12 Pearls of Open Water Wisdom

Hopper McDonough is the founder and president of SwimVacation and a frequent contributor to Active.com. Heather Perry is a professional photographer and SwimVacation guide.

I've been fortunate to have received pearls of wisdom on stroke, open water techniques, and safety from a wide array of people, from former Olympic coaches to total strangers at some little race across a murky pond. I've even come up with a few of my own. I've spent some time over the past few days thinking about the best and most useful of these little pearls. Here they are:

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