Stage swim

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Sarah Ferguson from Durban to Cape Town in South Africa]] Théo Curin, and Mathieu Witvoet completed the 122 km self-sustained swim, an 11-day stage swim across Lake Titicaca]] Mark Spratt, Edie Markovich, Lauren Grous, Dr. Steven Minaglia, and Dan Worden huddle up during the 3-day, 3-stage swim 'Au I Na Mokupuni Ekolu Endurance Challenge Invitational where they swam the 14.9-km Kalohi Channel between Molokaʻi and Lānaʻi on 27 August 2021, the 14.1 km Auau Channel between Maui and Lānaʻi on 28 August 2021, and the 13.5 km Pailolo Channel between Maui and Molokaʻi on 29 August 2021 in the state of Hawaii]] Santa Barbara Island Hopper swim between between the islands of San Miguel, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, Anacapa, and then into Silverstrand Beach in Oxnard on the California mainland]] Susan Simmons and Jill Yoneda after the completion of the pioneering Great Bear Swim, a 50 km stage swim in British Columbia, Canada]] Mallorca 360º stage swim event around Mallorca in 20 days]]open water swimmer Mimi Hughes who swam down the Danube River in 2006 in 89 days]] noun - A stage swim is a solo swim, relay or race conducted over two or more consecutive days or time periods where the distance of the individual stages can vary on each day and the starting point of the subsequent stages begins at or near the same point as the finish of the previous day's swim. A significant swim must take place on every day or period during the overall traditional stage swims. There are different types of stage swims due to safety, logistics, circumstances, or conditions.

Time and Distance[edit]

  • The overall final time is the culmination of the swimming times of the individual stages.
  • The overall final distance is the distance measured from the starting point to the finish point in miles, nautical miles or kilometers.
  • The cumulative swim time (i.e., total time spent in the water) is different from the cumulative time (time from the start to the finish inclusive of rest time between stages).
  • The finish on the final day can be at the same location or at a different location than the start on the first day.


The stage swim from Los Angeles to San Diego was conducted over ten days.

Types of Stage Swims[edit]

There are 5 basic types of stage swims:

Continuous Stage Swim[edit]

Non-continuous Stage Swim[edit]

A non-continuous stage swim is slightly different than a traditional stage swim where a significant swim takes place on every day or period during the stage swim. Due to safety, logistics, operational circumstances, or weather or water conditions, a non-continuous stage swim is where a significant swim does not takes place on every day or period during the stage swim. There can be day or weeks between each stage swim due to a number of factors.

Non-contiguous Stage Swim[edit]

A traditional stage swim is slightly different than a non-contiguous stage swim where the swimmer begins the swim on each day at a different point where the swim on the previous day was finished. This can be due to safety, logistics, circumstances, or conditions.

Assisted Stage Swims[edit]

A stage swim can be either assisted or unassisted. In an assisted stage swim, the swimmer can wear or benefit from a wetsuit, protective swimwear, a technical swimsuit, fins, hand paddles, a shark cage or a protective jellyfish cage. In either assisted or unassisted stage swims, the stage swimmer can swim together with a pace swimmer.

Unassisted Stage Swims[edit]

In an unassisted stage swim, the swimmer wears only traditional swimwear (as defined by the English Channel swimming community), goggles, ear plugs and one non-neoprene swim cap. In either assisted or unassisted swims, the stage swimmer can swim together with a pace swimmer.

Safety Issues[edit]

Stage swims can also have more than a 24-hour break between each leg when safety issues preclude the swimmer from entering the water due to safety issues. This is defined as either a non-continuous stage swim or non-contiguous stage swim due to safety, logistics, circumstances, or conditions.

The Longest Swim[edit]

Ben Lecomte attempted The Longest Swim from Choshi, Japan to San Francisco Bay, California in a transoceanic assisted stage swim, 5,419 miles (8,721 km) across the Pacific Ocean starting on 5 June 2018.

Kromme River Descent Stage Swim[edit]


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