Open Water zwemmen/Swimming

CTW zwemt Meer van Genève - fotoreportage

Channel Challenge - vr, 19/08/2016 - 21:32

Van dinsdag op woensdag 16 en 17 augustus is Channel Team Wassenaar er in geslaagd om een een recordtijd de lengte van Lac Léman (Meer van Genève te overbruggen. Het team deed de oversteek van Chateau de Chillon bij Villeneuve naar Het strand in Genève in 22 uur, 31 minuten en 02 seconde. De loods was Jacque van de Imagine, een 16 meter lang zeiljacht (Beneteau Oceanis 48). De overtocht werd waargenomen door de Lake Geneva Swimming Association.

Onderstaande foto's zijn door de diverse zwemmers gemaakt. De serie schept de illusie dat er in de nacht niet gezwommen is. Dat is wel het geval. De tocht is 69km en is continu. Met mijn (Richard Broer) camera zijn echter in de nacht geen foto's gemaakt.

Let op! Het zijn 75 plaatjes, dus het laden kan even duren.

Channel Team WassenaarLake Geneva/Lac Lémanestafette

Persbericht: Kanaalzwemovertocht door team ECSC voor Metakids en sportiviteit

Channel Challenge - vr, 19/08/2016 - 16:03

Het aftellen is begonnen. Tussen 26 en 31 augustus gaat een team van zwemmers uit Vlaardingen en Schiedam de oversteek eindelijk maken. Twee jaar lang hebben ze zich kunnen voorbereiden. Vorig jaar waren ze er nog niet klaar voor en moesten ze de oversteek uitstellen. Dit jaar gaan ze wel. Het team bestaat uit: Wieteke van den Boogert, Jan van Buuren, Jeffrey Siemons, Helena Mels en Pierre Mellegers.

De oversteek gaan plaatsvinden tussen Dover en Frankrijk. Een tocht van hemelsbreed 34 km, maar het kan door stroming oplopen tot heel veel meer!

Voor de oversteek over het kanaal maakt ECSC gebruik van de deskundige begeleiding van een loods, Simon Ellis, en een coach, Richard Broer. Allen zijn gecertificeerd vanuit de Channel Swimming & Piloting Federation in Engeland om de uitdaging zo veilig mogelijk te laten verlopen.

Na twee jaar ploeteren in zwembaden, vieze sloten maar ook in de geweldige zeeën waar ze getraind hebben (o.a. Los Angeles, Curacao, Hong Kong, Frankrijk, Spanje) zullen ze volgende week dus het echte werk moeten gaan doen.

Wat kunnen ze  allemaal tegenkomen? Grote containerschepen, kwallen, zeehonden, bruinvissen maar ook kramp, zeeziekte, vermoeidheid, kou. Maar gelet op de goede weervoorspellingen voor volgorde week gaan er vanuit dat ze een vlakke zee hebben met een strak blauwe lucht en een zonnetje :-)

Indien geïnteresseerden het team wil volgen dan kan dat via bijgevoegde link. Hierop zijn de GPS dots te volgen van de Sea Farer II, het begeleidingsschip. Daarnaast maakt het team gebruik van de sociale media indien het internet voorhanden blijft op het kanaal. Wie liked kan ook meteen even doneren? De zwemmers zwemmen namelijk voor Metakids en in het bijzonder voor Lotte van Eijck. Dus mochten mensen nog niet gedoneerd hebben? Even doen he??!!!

Wil je de oversteek live volgen: http://cspf.co.uk/tracking en zoek dan de Sea Farer II op.

Voor donaties aan Metakids: http://www.metakids.nl/acties/ecsc-kanaal-zwemtocht

ECSC - Team One80/MetaKidsHet Kanaalestafette

VeryFerryFast Weertman Passes Poort In A Storm For Dramatic Double Dutch Gold

Openwaterswimming.eu - vr, 19/08/2016 - 11:34

The end of the Olympic marathon was like the wild west today in Rio. The Dutch had reason to celebrate after a the best twitter handle in swimming, VeryFerryFast, past a Poort in a storm on the way to a dramatic finish.

That fast ferry was Ferry Weertman, who  joined Sharon van Rouwendaal as champions of the marathon but few others had cause to celebrate the messiest finish to years of efforts you will find anywhere in world sport. World-class swimmers. Certainly not a world-class event.

