Book Review: Open Water Swimming Manual: An Expert’s Survival Guide for Triathletes and Open Water Swimmers

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Open Water Swimming Manual

An Expert’s Survival Guide for Triathletes and Open Water Swimmers

by Lynne Cox

Random House,, Retail $15.95 paperback


To say that Open Water Swimming Manual author Lynne Cox is an expert, would be an enormous understatement. Among her many other world record breaking achievements, she has the distinction of having twice set the record for the fastest crossing of the English Channel, for men or women; her first being at age fifteen. Many more records fell since that first crossing and she gathered more experience along the way in her open water travels. Catalina Channel, the Cook Straight, the Straight of Magellan, the Bering Straight- really I could list them all, but you get the point. It’s clear that when Lynne Cox sets her mind to do something, she doesn’t just complete it, she does it with efficiency and precision, and as an author, she delivers no less.


Written for experienced swimmers and triathletes, Open Water Swimming Manual  takes athletes one step further from their Masters swim class into the great wide open. This comprehensive guide works as a useable manual that covers everything from selecting proper gear and crew to training and avoiding potential hazards. Information on navigating tides and currents, as well as treatments for unexpected events like hypothermia and deteriorating metal capacity, will not only give readers the confidence they need, but will help them to know when to call it a day. Included in the manual are two entire chapters dedicated to identifying, avoiding and treating injuries from dangerous marine organisms. There are also chapters for swimming in the dark, dealing with seasickness and even specifics on channel swims.


Drawing on her own experiences and those of other experts whom she consulted, (U.S. Navy SEALs, U.S. Coast Guard, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration etc.) Cox details the intricacies of open water swimming, leaving the reader feeling like anything is possible with the proper research and planning. She writes, “I hope you will love swimming beyond the waves and that being in the vast open water will inspire the great ideas and exciting dreams that you work toward and achieve.”


If you have any interest in reaching further with your swimming, Open Water Swimming Manual is an absolute necessity. One of our reviewers commented, “For some, this book will be a hard, justified slap of reality in the face. However, for those who dare to look beyond their reach, Cox’s instruction opens a whole world of possibilities.”



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About The Author

Jen has been doing triathlon for several years. She is a former bobsled pilot for America Samoa and has a passion for the outdoors; especially winter mountaineering. At home she is wife to a mountain obsessed husband and mother of three girls, but here at EnduranceReview, she is an author, Managing Editor and token chick.