Acronyms In The Open Water Swimming World

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

There are all kinds of abbreviations, acronyms, and terms used in the open water swimming world regarding training, organizations, locations, courses and conditions.

There are many more acronyms and terms used in non-English languages, but below is a sampling of the English-language acronyms and terms commonly used by open water swimmers.

How many of the following terms do you know? What are your favorites? What other terms did we miss? Send your answers to [email protected].

* 3F: fear to familiarity through frequency
* ACNEG – Asociacion de cruce a nado del Estrecho de Gibraltar (Gibraltar Strait Swimming Association)
* AKOWS: Association of Korea Open Water Swimming (사단법인 한국바다수영협회)
* AMBSC: Ala Moana Beach Swim Club
* AMSHOF: Australian Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame
* AOWS: Albania Open Water Swimming
* ASCA: American Swimming Coaches Association
* BAL: Bumpy And Lumpy
* BAT: Brown Adipose Tissue (Brown fat)
* BK: Backstroke
* BLDSA: British Long Distance Swimming Association
* BOCOG: Beijing Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games
* BR: Breaststroke
* BS: Big Surf
* BW: Big Waves
* CARIFTA: Caribbean Free Trade Association
* CC: Catalina Channel
* CC: Catalina Channel Swimming Federation
* c-d: Cool-down
* CH: Choice
* CEH₂O: Chief Evangelist for Water
* CIASA: Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association
* CIPRB: Centre for Injury Prevention and Research Bangladesh
* CLDSA: Cape Long Distance Swimming Association
* CM: Catalina to Mainland
* CONSANAT: Confederación Sudamericana de Natación (South American Swimming Confederation)
* COWS: Chattanooga Open Water Swimmers
* CPR: cardiopulmonary resuscitation
* CROWS: Colorado Represents Open Water Swimming
* CS&PF: Channel Swimming & Piloting Federation
* CSA: Channel Swimming Association
* CU: Catch-up
* CURLS: Catch-up drill, Right arm only, Left arm only, Swim with both arms
* DAM: Dallas Area Masters
* DART: Deep-Ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunamis
* D 1-4: Descend 1-4
* DLRG: Deutsche Lebens-Rettungs-Gesellschaft (German Life Saving Association)
* DOWSSA: Dubai Open Water Swimming Sports Association
* DQ: Disqualified
* DSQ: Disqualified
* DT: Dead Tired
* DNF: Did Not Finish or Did Not Fail
* DNS: Did Not Start or Did Not Swim
* DPS: Distance Per Stroke
* Dr: Drill
* DYST: Did You Swim Today
* EC: English Channel
* EF: English-France
* EFE: England-France-England
* EMT: Emergency Medical Technician
* EZ: Easy
* FCEF: Fran Crippen Elevation Foundation
* FE: France-England
* FEF: France-England-France
* FINA: Fédération Internationale de Natation Amateur
* FISU: Fédération Internationale du Sport Universitaire (International University Sports Federation)
* FLOG: fitness online blog
* FOMO: fear of missing out
* FR: Freestyle
* GLOWS: Great Lakes Open Water Swim Series
* GPS: Global Positioning System
* HD: Hard
* HEED: High Energy Electrolyte Sports Drink
* HELP: heat escape lessening posture
* HSDP: Hrvatski Savez Daljinskog Plivanja (Croatian Long Distance Swimming Federation)
* ICA: International Coasteering Association
* ICE: In Case Of Emergency
* IHO: International Hydrographic Organization
* IISA: International Ice Swimming Association
* ILDSA: Irish Long Distance Swimming Association
* ILDSF: International Long Distance Swimming Federation
* ILSA: International Life Saving Federation
* IM: Individual Medley
* IMO: Individual Medley Order
* IMSA: International Marathon Swimming Association
* IMSHOF: International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame
* IMSHOF: International Masters Swimming Hall of Fame
* IOC: International Olympic Committee
* IRB: Inflatable Rescue Boat
* ISCA: International Swim Coaches’ Association
* ISHOF: International Swimming Hall of Fame
* ITU: International Triathlon Union
* IWSA: International Winter Swimming Association
