While professional marathon swimmers lead an idyllic open water swimming lifestyle, many of them also work either full- or part-time. While balancing a strict regimen of training and work, they take off as much time as possible in order to travel the world and compete on the professional marathon swimming circuits.

The tradition of working professionally on land and in the open water dates back generations. If they are not working, many of them are working towards advanced degrees.

7-time professional marathon swimming champion Shelley Taylor-Smith recalls, “While I was on the pro circuit and winning races like the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim, I was also holding down a full-time job and trying to balance training as a professional athlete. Even when I finally received sponsorship in 1995, I still worked 16-20 hours a week.”

From Paul Asmuth as an accountant winning the professional marathon swimming circuit year after year to Simon Tobin, a brain researcher with a Ph.D. studying the brain, pro marathon swimmers are always keeping busy.

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