Open Water Swimming

Open Water Swimming Sport Center

This page draws together open water swimming-related information for all of Special Olympics. The coaching materials and other links will help you get a good sense of how this sport contributes to Special Olympics.

In the Natural Elements

Open water swimming debuted at the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens, Greece as a demonstration sport. Open water swimming involves swimming in rivers, lakes, seas or the ocean, where deep water, lack of lane markings, waves, currents, wind and other natural elements test the swimmer. Find more resources, stories and upcoming events related to swimming in general by visiting the Swimming page.

Coaching guide, rules, and other materials for coaches.
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