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Webinar: The Pyramid of Open Water Swimming Success: How to Properly Prepare for Open Water Swimming


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Topic: The Pyramid of Open Water Swimming Success:  How to Properly Prepare for Open Water Swimming

Combine the dynamics of any open body of water with the scramble of hundreds of aggressive competitors around the swim course and it is recipe for uncertainty and indecision.  What pace is required?  How best to prepare?  What are the fundamentals of open water swimming?  In this webinar presentation, Steven Munatones will explain the 7 basic tenants of optimal open water swimming preparation and training.  Learn how the best open water swimmers in the world think of their sport and how they minimize risks and maximize their potential in conditions that are never the same and where they have learned to expect the unexpected.  By the end of this webinar you’ll be able to understand:

  • Fundamentals of base training
  • Preparation for each possible scenario
  • Critical importance of tactical knowledge
  • Essence of speed training
  • Open water acclimatization
  • How to practice open water skills in a pool
  • Race specific training sets and modalities

Steven Munatones

Born in Los Angeles, Steven graduated from Harvard University where as a sophomore he won the world 25 km open water swimming championship.  He has coached 9 different USA Swimming national open water swimming teams, including at 4 different world championships, and wrote the most authoritative text book on the sport of open water swimming.  He covers the sport daily as the Editor-in-Chief of the Daily News of Open Water Swimming and travels 40 weeks a year to observe, sanction, report on, and participate in open water swims on 5 continents.

He authored the Open Water Swimming Almanac and written cover articles of four swimming magazines. He has created and manages a number of well-known brands in the sport, from Openwaterpedia and Oceans Seven to World Swimming Majors and the World Open Water Swimming Association.  He has organized the USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Championships, the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships 10K, the Waikiki Roughwater Swim, and consulted on numerous open water swimming competitions, solo channel attempts, and relays in dozens of states and countries from Fiji to the Cayman Islands.

He has encountered sharks, box jellyfish, and whales on ocean swims, been on several night swims, crossed channels, and personally made rescues from Kauai to Catalina, and participated on 3 swims that lasted over 50 hours straight.  He is a former professional marathon swimmer who always enjoys the challenge faced by people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds in the open water.  Based out of Huntington Beach, California, rarely has a day gone by for the past 4 decades when he has not been out in the water.



Event Type: National
Entry Fee: $24.99 USAT Member or Coach; $39.99 Non-USAT Members
Event Date: May 1, 2013
Start Time: 3:00 PM MST

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