Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Mariia Yrjö-Koskinen and Ned Denison both gave presentations at the 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference on the Isle of Bute in Scotland.

Yrjö-Koskinen gave a presentation on the International Winter Swimming Championships in Tyumen, Russia while Denison gave an educational lecture on how one can get and be inspired to organize and participate in solo swims and organized open water swimming events around the world.

But the remarkable ambiance of the conference was truly created during the friendly conversations over dinner, one-on-one discussions between swimmers, and talks among participants who have never met before.

Photo of Mariia Yrjö-Koskinen and Ned Denison at the International Swimming Hall of Fame and International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame induction ceremonies by Ram Barkai.

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