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World Open Water Swimming Rankings
The World Open Water Swimming Rankings is an online virtual competition that uses a cumulative point system to calculate a global ranking of open water swimmers for each calendar year. Swimmers can upload their individual swims with their official times into the World Open Water Swimming Rankings database to determine their global standing in the marathon swimming world by age and gender. The World Open Water Swimming Rankings are based on the races included in the World’s Top 100 Open Water Swims. It is the first time in history where open water swimmers around the world can be compared and ranked based on a variety of parameters. Parameters The World Open Water Swimming Rankings is a global system that takes into consideration the following in a subjective weighted system:      the swimmer's age the distance of the swim the average water temperature currents the official time of each open water swim

The database appropriately weighs some factors, but admittedly does not take into account every dynamic element that makes each open water swim unique. Goals The World Open Water Swimming Rankings database and ranking system is an online opportunity that creates an exciting and challenging ranking system that  compares athletes of all ages and genders across the world,  celebrates open water swimmers of all backgrounds and abilities, and  promotes the sport of open water swimming. Background The idea for the annual competition was influenced by the World Swimming Majors and was created to  advance the sport of open water swimming,
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 raise public and media awareness of its athletes, and  increase the level of interest in open water swimming among the aquatic and endurance athletic communities. Open water swims are conducted in oceans, lakes, rivers, bays, rowing basins, canals, channels, fjords, lagoons, reservoirs and estuaries. Currents, tidal flows, fluctuating air and water temperatures, marine life, ocean swells, wind speed and direction all have a potential effect on the time of open water swims. The World Open Water Swimming Rankings Calculator The calculator is an online means to determine one's ranking and calculates points by weighting and compensating for significant differences between open water swims. Each swimmer receives more points for doing a faster swim, but only relative to each particular swim. That is, a 5K Big Shoulders Swim in 90 minutes hours is generates more points than a 2.4-mile Waikiki Roughwater Swim in 90 minutes hour, but a Great Swim with a wetsuit in 30 minutes does not generate the same amount of points as the RCP Tiburon Mile without a wetsuit in 30 minutes. Also, adjustments for age, water temperature and currents are weighted in the calculations. The calculator does not attempt to take into account the following:       myriad water conditions wind speed wave height number of competitors appearance of marine life tides

…because…  conditions change during the course of open water swims, even within each day and hour, and  inaccurate, inconsistent or unavailable data make objective comparisons impossible.  conditions change from heat to heat even on the same course  some factors in open water swimming are difficult to quantify (e.g., the appearance of a shark or the sting of a Portuguese Man-o-War or swimming at night or swimming against a tidal flow). As a result, the World Open Water Swimming Rankings Calculator is not be perfect and is purposefully introduced to the global open water swimming community for discourse and debate.

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Swimmers complete one of the World’s Top 100 Open Water Swims. Swimmers submit their verified swims online at Open Water Source (www.openwatersource.com). Swimmers can submit all their swims on the World Open Water Swimming Rankings List (see below) completed within one calendar year (between January 1st and December 31st). Swimmers submit the following information for each swim: 1. Full name 2. Age 3. Name of Open Water Swim 4. Swim Time 5. Average Water Temperature During Swim 6. Swim Distance

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Swimmer’s points are automatically calculated and displayed. The swimmer with the most points at the end of the year will be officially announced by Open Water Source on January 1st of each year. Swimmers may submit their highest point totals for five total swims in the ongoing World Open Water Swimming Rankings Hall of Fame tabulation. This tabulation will rank any swimmer with five cumulative World Open Water Swimming Rankings swims throughout their career. Swimmer can replace any swim within their top five swims if they complete a swim that generates more points. Therefore, swimmers can increase their cumulative point total in the World Open Water Swimming Rankings Hall of Fame after each successful swim.

