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oh-puhn waw-tuhr swih-ming

noun, verb

Open Water Swimming is the act of swimming in open water such as a lake, river, or ocean.

Example usage: 'I'm training for my first triathlon and I'm really looking forward to the open water swimming.'

Most used in: Places with open bodies of water such as lakes, rivers, or oceans.

Most used by: Triathlon and open water swimmers.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 5/10

Also see: Paceline, Drafting, Peloton, Wheel-sucking,


What is Open Water Swimming?

Open Water Swimming is a type of swimming that takes place in open bodies of water, such as lakes, rivers, and oceans. It is a popular form of exercise, with more than 2 million people participating in open water swimming events in the United States each year.

Open Water Swimming differs from pool swimming in that the swimmer is not confined to a lane and can swim in any direction, making it a more challenging and often more rewarding experience. Additionally, open water swimmers must account for varying water temperatures, currents, and other environmental factors.

Open Water Swimming can be done as an individual activity, or as part of a team. Commonly, swimmers will use a wetsuit to provide warmth and buoyancy in colder waters, and a swim cap and goggles to protect their eyes from the elements.

Open Water Swimming is a great way to get exercise and enjoy the beauty of nature. It is a popular activity for both competitive and recreational athletes alike, and is a great way to stay fit and challenge yourself.


The Origins of 'Open Water Swimming'

The term 'Open Water Swimming' is used to refer to swimming outside of a pool, in natural bodies of water such as lakes and rivers. The term dates back to the early 19th century, when it was first used in England in 1810. It is thought to draw its roots from the traditional English sport of 'river swimming', which dates back to the 16th century.

The term was most likely used in the context of swimming competitions, as the first modern swimming competitions were held in England in the early 19th century. It was also used to describe the sport of lifesaving, which was developed in England in the late 19th century.

Open water swimming has since become a popular recreational activity and competitive sport across the world. It is now an Olympic sport, with open water swimming events taking place in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

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