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.


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Open water swimming is new to Special Olympics. It 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.

Open water swimming is new to Special Olympics. It 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.


Open Water Swimming News and Stories


May 14, 2014 | SOI General: Headquarters

Seeking Experienced Officials for the LA 2015 Games

By Sara Prescott

Special Olympics welcomes applications for volunteer sport officials for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles California, 24 July – 2 August 2015. The application deadline is July 1.View Story Special Olympics is accepting applications for volunteer sport officials for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles California, 24 July – 2 August 2015. In most cases, Special Olympics will select officials who are already certified by a related sports federation and who have Special Olympics officiating experience. Applications must be received by no later than July 1 2014. Please use the link below for more information and to download applications.

About Sara Prescott:I am the Administrative Assistant of Sports Training & Competition at Special Olympics.
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August 02, 2013 | Latin America: Mexico

Special Olympics Quintana Roo Participated in the 4th Bacalar Open Water Swimming Marathon, June 2013

By Martha Basurto

The Bacalar Open Water Marathon is an event that is gaining popularity nationwide and in Latin America.View Story On June 22, the 4th Open Water Marathon was held in Bacalar, where our athletes Omar Vera, Beatriz Domínguez, Juan Soda and Andrea Calderon took part in 1250m swimming event with a time of 37 min for the first place and 47 min for the last place athletes. As unified partners Issac Aquino a Paralympic medalist, coach Carlos Llanes and Lauralicia Kings assistant coach participated. As usual our athletes were happy to have won a medal for reaching their goal, but now the challenge is to make the 2500 m in 2014. The Bacalar Open Water Marathon is an event that is gaining popularity nationwide and in Latin America. The inclusive approach that the organizers have chosen for the event, where warmth and safety were in proper balance, has given the opportunity to Special Olympics athletes to improve their performance during training in open water swimming.

About Martha Basurto:Assistant Director, Special Olympics Quintana Roo, Mexico
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August 02, 2013 | Latin America: El Salvador

1st Open Water Tournament El Salvador Special Olympics

By Johamy Alabi

The 1st Open Water Swimming Tournaments of Coatepeque as held on July 26. The event began with a speech by the President of Special Olympics El Salvador, Sandra de Uceda who...View Story The 1st Open Water Swimming Tournaments of Coatepeque as held on July 26. The event began with a speech by the President of Special Olympics El Salvador, Sandra de Uceda who expressed: "We are delighted by this new sport opportunity for our athletes" he also encouraged parents to continue to support their children in sports development. Athletes swam in a circuit of 500 meters and should complete 3 laps to make the maximum 1500 meters. It was attended by members of the Board, parents and more than 40 people who participated in the development of the event, among them members of the National Police National Tourism Police, Red Cross, officials, coaches and volunteers. In Division M1 500 mts was Jose Alfonso Mata, 13 years of age with a time of 35.39. In Division F2 was Flor de Maria Mendacious, who won gold with a time of 45:20.83. Diego Cortez Division M1, 13 years won the gold medal in the 1500 meters completing in 45:35.30. Francisco Hernadez Division M2 came to the finish line with a time of 37:39.72 earning the gold. The silver went to Edgar Perez with the time of 42:12.78 for 18 and 21 years respectively.

About Johamy Alabi:Executive Director
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