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New England Marathon Swimming Association

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A 1984 NEMSA open water swimming race poster

noun - New England Marathon Swimming Association (NEMSA) (now called the New England Open Water Swimming Association is a non-profit member organization spanning from Booth Bay to Narragansett Bay immersed in open water swimming, racing and watching guard over New England's waters. Its members have been swimming the waters of New England in the northeastern United States of America for over 30 years. From Booth Bay to Narragansett Bay, members swim and watch guard over the quality of New England's waters.

The organization, who calls themselves, "Open Water Swimmers for Clean Water," retains the goals of connecting open water swimmers across New England, encouraging awareness in clean water issues, and creating or promoting open water swim events - whether races, open water swimming clinics, or informal group swims.

NEMSA was formed to ensure open water swimming opportunities will be here for the future as defined in its mission to protect and maintain the health of rivers, ponds, lakes, harbors, bays, sounds and the ocean. It is one of the co-hosts and co-organizers of the James Doty Memorial Mile Swim.


The members of its current board of directors as NEOWSA include the following individuals:

Chris Morgan and David Swensen

The members of its former board of directors as NEMSA included the following individuals:

President - Richie Martin
Vice President, and Acting President - Chris DeSisto
Secretary - Mina Elnaccash
Treasurer - David Swensen


NEMSA was founded in 1976 by Boston-area ocean swimmer, James Doty. It also conducts the annual Celebrate the Clean Harbor Swim, a 1.2-mile open water swim in Niles Beach, Gloucester, Massachusetts whose 34th annual event will be held 11 August 2012. It is now known at the New England Open Water Swimming Association.

International Swimming Hall of Fame[edit]

The New England Marathon Swimming Association donated the Irving Davids-Captain Roger Wheeler Memorial Award to the International Swimming Hall of Fame to recognize individuals who have helped grow the sport of open water swimming.



  • Demonstrate their support of NEMSA
  • Provide US$10 discount entry fee to 2012 Gloucester Clean Harbor Swim
  • Are invited to participate in group training swims
  • Are eligible for 20% discount on select products through Kast-a-way swimwear
  • Enroll in NEMSA's newsletter, receive updates on open water swimming events and clean water issues throughout the year

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