, below.