Courtesy of World Open Water Swimming Association, Huntington Beach, California.

The Global Open Water Swimming Symposium and Conference will present an unprecedented assembly of open water swimming heroes and heroines and most notable coaches and commentators. The Conference will be held at the Long Beach Marriott on June 5th.

The lineup of notable speakers include Olympic champion Greta Anderson, 7-time world professional marathon swimming champion Shelley Taylor-Smith, English Channel and Catalina Channel world record holder Penny Dean, Anne Cleveland, renowned triathlon coach and founder of Purple Patch Fitness Matt Dixon, Sid Cassidy, FINA Sports Medicine’s Dr. Jim Miller, Gerry Rodrigues and a host of international speakers.

The Global Open Water Swimming Conference will be held during the USA Swimming National Open Water Championships weekend on between June 4-6.

Among the numerous presentation, talks will include:

The History of Open Water Swimming – a pictorial history of open water swimming from 1875 to the present with a colorful description of the key characters, coaches and challenges of the sport and how it has evolved over the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.

Preparing Age-Group and College Swimmers for World-class Open Water Competitions – a presentation of the key training aspects, physical, tactical and mental, for achieving success at the national and international levels at the 5K and 10K distances.

Training Triathletes for the Open Water – a presentation with concrete examples of how to take beginner, intermediate and advanced endurance athletes and make them great swimming triathletes.

Professionally Officiating and Colorfully Announcing Open Water Events – a presentation on how rules are adjudicated at the national and international levels and how best to provide entertainment and color during open water events.

Olympic 10K Marathon Swim Courses at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics – a description of the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim courses at the 2012 London Olympics and the 2016 Rio Olympics and how to prepare for these races that will be showcased in front of over 100,000 fans.

Hypothermia and Hyperthermia – a medical explanation of hypothermia and hyperthermia and ways to prevent these conditions from happening and degrading your open water swimming performance.

Women in Open Water Swimming – a description of successful female marathon swimmers of all ages and what drives them to challenge themselves and to succeed against all odds.

The Life of a Professional Marathon Swimmer – an explanation of how professional marathon swimmers train and travel and their lifestyles as they travel around the world to exotic places competing under extraordinary conditions.

Nutritional Needs of Open Water Swimmers – a description of the optimal dietary habits of accomplished endurance athletes with a particular focus on professional swimmers, both in the pool and open water.

Training and Thinking Like an Olympic Champion – an explanation of how a world record holder and Olympic gold medalist trained himself and pushed himself physically and mentally to the highest echelon of his sport.

The Excitement and Allure of Endurance Sports for Busy People – a description of how fit individuals can find time in their busy lifestyles to train and compete in a plethora of exciting and challenging extreme endurance sports.

Creating a Big-Time Televised Open Water Extravaganza – an overview of how to plan, organize, market and deliver a safe, innovative open water swimming event that attracts pros and newcomers by the tens of thousands.

Rules of Open Water Swimming – a description of the basic rules of competitive open water swimming, from drafting and finish judging to yellow cards and red flags.

How to Become a Certified Open Water Swimming Official – an explanation of how to become an open water swimming official certified by USA Swimming, the governing body of swimming in the USA.

Masters Open Water Swimming – a description of how adults can enjoy the abundance of pool and open water swimming opportunities offered by US Master Swimming.

How to Successfully Market Products to Triathletes and Open Water Swimmers – a real-life success story of how a mother came up with several clever product ideas and created a highly profitable, globally successful company out of her home

Pool Open Water – a presentation on how to train triathletes and swimmers in the pool in order to teach open water tactics and reach their potential in competitive open water events and triathlons.

The speakers and VIP guests include the following individuals:

Anne Cleveland (California), 3-time English Channel swimmer and a Catalina Channel swimmer who will attempt to become the first person to do a double-crossing of both the English and Catalina Channels in 2010.

Bob Placak (California), Pan American Games medalist and founder and race director of the world-famous RCP Tiburon Mile, who is the coach and organizer of numerous victorious teams in the Maui Channel Swim and Trans Tahoe Relay events over three decades.

Colin Hill (England), an English Channel swimmer and the inspirational leader of the Great Swims, the largest televised open water swimming event in the world.

Christiane Fanzeres (Brazil), professional marathon swimmer and English Channel swimmer, who is the Marathon Swimming Supervisor with the Brazilian Swimming Federation.

