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Open Water vs. Pool Distance Swimming

  • My son has been a distance swimmer for a number of years, and also done open water. Is there a technique or significant difference in training for the two types of swimming? --- KT

  • At Michigan we had some of the best open water and pool distance swimmers in the world training together.
    In general, there can be technique difference on a stroke level.
    However, we trained side by side. There would be days when the open water men would do more than the 1500m group. But the training base of the two groups is practically the same.

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