The 50th World Clinic hosted by the American Swimming Coaches Association on September 4th – 9th in Anaheim, near Disneyland, California, will include a comprehensive 4-hour presentation on Coaching Open Water Swimming by Steven Munatones.
He explains, “The presentation will start off by explaining the historical roots of open water swimming from Japanese samurai to knights in medieval times. Then we will describe the evolution of the sport from the early years of competitive open water swimming and its growth as a professional marathon sport in the 1950’s, 1960’s and 1970’s through the Olympic years in 2008 Beijing, 2012 London, and 2016 Rio.
We will forecast how the 10 km marathon swim will play out in Tokyo in 2020, Paris in 2024 and Los Angeles in 2028 – in terms of who to expect in the lead pack and the chase pack and the type of workouts and pacing that they do. Because the evolution of the sport can be comprehensively traced back for decades, the expectations for the future can be imagined and predicted.
We will discuss the equipment necessary and the types of sets that top swimmers do – which may be news to many coaches.
In addition to the fastest swimmers in the open water, we will also talk about amateur marathon swimming, the emerging world of ice swimming and cold water swimming, stage swims around the world, channel swims, and bucket lists of swims from Europe to Asia.
We will talk about the technologies that are used, the most popular websites and personalities in the sport, controversies, and how elite open water swims are officiated, adjudicated and administered.
Finally, any and all questions and issues will be addressed and discussed among the participants.
Four hours may seem like a long time, but once we get into the nitty gritty details of all niches of the sport, four days would not be long enough.”
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