Read the full article and see the pictures @ Swimvortex

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Sharon Van Rouwendaal Cold Shoulders Injury To Turn Copacabana Orange

Openwaterswimming.eu - vr, 19/08/2016 - 11:04

Sharon Van Rouwendaal became the first Dutch winner of the marathon today, Copacabana painted orange by fans from The Netherlands , flags and clogs flying as she came home in 1 hour 56mins 32.1sec. That marked the first Dutch swimming gold of these Games, Van Rouwendaal joining compatriot Maarten van der Weijden, 2008 winner if the inaugural 10km event, in the club of Olympic marathon champions from their country.

Read the full article and see the pictures @ swimvortex

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Delènn van Oostrom 2e all in op IJsselmeerzwemmarathon

Channel Challenge - zo, 14/08/2016 - 22:38

Gisteren met Dèlenn van Oostrom het IJsselmeer overgezwommen. Zij zwemmend, ik op de boot. De skuum met bemanning was goed en wat, aldus Jack Brakeboer, verwacht mag worden van "het neefje van Bart Bot"; scherp op de zwemmer, de koers en de wedstrijd. Top dus, en al helemaal voor de eerste keer!

Aangekomen in Stavoren is het water ruw met 5Bft. Forse golven, tot 2m, die al 2mijl uit Medemblik begonnen. Zwaar dus!
Dèlenn blijft verbazen. Plan was om in de zware golven niet te hard te gaan en later te versnellen. Na 16 minuten waren we al bij haar en ze zat op de 80+ slagen. Ze zag de boot en zakte netjes naar de 78. Wel hoger dan afgesproken. Kan door de zware omstandigheden zijn.78 slagen was hoger dan George Sieverding, haar trainer, aangaf. Maar kijken hoe dat verderop gaat! Snelheid was aan het begin boven 4km per uur, stabiliseerde op 3,8. De routine van voeding en slagfrequentie wed door mij onderbroken door meldingen van uitvallers. Een hele reeks! Kou, bij vermoeidheid door de golven.

Aan Dèlenn niets te zien. Pas na 4,5 uur nam ik wat blauwe schouders waar. Opletten dat ze alert blijft!
Lastig onderweg waren de tegenstrijdige berichten over wat voor ons gebeurde. Daar kon je bit opbouwen om het raceplan gestalte te geven.

10km voor het einde was een signaal afgesproken. Een versnellingsmoment. Ze pakte het op! Naar 80 slagen. Snelheid wat gezakt was naar 3,5 kwam weer terug op 3,8.
Bij 5km idem dito. Kleine versnelling.

Daan Glorie bleef met de haven 2km voor ons op 75m achterstand. Die zal vast plannen hebben om daaroverheen te gaan... Aangegeven dat Daan op 75m lag en Lisa 500m voor. Dat was het veld wat over wAs en waar we rekening mee moesten houden. Lisa was onbereikbaar, maar Daan moest toch wel voorgebleven worden.

Met 2,5km te gaan leek het me goed om d'r soms naderende en soms weer terugvallende Daan een klap toe te brengen Rn definitief op afstand te zetten. Een mededeling "Daan 60m" was voldoende: de slagfrequentie en daarmee snelheid werd opgeschroefd. De eindstrijd was beslecht. Dèlenn werd mooi 2e met circa 150m voorsprong op de eerste heer.
Een prestatie om trots op te zijn!

De all-in op de zwaarste zwemmarathon in onze regio is voorwaar gewoon uitzonderlijk.
Gefeliciteerd!

Hoeveel meer zit er in? Wat als Dèlenn deze trainingen nog een paar jaar volhoudt? Ik zie wel kansen bij de grote marathons.
Kou is geen probleem. Afstand ook niet. Tactiek is nog beter te leren. Zelfvertrouwen groeit. Wie weet?

Delènn van OostromIJsselmeersolo

Churning the bay under your own steam

Openwaterswimming.eu - vr, 12/08/2016 - 16:24

INTERLOCHEN — Chit-chat is kept to an uncaffeinated minimum as wetsuits squeeze on goose-pimpled legs and swim caps snap over cold ears.

The quiet only lasts to mid-thigh.