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World Open Water Swimming Rankings List The World Open Water Swimming Rankings is based on the World’s Top 100 Open Water Swims. The swims are geographically distributed around the world and present a variety of challenges to the open water swimmer – from jellyfish and sharks to tidal flows and cold water... and of course, distance (in statute miles or kilometers). The World Open Water Swimming Rankings include the following swims: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 3.3K Sun Moon Lake International Swimming Carnival in Taiwan 1-mile Midmar Mile in South Africa 3K Vansbrosimningen in Sweden 4K Sea of Galilee Swim in Israel 1-mile British Gas Great North Swim in England
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6. 6.5K Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swim (Boğazıçi Kitalararasi Yarislari) 7. 1.2K Lorne Pier-to-Pub Swim in Australia 8. 19.2K Rottnest Channel Swim in Australia 9. 2K Cole Classic in Australia 10. 3-mile La Jolla Rough Water Swim in USA 11. 5K Descenso a Nado de la Ria de Navia in Spain 12. 2K Rei do Mar Desafio (King of the Sea Challenge) in Brazil 13. 4K Xstrata Nickel Swim Thru Perth in Australia 14. 10K Bonaire EcoSwim in Netherland Antilles 15. 28.5-mile Manhattan Island Marathon Swim in USA 16. 10K Bermuda Round the Sound Swim in Bermuda 17. 5K Pingvallasund Swim in Iceland 18. 34K English Channel between England and France 19. 21-mile Catalina Channel in Japan 20. 1-mile Beach-to-Beach Power Swim in US Virgin Islands 21. 5-mile St. Croix Coral Reef Swim in US Virgin Islands 22. 2K Maratona Aquatica Internacional de Santos in Brazil 23. 10K FINA Marathon Swimming World Cup in Mexico 24. 10K Round Christiansborg Swim in Denmark 25. 57K Maratón Acuático Rio Coronda in Argentina 26. 15K Maratón Acuático Internacional Ciudad de Rosario in Argentina 27. 15K Maratón Patagones Viedma in Argentina 28. 15K Sumidero Canyon Swimming Marathon in Mexico 29. 36K Maratona del Golfo Capri – Napoli in Italy 30. 10K Setúbal Bay International Swim Marathon in Portugal 31. 30K Ohrid Lake Swimming Marathon in Macedonia 32. 18.7K Jarak – Sabac Swim Marathon in Serbia (Plivački maraton Jarak-Šabac) 33. 16K Faros Marathon Swim in Croatia 34. 5K Willebroek Open Belgian Championships in Belgium 35. 32K Traversée Internationale du lac St-Jean in Canada 36. 34K Traversée Internationale du lac Memphrémagog in Canada 37. 1.2K Liberty Island Swim in USA 38. 12.6-mile Distance Swim Challenge in USA 39. 10K Little Red Lighthouse Swim in USA 40. 2.8K Capital Classic in New Zealand 41. 14.5K Clean Half Marathon Swimming Open Water Relay in Hong Kong 42. 2.2K Sheko Challenge in Hong Kong 43. 18K Fiji Swims in Fiji 44. 4.4K Galata – Varna Swimming Marathon in Bulgaria 45. 26K Cook Strait between North and South Islands of New Zealand 46. 88K Maratón Internacional Hernandarias – Parana in Argentina 47. 5K Pirates Week 5K Open Water Swim in Cayman Islands 48. 22K Ijsselmeerzwemmarathon in the Netherlands 49. 10K Fiji Ocean Swim Festival in Fiji 50. 3.2K Vanuatu Ocean Swim in Vanuatu 51. 30K Kalamata – Koroni Long Distance Swimming Marathon in Greece
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52. 2.8K Harbour Crossing in New Zealand 53. 14.4K Strait of Gibraltar between Spain and Morocco 54. 1-mile Speedo Ice Swim in South Africa 55. 5K Maracas Open Water Classic in Trinidad & Tobago 56. 1-mile Flowers Sea Swim in Cayman Islands 57. 3.3K Travessia dos Fortes in Brazil 58. 3.1K Orinoco River swim in Venezuela 59. 2K Sandycove Island Challenge Race in Ireland 60. 3.2K Atami Open Water Swim in Japan 61. 70K Jersey Solo in Island of Jersey 62. 5K Asian Beach Games in Indonesia (and elsewhere) 63. 7.5K Cadiz Freedom Swim in South Africa 64. 100-yard Peter Pan Cup Christmas Morning Handicap Swim in England 65. 5K Lange Afstandzwemwedstrijd Sluis in the Netherlands 66. 5.2K Traversata dello Stretto in Italy 67. 6K Lektocht in the Netherlands 68. 2.5K freestyle Lange Afstand NW Overijssel in the Netherlands 69. 1K Ter rede van Hoorn in the Netherlands 70. 2K Zeezwemtocht Harlingen in the Netherlands 71. 5.5K Gozo – Malta Open Water Channel Race in Malta 72. 4K Maratona Aquática in Brazil 73. 6K The Bay Challenge in Canada 74. 26K International Swimming Marathon of Toroneos Gult in Greece 75. 16K Lake Trichonida Crossing in Greece 76. 1K International Winter Swimming Marathon in Greece 77. 2.4K Traversée du Lac d’Annecy in France 78. 10K South American Beach Games in Uruguay 79. 1-mile Amber Mile Race in Russia 80. 5K 2XU Ocean Swim Series in Tasmania, Australia 81. 1.25K Western Australia Open Water Swim Series 82. 2K Ocean Racing Series World Championships in South Africa 83. 1K 10 van Tilburg in the Netherlands 84. 1-mile Bloemendaal in the Netherlands 85. 10K Internationale Open Water Wedstrijden Willebroek in Belgium 86. 5K breaststroke Damme – Brugge Open Water Swim in Belgium 87. 26.4K International Self-Transcendence Marathon Swim in Switzerland 88. 4.2K Maraton Guadalupano in Mexico 89. 2K Vibes & Scribes Lee Swim in Ireland 90. 2.2K Liffey Swim in Ireland 91. 1.2-mile RCP Tiburon Mile in USA 92. 2.4-mile Waikiki Roughwater Swim in USA 93. 11.5-mile Trans Tahoe Relay in USA (give total team time) 94. 9.6-mile Maui Channel Swim in USA (give total team time) 95. 4.4-mile Great Chesapeake Bay Swim in USA 96. 5K Big Shoulders Swim in USA 97. 5K Acapulco International Ronald Johnson Open Water Swim in Mexico
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98. 8.2-mile Pennock Island Swim 99. 81K Indian National Open Water Swimming Championships in India 100. 3.2K Shiga Biwako Open Water Swim in Japan Rules 1. All swims must be done without a wetsuit and based on the traditional rules of the English Channel (no touching individuals or objects, clearing the water of one’s own ability) unless there are some local differences (e.g., use of pace swimmers). 2. Complete at least five swims on the approved World Open Water Swimming Rankings for inclusion in the World Open Water Swimming Rankings Hall of Fame. 3. If swimmers have more than five approved swims, they can choose to submit the five swims that generate the greatest number of points. 4. A swimmer may replace one of their existing swims with a more recent swim that has earned more points in order to move up in the World Open Water Swimming Rankings Hall of Fame. 5. Historical swims are accepted based on generally accepted documented proof. 6. New swims are accepted based on official documentation. 7. Final decision on points and acceptability of the swims remains with the World Open Water Swimming Rankings Committee. Request for Input The World Open Water Swimming Rankings Committee solicits input and opinions from members of the global open water swimming community. Email Open Water Source with your suggestions and detailed rationale for your recommendations and opinions.

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