Open Water Swimming Word Of The Day: Stage Swim

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Stage swim (noun): A type of solo swim, 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.

Usage: The stage swim from Los Angeles to San Diego was conducted over ten days.

Stage relay (noun): A type of timed relay competition conducted over the course of 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 of each relay 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.

Usage: The stage relay from San Francisco passed by the Golden Gate Bridge on its eighth day.

Stage race (noun): A type of timed competition conducted over the course of 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 of the each competitor 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.

Usage: The 3-day stage race began at the foot of the river and ended at the bay.

Video of the Kromme River Descent stage relay in 2015 is shown above.

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