What is open water swimming?
Open water swimming is the branch of competitive swimming that takes place in open water. Swimming takes place in lakes, canals, rivers and ponds. Over the years, the Netherlands has produced many international stars, such as the multiple world champion Edith van Dijk and the winner of the first Olympic 10 kilometer Maarten van der Weijden.
The distances are a bit longer than in the pool; usually the juniors swim 500m to 1000m and the somewhat older swimmers 1000m to 3000m (freestyle and/or breaststroke). On the website Nederlands Open Water Web you will find all information about open water swimming in the Netherlands. Tips are given for beginners and all matches, results, standings and reports can be found here.
Performance rides for young and old!
For the accompanying parents, etc., we would like to draw attention to the performance tours for young and old. In the past, many parents, brothers, sisters, brothers-in-law, grandfathers, grandmothers and other relatives/friends have successfully completed a performance tour, with a beautiful memory afterwards. So if possible, take a dip in the often refreshing water. The performance tours are the only parts that can be registered on site, but you can also register at the same time as the competition registration.
Some tips if you go to the open water competition, take a folding chair in addition to the swimming equipment, possibly a semi-circular beach bar, suntan lotion, ball and of course your wet and dry food; and of course a sunny mood.