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Drinking when thirsty is preferred

Openwaterswimming.eu - vr, 19/12/2014 - 15:57

......Drinking when thirsty is preferred

Prof Rogers, who wrote a paper on the case, says endurance athletes should be encouraged to adopt a "drink to thirst" strategy, drinking when they feel thirsty rather than to set a rule.

The reportedly drank up to 1000ml of before the race and was on a regime of 200ml of fluid every 20 minutes during the event, alternating between sports drink and water.

It took her 8 hours and 17 minutes to complete the race and she reportedly drank another 2000ml of a combination of sports drink, tea and water after reaching the island.

"The human body evolved a long time ago to be able to maintain its fluid balance in settings where people didn't necessary have access to a lot of fluids on a regular basis," Prof Rogers says.

"If your body says you're thirsty, have a drink, and if you're body doesn't say you're thirsty, you don't need one.......

read the whole article on: http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-12-athletes-urged-thirsty-rottnest-incident.html

safetytraining & coachingWorld

Father, son swim to safety after lobster boat goes up in flames

Openwaterswimming.eu - wo, 17/12/2014 - 18:45

VINALHAVEN, Maine — A father and son were forced to swim a few hundred yards to shore after a swiftly moving fire engulfed their vessel.

David Anthony and son Blake Anthony were resting Tuesday afternoon after the ordeal.

Vinalhaven Fire Chief Marc Candage said the two men were fortunate to have survived swimming a long distance in such cold waters. The water temperature was about 47 degrees F (=8,3 degrees C) on Tuesday, according to Maine Department of Marine Resources director of communications Jeff Nichols.

The fire chief said the Anthonys reported that the 25-foot lobster boat, called the Midnight Rider, had engine trouble earlier in the day but they believed they had repaired the problem. About an hour later, the two men heard a loud “poof” and then fire quickly spread. The fire moved so quickly that they were unable to get to the fire extinguisher or the survival suits.

read the rest on: https://bangordailynews.com/2014/12/16/news/midcoast/two-rescued-from-burning-boat-off-vinalhaven/

cold_water/winter swimmingsafetyAmericas

the Oceanman Palamós is a 9.5km coastal course down the waters of Morro del Vedell - Spain

Openwaterswimming.eu - di, 16/12/2014 - 18:20

In 2015 Palamós (Spain) will play host to a long-distance competition running along the stunning Formigues Islands archipelago
Special early-bird registration fees for the first 50 registered participants, December 15-21!

On Sunday, May, 25, Palamós will see the second out of 5 competitions comprising the Oceanman circuit, 2015 international open water swimming series to be held in Spain and Italy.
The biggest novelty and a definite highlight of the second running of the Oceanman Palamós is its 9.5km (Oceanman distance) coastal course down the waters of Morro del Vedell, La Fosca beach and the Formigues Islands, framed by a landscape of unique natural charm and a vibrant sea front. The event as well features half-distance course (4.5.km Half-Oceanman) along with a non-competitive popular race  (2km) ideally suitable for the novice open water swimmers.

In Palamós, as in the rest of the Oceanman competitions, the organization reserves  10 slots for the  top ranking  competitors in each category for the European Oceanman Championship to be staged in Benidorm (Spain) on October, 25, 2015.

For more information and registrations visit: http://oceanman-openwater.com/en/oceanman-palamos/

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Why swimming may be the best exercise as you age

Channel Challenge - zo, 14/12/2014 - 21:08

On the website of the Washington Post I found this interesting article. Is this news to us open water swimmers?

Falling down and getting hurt is a big problem for older adults, and researchers think that physical activity may lower people’s risk of falls. But now, a new study suggests that the only type of exercise that lowers older adults’ risk of falls is swimming.

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100 x 100 oliebollentraining

Channel Challenge - wo, 10/12/2014 - 22:49
Datum:  maandag, 29 december, 2014 - 17:30

De roemruchte oliebollentraining van De Dolfijn in het Sloterparkbad staat op het programma op 29 december. 

Meer weten?

Download de pdf-bijlage.


1# NedaelMon SwimBarcelona San Silvestre swim, Barcelona, Spain

Openwaterswimming.eu - wo, 10/12/2014 - 13:37
Date: Sunday, 28 December, 2014 - 09:00

1.000 m - 1.500 m - 2.500 m

If amongst your plans for Christmas time you plan to be in Barcelona and you feel like swimming, do not miss the 1st edition of the Neda SwimBarcelona San Silvestre swim!

You can choose between three distances: 1 km, 1.5 km or both distances to swim a total of 2.5 km.

Join the party and bid farewell to the year like a true swim addict with Neda el Món!

It will be on Sunday 28 December at the Parc Forum, and registrations are now open on this link!

