Open Water zwemmen/Swimming

Come on in: Norfolk’s wild swimmers explain the appeal of taking a dip in the river - vr, 10/07/2020 - 22:29

While swimming pools have remained closed across the region, swimmers have turned to East Anglia’s network of rivers for their fix of water-based exercise. Nick Richards meets some of our wild swimmers

Lockdown has limited our freedom and liberty so much that exercise addicts have had to think on their feet. Cyclists ditched the roads for sessions on their turbo trainers in front of apps on their TV screens, rowers dusted off their rowing machines and runners pounded the treadmill rather than hit the pavements.

Read the article @edp24

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Croatian Swimmer Dina Levacic Readies for New Challenge: Gibraltar Strait and North Channel - vr, 10/07/2020 - 22:25

Croatian long-distance swimmer Dina Levacic, 24, announced on Wednesday that she intends to swim the 15-kilometer-long Gibraltar Strait between Spain and Morocco and the 34-kilometer-long North Channel between Northern Ireland and Scotland between August 10 and 21 this year.

"I have prepared well for these swimming marathons, I will do my best to succeed and I have no fear," Levacic said at a press conference in Split, as reported by  

According to Dina, the preparations were cruel, especially for swimming in the North Channel, because it is one of the most demanding swimming marathons in the world.

Read the article @total-croatia-news


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Waterrat Wendy

Channel Challenge - do, 09/07/2020 - 16:12

Bron`met de foto's: Schakel

Wendy Dorrestijn (47) tipte voor het buitensport artikel van enkele weken geleden Robbert Rij-nen, personal trainer van Bodyformance, om-dat ze zo blij is met zijn hulp om sterker en flexibeler te worden. Het verhaal achter deze fanatieke sportster is er een met passie!


Wendy zwemt al haar hele leven, is naar eigen zeggen nooit een hele sterke, snelle zwemmer ge-weest, maar geeft wel al 34 jaar zwemtrainingen in het Baksche Ven en bij Taxandria. Toen ze zo’n 5 jaar geleden voor zichzelf het actief zwemmen hervond, merkte ze dat het veel beter ging dan vroeger, zo ook de lange afstanden. Wendy krijgt zelf zwemtraining van Karin van Nassau- van den Heuvel (Zwemcoaching Breda en Bikkeltraining Oosterhout).

Doel en drijfveren

De zwemtrainingen van Wendy zijn niet zonder doel. In haar carrière bij de politie heeft ze ‘veel goede dienders kapot zien gaan aan PTSS (post-traumatische stressstoornis).’ Daarom zwemt ze in september 2021 solo het Engels Kanaal over. Hiermee probeert ze geld op te halen voor een PTSS-buddyhond, bedoeld voor een (politie)vete-raan. Waarom het Kanaal? ‘Dat is misschien een beetje kinderlijk’ lacht Wendy ‘ik heb familie in En-geland en vroeg mijn vader of het mogelijk was om daarnaartoe te zwemmen. Eigenlijk een jeugd-droom dus’. Voor het zover is, zwemt Wendy eerst nog in augustus 2020 solo het IJsselmeer over en in september in estafette het Kanaal over.

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Personal trainer

Wendy benadrukt hoe blij ze is met Robbert (Bo-dyformance); ‘Robbert is een grote motivator, sociaal en ter zake kundig. Hij helpt mij om aan kracht en flexibiliteit te winnen. Hij heeft speci-fieke, bij mij passende oefeningen uitgezocht die mijn armen, schouders en core sterker en flexi-beler maken. De oefeningen zijn speciaal gericht op het marathon zwemmen, waarin hij zich echt heeft verdiept.’ Robbert is verbaasd over, maar vereerd met de complimenten van Wendy; ‘ik vind het supertof om te horen dat ze zo’n steun aan mij heeft!’ Robbert doet gewoon ‘zijn ding’ en lijkt dat niet heel speciaal te vinden. Wat Wendy doet vindt hij juist bijzonder: ‘ze heeft zo’n focus en dis-cipline! Ze ligt naast onze trainingen (twee keer in de week) al om 7.00 uur in het water en heeft ook nog een fulltimebaan. Je houdt het allemaal niet voor mogelijk. Ik sport zelf veel, maar ik moet er niet aan denken om zoiets bizars te doen!’ lacht Robbert.

