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Watertemperaturen wereldwijd

zo, 24/12/2017 - 14:40

Op een subweb van de is een mooie weergave te vinden van de actuele watertemperaturen. Er wordt volgens de makers nog aan ontwikkeld. Ik zal de Nederlandse temperaturen van Rijkswaterstaat aan hen doorgeven als aanvulling.

>>> hier <<<

Library Of Open Water Swimming Books

vr, 22/12/2017 - 14:12

On the extensive website of "The Daily News of Open Water Swimming" an extensive library is posted. It has a very long list of interesting books for open water and marathon swimmers.

direct link is >>> here <<<


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Richard Broer turns a lifelong passion for swimming into support for Dutch Ice Swimmers

wo, 20/12/2017 - 12:05

We'll be introducing you to leaders within the International Ice Swimming Association in the coming weeks. First up is IISA Netherlands Chair and IISA Board Member Richard Broer.

Richard Broer was born in The Hague but now lives in nearby Voorburg. Although Richard hasn’t yet completed an ice event himself, he’s well acquainted with the world of open water swimming. He began his open water swimming career in 1974, and by 1978, he’d ascended to the top of the heap. That year, he won the national open water swimming competition, and went on to represent Holland in swim meets across Europe. He was the second Dutchman to break 16 minutes in the 1500-meter freestyle, and he completed a solo crossing of the Strait of Gibraltar. He was also inducted into the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame’s 2017 Class of Honorees for his extensive efforts to promote marathon and open water swimming as an administrator, coach, and facilitator.

lees de rest en meer @ IISA

Richard BroerIce Swimming (IISA)

Persbericht: Eerste nachtvorst, Nederlandse ijszwemmers lopen warm voor wedstrijdseizoen

di, 19/12/2017 - 15:20

Excuses voor de late publicatie van dit bericht. Wel mooi op tijd vóór de Amstel Ice Swim.

Nederlandse IJszwembond (IISA Nederland) opgericht. 

Sinds 4 september 2017 heeft Nederland er een nieuwe sportbond bij. IISA-Nederland zal als Nederlandse tak van de International Ice Swimming Association (IISA) de sport ijszwemmen nationaal promoten. Bij het ijszwemmen wordt er gezwommen in watertemperaturen van 5 graden Celsius en kouder. IJszwemmen als sport is ontstaan in 2009 toen ........

lees de rest en meer @

Ice Swimming (IISA)

‘Aggressive’ sea-lion attacks force officials to ban swimming at popular San Francisco cove

ma, 18/12/2017 - 00:34

For San Francisco tourists, Aquatic Park Cove is one of the city’s most iconic areas, a popular spot to watch enormous sea lions and harbor seals frolicking in the water across from Ghirardelli Square.

For locals — or those who can brave the brisk waters, in any case — the cove is known as one of the best places for an open-water swim, especially favored by triathletes.

read the article and see the pictures @ The Washington Post


Ontario man becomes first Canadian to swim across Strait of Magellan

vr, 15/12/2017 - 15:37

The 47-year-old is just the 23rd person to complete the swim through the South American strait.

An Ontario software developer has become the first Canadian to successfully swim across the Strait of Magellan.

Madhu Nagaraja says he completed the swim across the treacherous open-water stretch on the tip of South America on Nov. 29.

The 47-year-old from Oakville, Ont., becomes the 23rd person to complete the 3.9-kilometre swim through the strait famed for its strong winds, high waves and frigid waters.

read the full article and see the picture @ The Star

andere teams/zwemmersMagellan Strait - Beagle ChannelIce Swimming (IISA)

Zes energie besparende tips voor zwemmers

do, 07/12/2017 - 22:46

Heb je het idee dat je nog te veel energie verloren laat gaan tijdens het zwemmen, waardoor je minder soepel en minder snel door het water gaat dan je wilt? Kijk dan of er tussen deze energiebesparingstips voor zwemmers nog bruikbare suggesties staan.

