Are You Doing a Marathon Swim in Water Ungoverned by a Marathon Swimming Organization?

Posted by Scott Zornig, 29 October 2013

Some marathon swimmers desire to push the boundaries and do their business in virgin water. These people are the trailblazers. Those who have the strength, courage and mental toughness to do something no one on planet earth has ever done.

Unfortunately, there are no sanctioning organizations to see that the swim is done according to channel rules. Of course, you are free to do the swim however you chose, but you will never have the respect of the marathon swimming community unless your swim is well documented and you closely follow English Channel rules. Why leave the door open for others to come along and be able to say “he used a wetsuit and shark cage so I am really the first” or “she rested on the boat at night which is a staged swim so I am numero uno.”

Of course, I also recommend doing the following so you are fully credited for your performance while quieting the naysayers.

Please take the time to do it right and enjoy the credit you deserve for a lifetime.


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