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How to Help Your Swimmers Learn to Draft

ma, 17/02/2020 - 22:38

Drafting is an important open water skill that can be practiced in the pool

Most of the technique coaching we provide our swimmers centers on reducing drag. Every square inch of body surface that pushes forward against the water slows that swimmer’s progress. But directly behind that body, there’s a slipstream zone that allows a following swimmer to avoid much of that resistance.

Swimming within that slipstream is known as drafting, and allows the trailing swimmer to follow a faster swimmer at a pace they couldn’t achieve on their own; or follow a swimmer of similar speed with greatly reduced effort.

Read the article @usms

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Marc-Antoine Olivier Wins FINA/CNSG Marathon Swim World Series In Doha

zo, 16/02/2020 - 09:58

Olympic and world champions kicked off the 2020 FINA/CNSG Marathon Swim World Series in the Arabian Gulf in Doha, Qatar today. 75 swimmers including 2016 Olympic gold medalist Ferry Weertman raced over the 10 km course at Katara Beach in Qatar.

Read the article @WOWSA


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Leonie Beck Wins FINA/CNSG Marathon Swim World Series In Doha

za, 15/02/2020 - 23:06

Olympic and world champions kicked off the 2020 FINA/CNSG Marathon Swim World Series in the Arabian Gulf in Doha, Qatar today. 53 swimmers including 2016 Olympic gold medalist Sharon van Rouwendaal raced over the 10 km course at Katara Beach in Qatar.

Leonie Beck of Germany who qualified 9th for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics emerged first over the field and her 2020 Olympic rivals including Haley Anderson of the USA, Rachele Bruni of Italy, Lara Grangeon of France, Ana Marcela Cunha of Brazil, Kareena Leei of Australia, fellow German teammate Finnia Wunram, and van Rouwendaal of the Netherlands.

Read the article @WOWSA

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Top 5 outdoor swimming spots in Ireland

vr, 14/02/2020 - 22:52

With summer only a few months away there will be many opportunities to enjoy an aquatic pursuit in one of the many outdoor swimming spots in Ireland.Is there anything better than basking in the sun and taking a leisurely swim to cool down on a hot summer’s day? 

There are many places in Ireland where you can do both as there are a wide variety of outdoor swimming spots scattered across the country.

See all 5 Outdoor swims @irelandbeforeyoudie

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A Fine Romance

vr, 14/02/2020 - 22:46

What’s your love story with water? Here, Joanna Scanlan, Jessica Hepburn and members of The OSS team share theirs – from the gushy liminal phase when you just can’t stop talking about it; the playing the field phase where the wildswim map is the equivalent of GrindR; the negotiating transactional phase (“am I going to keep on loving you if you’re so damn cold?”); right up to the co-creative forever “where are we going next, swimming my love, what is on the horizon for us as a couple…?”

Read the full love with water article @outdoorswimmingsociety

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Top swimmers sign up for Marathon Swim World Series Doha

ma, 10/02/2020 - 19:17

The FINA/CNSG Marathon Swim World Series Doha 2020 is set for exciting action as many star athletes have signed up for the season-opening meet, which will be held at scenic Katara Beach on February 15.
The Qatar Swimming Association (QSA) has finalised the entry list of competitors for the highly-anticipated meet of the 10km circuit, which includes a total of 136 swimmers (82 male and 53 female athletes) from 34 countries.

Read the article @m.gulf-times

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I swam 31 rivers in 31 days and survived, but we need a clean-up

za, 08/02/2020 - 11:45

Millions swim in open water and outdoor pools in the UK and we must press for better water standards

Why would you even want to swim in a UK river? It’s cold, it’s a bit mucky and yes, it comes with risk.

I may well die of some hideous waterborne flesh-eating virus that entered the water on the wing of a migrating bird, but I love river swimming.

Read the article @theguardian

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From the Northumberland coast to swimming in Antarctica - Alnwick swimmer's epic challenge

za, 08/02/2020 - 11:40

Jane Hardy is used to the cold while swimming off the Northumberland coast, but why she's raising the bar by braving even colder waters

Open water swimmer Jane Hardy has learned to cope with the cold during her daily dips off the Northumberland coast.

The 53-year-old, who lives near Alnwick, puts in a swim of around a kilometre on her forays from her favourite beach.

