Steven Munatones

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Steve Munatones is an Honor Contributor - Media/Promotions of the Ice Swimming Hall of Fame, Class of 2019
Steve Munatones won the 2022 SCAR Swim in 16 hours 8 minutes and received the SCAR Buckle
USA Swimming Team at the 1982 World Cup in Lake Windermere with coach Penny Dean, Cindy Patterson, and Steven Munatones
Steve Munatones hosting the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame ceremonies and WOWSA Awards at the United Nations as part of the 2012 Global Open Water Swimming Conference
Steven Munatones completed a 29 km circumnavigation swim around Yonaguni Island in Okinawa in 7 hours 8 minutes in October 1994, televised on NHK-TV in Japan
Vermont Open Water Swimming Hall of Fame, Honor Marathon Swimmer and Contributor Administrator
Steven Munatones after being the first person to swim 42 km across Lake Biwa, the largest lake in Japan
Steven Munatones served as the Technical Delegate for the Special Olympics International event in Marathon, Athens at the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games
Jodie Foster portraying Bonnie Stoll in the movie NYAD, released November 2023
Steven Munatones swimming with Lexie Kelly in a record-setting 8 km tandem crossing of The Bogue from Cayman Brac to Little Cayman Island in the Cayman Islands
Steven Munatones and Family: Rieko, Sabrina, Skyler, Sydney, and Sofia
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
Locations of the Ice Sevens, a concept co-created by Steven Munatones and Ger Kennedy
Steven Munatones was named one of the 10 Most Impactful People of 2018 by Swimming World Magazine
Steven Munatones writes often for Swimming World Magazine on open water swimming and water polo
Steven Munatones, a reporter for Swimming World Magazine from 1979 - 2019
Steven Munatones used swimming and KAATSU to recover from a heart attack
Steven Munatones finishing the 3-mile circumnavigation swim around Naples Island in Long Beach, California on 20 August 2022 at the age of 60
1982 article about Steven Munatones
Steven Munatones, circa November 2023
Steven Munatones on the Voyager during Diana Nyad's DNF attempt across the Straits of Florida

Steven Muñatones was an American water polo player, a collegiate swimmer, and an open water swimmer from Huntington Beach, California who has been as an athlete, coach, administrator, writer, race director, kayaker, paddler, official, observer, author, lifeguard, reporter, Olympic commentator, aquapreneur, and adviser in the the sport of open water swimming.

In addition to founding the World Open Water Swimming Association, Daily News of Open Water Swimming, Oceans Seven, WOWSA Awards and Openwaterpedia, he founded KAATSU Global and KAATSU Research Foundation and serves as an ambassador for the American Heart Association. He has written 20,344 articles on open water swimming, water polo and KAATSU to date.



A glimpse into the life of Steven Munatones - post heart attack - given at the Science Center at Harvard University on June 2019. He experienced a ventricular fibrillation arrest, atypical thrombus (clot) and a MI (myocardial infarction) in the left anterior descending (LAD) artery, otherwise known as a widow maker, before his 17-year-old son saved him with Hands-Only CPR and he came out of a coma in May 2016.

Advisory Roles

Aquatic Career

Coaching Experience

Writing Career


Guinness World Records

He established a partnership between the World Open Water Swimming Association (WOWSA) and the Guinness World Records (GWR) where WOWSA serves as GWR’s advisor on open water swimming records and information regarding the sport. WOWSA and GWR support the open water swimming community to verify and celebrate the most significant superlative achievements in this wide-ranging series of open water disciplines.

Films and Television

The Science of Diana Nyad's Swim from Cuba to Florida

The Science of Diana Nyad's Swim from Cuba to Florida, a documentary film by Thiago Da Costa and Tim Wheeler about Diana Nyad's swim from Cuba to Florida

Tactics & Techniques of Elite Open Water Swimmers

Tactics & Techniques of Elite Open Water Swimmers is an educational video written by Steven Munatones and produced by Marc Randall, filmed at the 2010 USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Championships in Marine Stadium, Long Beach, California.

