Swimming tips and tricks, drills and knowledge to help you learn, survive, improve, flourish and thrive in the Open Water environment.

How i prepared for the Portland Bridge marathon swim

The Portland Bridge swim race is one of those unique, bucket list swimming events that made me want to become an open water swimmer in the first place. The course runs along the Willamette River…

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How to sight in open water

Many swimmers do the bulk of their training in the pool, expecting the transition to open water to be relatively seamless, but there are some aspects of open water swimming that you need to train…

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A humble lesson on Lake Kachess

Sudden and unexpected rough swimming conditions turn a perfect wild swimming adventure into scary lesson about danger and preparedness. It was a beautiful sunny day at Lake Kachess. This was the perfect peace we had…

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How to manage crowded start anxiety in open water swimming races

If crowded open water race starts give you anxiety, you are not alone: many open water swimmers admit to experiencing discomfort ranging from nerves and fear, to outright panic at the beginning of races. Swimming…

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8 game-changing beginner tips for how to swim freestyle

Here are some tips for learning how to swim freestyle that I wish were written down concisely in one place when I started out. The things I wish I could time travel back and tell…

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