Open Water Swimming book

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Open Water Swimming published in English by Human Kinetics
Open Water Swimming published in German by Spomedis
Author Steven Munatones
"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."

Brent Rutemiller, Publisher of Swimming World Magazine

The book explains the techniques and tactics for open water swimming and is a comprehensive 263-page guide for distance swimmers and triathletes. It also serves as the text book for the Open Water Swimming Coaches Certification Program, the Open Water Swimmers Introduction Program, the Open Water Swimming Race Directors Education Program and the Open Water Swimming Race Officials Certification Program.

It is published in English, German, and Polish.


Book Description

Open Water Swimming is an essential guide to maneuvering the open water environment and describes how to properly prepare logistically, physically, and mentally for open water swims of all distances. Complete with training plans for triathlons, middle distance, and marathon distance swims, the book explains the optimal stroke techniques and ideal racing tactics for swims in different types of venues.

With a 24% increase in participants since 2006, triathlons continue to grow in popularity, as does open water swimming, with participation numbers doubling since 1999. Open Water Swimming offers this burgeoning group of athletes the tools needed to succeed and compete in their sport one day, one month, and one year ahead of race day. Dryland and pool workouts used by the pros and specific for those who don’t have easy access to open water are described.

Whether a newcomer or professional, swimmers will learn the best practices of seasoned open water swimmers, from how to swim in a crowded pack to how to make tactical moves in every type of racing situation.


Steven Munatones is a long-time open water commentator and a former professional marathon swimmer. He has written several cover stories for Swimming World Magazine, the world’s most popular aquatic sports magazine, Competitor Magazine and U.S. Masters Swimming SWIMMER Magazine. He has served as the NBC Olympics commentator for the men’s and women’s Olympic 10K Marathon Swim at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. During the games he provided his expertise on the sport to a variety of media including NBC-TV, Universal Sports, The Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, USA Today, the New York Times, National Geographic Magazine and the Associated Press. His writing has appeared in Swimming World Magazine, Australia Swimming and U.S. Masters Swimming Swimmer Magazine, and he annually publishes the World’s Top 100 Open Water Swims and America’s Top 50 Open Water Swims.

In Open Water Swimming, Munatones provides the information individuals need to prepare for the unexpected as they welcome the challenge of open water swimming under any condition.

Munatones is also an experienced open water swimming coach. He has served as the national team coach at several world championships, including the 2001,2003, 2005 and 2007 World Swimming Championships, 2004 World Open Water Swimming Championships. In addition, he serves as the Editor-in-Chief for The Daily News of Open Water Swimming and created the Open Water Swimming Dictionary. Munatones manages the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame website.

He also created the most popular open water swimming websites, including, Daily News of Open Water Swimming, World Open Water Swimming Association, Virtual-Swim and Munatones lives in Huntington Beach, California.


Swim faster, stronger, and more efficiently. Whether you are a dedicated open water swimmer, or triathlete looking to conquer the sport’s most challenging event, Open Water Swimming is a complete guide to improving your performance and decreasing your time. In Open Water Swimming, Munatones, shares his insights and expertise on preparing, training, and competing in open water events. From triathlon to marathon, and all distances in between, readers will learn how to:

• Refine your freestyle stroke to improve power, speed, effectiveness and navigational IQ
• Pace yourself, and conserve energy, for faster finishes
• Train for every event with conditioning programs for short, Olympic, marathon, and triathlon length distances
• Shave seconds off your time with professional tactics for starts, turns, feedings, transitions and finishes
• Incorporate the same strategies and racing tactics of the most successful swimmers in the sport
• Prepare physically and psychology for the demands of competition

From the art of efficient pack swimming to the best dryland and pool workouts for improving endurance, strength, and power, Open Water Swimming covers it all. Read it, refer to it, and rely on it for improved results and faster times.


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