Tekst: Kelly Heijzelaar
Foto: Bas Haans

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A beginner’s guide to open-water swimming – everything you need to know - di, 07/07/2020 - 22:57

Dive into the world of open-water swimming with our guide to technique, training and kit
Whether you want to complement your running with an exciting form of cross training or you’re preparing for your first triathlon, open-water swimming (OWS) is a brilliant discipline that requires a little technique, a lot of confidence and some essential pieces of kit.

Read it all @runnersworld


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Swimming out of the darkness: How cold-water swimming helps with mental health - di, 07/07/2020 - 22:54

Literally and metaphorically, Frog and Jessie are emerging from the fog.

With the closures of the local pools under lockdown, following the black line was no longer an option.

So, the friends began swimming outdoors.

Jessie and Frog have known each other for years, but the early morning open-water swims have drawn them closer.

"Your body gets used to it. You calm down. You realise how beautiful it is," Jessie said.

Read the article @abc

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Best open water and wild swimming spots in and around London - di, 07/07/2020 - 22:52

Dive in, unwind and de-stress with a swim in the wild. 
You're burned out — but can’t turn to the usual pick-me-ups to get you through. Massages are off the cards until further notice and you can’t book a last-minute yoga retreat on the White Isle to quell jangling nerves. The answer? Take a wild dip. Swimming has plenty of fitness and meditative benefits but with pools still closed for now, the water babies among us have been left deprived.

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How has COVID-19 affected English Channel swims this year? - vr, 03/07/2020 - 22:15

Student Daniel Shailer has a Channel crossing booked for this year. He's been looking into how the coronavirus pandemic has affected Channel swimming this year.

Channel swimming is always unpredictable, and that has never been more true than this year. Government restrictions on unnecessary travel, social distancing and international travel forced all Channel swims in June to cancel and placed much of the rest of the season in jeopardy.

With lockdown gradually easing however, many swimmers (myself included) are hoping crossings will begin at some point in July, albeit with a few key changes.

Read the full blog @outdoorswimmer

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What’s ‘wild swimming’? The perfect antidote to cabin fever - do, 02/07/2020 - 22:07

The water may be cold but the health benefits keep these daring divers coming back.

Marianne Clark, a fitness and endurance coach, is a member of the oldest swimming club in Britain, located in Brighton. “The physical sensation of immersing yourself in cold water is a really life-affirming one,” she says. “I like the frisson of danger that comes with the sea, the fact that the water can be unpredictable. 

But the bottom line is that it makes me feel good—physically and mentally strong and it gives a sense of liberation.”

Read the full article @nationalgeographic


13 Reasons to Just Keep Swimming - do, 02/07/2020 - 22:04

Butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, sidestroke, and freestyle — no matter how you take to the water, swimming is the perfect workout. It engages your body without murdering your joints. It’s also a killer form of cardio.

Get out your swimsuits, folks. Here are the top 13 benefits of swimming.

Read it all @greatist


Neil Agius crosses Sicily-Malta channel in record 28 hours - vr, 26/06/2020 - 23:14

Maltese swimmer Neil Agius completes Sicily-Malta channel swim in record time to raise awareness on sea pollution
Swimmer Neil Agius made landfall in St Julians this morning after a record-breaking 28-hour swim between Sicily and Malta.

Read the article and watch the video @maltatoday


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Wild Swimming for beginners - vr, 26/06/2020 - 23:08

Why go ‘wild’ swimming

There is something slightly naughty, a little bit scary and wonderfully invigorating about leaving your wetsuit at home, and entering open water with just your skin (and perhaps a swimming costume) between you and the elements.
Freed from the thermal and neoprene protection of a wetsuit, cold water immersion provides a sense of elation and relaxation, soothes muscle aches, relieves depression and boosts the immune system. It’s also a fantastically convenient way to explore the countryside, with no kit to lug around.

Read the article @wildswimming

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Tales of the Riverbank - vr, 26/06/2020 - 23:04

We have tides in the river here but we are not an estuary. Here we are above where the ocean tide meets the down-flowing stream. We are quite up the river, well away from the sea in a winding route. There is no tidal bore so the tide is backed-up river water, not brackish estuarine water. The salt tide pushes upstream, then the brackish tide pushes further up until it reaches Loneswimmer Tower, where the tide is all fresh water, but where, still, it is a tide, a mesotidal reach.

Fifty kilometres away along the coast, the Three Sisters of the Suir, Nore and Barrow empty past Hook and Crook Heads and level out a huge plain under the Celtic Sea.


