SwimOpenWater.net is the coaching website of Dick Sidner, a US Masters Swimming (USMS) and USA Swimming certified Coach. Sidner is Red Cross certified in CPR, First Aid and Safety Training for Swim Coaches and is a member of the USMS Long Distance Committee. He is also a member of the USMS Open Water Clinic Task Force and in June 2011 hosted the first USMS Open Water Clinic. As an open water Event Director, Dick has hosted three USMS National Championships since 2008 and will direct the USMS 5K National Championship in June 2012. Sidner received the 2008 USMS Donnelly Service Award and served as a panelist and presenter at the first Protecting Athletes: USMS Open Water Safety Conference.
Sidner specializes in developing improved stroke and open water techniques in both experienced and novice triathletes and masters swimmers. This site features swim videos of open water champions and students alike and offers the opportunity to review your own videos, ask questions and discuss stroke and open water techniques.