As you stand around the gaze at the number of open water swimmers, pilots, administrators, coaches, race directors, and aquapreneurs attending the 2013 Global Open Water Swimming Conference, it is such a joy to soak up the ambiance.

The hard work and preparation that men like Oswald ‘Ossi’ Schmidt (left) has put in to make this 3-day celebration of open water swimming is beyond amazing.

The smiles of swimmers like Colin Hall just light up the room.

The conversations among the swimmers are simply gems to treasure this weekend in Cork, Ireland. More to report all weekend long.

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