Open Water Swimming Conference

Munatones organized the 2-day Open Water Swimming Conference sponsored by U.S. Masters Swimming in San Francisco, California:

2019 Open Water Summit Introduction Video

With Quinn Fitzgerald, Megan Melgaard, Steven Munatones

Top Ten: Extreme Adventures about Oceans Seven

about Darren Miller on the Oceans Seven

Body, Mind, Soul Heroes In The Catalina Channel

A film by Lucas Rivet of La Fabrica Films and Asociación Argentina Gestión y Desarrollo del Deporte about Matías Ola and his Oceans Seven journey

North Shore Lifeguards

On the North Shore of Oahu

Open Water Swimming Brands & Terms

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

Race Director and Advisor

Munatones has served as a race director and helped organize dozens of open water swimming competitions, clinics and camps around the world including the following:

Pan Pacific Swimming Championships

Munatones organized the 2011 USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Championships and the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Long Beach, California where Tactics & Techniques of Elite Open Water Swimmers was filmed.

Special Olympics World Summer Games

Munatones was the Technical Director of the 1.5 km open water swimming competition and POW exhibition at the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games which was nominated for the 2011 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year:

Vermont Open Water Swimming Hall of Fame Induction

Steven is a marathon swimmer and contributor. It’s hard to imagine an international open water swimming community without Muñatones and his work for the Daily News of Open Water Swimming, Openwaterpedia, WOWSA, the Global Open Water Swimming Conferences and others. Steven is an indefatigable presence reporting on the big and the small of open water swimming news around the world, round the clock, seven days a week and quietly assembling an online historical record. His presence and voice regarding Vermont’s open water swimming scene may not be so well recognized, but his impact should not be underestimated. He has been a competitor and covered the professional swim, la Traversée internationale du lac Memphrémagog. swimming the length of Lake Memphremagog in 1984 in 9 hours 16 minutes and 9 hours 13 minutes in 1985. And, he was there right from the start covering the first Kingdom Swim in 2009, the establishment of Be Kind to Your Yacker Week in April, the formation of NEKOWSA on a very cold weekend in January 2010, the inauguration of the Willoughby Swim, the re-opening of international swimming between Newport and Magog, In Search of Memphre, the creation of the NEK Swim Week in 8 lakes over the course of 9 days totaling 46 miles, the first winter swim and the cutting of a two-lane, 25-meter pool in the ice of Memphremagog, and the opening of The Clubhous in Derby, Vermont in 2013 as the nerve center for open water swimming and winter swimming in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont and the Eastern Townships of Quebec. Steve’s coverage has been broad, frequent, relentless and unequivocally supportive. He identified Kingdom Swim as one of the top 100 swims in the world, Willoughby and In Search of Memphre as two of the top 100 swims in the US, and Memphremagog and Willoughby among two of the top 50 open water swimming venues in the Americas. Steven had such a large & positive impact on Vermont Open Water Swimming, he has offered encouragement and support to swimmers and event directors, volunteers and organizers in such a way that has exponentially aided the growth of our great Vermont open water community.

WOWSA Awards

He has hosted the annual WOWSA Awards along with the annual International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame induction ceremonies and the Global Open Water Swimming Conference in various places around the world:

  • Huntington Beach, California, U.S.A.: 2008 WOWSA Awards
  • Huntington Beach, California, U.S.A.: 2009 WOWSA Awards
  • Long Beach, California, U.S.A.: 2010 WOWSA Awards
  • United Nations Building, New York City, U.S.A.: 2011 WOWSA Awards
  • Queen Mary, Long Beach, California, U.S.A.: 2012 WOWSA Awards
  • Cork, Ireland: 2013 WOWSA Awards on 11-13 October
  • Isle of Bute, Scotland: 2014 WOWSA Awards on 20-21 September
  • Tunisia: 2017 WOWSA Awards on September 11-13
  • Redondo Beach, California, U.S.A.: 2019 WOWSA Awards


Marathon Swimming Stories

He appeared with Shannon House Keegan on Marathon Swim Stories.

On 10 June 2022, Munatones pioneered the 24 km Palos Verdes Peninsula Swim from Cabrillo Beach to Redondo Beach in 6 hours 1 minutes 48 seconds at the age of 59, escorted by Quinn Fitzgerald. In July 2022, he pioneered the reverse 24 km course from Redondo Beach to Cabrillo Beach.

SCAR Swim Challenge highlights video produced by WOWSA

Steven Munatones describes the SCAR Swim Challenge to graduate students at the Claremont Colleges, produced by INSPIRAFY Media




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

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