  1. Zwem borstcrawl in plaats van schoolslag.
    Borstcrawl is de snelste en efficiëntste slag van de vier zwemslagen. Het kost aanzienlijk minder energie om een bepaalde afstand af te leggen in borstcrawl dan in schoolslag. Tenminste, als je borstcrawltechniek goed is….

Lees de rest van de tips @ Zwemanalyse

Zwemanalyse.nlbackgrounds - achtergronden

Swimming myself sane

do, 07/12/2017 - 22:23

I’d only met Alice a few minutes previously, when I had plopped into the lane beside her, preparing to start my swim. She was stretching out a shoulder niggle, her whole arm pressed flat against the cold tiles, her head flexing away. As I adjusted my goggles ready to start swimming, she turned and smiled and said hello. She seemed to know who I was. Had we met before perhaps, and I’d forgotten?

She asked “Are you the cold water swimming lady?” I looked at her quizzically. “The one who teaches people about cold water swimming?” I raised an eyebrow, a little baffled. “The one who takes people under her wing? From the lido?” I replied: “I think we all take other people under our wings, don’t we?”

Read the rest of this lovely article @

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Oceans 7 in one year - Teaser Trailer

do, 07/12/2017 - 22:11

Preview into Beth French attempt to swim Oceans Seven in a single year.

Oceans 7 Teaser Trailer from Oceans 7 on Vimeo.


andere teams/zwemmersOcean's 7

Zonder brilletje?

do, 07/12/2017 - 21:26

The Grimsby Telegraph published film footage of the 1951 Daily Mail race across the English Channel.

The race was won by Mareeh Hassan Hamad of Egypt in 12 hours 12 minutes over France's Roger Le Morvan who finished in 12 hours 13 minutes. Footage of the race shows some very different conditions of channel swimming in the 1950's compared to contemporary times across the Channel.

Read the complete article and watch the video's @ TDNoOWS

andere teams/zwemmersThe English Channel - Het Kanaalsolo

Neuroscientists have identified how exactly a deep breath changes your mind

do, 07/12/2017 - 21:19

Breathing is traditionally thought of as an automatic process driven by the brainstem—the part of the brain controlling such life-sustaining functions as heartbeat and sleeping patterns. But new and unique research, involving recordings made directly from within the brains of humans undergoing neurosurgery, shows that breathing can also change your brain.

Simply put, changes in breathing—for example, breathing at different paces or paying careful attention to the breaths—were shown to engage different parts of the brain.

Read the article @ Quartzy

CC: Breathing has impact on the ability to withstand cold and prepare for cold water.

Ice Swimming (IISA)

Unlucky or deluded? One man’s attempt to swim the Atlantic

do, 07/12/2017 - 21:15

One sunny morning last November, Ben Hooper, a 38-year-old former policeman, waded into the Atlantic Ocean from a beach in Dakar, Senegal, and plunged right in. In film of the moment, Hooper appears thick set, almost podgy. He’d spent the past year bulking up and now layers of fat concealed muscle beneath. He wore a sports watch, black goggles provided by a sponsor and a pair of tight blue shorts. The sun had risen early, and by 10.33am, when Hooper entered the water, the ocean temperature had reached 30C, a lukewarm bath. A group of reporters gawked from the shallows. Most of them squinted in the bright light.

Read the full report/article @ The Guardian

Ben HooperOcean crossing

Watch Brenda Fisher swim the English Channel in 1951

do, 07/12/2017 - 21:08

The Grimsby trawler's daughter not only swam the English Channel in 1951 but also smashed the time set a year earlier by another female swimmer

In August 1951, Brenda Fisher swam the English Channel - breaking the women's world record time for the tremendous endeavour.

The 23-year-old daughter of a Grimsby trawler skipper, completed the distance between France and England in a new record women's time of 12 hours 42 minutes; breaking the previous women's record of 13 hours 20 minutes, set by Florence Chadwick in 1950.

