Open Water Swimming (OWS)

EAC has had a number of swimmers participate in OWS over the years.  Open water swimming provides an entirely different environment for swimming and demands a different training approach than traditional (short course) racing.  However, to decide if you should try it, swimmers should first determine if they are confident in swimming the distance in a short course pool before swimming in open water.

EAC Coaches highly encourage swimmers to try one at somepoint!  The Steelman Racing website gives a great overview (athlete guide) as to what to expect and also some really cool videos of swims.

Wetsuits are allowed for racing in open water.  Wetsuits are required when the water temperature is below 60-degrees Fahrenheit and may NOT be used when the water temperature is above 78 degrees.

If you have any questions are any interest, please reach out to Coach Isaac or Coach Josh (one or both may be attending too!).  Below are just a few recommended 2024 races:

French Creek Racing

French Creek SwimFest ($35-$55)

  • May 19, 2024 – 800m, 1600, and 5K swim events

French Creek Fall SwimFest ($40-$60)

  • September 29, 2024 – 800m, 1 mi, 5k & 5k relay swim events

Steelman Racing

Nockamixon Swim Challenge ($80)

  • June 23, 2024 – 1mi, 2mi, 3mi & 3mi relay swim events

Open Water Classic ($75)

  • August 18, 2024 – 1mi, 2mi, 3mi & 3mi relay swim events

Endless Summer Swim ($80)

  • September 22, 2024 – 1mi, 2mi, 3mi & 3mi relay swim events