Read my full review: http://bit.ly/1485RC4My opinion: Ms. Cox presents her material in excellent "conversational style" writing. I felt like the author sat down with me and, as a newbie, was giving me advice (because I need it!). Her tips and training exercises/methods were for all training levels and included information on training gear, hiring coaches and joining clubs. Information was present on nutritional needs, as well. I think I would have liked to see this expanded. I thought it was geared more towards the professional/expert/competitive swimmer versus me, who is simply in newbie training right now. Finally, she wraps up with safety information, including open water swimming effects on the body and prevention of illnesses/breakdown. If I had a criticism of the book, it would be that I would have liked to have seen more outside the area of So. California. I think it focused WAY too much on this part of the country.