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Channel Team Wassenaar dubbele oversteek - the movie

Channel Challenge - wo, 10/12/2014 - 00:04

De film van de dubbele kanaaloversteek van Channel Team Wassenaar staat online bij youtube:

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special offer for the first 50 participants at the Oceanman serie1 - Altea, Alicante, (Valencia), Spain

Openwaterswimming.eu - di, 09/12/2014 - 11:04

Open water swimming competition in Altea (Spain) is the curtain-raiser for the international OCEANMAN championship series. More than 300 swimmers from all over Europe are expected to give it a go.

Special promos and offers for the first 50 registered participants, December 8-14!

On Sunday, April 26, Altea, Alicante, Spain, will play host to the first out of five competitions comprising the Oceanman circuit, the international open water swimming championship series to be held in 2015 in Spain and Italy.

The opening day in Altea features a 10-km swim (Oceanman Distance) running along the waters of the North Bay, the island of Olla and the Roda beach. Participants also have the option to swim medium distance race (Half-Oceanman, 5km) or swim at their leisure in the popular non-competitive race (popular distance, 1.5km) perfectly suitable for the novice open water swimmers.

The anticipated water temperature during these dates is between 16 - 17 ºC , making the use of the neoprene recommendable but not obligatory.

100% open water experience will be enlivened by different entertaining activities running in parallel with the courses. Genuinely friendly locals and charming setting round off the event not to be missed by swimmers and their supporters.

Visit http://oceanman-openwater.com/en/ for more information and registrations.

Oceanman serie1 - Altea, Alicante, (Valencia), Spain

local swimsponsorSpain

Swim and Sail Southern Turkey-Greece Holidays

Openwaterswimming.eu - zo, 07/12/2014 - 11:43

Strel Swimming Adventures runs multi-day professionally guided swimming tours in 6 different countries (Slovenia, Austria, Croatia, Montenegro, Turkey and Arizona).

Their trips are focused mostly on recreational swimming and exploring great places by water rather than competition, so anybody who can comfortably swim 2kms in open water can join their treks.

Southern Turkey and Greece has been on their list for many years. This area offers the best of Mediterranean crystal clear sea and the hot sun shines for many months of the year. 










They have now put together a great week-long trip with a combination of swimming and visiting Turkish and Greek islands. Base is down in Kaş, a very multi-cultural and laid-back adventure town where everyone follows some outdoor activities. 

This Turkey swimming trip takes you exploring the turquoise warm water over old shipwrecks, city walls and hopefully meet a sea turtles. You will enjoy gulet cruising, sun-tanning and Turkish organic food on board, explore colourful Greek island of Meis, Blue Cave and hike to some interesting historical sites. Next year they will be doing few trips in May and October with plans to open more dates in the future.

2015 dates for 7-day hotel-based trips:
16-22.May, 2015
23-29.May, 2015
12-18.Oct, 2015
19-25.Oct, 2015
26.Oct-01.Nov, 2015
More information at: http://goo.gl/1IQhJZ

2015 date for  8-day luxury gulet-based trip:
05-12.October, 2015
More information at: http://goo.gl/fYcnom












Royal Life Saving Society appointed Adam Walker as their Ambassador

Openwaterswimming.eu - wo, 03/12/2014 - 17:50

Drowning prevention charity welcomes ‘Ocean Walker’

The first Briton to complete a gruelling challenge to swim the toughest seven oceans swims in the world has become an ambassador for the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the drowning prevention charity. 

Open water champion, Adam Walker is keen to work with the charity to help others stay safe while enjoying open water and encourage the activity in supervised environments.

The ‘Ocean Walker’ knows all about the potential dangers involved after swimming across seven of the world’s oceans, a feat known as the ‘Oceans 7’ challenge.


The 36-year-old began his adventure in 2008 when he swam the English Channel.Since then he has crossed seas in Hawaii, New Zealand, the USA, Japan and Gibraltar.

Along the way he has been stung by jellyfish and a Portuguese Man O’ War, swum with dolphins and come face to face with sharks.

The last leg of his journey involved a 21 mile swim from Northern Ireland to the west coast of Scotland which he successfully completed on August 14.

Adam is a swim coach and motivational speaker from Nottinghamshire, he has also completed his RLSS UK Bronze Medallion and Pool Lifeguard qualification in the past.

He said: “I am very excited to have become the first British person in history to complete the Oceans 7 Challenge.

“Throughout all my swims, safety was always of paramount importance, I would not have achieved what I have without the right knowledge and safety measurements in place. This is why I love what the Royal Life Saving Society UK stands for.

“It’s a privilege to become an ambassador and I am very excited to work alongside this important charity. My aim is to encourage open water swimming for juniors and adults in a safe environment.

“The sport is such an important life skill and there are so many benefits from fitness to the exhilaration of being at one with nature.”