* ILDSA: Irish Long Distance Swimming Association
* ITU: International Triathlon Union
* JIOWSA: Japan International Open Water Swimming Association
* JL: Just Landed
* JLDSC: Jersey Long Distance Swim Club
* K: Kicking
* KAP: Kite Aerial Photography
* KDS: Kick Drill Swim
* KPS: Kick Pull Swim
* LCM: Long Course Meters
* LAB: Lumpy And Bumpy
* LEN: Ligue Européenne de Natation
* LEOWSA: Lake Erie Open Water Swimming Association
* LGSA: Lake Geneva Swimming Association
* LMSC: Local Masters Swimming Committee
* LOCO: Lake Ontario Crossing Organisation
* LOCOG: London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games
* LORAN: LOng RAnge Navigation
* LOST: Lake Ontario Swim Team
* LP: Loop Course
* LTR: long-term relationships
* LTSS: Lake Tahoe Swimming Society
* MARNATON: MAR (sea) + NATACIÓN (swimming) + MARATHON
* MBO: Massively Buoyant Object
* MC: Mainland-Catalina
* MCM: Mainland-Catalina-Mainland
* MIMS: Manhattan Island Marathon Swim
* MPA: Marine Protected Area
* MSF: Marathon Swimmers Federation
* NARP: Non-Athletic Regular Person
* NB: No Breath or No Breathing
* NC: North Channel
* NEMSA: New England Marathon Swimming Association
* NCSA: North Channel Swimming Association
* NEOWSA: Northeast Kingdom Open Water Swimming Association
* NL: No Lifeguard
* NOWSA: North West Open Water Swimming Association
* OAB: Out-And-Back [course]
* ONOC: Oceania National Olympic Committees
* OTB: On The Beach
* OTL: over time limit
* OWS: open water swimming or Oregon Wild Swimming.
* P2P: Pier-To-Pier [course]
* PB: Personal Best
* PDO: Pacific Decadal Oscillation
* PED: performance-enhancing drugs or post event depression
* PI: Perfusion Index
* POW: Pool Open Water
* PP: Pull and paddles
* PR: Personal Record or Pulse Rate
* PWC: Personal Water Craft
* RALSA: River & Lake Swimming Association
* RFC: Really Freaking Cold, Real Frantic Chill, Royal Frigid Cojones
* RI: Rest Interval
* RIMO: Reverse Individual Medley Order
* RIB: Rubber Inflatable Boat or Rigid Inflatable Boat
* RTF: Round Trip Flag
* SAFE: Safety Assistance For Emergencies
* SCAQ: Southern California Aquatic Masters Swim Club
* SCAR: Saguaro, Canyon, Apache and Roosevelt
* SCM: Short Course Meters
* SCY: Short Course Yards
* SIA: Sea Is Angry
* SIMW: Sleep In Miss Workout
* SIPE: Swimming induced pulmonary edema
* SKPS: Swim Kick Pull Swim
* SLSC: Surf Life Saving Clubs
* S-N: south-north
* S-N-S: south-north-south
* SOWS: Save Ourselves Swims
* SOWSA: Scottish Open Water Swimming Association
* SP: Sprint
* SPF: Sun Protection Factor
* SPM: Strokes Per Minute
* SPOT: SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger
* SR: Stroke Rate
* SS: Still Swimming
* Sw: Swim
* T1: Transition (from swim to bike in a triathlon)
* T2: Transition (from bike to swim in a triathlon)
* TBF: Time Between Feedings
* TITS: Toes In The Sand
* TITW: Toes In The Water
* TOF: Time Of Feedings
* TOWSC: Technical Open Water Swimming Committee
* TTF: Total Time of Feedings
* UANA: Unión Americana de Natación (Amateur Swimming Union of the Americas)
* UFO: Unidentified Floating Object
* UMCSA: Universal Marathon Cold Swimming Association
* USADA: United States Anti-Doping Agency
* USLA: United States Lifesaving Association
* USMS: United States Masters Swimming
* USOWSA: United States Open Water Swimming Association
* USRPT: Ultra-short Race Pace Training
* UV: Ultra Violet
* VOWSA: Vancouver Open Water Swimming Association
* WADA: World Anti-Doping Agency
* WC: Whitecaps
* WOWSA: World Open Water Swimming Association
* WOWSS: World Open Water Swimming Series
* WPMSF: World Professional Marathon Swimming Federation
* WRS: Waikiki Roughwater Swim
* WSA: World Swimming Association
* WSC: Waikiki Swim Club
* WSCA – World Swimming Coaches Association
* WTC: World Triathlon Corporation
* w-d or WD: Warm-down
* w-up or WU: Warm-up
* YEAABA: Ye Amphibious Ancient Bathing Association

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