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Steven Munatones hosting the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame ceremonies at the United Nations
Steven Munatones has set world open water swimming records from Japan to the Cayman Islands; shown with Lexie Kelly
Steven Munatones and Family
Author, Commentator, Coach and Promoter
Kayaking for USA Swimming National Team
Open Water Swimming (book) published by Spomedis in Germany
Steven Munatones in Japanese advertisement
Steven Munatones in Japanese magazine article
Marathon swim poster in Japan
Steven Munatones in Lake Biwa Marathon Swim poster




1991年:国後島から北海道へのInternational Goodwill Swimをキャンセルしまう(国後島→ねむろ半島への16キロ)
1992年:富士五湖トライアスロンチャレンジ(前人未致のコース、世界初、5時間17分、スイム: 14.5 キロ+ バイク: 30キロ + ラン: 8キロ、NHKなどの放送)
2003年:International Swimming Hall of Fame (国際スイミングの殿堂)入り 2008年:Open Water Swimming Dictionary辞典を作成、北京オリンピックOlympic 10K Marathon Swimアナウンサーなど


1993年パンパシフィック水泳選手権大会(神戸)でSwimming World Magazineの代表者
2001年世界水泳選手権大会(福岡)、2003年世界水泳選手権大会(バルセロナ・スペイン)、 2005年世界水泳選手権大会(モントリアル)、2007年世界水泳選手権大会(メルボールン)で米国スイムチームコーチ
2006年、2007年、2009年の米国水泳連盟の米国スイムチームのNational Open Water Swimming Campのコーチ
2001年 、2005年、2007年USA SwimmingのAwardを受賞
2002 年パンパシフィック水泳選手権大会(横浜)及び2002年カリブ海での国際水泳大会で米国スイムチームのマネジャー
2006年のAmerican Swimming Coaches AssociationのWorld Clinicでのスペーカー


1985年~現在年:Swimming World Magazineの毎月の水泳・競泳・水球イベントのカバーストリー及び記事の執筆 
1987年:「Distant Shores: A Guidebook to Open Water Swimming」という本の執筆
1987年~1988年:ハワイのWaikiki Roughwater Swim(世界一の海上競泳大会)
1999年~2003年:USA Swimmingのウェッブサイトで国際・国内競泳についての記事の執筆


In addition to founding Open Water Source and Pan Pacific Partners, Inc., Steven Munatones has spent his life in the open water as an athlete, coach, administrator, writer, race director, kayaker, paddler, official, observer and adviser in the the sport of open water swimming. He was inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame as an Honour Swimmer in 2003.

Since 2010, he has served as the Chief Administrator and a voting member of the board of directors of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame. He served on the FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee from 2009-2011, on the judge panel for the 2012 H2Open Awards organized by H2Open Magazine, an award designed to celebrate achievement in open water swimming, and provides assistance on the sport of open water swimming to the Guinness Book of World Records.

He has swum around Yonaguni Island in Okinawa, done the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim, Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean, La Traversée Internationale du Lac Memphrémagog, 24 miles around the tip of Cabo San Lucas, across the Five Lakes of Mount Fuji, both ways across the Tsugaru Channel between Honshu and Hokkaido in Japan, across Lake Biwa, between Ishigaki Island, Iriomote Island and Tatetomi Island in Okinawa, Japan, around Atlantic City's Absecon Island in New Jersey, across Windermere in England, in Maui Channel and in 46 countries around the world.

Coaching Experience

He was the USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Team coach at the 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2007 World Swimming Championships and 2006, 2007 and 2009 national team camps. He has kayaked, paddled, escorted and coached several swimmers in numerous channels and lakes around the world including the Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean, Caribbean Sea, Mediterranean Sea, Sea of Japan, South Pacific and the Hawaiian Islands. He has also given coaching clinics and camps throughout the USA, Canada, Mexico, Cayman Islands, Greece and Japan.

He also provides advice to many marathon swimmers, professional marathon swimmers and channel swimmers who attempt swims around the world including Penny Palfrey and Diana Nyad.

Writing Experience

Munatones has written several cover stories and dozens of articles for Swimming World Magazine, U.S. Masters Swimming SWIMMER Magazine and Competitor Magazine. He is an International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame inductee and director - and manages the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame website. He was formerly a member of the FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee (resigned due to differences in opinion with FINA's decisions on safety in 2011) & USA Swimming Open Water Swimming Committees.

"Whether you are planning on racing in an ocean, lake, river, canal, bay, dam, or reservoir, Open Water Swimming is your best guide to success. Steven Munatones wrote the perfect book for athletes of all levels who want to compete in the open waters of the world."

He has prepared open water swimming materials used by NBC, USA Swimming, Beijing Olympic Committee, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, National Public Radio and National Geographic Magazine. He wrote the script for Out of the Box, USA Swimming's 90-minute educational DVD on open water swimming and The Tactics and Techniques of Open Water Swimmers.

He is also a contributing writer to The Science of Swimming and is an adviser to the American Swimming Coaches Association's Journal of Swimming Research. He wrote Open Water Swimming, a comprehensive tome on open water swimming that was published in June 2011 by Human Kinetics.

Athletic Career

He won two national open water swimming championships in 1982 and 1991 and was the World Long Distance Swimming Champion (25K in Windermere, England) in 1982. He did several unprecedented solo swims over 30K in Asia and professional marathon swims in Canada, Mexico and Atlantic City before serving as the NBC Olympics' Commentator for the 2008 Olympic 10K Marathon Swim in Beijing.

Open Water Swimming Brands

He authored Open Water Swimming, a text book on open water swimming as well as created the following:

He also conducted numerous other clinics for swimmers and triathletes as well as created Certification Programs for coaches, administrators and referees.

Race Director and Administrator

He served as the Technical Delegate for the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games where he helped organize the first open water swimming event in Special Olympics history (see below). He also serves as an adviser to race directors in the USA, from California to New York, Brazil, Cayman Islands, Fiji, Greece, Mexico and Japan. He is a member of the board of directors of Swim Free and was the race director for the Waikiki Roughwater Swim, USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Championships, the 2010 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships 10K and the Distance Swim Challenge.

He advises U.S. Masters Swimming on open water swimming and jointly developed the Open Water Swimming Safety Conference together with U.S. Masters Swimming. He created the first (Long Beach, California) and second (New York City, New York) Global Open Water Swimming Conference, the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame ceremonies at the United Nations, and has plans for Global Conferences in New York, London, Sydney and San Francisco.

He received the 2010 Irving Davids-Captain Roger Wheeler Memorial Award from the International Swimming Hall of Fame and the [[Glen S. Hummer Award and two Open Water Swimming Committee awards from USA Swimming.

Special Olympics World Summer Games

The 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games was nominated for the 2011 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year:


He was born and raised in Southern California, is a graduate of Harvard University, can speak, read and write Japanese and some Chinese, and currently resides in Huntington Beach, California where he coaches, researches, writes and promotes open water swimming and water polo.

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