Ram Barkai to Speak at the 2011 Global Open Water Swimming Conference June 17-19, 2011

Website: http://www.openwatersource.com ... Join renowned extreme swimmer Ram Barkai of South Africa. He has swum with Great White Sharks in Cape Town, swum in literally freezing water in Antarctica, swum in Lake Zurich in Switzerland in the middle of winter, completed swims in the Beagle Channel, the Strait of Magellan and around Cape Horn at the bottom of South America. From Africa to Patagonia, from Switzerland to Alaska, cold is a constant companion of the corporate executive. He pushes himself, he motivates others and he completely thinks outside the box. Inspired by Lynne Cox, Ram founded the International Ice Swimming Association and will make an exciting new announcement at the Global Open Water Swimming Conference that is surely going to revolutionize cold water swimming in the Americas. Join together with the greatest gathering of open water swimming athletes, including world champions and Olympians, coaches, administrators, officials, physicians, researchers, scientists, documentary directors, writers and enthusiasts in the world in a three-day celebration of open water swimming. Open Water Source, in conjunction with the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame, has secured a special rate of $146/night at the Club Quarters World Trade Center Hotel in New York City. For reservations call Club Quarters Member Services at +1 203 905 2100 and use group code ISM617. The newly constructed Club Quarters, World Trade Center offers guests the latest in guest room and hotel design, in an unforgettable location. Designed and built for LEED certification for environmentally sustainable design, construction and operation, the result is a hotel that business travelers both enjoy and feel good about utilizing. The conference is part of the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim weekend where you can watch the world-renowned 28.5-mile race, attend the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame induction ceremonies and attend the World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year, World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year and World Open Water Swimming Women of the Year awards at the United Nations Building. Attend workshops and seminars as well as well as listen and share information with a wide variety of experienced and accomplished open water swimming experts on all kinds of topics from medical and logistical, from training to tactics. Also, watch the release of Swim 22, a movie about the adventures of four Catalina Channel swimmers and participate in the optional ten-step open water swimming coaching certification program: Step 1: The Marine Environment and History of Open Water Swimming. Step 2: The Basic Blocks - The Pyramid of Open Water Swimming Success. Step 3: Introducing Young Children, Teenagers and Newcomers to the Open Water. Step 4: Fine-tuning Stroke Efficiency, Pacing and Positioning in the Open Water. Step 5: The Equipment Used in Open Water Swimming - from Local Races to the Olympics. Step 6: Officiating and Logistics in Open Water Swimming. Step 7: Refueling and Hydration in Open Water Swimming. Step 8: The Psychology and Physiology of Open Water Swimming. Step 9: Marathon Swimming, Channel Swimming and Solo Swims Step 10: Financing and Sponsorship Speakers will include the Human Polar Bear Lewis Pugh of Great Britain, English Channel and Catalina Channel world record holder Dr. Penny Dean, 7-time world professional marathon swimming champion and motivational speaker Shelley Taylor-Smith of Australia, world 5K champion and American professional marathon swimmer Erica Rose, renowned extreme cold-water swimmer and founder of the International Ice Swimming Association Ram Barkai of South Africa, 2010 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year Anne Marie Ward of Ireland, the Daily News of Open Water Swimming Editor In Chief Steven Munatones, the world-renowned Big River Man Martin Strel of Slovenia who has swum the Amazon, Yangtze, Danube and many more. The host hotel will be the Club Quarters Wall Street, conveniently located to the start of the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim and the ferry boat to Governors Island.