Open Water Swimming: How and Why More People Are Doing It

Reaching a meditative state in the cold, wide ocean

Morning swim at Balmoral Beach in Sydney, Australia. Credit: Marty Filipowski

More hardy souls are jumping into cold, open water for the benefits of a swim in the ocean.

Open water swimming builds a strong mind and body, stroke by zen-like stroke. There can be obstacles and hazards—harsh weather, sea swells, bone-chilling water, and…