Dan Empfield (California), the inventor of the triathlon wetsuit and founder of SlowTwitch, one of the world’s largest and most popular multi-sport websites.

Doug Woodring (Hong Kong), founder of Project Kaisei and race director for the Clean Half Extreme Swim and Sheko Challenge, who promotes carbon-neutral escort boat options for open water swimmers.

Forrest Nelson (California), an endurance swimmer who has conquered the English Channel, Catalina Channel twice (including once in December), Manhattan Island Marathon Swim, the Cook Strait (between the North and South Islands in New Zealand), Molokai Channel (between Molokai and Oahu in both directions), 24 miles in Tampa Bay, and other feats of endurance.

Frank Flowers (Cayman Islands), the founder of the Flowers Sea Swim, a successful open water swim with numerous Olympians and cash and prizes purse worth over $100,000who offers $25,000 to break the world’s best time in the ocean mile.

Gerry Rodrigues (California), the 2-time World Masters Open Water Swimming champion, masters swimming world record holder (800-meter freestyle), former publisher of Swimming World Magazine, creator of SwimInfo.com, 1992 U.S. Masters Swimming Coach of the Year and coach of numerous professional triathletes and emerging open water swimmers.

Gordon Borde (Trinidad & Tobago), the visionary leader of the Trinidad & Tobago swimming community who instrumental in the Maracas Open Water Classic, a race he has done for nearly 60 years.

Greg Towle (Australia), the visionary Swimming Australia Open Water Swimming head coach who has coached 2 world 5K champions and several FINA World Cup and World Championship medalists and at the 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009 world championships and 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Greta Andersen (Denmark/California), an Olympic gold and silver medalist, English Channel and Catalina Channel record holder and a top professional marathon swimmer in the 1950’s and 1960’s with wins in Lake Michigan, Salton Sea, Mexico and the English Channel. She is an International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Swimmer and International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Swimmer.

Jim Miller, M.D. (Virginia), a FINA Sports Medicine Committee member, USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Team physician, U.S. Masters Swimming President, U.S. Masters Swimming Coach of the Year and multiple award winner.

Jim Vance (California), a USA Triathlon Level 2 and Elite Coach for TrainingBible Coaching and Tri Club of San Diego and a 2-time amateur world champion in XTERRA and ITU with an Ironman PR of 8:37:09 who is a regular contributor to Competitor Magazine and the 2009 Tri Club of San Diego Coach of the Year.

John York (California), an English Channel swimmer, record-holding Catalina Channel (single-crossing, double-crossing, relay), a board member of the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation and an honor swimmer in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame.

Jon-Paul St. Germain (Massachusetts), the Director of Special Olympics International and Director of World Games and Competitions at Special Olympics.

Julie Smithwick (Mississippi), originator of StingMate line of products, including the StingMate® Jellyfish Sting First Aid.

Kaia Hedlund (California), president of the Waikiki Roughwater Swim and Associate Director of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.

Linda Kaiser (Honolulu), history’s most prolific channel swimmer in the Hawaiian Islands having successfully crossed the 26-mile Molokai Channel, the 9-mile Kalohi Channel, the 7-mile Alalakeiki Channel, the 8.5-mile Palilolo Channel, the 30-mile Alenuihaha Channel, the 17-mile Kaulakahi Channel, the 17-mile Kealaikahiki Channel and the 8.8-mile Maui Channel.

Liz Tucker (Colorado), USA Triathlon’s Race Director Certification Manager responsible for the Race Director Certification program that provides in-depth education on the latest and safest race directing methods, insurance/risk management trends and USAT sanctioning compliance.

Mallory Mead (Indiana), recipient of the Robert Lyle Memorial Trophy for being the Channel Swimming Association’s Fastest American of the Year and the Sotiraki Trophy for being the Fastest Lady of 2008, who is currently embarking on the most difficult – and historically unprecedented – goal for marathon swimmers: The Ocean’s Seven.

Mark Perry (Great Britain), British Swimming’s Open Water Performance Manager and Team Leader at FINA World Cup, Olympic Games and World Championship events, who is an open water swimming visionary and strategist with national and international coaching success.

Mark Schubert (Colorado), one of the world’s most renowned swimming coaches with unparalleled Olympic coaching success in 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008, who is currently the USA Swimming National Team Head Coach and General Manager. He has coached numerous Olympic medalists, world champions, world record holders and NCAA champions.