Hoots and yelps start waist-deep, as the swimmers dunk in Duck Lake just off the Interlochen State Park boat launch. The swimmers know each others' involuntary shrieks. They swim as a school of human fish on Friday mornings, a raft of windmilling arms riffling the lake water.

read the full article and view the pictures @ record-eagle

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For some swimmers, the pool’s too tame

Openwaterswimming.eu - vr, 12/08/2016 - 16:21

At work, Newburyport’s Davis Lee is a nuclear physicist, developing equipment for particle therapy with a focus on cancer treatment. At play, Lee prefers swimming. But instead of the local YMCA pool, Lee is more likely to head to the open waters of the Atlantic.

The open ocean, said the 41-year-old Lee, is simply more real.

Read the full article and view the pictures @ Boston Globe

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Olympic marathon swimming is much crazier than you may think

Openwaterswimming.eu - vr, 12/08/2016 - 16:16

Marathon swimming isn’t anything like it sounds.

First, the Olympic event is not even a marathon; it’s a 10K (or 6.2 miles). The reason it got that name was because it typically takes elite-level swimmers about the same to complete the open-water race as a road marathon takes to run — around two hours.

But while marathon swimming is indeed an endurance sport, that’s about where its similarities with distance running end.

Read more and see the pictures @ GrindTV

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How to Read Water, by Tristan Gooley

Channel Challenge - do, 11/08/2016 - 01:54

Naturalist Tristan Gooley is perhaps best known for his book The Natural Navigator, an enticement to leave behind your phone (and even your map) and navigate using ancient skills and by observing the natural world around you. Instead of a compass, guide your way by noting which side of a tree moss grows on. It is an attractive proposition, and one that has seen Gooley become part of the renaissance of British nature writing of the past 10 years (although not without its critics: on a recent navigation course I attended in the Yorkshire Dales the instructor stopped in a lane and pointed at the dry stone walls flanking it; one was covered in moss, the other bare. “What does this tell us?” asked the instructor. We keenly suggested that one wall faced the sun so vegetation would grow better. “No,” came the blunt reply. “One wall was built last month.” You can’t beat a bit of local knowledge).

read the complete book-review @ H2Open

The Use of Pacers in Open-Water Swimming

Channel Challenge - do, 11/08/2016 - 01:40

An interesting article posted by Vicki Keith on her blog June 6, 2016 as instigation of a discussion on the use of pace swimmers.

As a new open water swimming season gets under way, I ask you, why do we do this? What do we hope to achieve? Some people swim for the glory of a record, be it speed, or distance or even a world first, some to challenge themselves and test their mettle, some for the camaraderie of working as a team as everyone pulls together to achieve the perceived impossible. There are probably as many reasons to swim open water, as there are swimmers.

I swim for the challenge. I loved selecting goals that others believe impossible, and attacking that challenge one stroke at a time until the goal is achieved. We never do it alone, because there are always 20-30 crew- members on a swim to help us achieve our goal, but it is a lonely undertaking.

The purest form of the sport is you and the water (taking each challenge on, one at a time and not giving in). Temperature, waves, illness, body failure, physical exhaustion, wildlife, flotsam, equipment failure, crew challenges, navigational errors and mental anguish all play into it.

I think one of the things that I love about the sport is tackling these challenges one at a time (or in a wave if that’s how they arrive) and overcoming them. The swims I am most proud of are the ones where I overcame the most challenges.

When I speak publicly about my adventures, I talk about the most agonizing challenges that I faced. I explore how they affected me mentally and emotionally, how they impacted my crew, and how they made me a stronger person (or how they broke me down so I had to face the challenge again and again until I finally was able to break through the barrier and win).

I believe that I am who I am, more because of the challenges that I overcame, than for the distant shores where I arrived. Being a marathon swimmer isn’t about being the first to reach a new shore or to reach it fastest youngest or more times, it’s all in the journey that we each take.

We all look for ways to make our journey more palatable. We check the weather; we chose a season that is more favourable, we learn from those who went before. I wonder if we are taking it to far however when it comes to our use of pacers.

When I began my marathon swimming, It was explained to me that pacers were used for short bursts to reengage a swimmer, boost their speed, or help them refocus. Now we seem to be using pacers continually from the first moment it is permitted until the swim is completed. We are even using them to maintain a speed to set speed records. This would never be allowed in competitive swimming, where speed records must be achieved in races with other swimmers who are trying to do the same thing (not by having swimmer after swimmer dive into the adjoining lane fresh and ready to go).

