Open Water

Open Water swimming presents a unique set of challenges to swimmers.  There are no lane lines, walls, or starting blocks to dictate what it takes to win.  The elements often play a deciding role in determining the winner of an Open Water event.  The unpredictable conditions also make it possible for women and men to compete along side one another.  Many people are excited to get involved in Open Water swimming, either for a new twist on training or to take advantage of the expanding competitive opportunities.

Upcoming Events


Race Omaha Open Water Swim will be held at Bluewater Valley, Neb. on July 15th. For more information on this and other Race Omaha open water swims, CLICK HERE. (This is not a USMS-sanctioned event.)


Cornhusker State Games Open Water swim will be held on Saturday, July 29th, at  Branched Oak Lake, in Raymond, NE. For more information, CLICK HERE(This is not a USMS-sanctioned event.)

  • 2017 Nebraska Swimming Events Calendar, CLICK HERE.


  • ‘Swam That’ Open Water swim, held on Sunday, September 11, 2016 at Emerson Bay State Recreation Area on West Lake Okoboji, Iowa. For results, click here. Check out the pictures on their Facebook page. Visit the ‘Swam That’ Web site.
  • 2016 Cornhusker State Games Open Water
    Swim, held on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at Branched Oak Lake in Raymond, Nebraska. To see who the medal winners are by event/age group, click here.  Check out the picture of our Omaha Masters swimmers who participated in our Picture Gallery.



Open Water Dictionary

USMS Guidelines/Rules/Policies

USMS Long Distance/ePostal info, articles and records


For more info about Open Water events, contact the Nebraska Open Water Chair.

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