Protecting our oceans, lakes, rivers, and streams
The world's largest open water swimming community
We are guided by our collective success, not individual gain alone
Oh yeah, we kick ass in the water. Join us for a workout!
It began with a swim one Saturday morning in Redondo Beach. A group of no more than 10 people—often as few as two—continued showing up week after week. Over time, word spread and the group grew. Two years later, we had our first 100 person swim. Another year later and we had spawned three new groups. Now, six years have passed and we are just getting started…
Bryan lives for the ocean. Known as “The Swim Mechanic”, he leads large weekly open water groups from LA to Orange County to San Diego. His passion and creativity are highlighted in the OWO community—previously known as SMOG—he’s helped bring together over the past six years.
Having overcome a fear of open water himself, Bryan’s approach with OWO and his personal clients comes from a place of empathy and love for both transcending the barriers of fear and connecting people to open water swimming in order to find growth, confidence and joy.
Saving What We Love:
Swimming in open water requires total emersion. It creates a common language that shapes our collective identity, emboldening the group to achieve what seems impossible.
By bringing visibility to water lies beneath the surface, our collective consciousness is awakened. What we see, changes how we see and what we care about.
Regular encounters with ocean life creates an intimate experience of love and appreciation.
Together, we achieve more than we can alone.
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