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World Open Water Swimming Heritage Sites

World Open Water Swimming Heritage Sites

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A list of candidate sites for the new World Open Water Swimming Heritage Sites, a list of locations with specific importance to the global open water swimming community.
A list of candidate sites for the new World Open Water Swimming Heritage Sites, a list of locations with specific importance to the global open water swimming community.

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World Open Water Swimming Heritage Sites
Open Water Source plans to work with a variety of entities and interested individuals todesignate well-known open water swimming locations as World Open Water SwimmingHeritage Sites.Similar to the United Nations Educational, Scientific or Cultural Organization (UNESCO) list ofWorld Heritage Sites (e.g., Great Barrier Reef or Shark Bay in Australia), a similar surfingreserve program in Australia and the World Surfing Reserves, the designation is ceremonialat this time, but hopefully, will lead for more concrete protection and public recognition overtime.
UNESCO’s list includes while the World Surfing Reserves designated Malibu, California’s
Surfrider Beach as its first designated site, a distinction that celebrates the surf break for itssize, shape and cultural significance in the world of surfing.Similarly, Open Water Source proposes the following open water swimming sites for theirconsideration to the World Open Water Swimming Heritage Sites list.Opinions and alternatives to this initial list are encouraged from the open water swimmingcommunity.
1. Absecon Island in New Jersey, U.S.A.
Significance:
Over 100 years of open water swimming history including four decades of professional marathon swimming history.
 
2. Acapulco Bay in Mexico
Significance:
Site of popular open water swims for over 50 years.
3. Aquatic Park in San Francisco Bay, California, U.S.A.
Significance:
Popular cold-water swimming location in the heart of a major metropolitan area.
4. Bonaire in the Netherland Antilles
Significance:
Site of beautiful tropical swims over pristine coral reefs.
 
5. Canal Canal Hoeke - Sluis in Belgium
Significance:
Site of over 100 years of open water swimming competitions.
 
6. Capri to Napoli in Italy
Significance: S
ite of decades of popular marathon swims between the island of Capri and Napoli.
 
7. Cook Strait between the North and South Islands in New Zealand
Significance:
Site of one of the world’s most challenging marathon swims.
 
 
 
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8. English Channel between England and France
Significance:
Site of the world’s most famous channel swim.
 
9. Harrington Sound in Bermuda
Significance:
Site of beautiful tropical swims in Palmetto Bay.
 
10. Ijsselmeer in the Netherlands
Significance:
Site of popular marathon swims for over four decades.
 
11. Island of Jersey in the English Channel
Significance:
Challenging circumnavigation swim first completed in 1969.
 
12. Istanbul Strait between the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara in Turkey
Significance:
 
Site of the 
Boğazıçi Kitalararasi Yarislari (Bosphorus Cross
-Continental Swim) where swimmers are able to swim between Asia and Europe.
13. Key West in Florida, U.S.A.
Significance:
Site of popular marathon swims.
 
14. Lac St-Jean in Quebec, Canada
Significance:
Five decades of successful professional marathon swimming history with a growing popularity among younger athletes and amateurs.
 
15. Lac Memphremagog in Quebec, Canada
Significance:
Site of popular lake swims including decades of professional marathon swims.
16. La Jolla Cove in La Jolla, California, U.S.A.
Significance:
Site of competitive open water swimming since 1916.
17. Lake Baikal in Russia
Significance:
Largest natural lake in the world.
 
18. Lake Biwa in Shiga Prefecture, Japan
Significance:
Site of centuries of open water 
swimming in Japan’s largest natural lake
north of Kyoto.
 
19. Lake Ontario in Canada
Significance:
Site of nearly 50 years of marathon swimming.
 
20. Lake Pingvellir, Lake National Park in Iceland
Significance:
Site of cold- 
water swims in Iceland’s largest natura
l lake.
 
21. Lake Tahoe in Nevada and California, U.S.A.
Significance: Site of popular marathon swims and relays in a pristine high-altitude lake.
 
 
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22. Lake Willoughby in Vermont, U.S.A.
 Significance:
A geological aquatic marvel that is site to a growing number of open water swims.
23. Lake Windermere in the Lake District of England
Significance:
Over 100 years of open water swimming history with decades of competitive marathon swimming.
 
24. Lake Zirahuen in Michoacán, Mexico
 Significance:
Popular training site for cold-water and channel swims.
25. Lake Zürich in Switzerland
Significance:
Site of popular competitive marathon swims.
26. Liffey River in Ireland
Significance:
Site of popular community-based open water swims.
 
27. Maracas Bay in Trinidad & Tobago
 Significance:
Site of over 50 years of popular open water swimming competitions.
 
28. Midmar dame in Kwazulu Natal in South Africa
Significance:
Site of the world’s largest competitive open water swim.
 
29. Nelson Mandela Bay in Port Elisabeth, South Africa
Significance:
Site of marine sports including open water swimming competitions.
30. North Channel between Scotland and Ireland
Significance:
Considered to be the most challenging channel swim in the world 
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31. Pennock Island in Alaska, U.S.A
.Significance: Led the growth of open water swimming in the State of Alaska.
32. Ria de Navia in Spain
Significance:
Site of over 50 years of open water swimming competitions for swimmers of all ages and abilities.
 
33. Robben Island Channel in Cape Town, South Africa
Significance:
Site of popular cold-water swimming competitions and solo marathon swims.
34. Rottnest Channel between Rottnest Island and the coast of Western Australia
Significance:
Site of a challenging and popular channel swim.
 
35. Sandycove Island in Kinsale, County Cork, Ireland
Significance:
Training ground for open water swimmers and triathletes of all ages, abilities and goals 
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