Mastering the Swim Start
By Lance Watson / Triathlete magazine / May 31, 2006
Although in most triathlons the swim is relatively short, it nonetheless can be the cause of considerable apprehension, and much of this uneasiness can be traced to the often-chaotic start, where athletes frequently struggle with feelings of disorientation and claustrophobia as pre-race angst gives way to an early adrenalin surge as hundreds of swimmers jockey for position.
Note: Although this is written for triathlon these principals apply to open-water too. If you're swimming the "Ed Gaw" on July 8, you should read this...