One of the most excruciating times of my marathon swimming career was the seclusion, but it was also one of the most rewarding. I did use a pacer a number of times to help me refocus (usually around the 36 hour mark for a little emotional contact). The most memorable time was during my 80 kilometer butterfly swim. I had been in Lake Ontario for around 60 hours and I was hallucinating and confused. My thoughts had fragmented and I couldn’t figure out if I was participating in a training swim or the actual event. Logic told me that it was the actual event, but my confused mind wasn’t convinced. I asked my husband John to come in and swim with me for a bit, so I could ask him the question (in part because I was embarrassed to ask it out loud and in part not to overly concern the crew). I got my answer, John got out and I continued forward.

My request is that we consider how and when we use pacers. I don’t believe that we should use pacers as soon as possible and as long as possible. An open water swim should not be comfortable. I’m not saying don’t use a pacer. I’m saying when you use a pacer for an extended period of time; you are cheating yourself out of valuable life lessons and opportunities to grow.

I encourage you instead to accept the challenges and keep pushing through. Every time you think you can’t go on, or cant go on alone, wait an hour. Push through the emotions. When you come out the other side (and you will) you will have learned some valuable things about yourself, your mental toughness and your fortitude.

As you move forward in life you will take this new knowledge and new skills. As you face challenges in other parts of your life you will have the confidence and knowledge to push through and as a parent, partner, coach, or friend you will be able to share your life lessons with others and help them overcome as well.

I am not a swim coach, I am a coach who teaches life skills through the sport of swimming. My job isn’t to make it easier for my athletes, it’s to teach them the skills that they need to take into the rest of their lives. As a parent or coach of a young person attempting an open water swim, the goal shouldn’t be to make it as easy as possible for them, but to teach them how to face challenges head on and overcome them. As a more mature open water swimmer I encourage you to take heed to these words as well. The goal shouldn’t be to cross a body of water at all cost, but to push through and keep fighting as you develop personal skills as you work to achieve your goal.

Both ways, a strong-minded person will succeed.

achtergrondenMichael Oram's and others wisdoms

The lanes in Spain: swimming the Costa Brava’s new ‘sea tracks’

Openwaterswimming.eu - do, 11/08/2016 - 01:15

We must have made a strange sight: 12 wetsuited swimmers suddenly landing on a nudist beach. I often feel overdressed in a wetsuit, but this was ridiculous. But rather than disrobe and get into the swing of things, we averted our eyes, opened our towfloats and rehydrated with some water, before swimming off again on our exploration of the coastline.

read the complete article and see the pictures @ The Guardian

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Zwemanalyse.nl organiseert zeezwem clinic

Channel Challenge - do, 11/08/2016 - 01:10
Date: woensdag, 24 augustus, 2016 - 19:00

Beste belangstellenden voor zeezwemmen,

Op 27 juli of 24 augustus (beide dagen staan los van elkaar, 1 keer deelnemen is dus voldoende) organiseren we een zeezwem clinic in Wassenaar.

Wat is het plan?

  • Verzamelen om 19 uur bij Strandpaviljoen Sport (Wassenaarseslag 29, 2242 PG Wassenaar)
  • Korte uitleg theorie: Wat maakt zeezwemmen zo speciaal / anders dan gewoon buiten zwemmen? Waar moet je allemaal op letten?
  • De zee in! (omkleden bij Channel Team Wassenaar, incl twee douches voor na afloop)

Wie begeleidt jullie?

Zeezwemmen is echt een specialisme op zich. Daarom heeft Zwemanalyse hiervoor dé expert in Nederland hiervoor ingehuurd: Richard Broer. Hij begeleidt veel teams en zwemmers in grote oversteken en is zelf de eerste en tot op heden enige Nederlander die de Straat van Gibraltar overzwom van Spanje naar Marokko.

Als we veel deelname hebben, dan komen er extra trainers bij van Channel Team Wassenaar.

En natuurlijk zijn Roy en/of Claudia van Zwemanalyse er ook, dus heb je nog prangende vragen over je borstcrawltechniek, dan kunnen we je daar en passant vast ook nog wel even mee helpen.

Veiligheid staat voorop!

  • We zorgen voor voldoende trainers + toezicht op de kant
  • Je zwemt altijd met een buddy
  • Afhankelijk van stroming en wind passen we het parcours aan
  • Je kunt zelf ook maatregelen nemen door je eigen capaciteit niet te overschatten, te zwemmen met een felgekleurde badmuts en te zwemmen met een saferswimmer (hieronder meer hierover).

