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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.

Read the article and register @globalswimseries

 

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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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Back to the open water: how to approach your return to swimming outdoors

do, 21/05/2020 - 22:53

Last week the government lifted its lockdown restrictions on outdoor activities in England, meaning that after a long break we are now allowed to return to swimming. Whether you have decided to return to the water again or not, or are still waiting for restrictions to be eased in the rest of the UK, now is a good time to give some thought about how you might approach your return to swimming.

Read the full article @outdoorswimmer

 

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How do you prepare for open water swimming?

vr, 15/05/2020 - 22:49

Open-water swimming is good for your triathlon fitness, your state of mind and your soul. James Witts explains how to safely make the most of every different body of water now the current restrictions have been lifted in England
Research from Sport England calculates that 4.1 million of us swam in lakes, lochs, rivers and seas between November 2017 and 2018. And you can see why. 

“There’s no substitute to seeing the sky and nature around you when you swim, whatever the season,” Lou reasons. “Swimming throughout the year in cold water has the added benefit of relieving aches and pains. But you also enjoy a rush of adrenaline that lifts your mood. I feel like I’ve really achieved something.”

Read the full article @220triathlon
 

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Boris Johnson gives the go-ahead for socially distanced open water swimming in England but RLSS UK and Swim England urge caution due to safety fears

ma, 11/05/2020 - 23:01

Some outdoor sports that can safely operate under the new government guidelines, including social distancing, will be able to restart from Wednesday 13 May – according to Boris Johnson in Prime Minister’s Question Time this afternoon that includes open water swimming with one other person as long as social distancing is observed at all times. This guidance applies to England only.

As of Wednesday 13 May we will be able to take part in "unlimited exercise" and "drive to other destinations, but only with members of your own household." National parks and areas of the UK that are popular with swimmers such as Cornwall and the Lake District are urging the public not to travel to those areas for fear of precipitating a second spike in coronavirus cases.

Read the article @outdoorswimmer

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EDF Aqua Challenge Update

wo, 06/05/2020 - 22:47

As one of our largest annual swim series’ in Europe, the EDF Aqua Challenge annually organizes 13 amazing and diverse open water swimming experiences throughout France and the French region of Martinique.

As anticipated, we have been informed by the race organizers that changes have had to be made to the original schedule, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Please visit the GSS calendar for the up to date changes and cancellations to each event.

Read the article @globalswimseries

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Real Sport

vr, 01/05/2020 - 23:13

“Did you see that video on Facebook Donal? Complete tool”.
“I mean what the hell Donal, is your sport all gobshites like that?”
“It doesn’t matter you don’t use Facebook. It was on the news last night as well. Here it is here on my phone. Look!”
“What kind of a fool goes swimming in a storm? There was a marine red alert and all! I saw that on the Twittter machine.”

“That auld lad going in at Blackrock pier right in the middle of it! The whole of Galway watching. The whole country now! I’d hate to be that lad, he’ll get crucified.”

Read the full Blog @Loneswimmer
 

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Alternatives to swimming: pros and cons

di, 28/04/2020 - 23:12

Does anyone remember those times before coronavirus? In that previous life, people would occasionally ask me, how do I find the motivation to do so much swimming? These were mostly non-swimmers, obviously. The question often arises from people who think you must be swimming for some greater purpose such as losing weight or getting fit. They don’t seem to understand that we swim because we love swimming. 

Staying fit and healthy are merely beneficial side effects – although it’s a curious thing that there is a positive correlation between your swimming fitness and enjoyment of swimming. 

Read the Blog @outdoorswimmer
 

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Changes to the Alpen Adria Swim Cup Schedule

di, 28/04/2020 - 23:07

It goes without saying, the priority for all race directors and organizers is always the safety of participants. Unavoidably, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a number of events have had to be rescheduled or cancelled this year. Months of hard work and dedication are invested into each event, so decisions to cancel or postpone are not taken lightly.

Read the article @globalswimseries

 

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How to cope with life when you can’t swim

za, 18/04/2020 - 22:46

My working assumption is that everyone has bad stuff in their lives to deal with: traumatic events in the past, difficult issues to manage in the present and worries about what the future holds.

Swimming can’t solve life’s hard problems. It doesn’t cure illness nor (except for a few lucky people) pay the mortgage. 

But what it does do very well, is to help us cope with some of the sh*t that life throws at us. Something magical happens when you’re in the water, especially when it’s outside, in nature.

Read the article/blog @outdoorswimmer

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Tethered swimming – how to train for the open water in your back garden

do, 09/04/2020 - 23:07

With local pools shut and no access to the open water you might think you have no swimming options beyond splashing about in your bath. But a garden pool is not as expensive as you might think and will allow you to train using a swim belt, bungee or tether. It’s very effective and actually a great workout. See below for some pool options available online for delivery.

