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"Whether you are planning on racing in an ocean, lake, river, canal, bay, dam, or reservoir, Open Water Swimming is your best guide to success. Steven Munatones wrote the perfect book for athletes of all levels who want to compete in the open waters of the world!"

Brent Rutemiller -- Publisher of Swimming World Magazine

“Steven Munatones delivers an all-encompassing book, and I only wish I had access to it when I was starting out my career. Simply put, Open Water Swimming is the best source for anyone—whether a beginner or a world-class swimmer—braving the open water."

John Flanagan -- Head Coach, Kamehameha Swim Club, 1998 World Championship Gold medalist, 1999 Pan Pacific Championship Gold Medalist

"Steven Munatones takes you on a journey through the world of open water training. It’s fascinating for all who venture beyond the shoreline for leisure, triathlons, or ultramarathon swims."

Aaron Piersol -- Seven-Time Olympic Medalist, Five-Time World-Record Holder, Seven-Time World Champion

"Open Water Swimming explains the amazing spectrum of open water swimming from one of the gurus of the sport. This book is a must-have."

Maarten van der Weijden -- 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist, 10K open water, 2008 World Championship Gold Medalist, 25K open water

About the Author

Steven Munatones is a former professional marathon swimmer and a renowned coach. He has served as the national team coach at the 2001, 2003, 2005, and 2007 World Swimming Championships and the 2004 World Open Water Swimming Championships. In addition, he serves as editor in chief of the Daily News of Open Water Swimming and created the Open Water Swimming Dictionary.

Munatones manages the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Web site and served as the NBC commentator for the men’s and women’s 10K marathon swim during the 2008 Beijing Olympics. During the Games he provided his expertise on the sport to a variety of media, including NBC-TV, Universal Sports, Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, USA Today, New York Times, National Geographic magazine, and the Associated Press. His writing has appeared in Swimming World, Australia Swimming, and USMS Swimmer. He annually publishes the World’s Top 100 Open Water Swims and America’s Top 50 Open Water Swims. He also created the most popular Web sites on open-water swimming, including and

He is also on the FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee that serves as the world’s governing body of the sport and provides information and guidance to the Amateur Swimming Union of the Americas, USA Swimming, and U.S. Masters Swimming.

Munatones lives in Huntington Beach, California, with his wife and four children.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
The best book available on its subject. Aug. 29 2011
By Ellen - Published on
Format: Paperback
I have been racing in open water swims for over 40 years in hundreds of different competitions. I think I have read most of the books published on open water swimming in the US, the UK and Australia.

Steve Munatones' book is probably the best resource available for anyone who is interested in open water swimming. He includes useful focused information on the tactical, strategic and technical challenges of open water swimming which is extremely useful for anyone from a fledgling triathlete to a medium distance open water swimmer who wants to step up to the challenge of marathon swims. Open water swimming is very different from pool swimming and racing outside the predictable confines of a swimming pool has challenges that constantly surprise new participants. I haven't seen any other publication with the wealth of specifically useful information that Steve shares here to help shorten the learning curve for new swimmers and which contribute useful insights to more experienced swimmers.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Lack of Specifics March 29 2013
By Outdoorsman - Published on
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As a 3x ironman who is looking to transition into the world of marathon swimming, I was hoping this book would provide insight into training specifics. That is, what kind of training are people doing when they swim the catalina channel or the english channel? What are their weekly volume? What are their long swims? What kind of mixture between intervals and drills?

Little of the above was provided.

Instead, the author provided some tips on how to train for open water swimming by providing a few drills (catch-up, reverse catch-up, etc). The author talked about some of the practicalities associated with swimming in the ocean, i.e., friction, nutrition, temperature affects. The author did give a lot of advice on the tactics of open water swimming, i.e., drafting effectively. This was interesting, but I thought somewhat irrelevant to the novice swimmer which the other 75% of the book was targeted at. I mean, how many newbie swimmers are going to be sitting in the lead pack of a 10k swim, hanging onto the feet of the lead swimmer, and then shoot by them with 200 yds to go? Probably not gonna happen.

So, to summarize, this this book gets three stars. It had an OK amount of info, but lacked specifics on how to really train for the marathon swims. Think this book would be good for beginners and aspiring olympians.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic Jan. 7 2014
By Sue Purcell - Published on
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Thanks so much for posting this book which was received in advance of the estimated time stated which was wonderful.
I was given this book last year from my daughter & I loved it so much that I bought this one for a friend's birthday which was on Christmas Eve. She is an open water swimmer & found the contents extremely helpful in planning & negotiating
her swims. We would recommend this book to any swimmer/ triathlete for coaching & helpful tips as it is so comprehensive.
Sue Purcell
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great book to learn about open water swimming Nov. 29 2013
By Angela Lunn - Published on
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This is a good book to learn about open water swimming. I recently began to work with triathletes and this was a great start. It had a variety of information so that I could learn about opening water swimming before we actually swam an open water swim.
great help June 25 2014
By Dr. Susan Canedy - Published on
Format: Paperback
a good book - I bought it as a relatively new distance swimmer and have found it to be helpful and informative