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You Are A Newbie Swimmer If..

You know you are part of an emerging global force of swimmers if you...

1. first learned of open water swimming through Facebook or Twitter
2. bought your first pair of goggles and they were polarized
2. use the term hypoxic instead of lungbusters
3. have 3 different types of hand paddles, pull buoys and kickboards
5. measure time through your iPhone and iPad and use stop watches as backup
6. subscribe to LAVA and Runner's World but not Swimming World Magazine, H2Open Magazine or Open Water Swimming Magazine
7. can regularly do an entire pool workout without use of a pace clock
8. are older than your first swimming coach
9. have never purchased a swimsuit at a retail shop
10. think of swimming - not running - when someone mentions a marathon
11. use the term open water, not rough water swimming or long distance swimming
12. know who Penny Palfrey and Keri-Anne Payne are, but not John Kinsella or Philip Rush

13. cannot yet read a pace clock for intervals
14. think of a lap is up and back in the pool
15. are confused by the concept of circle swimming
16. prefer to start in the middle of a mass start in triathlons or open water swims
17. put on the wetsuit before the goggles go on

Bruckner Chase added:

18. have more swim training equipment that requires batteries rather than surgical tubing
19. seek out pools with large windows so you can get a GPS signal inside
20. believe the pool is not regulation distance due to calculations of your new swim watch
21. call flip turns "somersaults at the wall"
22. take your first arm stroke before your feet have left the wall
23. take it easy on the main set because you already had a peak wattage ride and tempo run before the morning swim workout

On the reverse side, you are a veteran swimmer if you do these things.

Photos from the aQuellé Midmar Mile in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.

Copyright © 2013 by World Open Water Swimming Association

You Are An Old-Time Swimmer If…

You know you are a wily old veteran swimmer if you...

1. can remember swimming an entire workout without goggles
2. came out of workout and remember seeing rings around all the lights
3. can remember a time when only rectangular-shaped hand paddles were used
4. can remember a time when there was only one type of white pull buoys was used
5. can remember stop watches that require winding with a button at the top
6. can remember workouts that were conducted without a pace clock
7. owned a Belgrad suit8. owned double-lined swimsuits with plunging neck lines
9. sent a letter and went to the post office to communicate with your escort pilot
10. can remember a time when survey tools were used to mark courses
11. can remember a time when fins and snorkels were used in the ocean and not in the pool
12. could enter the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim without writing essays
13. mailed in your entry forms
14. received Popsicle sticks as you crossed the finish line
15. did not warm-down after a race
16. did not bring hydration to the pool or take water bottles to workout
17. thought naked swimming meant skinny dipping
18. could not imagine what vog is or what yackers are
19. thought zip lining was something you did in the forest or jungle on vacation
20. thought swimcest was rare and swickies were non-existent
21. had no idea what GPS, triathlon, transponder, jammers, brown fat or gel packs meant when you first started swimming
22. remember no college swimming scholarships for women

Barbara Held added:

23. used an Exergenie.

Coach Bob Bruce added:

24. remember when lane lanes were ropes with an occasional buoy
25. remember when backstroke flags were optional
26. remember when training rarely involved circle swimming
27. remember when 3000-yards was a huge practice
28. remember when 55-yard pools were not uncommon
29. were taught to dive onto the water, not into the water
30. remember when your teammates had to sit on wooden blocks to keep them from moving

Kaia Hedlund added:

31. pulled with a kickboard held between your legs
32. pulled with 1/2 kickboards with a rubber band around it and had to use Vaseline to avoid chafing
33. wore multiple suits for additional drag
34. wore white rubber swim caps even if you were a girl with short hair
35. ate jello powder and honey at swim meets
36. had wool suits and thought the nylon swimsuits with a double panel in the front and a skirt were a big improvement
37. stitched a skirt in front of your Belgrad suit

Channel Swimmer added:

38. wore your mother's old nylons and t-shirts for additional drag
39. used lemon to treat green hair from the chlorine in the pool
40. remember when Jello squares were sold at the snack bar

On the reverse side of aquatic sports, you are a newbie swimmer if you do these things.

Copyright © 2013 by World Open Water Swimming Association