Read the article and watch the video`s @outdoorswimmer

 

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Seven reasons why an enforced break from swimming might be good for you

wo, 01/04/2020 - 22:52

There’s been lots of social media chat this week about whether outdoor swimming could be acceptable as your allocated one form of exercise per day. Opinions became quite heated. Rather than wade into that debate, we thought we’d share a few reasons why an enforced break from swimming, however much we don’t like it, might be good us.

Read it @outdoorswimmer

 

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Is the open water still open?

zo, 22/03/2020 - 22:32

At the time of writing leisure centres and swimming pools are closed and the government has advised us to avoid all non-essential travel. Open water venues in London, where I live, are mostly closed – lidos, ponds, lakes and docks have locked their gates. Outdoor swimming is a social sport – even if you swim alone it is hard to maintain social distancing and effective hygiene while getting changed, paying or signing in for your swim and having your post-swim chat and cuppa. So where does that leave us?

Read the blog @outdoorswimmer

 

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How to keep swimming fit during the coronavirus pandemic

za, 21/03/2020 - 23:28

Thinking about keeping fit for swimming while there’s a coronavirus pandemic raging may seem, at best, a little odd, or, worse, utterly thoughtless. On the other hand, exercise is known to help combat stress and anxiety.

It’s surely better for your mental well-being to have a plan and take some action rather than staying glued to social media for constant updates (both true and fake) on what’s happening and then suffer the negative feelings this arouses. I therefore thought I’d share my plans for staying fit over the forthcoming weeks, in case they are of any use to other swimmers.

Read it all @outdoorswimmer
 

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Can’t Swim? Can’t Gym? Coronavirus-crunched on all sides?

za, 21/03/2020 - 23:26

Can’t Swim? Can’t Gym? Coronavirus-crunched on all sides?

Ask not what you can’t do but what you CAN do.

Here are 25 things You CAN Do While Training and Racing Are on Hold – from Wayne Goldsmith, exclusively for Swimming World.

You’ve been told that your next Swim Meet has been cancelled. The one you’ve been planning for and training for over the past few months.

You’re disappointed.
You’re frustrated.
You’re annoyed.

There’s a wonderful philosophy that helps give power and perspective to everyone facing difficult situations and seemingly overwhelming challenges:

Read it all @swimmingworldmagazine

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FINA’s COVID-19 Advice

za, 21/03/2020 - 23:22

FINA is the governing body of aquatics that includes global responsibilities to sanction the following:

* FINA UltraMarathon Swimming Series
* FINA/CNSG Marathon Swim World Series
* FINA Olympic Marathon Swim Qualifier
* World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships
* FINA World Aquatic Championships (5 km, 5 km Team Relay, 10 km and 25 km races)
* Olympic 10K Marathon Swim
* FINA Open Water Swim World Events

FINA issued the following guidance related to the prevention of COVID-19:

Read the article @WOWSA

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Exploring Ireland's wild swimming spots

di, 17/03/2020 - 23:09

Five swimmers with an inflatable tent, an estate car and a plan to try out as many different Irish swims as possible in three nights. Susanne Masters explores the wild swimming spots of Ireland.

Of all the forms that outdoor swimming can take, from open water races to soothing balm for troubled thoughts, my favourite is swimming infused with joie de vivre. In this my most committed companions are Alice, Lucy, Keith and Amanda. By planning six months in advance we found three consecutive nights in July when we were all available for a microadventure to be filled with as much wilderness, giggles and sense of wonder as possible. I’ve had a hankering for swimming in Irish waters for years. 

Read the article and see the pictures @outdoorswimmer

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As The Swimming World Is On Lockdown And Quarantines, Open Water Continues

zo, 15/03/2020 - 22:28

Open water swimmers are, by most accounts, out-of-the-box thinkers and adventurous souls. Their venues of choice are oceans, seas, lakes, rivers, lochs, quarries and estuaries.

Their personalities and characters lead these open water swimmers to recreate and challenge themselves in wild swims, extreme swims, channel crossings, winter swims, high-altitude swims, ice swims and marathon swims.

Read the article @WOWSA

 

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Lifeguarding outdoors in winter - a chat with an open water lifeguard

vr, 13/03/2020 - 22:54

We chat to Francesca Ridgard, a lifeguard at London Royal Docks, to find out what it's like to lifeguard outdoors in winter.

How different is it lifeguarding in winter compared to in the summer?

The key factors of lifeguarding are prevention, recognition and rescue.

In the summer, this is a more straightforward exercise given the temperate conditions, but in winter you are much more alert to the weather, water and the people you have swimming.

Read the article @outdoorswimmer

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A swimmer's perspective on the City of London Corporation's proposals for Hampstead Heath ponds

wo, 11/03/2020 - 22:43

Nicola Mayhew, Co-chair of the Hampstead Heath Ladies' Pond, gives her opinion on the City of London's proposals to adopt 'applied' charging at the ponds from 2 May 2020.

The proposals would be applicable at the point of entry for the bathing ponds and Heath Rangers will oversee and ensure payment.

Anyone who fails to pay would be excluded from the ponds.

Read the full article @outdoorswimmer

local swim(s)reportGreat Britain /UK

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