Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

A stage swim is a type of solo open water swimming attempt, relay or race conducted over two or more consecutive days where the distance of the individual stages can vary on each day and the starting point of the subsequent stages begins at or near the same point as the finish of the previous day’s swim.

The overall final time is the culmination of the swimming times of the individual stages. The overall final distance is the distance measured from the starting point to the finish point in miles, nautical miles or kilometers.

The finish on the final day can be at the same location or at a different location than the start on the first day.

Photo shows Jennifer Figge doing a stage swim across the Atlantic Ocean. Figge will be doing her fifth stage crossing in 2015.

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