Sighting for Open Water Swimming

In this 8m 13s video coach Leslie Thomas of explains how to sight in the open water, swim in a straight line, see where you’re going, sight efficiently, what to sight on, and navigate in rough water.

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In 1997 Leslie was introduced to open water swimming on Long Island, and from the first swim she was hooked! Since then she has swum various distances in open water all over the world. Most recently she competed in the 2008 Rottnest Channel Swim off the coast of Perth, Western Australia. In 2007 she swam in the Tampa Bay Marathon for the second time, after winning the event in 2005. She also piloted her friend JP in October of 2005 on his successful English Channel swim and in June 2007 on his Manhattan Island Swim. In June of 2009 Leslie swam the 12-mile Key West race and highly recommends it to anyone interested in distance swimming!

Leslie is a certified USAT Level 1 coach and was head swim coach for the See Jane Run all-women triathlon team for five years.

For more basic open water swimming technique and skills click on our Training tag and for more from Leslie visit