FAQ: “What is open water swimming?”

The Federation Internationale de Natation (FINA) is the international governing body of swimming, diving, water polo, synchronized swimming and open water swimming (OWS).

According to FINA rules, “OWS shall be defined as any competition that takes place in rivers, lakes, oceans or water channels except for 10km events… OWS marathon swimming shall be defined as any 10km event in open water competitions.”

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