British Swimming has long-term strategic plans to develop its top open water swimmers. So do many of the most competitive national federations, but these plans take on many different forms. Today, USA Swimming is sending out an educational open water swimming DVD to its registered 2,800 swim clubs as a means to develop interest in the sport.
Written by Steven Munatones with Dave Thomas (shown on left) and filmed at the USA Swimming National Open Water Select Camp and the Open Water Festival in Ft. Myers, Florida, the DVD provides commentary from national team coaches such as Bill Rose and Rick Walker. The DVD covers open water swimming drills and skills, drafting, feeding, starts, finishes, buoy turns, setting up an open water race and safety.