Wil je meedoen?

Als je wilt meedoen, zou je dan zo vriendelijk willen zijn om jezelf aan te meden via bijgaande link:

https://www.supersaas.nl/schedule/Zwemanalyse/Zeezwem_clinic

Ook als je al per mail hebt geschreven dat je er graag bij wilt zijn? Door je aan te melden in het systeem hebben wij de juiste info van je en krijg jij vooraf nog info van ons.

Wat kost dat?

15 euro, incl BTW. Hiervoor krijg je een factuur per mail. Consumpties bij Sport zijn voor eigen rekening.
Op vrijwillige basis kun je extra geld overmaken voor het Willem Alexander Kinderziekenhuis, het goede doel waar Channel Team Wassenaar al jaren fondsen voor werft (en dan met name voor stamceltransplantatie bij acute leukemie bij kinderen).

En verder…

  • Een wetsuit is niet verplicht!
  • Attendeer nog wat sportieve vrienden op deze mogelijkheid?
  • Mocht je een saferswimmer willen aanschaffen, dan kan dat met 15% korting via www.zwemmenenzo.nl/zwemartikelen/saferswimmers.html. Bestel een boei naar keuze. Vul bij het bestellen de kortingscode ZWEMANALYSE in en ontvang 15% korting

Nog vragen?

Stel ze!

Sportieve groet van team zwemanalyse,
Claudia Broeke
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Greetham ready for Olympic adventure

Openwaterswimming.eu - di, 09/08/2016 - 22:58

Scarborough swimming supremo Sam Greetham is heading to Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday to oversee the aquatic sports at the 2016 Olympic Games.

The Scarborough Swimming Club head coach played a key role in making the London 2012 games a huge success, but he believes he faces a tougher challenge this time around due to pollution levels in the water in Rio.

Read the article and view the picture @ The Scarborough News

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Six Epic Swims, From the English Channel to the Gowanus Canal

Openwaterswimming.eu - di, 09/08/2016 - 22:51

Ninety years ago, Gertrude Ederle became the first woman to swim the English Channel. Here’s the scoop on her famous feat, plus a few more.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, swimming the English Channel was considered one of the toughest endurance tests in the world. By 1923, only five men had done it. And many believed that only a man could do it.

That changed on August 6, 1926, when Gertrude Ederle made the 21-mile (33-kilometer) swim from France to England. At 14 and a half hours, she also beat the record men’s time by two hours. (Read: “How Does the Body Endure Long Swims?”)

read the full article and view the pictures  @ National Geographic Magazine

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Luminous swimmers make a splash during mammoth marathon Marlow swim

Openwaterswimming.eu - di, 09/08/2016 - 22:22

Hundreds of swimmers in luminous swimming caps could be seen bobbing along the Marlow stretch of the Thames this weekend during the annual marathon swim.

A total of 508 people took to the water at Henley Bridge on Sunday morning and swam a mammoth 14 kilometres along the river towards Higginson Park for the 12th annual Bridge to Bridge swim.

This year, to accommodate its growing success, the finish line was moved to Higginson Park after the number of swimmers outgrew the previous end point at the Marlow Rowing Club.

read the full article and view the pictures @ Buck's Free Press

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Ex-Schwimmerin Kamrau wird Kommentatorin bei Olympia

Openwaterswimming.eu - di, 09/08/2016 - 22:03

Für die ehemalige Weltklasseschwimmerin Britta Kamrau aus Rostock erfüllt sich der Traum von Olympia nun doch noch. Die mehrmalige Langstreckenweltmeisterin hatte als Aktive überraschend die Qualifikation für die Spiele 2008 in Peking verpasst.

read the rest of the article @ Ostsee Zeitung

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Channel Swim Abandoned Due To Swimming Induced Pulmonary Edema (SIPE)

Channel Challenge - di, 09/08/2016 - 21:44

From te website of "Cold Wet Bloke"

Well that didn’t go to plan. Instead of recovering from a celebratory Babycham in the White Horse in Dover I found myself in a hospital bed in Ashford on Sunday morning. My attempt to swim the English Channel was foiled in French inshore waters by Swimming Induced Pulmonary Edema (SIPE). I’d been airlifted from my support boat and was in a resuss bed.

