About Us - Mission - Bios
WaveOne Swimming offers the most current and creative swimming
programs in Washington DC and the country. Based on the
exhilaration and freedom of open water swimming, we bring our
experience and energy to anybody and everybody willing to put a toe
in the water. We share our experience of daily training, pool racing,
open water competition, marathon swimming, triathlon, and
paddleboarding, in ways that awaken your swimming soul. We are
experienced instructors,  national champions, open water champions,
triathletes, mothers, fathers, teachers and students.  We learn from
winning and from falling short. We learn each day we jump in the
water and challenge ourselves. It is our love for swimming that keeps
us in the water day after day and to share our passion with others.

WaveOne Swimming's mission is to introduce as many people as we
can to explore and enjoy open water swimming. We support the
development of safe open water practices and events throughout the
country while working to protect and preserve the waters of the world.

Denis Crean
Founder - Head Coach

Denis created  WaveOne Swimming – Specializing in coaching,  developing and organizing
programs and events for open water swimmers and triathletes. In 2009, Denis dedicat
full time
to sharing with others the physical, mental and spiritual joys of open water
swimming. He creates a transformational open water experience to bring swimmers an
"aha" experience that forever changes their relationship with the water.

His pool and open water training cover a broad range of topics, including the fundamentals
of swimming; stroke technique and proper body positioning; advanced
pace/interval/distance work; and open water race preparation, safety, and sighting

Denis is an avid open water swimmer and
ultra marathon open water competitor, with an
accomplished race record to include the following long-distance achievements:
Catalina Channel Swim 20+ miles 16:18:20 (2016)
1st place (overall): 24 mile Tampa Bay Marathon Swim (2004)
2nd place (male), 4th place (overall): 41k Lake George Marathon Swim (2007);
2nd place (male), 3rd place (overall): 28.5 mile Manhattan Island Marathon Swim (2006);
1st place (age group), 5th place (overall): 5.85 mile Little Red Lighthouse Swim (2009)
1st place (age group), 5th place (overall): Swim Around Governors Island, NYC (2012)
Special Olympic Instructor, US Dept. of State  Sports United Program in Cairo, Egypt (2013)
1st place (age group), 2nd (overall) 1 mile Ocean Games, Ocean City, Md (2014)
Chief Safety Officer for Open Water Swimming at Special Olympic World Games  (2015)

Denis’ calm and approachable demeanor, combined with his motivating coaching style,
have led him to be one of the top coaches of choice for Washington, D.C.’s open water
swimmers and triathletes-in-training.

Anne Whalen McLindon

Anne Whalen McLindon embodies the true spirit of open
water swimming as an athlete, coach and mentor. Her
infectious enthusiasm transforms every body she
coaches, especially those who transition as swimmers at
all levels into the open water. As a marathon and ice
swimmer she personally demonstrates how to achieve
beyond your goals and breakthrough perceived limits.
Anne shares her strength experience and hope with her
mentees, from Special Olympics athletes to IronMan
triathlon competitors. She founded
Rising Tide
in 2013 and  is a Certified Open Water Coach
from the World Open Water Swimming Association, a
USMS Level II coach.

Anne is the Special Olympics Open Water Technical
Delegate for the 2015 World Games and is the Chairman
of the Open Water Sport Resource Team. She has
conducted international open water training clinics for
Special Olympics coaches, program directors, and
athletes in Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, and South
The reason why I love the sea
I cannot explain. It's physical.
When you dive you begin to  
feel like you're an angel."

Jacques Cousteau
"The water is your friend. You
don't have to fight with the  
water, just share the same spirit
and it will help you move."

~Aleksandr Popov, World Record
Holder and fastest man in the water.
The little mermaid was so
startled that she dived
under water; and when
she again stretched out
her head, it appeared as if
all the stars of heaven
were falling ...

Hans Christian Andersen's The
Little Mermaid
“Whatever you can do
or dream you can,
begin it. Boldness has
genius, power and
magic in it.”

"You're biggest challenge isn't
someone else. It's the ache in your
lungs and the burning in your legs,
and the voice in your head that yells
'CAN'T', but you don't listen. You just
push harder. And then you hear that
voice whisper, "can" and you
discover that the person you thought
you were is no match for the one you
really are."
"It's a great day for a swim!"

There’s nothing more chilling than
swimming across open sea, where
recently there used to be a solid

Address to the House of Lords (19
November 2010)

Going against the tide has never
been difficult for me. It wasn’t even
a conscious decision but the natural
consequence of following my own

Achieving The Impossible - A Fearless Leader.
A Fragile Earth. (2010)

"I never do the same swim twice,
unless it is for training. The next
swim must be harder and more
challenging, otherwise I am going
backwards. Sometimes we set
boundaries for ourselves in life, or
even worse, we allow others to do
so. In many cases, these boundaries
are just in our mind and need to be
pushed away."

Lewis Gordan Pugh, The Human Polar Bear
and first person to swim to the North Pole
The Standard for Open Water Swimming
2009-2016 © All images and content copyright of WaveOne Open Water
Garry Stiegman

Garry provides unparalleled on-water safety
support for open water swims. He is a retired
Navy Veteran and traveled the globe during his
Naval career, including he and his family living
in Europe for ten consecutive years.

Garry’s training during his 20+ years as a Naval
Aircrewman include:
•        Naval Aircrewman Candidate School
•        Naval Aviation Survival Training
•        Survival Swim Training
•        Advanced Underwater Egress Training
•        First Class Swimmer Qualification

Garry is a triathlete, coaches swim-bike-run, and
is an avid ocean kayaker. He supports OWS for
WaveOne Swimming and Virginia/Maryland
Triathlon Series (VTS-MTS), is a Course Captain,
and Bike Lead for Pacers Events, and is a
Committee Member and the Course Manager
for the Annapolis Running Classic.

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