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Open-water swimming in Kenting

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The “Olympic Hengchun Open Water Swimming for All” is an annual 3km swim that takes place in Nanwan (South Bay) near Kenting in Southern Taiwan. Bus loads of Taiwanese swimmers head down every April for the big event.

There are usually over 4000 participants with only a handful of non-Taiwanese participants - not as many people as the annual Sun Moon Lake swim, but still quite a sight first thing in the morning.

The swim is more of a mass “float” than a race – swimmers are required to use a floatation device such a long piece of foam that attaches with a strap around their bodies. Most participants are over forty and serious competitors stay home for this one but it is a lot of fun and well run. If you want to finish with a good time, it is important to break away from the crowd at the start of the swim, otherwise you will be trapped between swimmers and foamies for the remainder of the morning.

Written by  chris.

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