June 08, 2012
Alcatraz Swimming SocietyBy Gary Emich
April 19, 2012
Common Sense Safety
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Lynne Cox has set some amazing open water swim records across the world and now she has transferred her decades-long experience and expertise into this definitive swimming guide. Open Water Swimming Manual provides a wealth of knowledge for all swimmers, from seasoned triathletes and expert swimmers to beginners exploring the open water for the first time. It also makes use of oceanography, marine biology and stories about the successes and failures of others to give us a deeper, broader understanding of this exhilarating and fast growing sport. Available now at your local book store.
(November 28, 2013 - tracked on my Garmin Forerunner 305)
(NOT SO) HOT OFF THE PRESS
In 2012 OpenWaterSource.com named me one of the "101 Movers and Shakers in the Open Water Swimming World" citing my contributions as "[co] author of Lessons from Alcatraz, [open water swim] coach and San Francisco Bay Aquapreneur."
If you're tired of swimming in the aquatic roller derby conditions of commercial events then consider a private Alcatraz crossing for you and up to 3 of your friends. Makes a great birthday gift for the open water swimmer in your family. And, if you're considering one of the 2014 commercial Alcatraz races it's a great way to get the inside advantage on your competitors. Check out my "Alcatraz Swims" page for more information.
Gary & Joe Oakes team up to answer your every question about what it takes to swim from the Rock. As if this weren't enough, their informative and entertaining book contains a treasure trove of information about open water swimming including physical acclimatization, internal warmth, mental preparation, open water training and essential open water skills and techniques.
Joe has lead over 30,000 swimmers from Alcatraz since 1981 and Gary has made nearly 1,000 crossings without wetsuit or fins. From their first-hand experience, learn everything you need to know about Alcatraz and open water swimming.