The First 11 Hours

I started my Channel swim just after 7am on Saturday morning. The training had been done, it was a beautiful morning and weather was forecast to be improving. I had the pilot and crew that I wanted. I was raring to go. I was greased up in the mixture of sun cream and udder cream which it’s basically a mix of Vaseline and lanolin (good for cows and Channel swimmers and even better for Channel swimming cows). Over the side and a short swim to the beach at Samphire Hoe for the official start. A few Pilates moves on the beach and some wise motivational words to myself about not stopping until I hit France and I was off.

I fed every 45 minutes for the first six hours then every 30 minutes thereafter. As is normal on long swims it seemed to be an age until the first feed but then time weirdly starts to lose its meaning altogether. The White Cliffs slipped away slowly but I was pleasantly surprised when I was told sooner than expected that I was in the middle of English shipping lane and this encouraged me to plough on. My stroke rate remained constant and I was just starting to feel that I’d really settled into the swim when I reached the Separation Zone, the area between the English and French shipping lanes.

Apparently the collective noun for jellyfish is a smack. There were plenty of them in the middle of the Channel and I remember swimming through two large smacks of Blue Jellyfish but also saw lots of Compass Jellyfish and a few Mauve Stingers. Most passed harmlessly beneath me and I only picked up two or three stings which weren’t too painful. I have to admit that I hadn’t been looking forward to the Channel Jellies but on the day I enjoyed seeing them: they’re really beautiful and give you something to focus your mind on. I’d add that I didn’t see any of the large thug-like, but harmless, Barrel Jellyfish that the papers would have you believe terrorise swimmers along the South Coast.

My stroke was constant and I was really happy, swimming well until around the 11 hour mark. The swell had settled down in the separation zone but appeared to pick up again as we progressed through the the French shipping lane. I had a fantastic crew who knew how and when to encourage me. In fact their methods of encouragement were perhaps unorthodox but I should let them explain that themselves – what occurs in the Channel stays in the Channel!

Onset of Breathing Difficulties

I started to feel short of breath as we cleared the shipping lane and entered inshore waters. The conditions were now much rougher and I felt like I’d been swamped several times. I kept my stroke rate up and maintained speed but it felt progressively harder to catch a breath and I’d developed a rattling wheeze. I remember stopping, hoping that a good cough would clear the fluid on my lungs. It seemed to help at first but what I wasn’t realising was that the fluid was coming from within my lungs rather than from the sea. My condition continued to decline as fluid from my blood stream flooded my lungs. In layman’s terms pulmonary edema is fluid on the lungs and as it practically affects a swimmer in the water it’s like secondary drowning.

The more my lung capacity decreased, the harder my heart had to work and the worse things got. It was probably a vicious circle that couldn’t be reversed. In retrospect I should have quit at this point as it was never going to get any better. It felt like I was suffocating and I now know that technically speaking this was because I was. But the mind of a determined swimmer who has trained hard and made sacrifices for three years to achieve their goal of swimming to France is not rational! I was frustrated as up until recently I’d been swimming well and making good progress. I could see French shoreline ahead and remember thinking that it just needed a solid hour or so swim and I’d have broken the tide and would be within spitting distance… There was no way I was quitting and was determined to carry on… I’d have to be dragged out.

I was dragged out five minutes later after 12 hours 32 mins. Hypothermia can cause a confused mental state but my crew reported that I’d been fine and totally responsive right up until the final few minutes when hypoxia really set in. Once back on the boat my condition was assessed and swimming induced pulmonary edema (SIPE) was immediately suspected. The pilot assessed our position and it was decided that even if an ambulance was waiting on the dock then there may not be enough time as we were pretty much 1.5 hours from any major port.

I was on the edge of consciousness and it was decided to request assistance from the coastguard. The helicopter arrived within minutes and evacuated me from the deck of Sea Leopard. They immediately gave me oxygen before airlifting me to Ashford Hospital where I was further treated with oxygen and administered diuretics to clear fluid from my lungs.

I spent four nights in hospital. My blood tests revealed high levels of troponin which can indicate heart attack so I was admitted to the cardiac care department where they ran several tests and procedures including an angiogram. In the end the consultant seemed satisfied that although my heart had been severely stressed I hadn’t suffered a heart attack but non-cardiogenic pulmonary edema.

Is SIPE More Common Than We Think?

