WHY I SWIM

At 51 years of age, I found myself standing on the pool deck, permanently disabled, out of the workforce, and wondering what I was going to do now? Taking stock of my life, my talents, my strengths and accomplishments, and all of the things my MS had robbed me of doing and enjoying is when I realized swimming was not one of them. I started swimming at a very young age and have been swimming ever since. Swimming is an activity that I have always found pleasure in and I am still able to enjoy doing, and do well, using a pull buoy to float my legs mind you.  

 

Soon after, I found myself in the water doing my first open water swim at Hermosa Beach, California. I was enlightened and enthused, returning home knowing that I had found my new direction and purpose in life enabling me to bring about much needed MS Awareness through my swimming and Open Water Swimming challenges.

Swimming has become my vocation and the vehicle I use in raising Worldwide MS Awareness and Inspiring Others of All Abilities. 

                         

"Raising MS Awareness One Lake Swim at a Time "

OPEN WATER AHEAD

2013 SWIMS:  Board Shorts Mile  (Hermosa Beach, CA)

                      Challenged Athletes Triathlon (La Jolla Cove, CA)   

2014 SWIMS:  Naples Island SUP & Swim (Long Beach, CA) 

                       Shark Fest San Diego / Coronado (San Diego, CA) 

2015 SWIMS:  Naples Island SUP & Swim (Long Beach, CA) 

                       Shark Fest San Diego / Coronado (San Diego, CA) 

 2016 SWIMS:  Naples Island SUP & Swim (Long Beach, CA)                                                            Shark Fest San Diego / Coronado (San Diego, CA)   

(IN THE WORKS FOR THIS YEAR)

2017 SWIMS:   Shaver Lake (Shaver Lake, CA / Sierra Nevada Mountains)

                      Naples Island SUP & Swim (Long Beach, CA)                                      

                      Shark Fest San Diego (Coronado Island / San Diego,
 

2018 SWIMS:  Huntington Lake, CA / Western Sierra Nevada Mountains)

                     

2019 SWIMS:   Bass Lake, CA   (Western Sierra Nevada Mountains)

                       June Lake, CA   (Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains)                                            Naples Island SUP & Swim (Long Beach, CA) 

                       Shark Fest San Diego / Coronado Island (San Diego, CA)

 

Richard Gardner (Dix)
dix@wheniswim.com
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