Open Water Swimming

Open Water Swimming

by Penny Dean, Penny Lee Dean


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Author Penny Lee Dean, a swimming legend and world record holder in 13 events, shares her unique knowledge of racing and solo swims in Open Water Swimming. From techniques for swimming in a crowd to navigating a straight line, Dean provides invaluable advice to long-distance swimmers, marathon swimmers, triathletes, and their coaches.

Whether you're a beginning open water swimmer, an accomplished swimmer about to brave the English Channel (which Dean did in world-record time) or a coach for aspiring distance swimmers or triathletes, Open Water Swimming provides the conditioning plans, event profiles, and mental training techniques you need to succeed.

Open Water Swimming also features:

- 13 stretches for increased flexibility and smooth stroke technique,
- 16 practice drills for improved form, and
- 43 different workouts for greater endurance.

You'll find profiles of champion open water swimmers and triathletes such as Lynne Cox, Alison Streeter, John York, Captain Matthew Webb, Chad Hundeby, Florence Chadwick, Pete Huisvelds, Shelley Taylor Smith, Paula Newby-Fraser, Karen Smyers, Mike Pigg, and many others.

Open Water Swimming also provides contact information for national and international triathlon and swimming organizations as well as race information for 10 open water marathon swims and 11 international triathlon events.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780880117043
Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
Publication date: 01/26/1998
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.54(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

A world-record holder in 13 events, Dr. Penny Lee Dean is truly a swimming legend. She has been open water swimming competitively for 30 years, has coached swimming for 22 years, and served 10 years as U.S. National Coach for Open Water Swimming.

Inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1996, Dean's list of achievements ranks with the world's best. In 1993, she was named Distinguished Coach by the College Swimming Coaches Association.

In 1978, Dean set the world record for crossing the English Channel, perhaps the sport's most famous event. Her record time of 7 hours, 40 minutes held up for 17 years. Even when her record was broken it was a testament to Dean, as the new record was set by a swimmer she had trained. Dean's time still stands as the fastest by a woman.

In addition, Dean's world-record mark for crossing the Catalina Channel-22 minutes faster than the fastest male swimmer on record-still stands after more than 20 years.

Dean, who holds a doctorate in education, is the women's swimming and water polo coach at the Pomona Pitzer Colleges in California. She has coached swimming at Pomona Pitzer for the past 19 years.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. The Lure of the Open Water
Chapter 2. Safety in the Water World
Chapter 3. Equipment for the Open Water
Chapter 4. The Shortest Distance Between Start and Finish
Chapter 5. Technique Tips for the Open Water
Chapter 6. Training for Faster Swims
Chapter 7. Training the Mind
Chapter 8. Race Tactics
Chapter 9. Final Preparation
Chapter 10. Major Events

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"This is an excellent book. Anyone contemplating entry into a triathlon, participating in an open water swim or assisting with the physical or mental preparation of an athlete will find Open Water Swimming extremely useful. Penny's technical skills and abilities will enable most swimmers to make drastic improvements in all aspects of their swimming."
Dale Petranech
Former Secretary
FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee

"Open Water Swimming is a wonderful treatise that is needed in the swimming community. Penny is flat out the most successful swimmer of all time. Her channel crossing record and her other accomplishments set her apart from the rest of the field-and so does this book. Open Water Swimming gives insight into a not widely known discipline. Penny has done it all in this book. I recommend it to anyone involved in aquatics."
Samuel James Freas
International Swimming Hall of Fame

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