One of the reasons that’s I’m writing this in as much detail as I can remember is that I feel that there is some ignorance about the condition in the long distance swimming community. It’s often reported as being rare but I think that it’s probably just under reported. This may be because it happens at the end of a long swim and doesn’t reach a critical stage. But if untreated and allowed to progress it certainly has the potential to be fatal. Since my story was mentioned on social media I’ve had several swimmers contacting me already suspecting that they’ve suffered from it. Also the consultant at Ashford hospital said a patient presented with it just a week before me after a training swim in Dover.

Thanks

I’ve been truly humbled and moved by the messages that I’ve received from family, friends and even people I’ve never met. Although I’m never going to be able to reply individually to you all I hope that if you get to read this you will realise how appreciative I am.

Crew

My crew kept me entertained and made the first 11 hours of my swim a lot of fun. When the chips were down they made the right call at the right time. Without them I’d probably not be around. On top of this they’ve all been fantastic since and really helped me with the disappointment of not achieving my aim of landing in France. Any negative thoughts have been offset with the joy of still being here to write about it. I know naming them will embarass them but I’m going to do it anyway as they all deserve medals!

Stuart Gleeson (Cold Wet Pilot)
Gary Clark (Cold Wet First Mate)
André Roberts (Cold Wet Official Observer)
Tom Watch (Old Wet Bloke)
Marc Newman (Fast Wet Bloke)
Sarah Pascoe (Funny Wet Girl)
Karen Rees (Cold Wet Bon Jovi)
Sarah Oldrey (Cold Wet T-shirt)
Katja Tribbeck (Cold Wet Wife)

Coastguard

The helicopter crew were Martin, James, Garry and Ian. They arrived swiftly, assessed the situation and evacuated me to safety whilst administering first aid and preventing further deterioration in my condition. Proud to be be British but I guess I shouldn’t have expected less. All done in a calm, efficient and friendly manner, even with a smile. Total credit. Thanks guys.

Hospital

This was my longest ever hospital stay and I found myself fairly bemused. You spend all day with no idea what’s going on then get 10 minutes with the consultant during which you forget to ask all the questions you’ve been saving up for the last 23 hours and 50 mins. I spent most of my time looking forward to mealtimes and the highlight of the day was to guess what I was eating. Systems and admin aside, the medical staff were fantastic. I had a brilliant consultant and fantastic nursing care. Special thanks to David who made me smile every day and the woman who come around with the tea trolley.

Lessons Learnt

I learnt that I’m not immortal. That actually came as the biggest shock to me. I would still like to continue within the sport of long distance swimming but will not do so before I’ve answered some questions. I need to know if I’m prone to SIPE or whether this was a one off. I also hope that I can help raise some awareness of this phenomenon which I suspect happens more often than we think.

My training regime, crew selection and pilot selection all proved to be spot on and if I was able to go again I wouldn’t change a thing in those respects. After preliminary reading it doesn’t seem that there’s total agreement on the exact cause of SIPE, other than it could be a “perfect storm” of a several contributory factors. There are some things we can’t change such as vasoconstriction due to cold water and long term exertion, but other variables that have been suggested are over hydration, hypertension and even fish oil supplementation.

I’d also urge all other long distance swimmers to learn about SIPE, it causes, symptoms and first aid. There are degrees of severity but it seems that once a swimmer has begun to suffer the effects it can only be reversed by treatment. If you suspect SIPE, you must and without delay:

  1. Remove swimmer from the water
  2. Sit patient upright
  3. Seek urgent professional medical attention. (Oxygen is not normally carried on board pilot boats as it is a prescribed substance but professional treatment will probably include administration of oxygen and diuretics.)

If you’re thinking of putting a team together for a Channel swim I’d urge you to make sure that your team is educated and knows the correct first aid procedures. If you are the swimmer don’t fool yourself into thinking that you’ll know your limits! I knew when I was going downhill and knew when I probably should have got out. But as Channel swimming has totally consumed all rational thought processes of late what I lacked was objectivity. The type of endurance that an English Channel swim demands makes it an extreme sport which requires extreme preparation.

I really hope that SIPE can be more fully understood. It would be a good thing if we were even able to build up a risk profile so swimmers could self-assess and minimise their personal risk factors. I was lucky as I had a great personal crew and a great pilot and boat crew. They were empowered by knowledge and skill and did everything right.

Join in

Don’t let my recent experience put you off open water swimming! Whether you’re interested in long distance swimming or fun dips, join your local club or Facebook group. If you’re in the Bournemouth area I’d recommend East Dorset Open Water Swimming Club, Beyond The Blue, Durley Sea Swims and Just Swim. I regularly swim with all these groups and membership ranges from lunatics to World Champs! All the nicest people you’ll ever swim with.

