Photo of Sarah Thomas courtesy of Andrew Malinak; ice swimming photo of Nuala Moore.

The Naples Island Swim & SUP event is sponsoring a 2-hour presentation on The World of Open Water Swimming on July 18th from 6-8 pm at the United States Sailing Center in Long Beach, California.

Steven Munatones of the World Open Water Swimming Association will present a comprehensive historical view of the sport of open water swimming, from the days of samurai over 500 years ago to the contemporary marathon swims of Sarah Thomas.

He will be joined by Dan Simonelli of the Open Water Swim Academy.

The Open Water Swim Academy was nominated for the 2017 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year and offers a safe and supportive environment for teaching and training open water swimmers, no matter what their starting point or final goals are.

Led by Simonelli, one of the world’s most active and successful coaches, crew chief, and escort kayaker, recreational, masters and competitive swimmers are taught a comprehensive curriculum of technical, environmental, mental and physical aspects of open water swimming. He shares the best techniques and tactics both in the pool and Pacific Ocean, teaches myriad aspects of open water swimming from swim techniques and nutrition to marine life and goal setting.

Topics will cover a detailed tactical view of the men’s and women’s 2016 Olympic 10 km marathon swim in Rio de Janeiro, the origins of the International Ice Swimming Association and the future of ice swimming, stage swimming around the world, marathon and channel swimming, wild swimming, swimming by septuagenarians and octogenarians, and bucket swim around the world.

Race director Greg Shea added, “We will also describe the history of Naples Island Swim and how best to swim around the island in Long Beach. All swimmers registered for the Naples Island Swim by July 15th are invited to attend for free this very special event. There will also be special guests [to be announced shortly] who will share their open water swimming experiences that will inspire us.”

The World of Open Water Swimming will be hosted at the United States Sailing Center in Long Beach, California located 5489 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, California 90803 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on July 18th along the shores of the 1932 Los Angeles Olympic Games rowing basin.

For more information on the 2018 Naples Island Swim & SUP on August 12th, visit here.

Above photos from the 2017 event include Megan Monroy escorting women’s 3-mile winner Lexie Kelly, and drafting by veterans including Parks Wesson.

Photo below shows 47-year-old 2017 overall winner Alex Kostich facing 15-year-old Brandon Samaniego.

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