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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.


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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


COVID-19 news from Catalina Channel Swimming Federation

Channel Challenge - di, 09/06/2020 - 13:26

June 5, 2020 - COVID-19 Announcement - COVID-19 Update: Catalina Channel 2020 Swimming Season Cancelled

The Board of Directors of the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation has decided it is necessary to cancel the 2020 Catalina Channel swimming season.

The safety and well-being of all swimmers, support crews, boat crews, and observers is the first priority of the CCSF. We are faced with a global health crisis with unknown, long-term consequences. We conducted a careful review and concluded it will not be possible to operate Catalina Channel crossings this season in a manner consistent with our commitment to safety.

This is a decision we never expected to confront, but must make now, to allow swimmers to plan accordingly.

The CCSF Board members are ocean swimmers. We are acutely mindful of the discipline, training, and dedication that athletes invest in preparing for these epic swims.

The CCSF will contact swimmers whose applications have already been approved to explain the procedures to postpone or cancel altogether.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we have worked to respond to this crisis. We will prevail together.

The Board of Directors will continue to monitor the situation and looks forward to resuming Catalina Channel swims for the 2021 season.

Catalina Channel Swimming Federation

CCSF COVID-19 Update: 29 April 2020 - The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic creates uncertainty for Catalina Channel swimming. The State of California’s stay-home order continues and prohibits nonessential travel.

Beaches and pools in Los Angeles County remain closed.

The County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health order dated 10 April 2020 remains in effect until at least 15 May 2020. The order may be extended by subsequent directives.

The CCSF has not yet determined that it is necessary to cancel swims scheduled for June onward, although cancellations may become necessary.

If you choose to postpone or cancel a swim application, please see the instructions in the announcement dated 9 April 2020.

It is the responsibility of the swimmer to coordinate postponements or cancellations with their escort pilots, support crews, and the CCSF.

Thank you for your continuing patience and understanding as we all work to stay safe in these challenging times. We will provide updated information as it becomes available.

Stay safe!
Catalina Channel Swimming Federation

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No summer holiday? Councillors propose ‘wild swimming’ in the river - za, 06/06/2020 - 22:58

With long summer months ahead and limited possibilities of foreign holidays, councillors in Amsterdam have proposed designating official ‘wild swimming’ points along the Amstel river.

Jan-Bert Vroege, a D66 councillor and local party water spokesman told that the city needs to provide and advertise more official safe spots for children and adults to swim in natural water, to provide a vital, open leisure facility while maintaining social distancing.

Read the full article @dutchnews

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The Outdoor swimmer`s code - wo, 03/06/2020 - 22:47

How swimmers can respect surroundings and others they come across when exploring rivers, lakes, ponds and seas

Who else uses the land that you swim through? Animal, people, fish, insects and birds: how to better respect the natural resource we all share.

Read it all @outdoorswimmingsociety


Global Swim Series Announces Brand New Virtual Open Water Race - vr, 29/05/2020 - 23:07

The Global Swim Series is proud to announce the launch of our first ever virtual open water swim race!  The GSS Virtual Races will be a series of open water virtual swims that can be done from anywhere in the world.  The aim is to give swimmers the opportunity to swim and compete in a fun open water swimming competition around the world, during a challenging time when most mass-participation events are cancelled.

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Here are the places to go wild swimming in and around London this weekend - vr, 29/05/2020 - 23:03

As lockdown restrictions begin to ease, is there anything better than diving, head-first, into some of London’s under-the-radar wild swimming spots?

Last year the British Medical journal actually proved that wild swimming had a positive impact on our mental health, in the same way that forest bathing gives us a much-needed dose of nature therapy, wild swimming too helps us focus on key senses and surroundings, the splish-splosh of water and sounds of chattering coots and chirpy ducklings making us happier and calmer.

Read the full article @glamourmagazine

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