I've just spent a few days in hospital after Swimming Induced Pulmonary Edema (SIPE) forced me to abandon my attempt to swim the English Channel. I was totally overwhelmed by the supportive messages from the swimming community, family and friends. I would like to say that there's only been one disappointment…

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23 things you probably didn't know about swimming across the English Channel

Channel Challenge - ma, 08/08/2016 - 00:15

It was 90 years ago today that American swimmer Gertrude Ederle became the first woman to swim the English Channel.

It was her second attempt, after being pulled from the water the first time for “resting, floating face-down” a year earlier, and she became, at 19, the sixth person to swim the 21-and-a-bit miles between England and France.

When Ederle, who set off from Cap Gris Nez, arrived on the beach at Kingsdown, Kent, after choppy waters turned the usual 21 miles into about 35, she was greeted by a customs official who asked to see her passport. When she returned to New York she was met by a ticker-tape parade.

Read the complete list of "things' and see the pictures @ The Telegraph

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Press realease: Liane’s Round Anglesey Swim Challenge

Channel Challenge - zo, 07/08/2016 - 14:00

This summer, between the 18th to 20th of August, Liane Llewellyn Hickling will be attempting something that has never been done before; a solo non-stop swim around Anglesey in North Wales. This is a distance of over 70 miles through some of the strongest tides and most challenging waters the UK has to offer. Following rules laid down by the British Long Distance Swimming Association she will be wearing just a swimsuit, swimming hat and googles. Starting from Moelfre she will swim clockwise around the entire Anglesey coastline with the intention of returning to the starting point 24-30 hours later. If the changing tides mean the non-stop swim is not possible she will leave the water to continue swimming when the tide changes in her favour.

Liane from Denholme in West Yorkshire is a physiotherapist with the Pennine Acute NHS Trust in Oldham and Bury. She is a Team Lead physio in The MSK (musculoskeletal) & Cardiac Rehabilitation specialities) and is very grateful for all the support from my work colleagues. Liane is one of the UK’s most experienced long distance open water swimmers but this is her biggest challenge to date. She has completed many solo non-stop swims including the lengths of; Windermere (one way and two ways), Loch Lomond, Loch Ness and has crossed the English Channel. In 2009 she became only the third British woman to swim the English Channel there and back covering a distance of over 60 miles in twenty-seven hours and thirty-five minutes. As part of her preparation for the rough waters and tides of Anglesey, Liane completed the first recorded swim around St Kilda in June 2016.

The inspiration for the swim around Anglesey came from Nigel Dennis and Eila Wilkinson of Holyhead based Sea Kayaking UK/Tidal Waters. Liane met Nigel and Eila when they provided kayak support for Ronan Keating’s Irish Sea relay swim in 2011 and Liane was one of the experienced swimmers that supported the celebrity team in achieving their challenge. Nigel was one of the first two people to kayak around Britain and Eila has completed a solo circumnavigation of Ireland by kayak. Both have completed paddling expeditions across the globe. Nigel and Eila will be leading the support team on the water and Nigel’s position as a crew member and Emergency Coxswain of the Holyhead lifeboat has also provided the inspiration for the cause that Liane will be raising money for.

Liane will be swimming to raise funds to buy a new D - Class lifeboat to be stationed at Barmouth in Mid Wales named in memory of Craig Steadman. Craig who was born in The Wirral was an RNLI crewman on the Holyhead lifeboat who was tragically killed at the age of 28 in a motorbike accident on Anglesey last summer. The crew and shore team at Holyhead are supporting Liane’s swim along with the other lifeboat stations around the island.To support Liane and the Holyhead

Lifeboat Crew in their fundraising attempts to raise £24 000 visit https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/thecraigsteadmanlifeboatfund to donate.

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Zwemmen in zee? Kijk uit voor wind en muien

Channel Challenge - vr, 05/08/2016 - 17:05

Het is én zomers weer, én de meeste mensen hebben een lang weekend vrij. Er stonden vandaag dan ook al gelijk files richting de kust. Maar wees gewaarschuwd als je wil gaan zwemmen. Het water is nog erg koud, en door de windrichting is de kans groter dat je in de problemen komt.

Lees het hele artikel @ RTLnieuws

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