Open water swimming is one of the UK’s fastest growing sports but it can be dangerous if you are not prepared.

Around 85 per cent of all accidental drownings occur at open water sites.

RLSS UK’s Director of Volunteers and Community Education and Special Projects said: “We are honoured that Adam has agreed to become an ambassador for us. What he has achieved is inspirational.

“Open water swimming is a growing sport which is fantastic but want people to know how to do it safely.

“Adam is the perfect person to get that message across and we look forward to working closely with him.”
Open Water Safety Tips

  •     Join an open water or lifesaving club or enrol in open water swimming classes
  •     Remember the conditions at open water sites change constantly
  •     Only ever enter the water in areas with adequate supervision and rescue cover
  •     Always look for warning and guidance signs
  •     Swim parallel with the shore, not away from it
  •     Avoid drifting in the currents
  •     Do not enter fast flowing water
  •     Be aware of underwater hazards
  •     Get out of the water as soon as you start to feel cold
  •     Never enter the water after consuming alcohol
  •     Always wear a buoyancy aid or life-jacket for activities on the water or at the water’s edge (such as when boating or fishing)
  •     If you want to swim wear a wetsuit if you have one.
  •     Always take someone with you when you go into or near water. If something goes wrong they will be able to get help
  •     If someone is in difficulty in the water shout reassurance to them and shout for help and call the emergency services (call 999 or 112)
  •     Without endangering yourself see if you can reach out to them with a stick, pole or item of clothing – lie down to ensure you stay secure. Alternatively throw something buoyant to them such as a ring buoy or anything that will float.

More about Adam and safety: How to mentally cope with the cold in open water swimming

safetyswimmers portraitsGreat Britain /UK

Winterdip season has started

Openwaterswimming.eu - ma, 01/12/2014 - 16:17

The 'normal' openwater season is over in Europe. But don't be sad because there's still a lot of opportunities to swim outside (or indoors at  24h marathons).

Dips, winter competitions, charity events. In freezing temperatures or at sunny beaches. 

Choice enough.

For example: Swim for Shoes 2014/2015 in the Algarve, Portugal :

Once again we will be "swimming for shoes" during the festive season.

Diary dates - two opportunities to Swim for Shoes where you can have a dip in the Atlantic Ocean and help to raise money for children here who are in need of new shoes.

These will be on Christmas Day and New Years Day at 11.00 a.m. on the beach at Armação de Pêra in front of the Holiday Inn Algarve.

All you need to do is turn up with swimwear, towel and go in for a full swim or just a paddle – the choice is yours as long as part of you gets wet! Then everyone who takes part can recover in the Holiday Inn Bar and enjoy a Hot Bomba on Christmas Day and hot chocolate on New Years Day.
Buying shoes for the children who are in care is an ongoing expense and we want to help as many as possible start 2015 with a new pair of shoes

Adults and children are all welcome to take part on the understanding that you do so at your own risk. If you have family and friends staying over the festive season it will certainly be something different to do!

As this is a charity event we will gratefully accept all donations offered.
For more information: Holiday Inn Algarve - 282 320 260 info@hialgarve.com

cold_water/winter swimmingEurope

100x100 in Beverwijk een succes

Channel Challenge - za, 22/11/2014 - 13:48

Op 16 november was de door Marcel Stroet georganiseerde 100x100 training in Beverwijk. We werden daar in het aangepaste sportfondsenbad gastvrij door het personeel ontvangen. Na het afrekenen van de entreegelden kregen we ter gelegenheid van het 50-jarige bestaan ook nog een bidon en een consumptiebon voor iets lekkers na de training.

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2014 Cala Montgó Swim festival video

Openwaterswimming.eu - vr, 21/11/2014 - 10:49

Here we have the awaited Cala Montgó Swim festival video where almost 600 athletes participated. In 2015, the 3rd edition of the Cala Montgó event will be part of the Oceanman championship series. 

We encourages you all to participate in any of the three distances of the championship---Oceanman (6-14K), Half-Oceanman (3-5k) and popular (1.5k)

More information soon available at www.oceanman.net


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Vote for your favorites

Openwaterswimming.eu - do, 20/11/2014 - 17:06

It's the time again for choosing your favorite man/woman, performance or offering etc. off the year.

You can do that on:

Marathonswimmers.org/forum awards http://www.marathonswimmers.org/forum/ for your nominees first and voting later.

or on

World Open Water Swimming Association -WOWSA award https://www.worldopenwaterswimmingassociation.com/2014-wowsa-awards/ for your votes only.


How to mentally cope with the cold in open water swimming

Openwaterswimming.eu - do, 20/11/2014 - 16:47

From the blog by Adam Walker:

If you ask any open water swimmer what is their biggest fear about swimming the English Channel at the top of the list would most probably be ‘The Cold!’ 

