training & coaching

Shark Attack Victim Died Among Friends

source: NBC11
original: NBC11
by: Mike Celizic
date: 6:53 am PDT April 28, 2008

The great sadness that the children of Dave Martin feel at the death of their father during a shark attack while swimming is tempered by the knowledge that he died among friends in a place that he loved.

"Every one of us is going to face our mortality one day," Jeff Martin told TODAY's Meredith Vieira on Monday, three days after his father was fatally bitten during a training swim with eight fellow members of the Triathlon Club of San Diego. "The fact he died doing what he loved to do in a place he loved surrounded by friends - if you could choose the way you're going to go, those things would be high on your list."

Sports Medicine in Open Water Swimming


Dr. Jim Miller, the former President of US Masters Swimming, FINA Doping Control Officer at several FINA open water swimming races and the physician for several USA Swimming’s national open water teams, gave an easy-to-understand presentation on Sports Medicine in Open Water Swimming.

DVD review: Pushing the Limits

source: Dallas Morning News
original: Dallas Morning News
by: Leslie Garcia
date: 06:17 PM CDT on Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Sometimes the wonders of the human body hit me as flying in an airplane does. You're minutes from landing, close enough to the ground to finally start feeling safe. You look down and see the houses and the cars, the ocean frozen in still life, the crops in perfect alignment.

Open Water Swimming Directory

source: 10kswimmer
original: 10kswimmer
by: Steven Munatones
date: Saturday, March 8, 2008

Swimming In Open Water Safety Tips

source: Bujurenang
original: Bujurenang
by: Gregory De Villiers
date: Friday, April 4th, 2008 at 11:15 am

Swimming in open water can make a pleasant change from the mind-numbing lengths of a swimming pool. Instead of the claustrophobic feeling of being enclosed in a swimming lane, you have a sense of freedom in the open water. Any large expanse of water will do, whether it is the ocean, a lake or a dam. Open water swimming is great fun if you’re training for a triathlon, iron-man competition or if you’re just wanting to stay in shape and improve your stamina. It is important not just to enjoy your swim, but also to swim safely! Here are a few tips for swimming in open water: (more great swimming and diving tips can be found at

Cold Water Swimming 101

source: Chicago Open Water Swim Group
original: Chicago Open Water Swim Group
author: srherman
date: March 19, 2008

Hypothermia - Human Temperature Threshholds

source: Chicago Open Water Swim Group
original: Chicago Open Water Swim Group
author: srherman
date: March 19, 2008

Through a complex physiological process known as thermoregulation, we humans are able to maintain constant core body temperatures internally despite the many temperature fluctuations in our external environment. However, this is not an absolute phenomenon. Ongoing exposure to extreme temperatures will eventually overwhelm the body’s ability to maintain an ideal body temperature of 37°C (98.6°F). In the case of cold temperatures, this “cascade” roughly follows this process:

Tools of the Trade - Timing

source: olympic 10k marathon swim
original: olympic 10k marathon swim
author: Steven Munatones date: Thursday, March 6, 2008