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Old 11-04-2011
kilgoretrout kilgoretrout is offline
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Default Open Water Swimming - Where?

I'm just curious on where you all go to swim in open water? More specifically, where do you all go where there aren't so many problems?

I live in Michigan, so we have plenty of water. But with so much water, there are tons of boats. I wouldn't trust swimming out in open water in most areas for fear of getting buzzed by a propeller or hit by a jet ski.

Also, most public swimming areas are roped and/or too small. Once you get outside the ropes, the lifeguards go nuts. Or, you are now in the boating zone, and back to my initial problem. I know of a few secret beaches on the Great Lakes, but still, yes, you got it, boats can come into play.

So where the heck are you all swimming in open water without the risk of boats zipping over you and also where there is enough space to really get a long distance swim in?
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Old 11-04-2011
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Here in Houston (yea, too long trip for you), there is a lake (was a quarry at one time I think) that is reserved for swimmers, SCUBA training and kayaking.

They have two swim routes marked by buoys, areas with underwater platforms for the divers. I've yet to see a kayak, but only been there twice.

They have a membership card or a small per visit fee ($5-$7 depending on day/time of year).

Maybe you can find something like that near you...
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Old 11-04-2011
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@Rmouser: Where in Houston is this quarry/lake?
Hope your swimming is continuing to improve.

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Old 11-05-2011
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Make friends with a kayaker. Thats what i did and then I bought them lunch after they escorted me on my three mile swim in the Port Tobacco river in Charles County MD.
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Old 11-05-2011
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@CoachToddE: it is http://www.288lake.net/ south side of Houston. Thanks to you, my swimming is much improved, still, I want to get better, just need to keep at it.

@CoachPaulB: good idea, have not seen many kayakers yet, mostly swimmers and just a few divers.
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Old 11-05-2011
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I'm just curious on where you all go to swim in open water?
At the moment, Tel Aviv. I'll be blogging about it in the next hour or so. Though I acknowledge that doesn't solve your need.
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Old 11-06-2011
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We too have boats in most areas. Probably not the density you have on a lake. We also have large animals that we sometimes worry about. We do have regular swim routes that boaters know to be on the lookout. Also we tend to swim with at least one other person because it is safer in a group. Wear a bright swim cap to be seen.
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Old 11-06-2011
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This summer our swim group had one and sometimes two kayaks to go along for emergency and boat watch. As swimmers, when a boat was in the vicinity we would make contact by waving to the boat so they would know we were in the water. Some would tow a kids floaty, like Barney or some such blow up toy, worked fine. Bright colored caps and hat. One fellow swam with a tooth pick and ball cap, no TI there. Some lakes were boat free and other had plenty of boats.
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Old 11-22-2011
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I had the same question when I first got interested in open water swimming. There are a lot of lakes here in Arizona, but I couldn't find any information about safe places to swim.

Your best bet for finding that information is the local triathlon community. Stop by a triathlon shop or contact a local club. It turns out that all of the lakes around here have safe places for swimming, but I couldn't find that out by Googling it.

Now that I know where to go, I've done a few things to help others get that information. I put together a group on Facebook, AZ Open Water Swimming, to help people (myself in particular) find swim buddies. I also put together a website with maps and information about where to go: http://www.watergirl.co/content/open...imming-arizona. Maybe you'll want to put something like that together for your area.
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Old 11-22-2011
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If you stay close to the shore, the boat traffic is not as much of a problem. I found and bought a safe swim bouy, called the ISHOF(international swimming hall of fame) SafeSwimmer which, with a brightly colored cap makes me feel quite safe. It is amazing that once you get going you don't even know it is there. It is available on the ISHOF website.
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