The fear of hypothermia and the dangers associated with it are real and should be fully respected. Many swimmers worry about how long they can endure the cold and whether they are actually capable of getting through it, and rightly so. I know when I started this wonderful sport of ours this was a big concern, with my competitive nature, I knew I would push myself through the pain and discomfort. However, it was the fear of the unknown and the situation being taken out of my control that worried me the most. One thing I would like to make clear from the outset is that I don’t take any of this for granted and know my limits – believe me I have had a few learning curves. Anyone looking to apply themselves to open water swimming should build themselves up gradually one step at a time. It is a liberating and fulfilling experience to swim in open water and when the temperature drops even by half a degree it becomes a whole new challenge to the body.

In the earlier stages of training at Dover I would hear other swimmers discussing temperature and how long they were going to swim. I would join in preempting the misery before we got into the water. This became the unintentional focus. This was due to the fear of the unknown, lack of experience and therefore self doubt of what I was capable of. After a few training sessions I decided to see a hypnotherapist who has become a very good friend of mine called Clem Turner. He taught me a number of tips of how to focus on the positives and not the negatives. He would say ‘Adam while you are thinking positively you can’t be thinking negatively and therefore while you are telling yourself you are warm you can’t be thinking you are cold.’ He would also teach me the power of visualisation, thinking about the end goal, how great it will feel when you’ve finished turning negatives into positives and in general this technique has helped me through other obstacles in life.

read the rest at https://adamsoceans7.wordpress.com/2014/11/19/how-to-mentally-cope-with-the-cold-in-open-water-swimming/

training & coachingGreat Britain /UK

GEOSWIM – A 23,000 km marathon swim to monitor Mediterranean coastline

Openwaterswimming.eu - vr, 14/11/2014 - 17:46

Where: Roma
When: 11/18/2014

ENEA and the Department of Mathematics and Geosciences (DMG) of the University of Trieste will present the results of the third phase of the GEOSWIM project on November 18 in Rome. Seventy km of marathon swim to survey the Mediterranean coastline and discover our Sea.

The “Geoswim” project aims at studying the geomorphology of the Mediterranean coastlines from an unexplored perspective: a marathon swim. The close exploration of the coastline, metre after metre and just below the water surface, researchers can look at what satellites and boats cannot see and thus acquire important research data about  past and future changes in the sea level.

The conference will present the results of the third phase of this journey, made around the three Egadi Islands: Levanzo, Favignana and Marettimo.

Attendance to the event is free, but  online registration is required.


Source ENEA
Publication date 11/12/2014



interview with Chloë McCardel

Openwaterswimming.eu - do, 13/11/2014 - 22:35
Chloë McCardel swam 126km within two days, solo and unassisted in open water to etch her name in aquatic sports history

On a balmy night on October 22, in the dark tropical waters of the Bahamas, the 29-year-old Australian swimmer made her last few strokes to enter Nassau, the capital of the common wealth of the Bahamas. In doing so, Chloë McCardel became the first person in the world to do the longest, solo, nonstop, unassisted marathon swim in ocean water.

She swam 126 km across Exuma Sound (a body of water in the Bahamas) in the Atlantic ocean from South Eleuthera Island to Nassau in under 42 hours.

David Barra and Brianne Yeats, members of Marathon Swimmers Federation (MSF), the world’s largest community of long-distance swimmers observed her swim. According to their comprehensive report, Chloë has set a world record.

In one of her first interviews since her feat, Chloë talked to The Outdoor Journal about her swim, her belief in swimming sans protective gear and what keeps her going.

Why did you choose the Bahamas as your record-breaking course?

read the rest of this excellent interview on:


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Wat gebeurt er in de winter?

Channel Challenge - za, 08/11/2014 - 17:13

2014-11-08 -Voorburg -  Tja, wat zijn de mogelijkheden als open water zwemmer in de winter? Vroeger was het over met het zwemmen in de winter. Tegenwoordig kan het ook anders:

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Gavin Pike an Antarctic Icemiler

DLDSA - do, 06/11/2014 - 22:48

Gavin Pike has successfully completed its first icemile. He traveled with five other South Africans off to Antarctica.

A report on Facebook


More about the expedition and photos:

An different Facebook page:

Gavin's own Facebook:

Eerste Ice miler uit Nederland?

DLDSA - do, 06/11/2014 - 22:44

Deze maand zal Gavin Pike (RSA) de eerste in Nederland woonachtig Ice Miler worden. Hij vertrekt deze week naar Antactica met de founding members van de IISA om daar een mijl te zwemmen. Richard Broer van de DLDSA heeft hem bij een aantal trainingen begeleid. Hierover meer >>> hier <<<.