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Bob Needham

Hometown: Lake Oswego, Oregon
Gender: Male

About Bob

Born on Long Island in 1953, I moved to Bethesda, Maryland where I attended high school and was a co-captain of the swim team. I returned to Long Island in the summers to lifeguard on the Atlantic Ocean at Nassau Beach. I went on to college at the University of Colorado where I developed a love for the high mountains, and graduated in 1976 majoring in Philosophy & Physics. I began working at Denali National Park during the summers while attending Colorado. After graduating I continued working at Denali, but spent my winters traveling overseas. In 1979 I began my studies at the University of Oregon Law School where I focused my studies on Natural resources and Environmental Law. While at Oregon I also rediscovered competitive swimming. I successfully graduated with a JD in 1982 and was named a Long Distance All American by US Masters Swimming in 1983. I moved to Santa Barbara, California during the late 1980's where I practiced law. In addition to working and raising a family, I found a renewed passion for surfing and open water swimming. I was the Head Swim Coach for Santa Barbara Special Olympics for 7 years; and I created the "Bob's Bluffs" campaign to contribute to a much larger effort to privately purchase the Carpinteria Bluffs for use as a public park. I returned to Oregon in 2004 where I now live with Diana my wife of 22 years, our 2 grown children, 12 year old son and 2 grandchildren. In 2010 I established Bob Swims (www.bobswims.com). Bob Swims emerges from my passion for a couple of reasons. First is what I see as an urgent need to raise awareness of the great tragedy that results when someone takes their own life. It affects so many people in so many ways. Second, is to have an opportunity to pursue the joy I find in open water swimming.

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Swim History

Swim History (Non-NYCSWIM Events)

EventDateTimeDistPlaceStatusCertLocationType
Portland Bridge Swim07/22/125:19:1111 M21ApprovedPortlandOWS
Catalina Channel09/20/1113:10:2320 MSApprovedSan PedroOWS
Portland Bridge Swim07/24/116:22:2411 M12ApprovedPortlandOWS
Tampa Bay Marathon Swim04/23/1111:26:1524 M10ApprovedTampa BayOWS
Horsetooth Reservoir Swim08/15/103:20:3910 K45ApprovedFort CollinsOWS
Deer Creek08/14/103:09:5210 K13ApprovedSalt Lake CityOWS
Cascade Lakes Swim Series08/01/101:24:585 K38ApprovedBendOWS
Open Water National Championship07/18/103:12:3210 K19ApprovedOWS
Fat Salmon Open Water Swim07/17/101:40:553 M98ApprovedSeattleOWS
SF Bay Bridge to Bridge07/11/101:49:5010 K33ApprovedSan FranciscoOWS
Devilís Lake Open Water Swims06/13/1057:003 K21ApprovedLincoln CityOWS
Touch Alcatraz 'n Go09/26/091:07:562.5 M7ApprovedSan FranciscoOWS
Alcatraz Swim with the Centurion08/29/0939:191.3 M41ApprovedSan FranciscoOWS
Santa Barbara Triathlon08/22/0925:001.5 K49ApprovedSanta BarbaraTRI
Aquarium Swim06/27/091:56:375 K12ApprovedConey IslandOWS
Hagg Lake Open Water Series05/31/0954:224 K2ApprovedForest GroveOWS
Duck Bill Thrill Triathlon05/17/0919:591.5 K6ApprovedLowellTRI
Treasure Island Triathlon11/09/0822:301.5 K24ApprovedSan FranciscoTRI
Open Water National Championship08/03/081:19:215 K21ApprovedBendOWS
Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon06/08/0831:351.5 M138ApprovedSan FranciscoTRI

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Volunteer History

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