Read the full Blog @loneswimmer

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Greece is open! And here are 2 incredible races to get you motivated. - za, 20/06/2020 - 09:10

So come and check out a couple of the first races in the post-Covid era!  They will be amazing!

As of July 1, 2020, Greece is opening up again.  And there will be a GSS favorite and a new classic… that was 2,500 years in the making!

The Santorini Experience is back for another year, on Oct 2-4, 2020, on this Greek island, famous for its beauty and tourism.

Read the article @globalswimseries

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Swimmers Urged To Take Care in Open Water Following Spike in Drowning Deaths

Channel Challenge - di, 16/06/2020 - 17:33

Countries across the world are urging their citizens to take care when swimming in the open water after a recent spike in drowning deaths has been recorded in America, Australia and the United Kingdom.

With the majority of pools still closed, more and more people are taking to the sea/ocean to swim, which has led to an increase in reports of people getting intro trouble and needing assistance.

Last week, the body of former WWE professional Shad Gaspard was recovered on Los Angeles’ Venice Beach after he was caught in a rip current that pulled him more than 50 yards out to sea. The tragic incident occured after he went swimming with his 10-year-old son, Aryeh, who was rescued safely by lifeguards.

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How A Wrigley Ocean Marathon Win For ‘Zimmy’ Off Catalina in 1927 Might Have Changed The World

Channel Challenge - di, 16/06/2020 - 17:31

n 1927, 17-year old Canadian George Young famously won The Wrigley Ocean Marathon across the Catalina Channel sponsored by the chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jnr.  Had Charles ‘Zimmy’ Zibleman won the race, the changes that would have brought about in Marathon and Disability Swimming might well have spilled well beyond the water. Here, a team of marathon devotees looks at why and how.

Read the article en view the pictures @ Swimming World Magazine

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CS&PF corona update - ma, 15/06/2020 - 22:59

Members & Swimmers,

The CS&PF Committee has continued to monitor the constraints put in place by the UK Government, and although lockdown is easing across the UK, guidelines that set out the restrictions on the types of escort vessels operated by our pilots have been issued on 11th June by the British Government : UK Goverment Guidence Link

The impact of these guidelines as they state at the moment is to prevent escort vessels and crews from working at sea until further notice There is no date given for any reviews or modification and/or the lifting of these restrictions, however there may be the chance to get some swims away later in the season as restrictions are easing. Please keep in contact with your pilot for updates and the planning of your swim situation.

Read the article @cspf

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Wellbeing: Fancy dipping your toe into the world of open water swimming? - wo, 10/06/2020 - 23:03

SWIMMING is one of the most effective ways to burn calories. In fact, just 30 minutes exercising in the water is worth 45 minutes of the same activity on land. So, with swimming pools remaining closed, but government guidelines now stating you can use outdoor facilities (while staying two metres apart), why not swap your chlorinated swim for a wild one?

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Overcoming fear in the open water - wo, 10/06/2020 - 23:01

A common challenge I hear from athletes about open water swimming is how to overcome fear and anxiety in the water.

I have found that having athletes focus on three key steps in preparation goes a long way to reducing stress, while increasing safety and enjoyment.


The first step is one I learned from a visually impaired athlete who attended one of my swim clinics.

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The Authentic Marathon Swim 2,500 years later - wo, 10/06/2020 - 22:57

The Authentic Marathon Swim race comes 2,500 years later, at the place where it started, in Artemision. The authentic marathon swimming route performed by Skyllias together with his daughter Hydna revives by uniting the legend with history.

The historic sports event The Authentic Marathon Swim, taking into account the global consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic and prioritizing the safety and health of participants and all involved parties, changes its date for September 4-6, 2020.

The great historic sporting event includes 10km, 3km, 1.5km and an 800m swimming race for kids to be held at Pefki, Evia in the Municipality of Istiaia-Edipsos.

Read the article @traveldailynews

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Swimmer’s Itch - protective measures, detection and treatment - wo, 10/06/2020 - 22:52

Swimming at sunset, walking across moors or city parks to splash into dawn: these are glimpses of paradise for an outdoor swimmer. Sadly, in summer, there is a serpent in our garden: a tiny, fork-tailed, wormy parasite.

This parasite (of the family Schistosomatidae) causes ‘swimmer’s itch’ or more correctly cercarial dermatitis: an allergic reaction to the parasite – in its cercarial stage – burrowing into your skin.

Read it all @outdoorswimmer