The Open Water Festival will include youth and adult competitions throughout the weekend - over 400 swimmers with their friends and families all staying in the S. Ft. Myers/Estero vicinity. The festival events will consist of the Florida Swimming Open Water Championships for ages 8-18, the Florida Swimming vs. Gold Coast Swimming OW Challenge, the GCST 5k Challenge, the Masters 5k swim and the 2nd Annual Crippen Mile Sunset swim. The Crippen Mile is a unique event created to remember and celebrate the life of Fran Crippen, a nationally recognized open water swimmer who tragically passed away in a World Cup Open Water 10k Race in Dubai, U.A.E. on October 23, 2010. These events are open to all USA Swimming and US Masters Swimming Members as well as other community members.