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The OWC Winter Swimming Guide: (Almost) Everything You Need to Know About Year Round Swimming

Introduction (Please Read this First!) Here at OWC, a small group of us will continue to swim during the months of November through March – often in extreme air, water, and weather conditions. It is a very intense challenge that requires a completely different mindset as... Read More


Swim Report – November 21, 2015 – Sleet Beach

A larger than expected group of hearty Lake Monsters met out at L1 to take on big bad Lake Michigan. Unfortunately, L1 was a chaotic mess with 5+ foot waves and a completely unnavigable swim area. So we opted for Plan B and hightailed it down to Ohio Street Beach. The breakwaters... Read More


Swim Report – October 31, 2015 – Happy Halloween!

Three of us made it out on a drizzly All Hallow’s Eve morning and managed to get a swim in the turbulent lake. Getting in the lake was easy, but the swim itself was a bit tricky since we had to endure some really goofy chops. Fortunately, though, the water temperature... Read More


Swim Report – October 24, 2015 – June Redux?

After the winterlike weather out at L1 last week, Ma Nature decided to swing the pendulum the other way for us on Saturday morning. The air temperature came in at a blazing 68F with the lake coming in at a balmy 57.7F – conditions more akin to late June versus late October!... Read More


Swim Report – October 17, 2015 – October Swells!

Saturday morning greeted us with a 39F air temperature coupled with a sustained 10 mph wind from the east. The lake itself was rather restless with 3 to 4 foot swells, but the water temperature came in at a mercifully temperate 56.2F. So given these conditions, the swim was... Read More


Swim Report – October 10, 2015 – Autumn Perfection

It was a brisk 47F outside when I stepped out into the darkness and started up my car on Saturday morning. But I could see a clear crescent moon in the eastern skies – which meant that the sunrise was going to be nothing short of spectacular. The drive down to the swim... Read More

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