As swimmers prepare themselves on the shoreline to face the rigors of open water swimming, they truly stand exposed to the elements.

Confident in their own skin, they do not need much equipment or many tools. At its very core, open water swimming is a primordial contest in which athletes are stripped nearly bare and asked to test themselves against Mother Nature…

So opens the chapter on what equipment and tools open water swimming use in Steven Munatones’ comprehensive 264-page book on open water swimming, the fastest growing sport in the world today. Learn more about the sport in an educational, entertaining, engaging prose and why organizers of the 2012 London Olympics are preparing for huge crowds in Hyde Park where the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim will be held on August 9th (women) and August 10th (men).

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