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.

About This Page

Special Olympics focuses on the individuality of each athlete so that coaches can train and encourage growth in skills and accomplishment. The coaching materials, rules and other resources on this page have been specially prepared for coaches working with people with intellectual disabilities. Coaching Special Olympics athletes calls for the same skills and experience that many coaches are familiar with. The extra information in our coaching guides about working with people with ID is what makes our materials helpful and valuable.

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Upcoming Open Water Swimming Events

  • Feb
    13
    Higgins Lake Polar Plunge
    Feb 13, 2016
    1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Roscommon
    Michigan
    Higgins Lake Polar Plunge

    The Higgins Lake Polar Plunge will take place on February 13, 2016 at the Gerrish Township Marina on Higgins Lake. Registration will begin at 1:00 p.m. The parade of costumes and plunge will begin at 2:00 p.m.

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    Contact: Andrea Rachko
    Email: rachk1am@cmich.edu
    Phone: 989-774-3911

    Feb 13, 2016
    1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Gerrish Township Marina
    Roscommon, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
  • Feb
    13
    Lake Orion Polar Plunge
    Feb 13, 2016
    9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Lake Orion
    Michigan
    Lake Orion Polar Plunge

    Mark your calendars for February 13, 2016 The 2016 Lake Orion Polar Plunge will be held at the Lake Orion Buffalo Wild Wings. Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. The parade of costumes and plunge will begin at 10:00 a.m. The Awards and Post Plunge Party will begin immediately following the last plunger.

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    Contact: Andrea Rachko
    Email: rachk1am@cmich.edu
    Phone: 989-774-3911

    Feb 13, 2016
    9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Buffalo Wild Wings
    770 North Lapeer Road
    Lake Orion, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
  • Feb
    13
    Cheboygan Polar Plunge
    Feb 13, 2016
    11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    Cheboygan
    Michigan
    Cheboygan Polar Plunge

    The Cheboygan Polar Plunge takes place Feb. 13, 2016 at Hoppies Tavern in Cheboygan. Registration starts at 11:00 a.m. The parade of costumes will takes place at 12:30 p.m with the Plunge starting at 1:00 p.m. The awards and After Splash Bash will start immediately following the Plunge.

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    Contact: Heather Fox
    Email: fox1m@cmich.edu
    Phone: 800-644-6404

    Feb 13, 2016
    11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    Hoppies Tavern
    Cheboygan, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
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