Open Water Swimming Dictionary
Copyright © 2008 by Steven Munatones
(noun): 1. Termination of an event prior to its completion due to safety considerations. A racemay be abandoned and restarted at a later time due to unsafe conditions on the course.
When the weather worsened and the waves reached over ten feet, the referee called for abandonment of the race
. 2. A terminationby a swimmer due to injury, exhaustion or time limits.
(verb): To become accustomed to warmer or colder water temperatures, wind chop and waves, andvarious other conditions before an open water race or solo swim.
The swimmer began to swim in colder water inorder to acclimate for the English Channel.
(noun): The process of adapting to warmer or colder water temperatures, wind chop and waves,and various other conditions prior to an open water race or solo swim.
Acclimatization is an important part of preparing for the warm water conditions expected at the Olympics 10K Marathon Swim.
(noun): The continued fall of body temperatures during re-warming after hypothermia thought toendanger the heart by further cooling due to the cold blood returning from the periphery. However, afterdrop isnot always observed depending on the circumstances.
The doctor was concerned about afterdrop even after theswimmer had been pulled from the ocean and treated in the medical tent
(noun): When the swimmers are divided by specific ages at the start (as opposed to seededstarts or mass starts).
Swimmers between the ages of 20-39 gathered for a start near the pier.
[Origin: bef. 1150;(v.) ME sterten to rush out, leap (c. MHG sterzen); r. OE styrtan (attested once), c. G stürzen; (n.) ME stert(e)sudden jerk, leap, deriv. of the v.]
(noun): A group of swimmers who are swimming together and drafting off one another inorder to swim more efficiently and faster in the open water.
The team from New York formed a great aquatic peloton at the Open Water Pursuit races
(verb): 'Ice-hold swimming' in the Finnish language or swimming in a frozen body of water thatrequires cutting a hole in the ice, where the water temperature hovers around 0 °C (32 °F).
The AvantouintiSociety is a group of swimmers who enjoy swimming in ice holes cut in frozen lakes and ponds
. Synonyms:winter swimming, cold-water swimming, extreme swimming, ice hole swimming, ice swimming.
(noun): A person who does ice-hold swimming or avantouinti (Finnish).
The Avantoswimmers cut a hole in the ice and went for a 5-minute dip despite the falling snow language
. Synonyms: winterswimmer, cold-water swimmer, extreme swimmer, ice hole swimmer, ice swimmer.
The Open Water Almanac, p.3