Read the article and view the video @ Grimsby Telegraph

andere teams/zwemmersThe English Channel - Het Kanaalsolo

What should you do if you spot or get stung by a Portuguese Man O' War?

do, 07/12/2017 - 21:01

Recent months have seen lots of Portuguese Man O' War washed up on beaches and spotted at locations across the Channel Islands.

The species look like jellyfish and are usually found in the warmer waters of the Atlantic, however it is believed that the influx in the area is down to strong winds and a change in temperatures.

read the article and see the picture @ ITV

backgrounds - achtergrondenJellyfish - Kwallen

Swimming’s Effect On the Brain

do, 07/12/2017 - 20:59

If there is one thing all swimmers (and ex-swimmers) can agree on it is the addictive nature of swimming. We all crave the smell of chlorine on our skin, the pain of a long, hard set and the adrenaline rush that comes from every race regardless of its result. The fact that so many find it so hard to hang up the goggles is proof enough of this addiction, however very few know why we feel this way. The answer is in science and hormones.

read the article @ SwimmingWorld

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ACNEG looking back on 2017

do, 07/12/2017 - 20:56

Now, we say goodbye to the 2017. A year which has certainly been very sad for the family, for the loss of the most important piece of the team, our president Rafael Gutiérrez Mesa, after a severe illness. If there is one thing that we are clear, it is that we are going to continue with its purpose, in the service of all swimmers who have a dream to cross the strait of Gibraltar. We will continue with the values that Rafael taught and broadcast for all these years, we will try to improve every year, so that wherever he is, he feels calm and proud of all the equipment and swimmers who form part of this partnership. This is what we want to highlight on this last day, our loyalty to everything we have learned. We'll always remember him, and I'm sure many of you, who met him, too. Always a teacher.

Read mre on Rafeal and ACNEG @ ACNEG FB



IJsselmeerschipper werkt website bij

do, 07/12/2017 - 19:58

De IJsselmeerschipper/loods die we ik met ChannelChallenge graag gebruik om teams te helpen over het IJsselmeer te komen heeft haar website bijgewerkt. Miloe Blankers heeft aan haar Buitegewoon Zeilen website ook Buitengewoon Zwemmen toegevoegd.

Zie de links hier:


Communication in The Channel

do, 16/11/2017 - 21:57

Communication is not about speaking what we think. Communication is about ensuring others hear what we mean.

This observation of human communications could not be more true between a support crew on an escort boat during the marathon or channel swim and the swimmer in the water.

read the article, see the quotes, see the pictures @ TDNoOWS

The English Channel - Het Kanaalbackgrounds - achtergronden

Who Will Ever Cross The Bering Strait Again?

do, 16/11/2017 - 21:49

In a Los Angeles Times article on August 9th 1987, Rich Roberts quoted Joseph Coplan after the Lynne Cox's unprecedented 2 hour 5 minute crossing of the Bering Strait from Little Diomede Island in the USA to Big Diomede Island in Russia [read here].

"Nobody else will ever do this [crossing]," said project director Coplan in 1987. "Not in a hundred years. She's the only one."

read the rest of this article and see the historical pictures @ TDNoOWS

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Immersed in the Wild

do, 16/11/2017 - 21:37
An 'open-water' swimmer finds a risky intimacy with nature.

Although I had been swimming on and off since moving from southwest Montana back to San Francisco in mid-January, my new season officially started on April 17th, the day I turned 60. It was a bright afternoon, the sun partially obscured by high thin clouds, gusts churning the surface of Aquatic Park, a manmade cove bounded by curved piers on the waterfront. That's where I swim, along with others whose notion of a swell time is plying chilly San Francisco Bay while wearing nothing but a cap and a Speedo. And chilly it was that day -- water about 55 degrees, or 30 degrees cooler than the average municipal pool. Whatever pleasures await the cold-water sea swimmer -- and they are incomparable, even, at times, transcendent -- reaching them entails a certain amount of discomfort.

read the article and see the picture @ High Country News

andere teams/zwemmersAlcatraztraining (pool & open water)