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.


swamthat-footer-logoThe 4th annual ‘SwamThat’ Open Water race was held on Sunday, September 10, 2017, at West Okoboji Lake, Iowa. Click here for results.


  • 2017 Cornhusker State Games Open Water 
    Swim, held on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at Branched Oak Lake in Raymond, Nebraska. To see who the medal winners are, click here.



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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