Matt Dixon (California), an exercise physiologist and leading triathlon coach, including several Ironman champions including Chris Lieto and Luke Bell, a Contributing Editor to Inside Triathlon Magazine and a leading fitness consultant to professional athletes, elite and amateur endurance athletes and Fortune 500 company executives.

Mike Doane (Colorado), USA Triathlon’s Resident Program swim coach and 2007 USA Triathlon Coach of the Year, who coached Andy Potts to gold at the 2007 Pan American Games, victory at the 70.3 World Championships and USA Triathlon Elite National title in 2004.

Morty Berger (New York), the President of NYC Swim and race director for the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim, NYC Pro Swim, Great Hudson River Swim, Park to Park Swim, Liberty Island Swim, Aquathlon: Stars & Stripes, Riverside Park Tune Up Swim, Governors Island Swim, Brooklyn Bridge Swim, Little Red Lighthouse Swim and the Ederle Swim.

Nelson Vargas (Mexico), Mexico’s former Minister of Sport and Director of CONADE (National Sport Commission), author of More Hits Than Errors, owner of the Acuatica Nelson Vargas, a nationwide chain of fitness centers and swimming pools, Mexican national swim team coach and former president of the Mexican Swimming Federation and multi-time Mexican representative at Olympics.

Nelson Vargas Jr. (Mexico), CEO of Acuatica Nelson Vargas, the largest and most prominent fitness center and swimming pool chain in Mexico, and the race director of the Acapulco 5K International Open Water Swim.

Paul Hekimian (California), founder and President of the LA Tri Club, the largest triathlon club in the western United States with over 1,600 members. A director for the professional Distance Swim Challenge and creator of The Paulsitive Movement and Me, Inc.

Paul McCoy (Fiji/Vanuatu), the founder and race director for innovative ocean swims, sea safaris and island and volcano runs in Fiji and Vanuatu that attract athletes from all over the Pacific Rim and Europe.

Pedro Rego Monteiro (Brazil), the founder and President of EffectSport, co-founder of the televised 10 km professional King of the Sea Challenge (Rei do Mar Desafio) in Brazil and Portugal.

Penny Dean (New York), who set the overall world record for the English Channel crossing record in 7:40 that stood for 16 years until her own athlete broke it. She was the 1979 world professional marathon swimming champion with four Catalina Channel crossings and 12 total world records for marathon swimming and long-time head coach for USA Swimming National Open Water Swim Team and former Pomona College head women’s swim team coach.

Philip Rush (New Zealand), a renowned marathon swimmer and holder of the fastest double- and triple-crossing of the English Channel. He was a professional marathon swimmer with a number of unprecedented swims to his credit, including swims in the Cook Strait and Lake Taupo in New Zealand, and an inductee in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame. He currently is the marathon swimming manager for New Zealand Swimming and a prolific coach of swimmers across the Cook Strait.

Pierre Lafontaine (Canada), a world-renowned coach and administrator who is currently the National Swim Team Coach and CEO of Swimming Canada.

Ram Barkai (South Africa), an adventure swimmer with swims in the Antarctic, Lake Zurich (in winter) and Cape Town, founder of the Cadiz Freedom Swim in Cape Town, benefactor of open water swimmers.

Richard Witt (California), a Lieutenant Commander of the United States Navy SEALs (Sea, Land, Air), a renowned stealth and clandestine branch of the U.S. military forces, and former collegiate swimmer at the University of Michigan.

Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia), an International Swimming Hall of Fame and International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame inductee and former Secretary-General of the FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee, coach and clinician. She authored Dangerous When Wet and is founder of Champion’s Mindset in Australia.

Sid Cassidy (Florida), the recipient of the highest honor given by USA Swimming and past Chairman of the FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee. He was a professional marathon swimmer and long-time USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Team coach as well as the starter at the men’s and women’s Olympic 10K Marathon Swim at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Steven Munatones (California), the Special Olympics Open Water Swimming Delegate, International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame inductee, FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee member, USA Swimming National Open Water Swim Team coach (2001 – current), creator of The Daily News of Open Water Swimming, World’s Top 100 Open Water Swims and the Open Water Swimming Dictionary and currently president of the World Open Water Swimming Association.

Sultan Aziz, Ph.D. (Bangladesh), a member of the FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee and former Vice Chairman of the FINA Sports Medicine Committee who served as the Secretary General of the Asian Continental Swimming Federation and Asian Amateur Swimming Federation.

The host Long Beach Marriott Hotel is offering a special package deal to all conference attendees.

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