There is so much to do in the world of open water swimming.

You can swim in the tropics or you can explore acclimatization in the cold water.

You can race or do solo swims. You can participate in relays or do a stage swim. You can swim in wetsuits or just see how far you can swim naked.

An old observation started back in the 1970’s about the Geography of A Woman gave us some ideas about swimming in the open water swimming over our lifetimes.

When a swimmer is under the age of 10, the open water world appears to be like California: a place where all is possible, full of dreams…

When a swimmer is between 10-15, the open water world is like New York: an exciting place with lots of different people, but some things can be cause worry…

When a swimmer is between 16 and 18, the open water world is something like Hawaii: wild and tantalizing, exciting and exotic…

When a swimmer is between 19 and 25, the open water world reminds us of Africa: half discovered, half wild, fertile and ever so beautiful…

When a swimmer is between 26 and 35, the open water world calls to mind Europe: diverse, alluring, and a place to explore…

When a swimmer is between 36 and 45, the open water world hints of Spain: relaxed, inviting, and sometimes hot and spicy, and other times cool and windy…

When a swimmer is between 46 and 55, the open water world makes one think of Greece: civilized and desirable to visit, but it can get excitable and explosive at any time…

When a swimmer is between 56 and 65, the open water world recalls Great Britain: a glorious past with global variety but with the potential for even more…

When a swimmer is over 65, the open water world makes one think of Israel: they have been through all kinds of situations and no mistake is made twice…

When a swimmer is past 70, the open water world stirs up images of Canada: vast, largely untouched, and a place where there is so much more to explore…

When a swimmer reaches 80, the open water world conjures Tibet: it remains mysterious and unknown despite a lifetime of experience and wisdom of the ages…

Open water swimming presents something different to everyone and something different to each individual as we experience open bodies of water over a lifetime.

Photo shows a young swimmer in Fiji whose race was cancelled due to unexpectedly high surf.

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