She began her sea swimming 10 years ago and at first used a wetsuit, but soon switched to a normal swimming costume, cap and goggles.

Read the full article @chroniclelive

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Doha to kick off FINA Marathon Swim World Series 2020

vr, 07/02/2020 - 16:15

Qatar Swimming Association (QSA) will organise the first meet of the FINA /CNSG Marathon Swim World Series 2020, which will see participation of world's best long-distance swimmers at Doha's stunning Katara Beach on February 15.

It will be the third consecutive year when the elite-level 10km men and women races will be held in the Qatari capital, which is also home to multiple FINA Swimming World Cups and the 2014 FINA World Swimming Championships.

Read the article @menafn

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Lack of cold temperatures felt within Doncaster's ice swimming community this winter

do, 06/02/2020 - 20:24

Chris Hill explores the link between climate change and the warmer than average rivers and lakes around Doncaster stopping his ambition of achieving an ice mile.

The impact of global heating is being felt in the winter swimming community.

Read the article @doncasterfreepress

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Explorer trains in Stratford to prep for 30-mile swim through freezing temperatures

di, 04/02/2020 - 19:58

International explorer and Discovery Channel host Justin Fornal is determined to conquer a 30-mile ice water swim with help from the Beardsley zoo.

"So, I’m going to attempt to do the first swim from Canada Greenland across the Nares Strait," Fornal explained while training in Stratford Sunday morning.

Read the article and see the video @news12

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2019 WOWSA Award Winners Announced

ma, 03/02/2020 - 20:16

The 2019 WOWSA Awards winners are selected by the public in a global online poll where one vote is allowed by one computer/one person. A total of 63,583 votes were inputted and determined the following winners:

* World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year: Adherbal Treidler de Oliveira (Brazil)

* World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year: Mariel Hawley Dávila (Mexico)

* World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year: Roman Karkachev, Timur Falomkin, Andrey Zamyslov, Anton Kutuev (Russia)

* World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year: Travesía Interminable by Antonio Argüelles (Mexico) and Adam Skolnick (USA)

Read the full article @WOWSA


Flying Ferry Completes 5km-10km Open Water Double While Maddie Gough Tops TSS Onslaught

zo, 26/01/2020 - 22:51

Flying Dutchman Ferry Weertman certainly showed no ill-effects from his 10km victory on Saturday to back up to complete the Brighton Beach double with a commanding Australian 5km Championship victory on Australia Day in Adelaide today.

While in the women’s race it was the TSS Aquatic club on the Gold Coast filling the first four placings with 2019 World Championship finalist over 1500m Maddie Gough scoring a convincing victory.

Read the article @swimmingworldmagazine

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Pack misses the boat as Dutch Ferry powers home with Hayley Anderson in fine touch

za, 25/01/2020 - 23:20

Olympic champion Ferry Weertman has caught the field by surprise, swimming a wider line to the finish to capture the Australian Open Water 10km Championship in perfect conditions at SA’s Brighton Beach today.

The 27-year-old Dutchman showed all his endurance and in the end his incredible speed to steel a march on a classy 35-strong international-strong field.

Read the article @swimmingworldmagazine

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50-year-old man makes history swimming under stunning Antarctic ice sheet

vr, 24/01/2020 - 18:39

A 50-year-old endurance athlete is swimming beneath an ice sheet in Antarctica to raise awareness of climate change.

On Monday, Lewis Pugh plunged into a river formed beneath a rapidly melting ice sheet and swam through waters just a few degrees above zero — wearing nothing but a Speedo, hair cap and goggles. 

Read the full article and see the video @nypost

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wo, 22/01/2020 - 22:33

Feeling frozen out of life, Katherine May waded into the winter sea - and learned not to run straight back out again

The first time I entered the sea to swim at New Year, I thought I might die. I got in, felt my chest tighten, wondered if I would ever draw another breath, and then ran out again.

The whole experience lasted, by my estimation, less than thirty seconds. But afterwards, I wanted to get straight back in again. 

Read the full article/blog @outdoorswimmingsociety

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Banburyshire woman braves freezing waters for marine charity's fight against plastic

di, 21/01/2020 - 19:08

A woman from Shotteswell is swimming regularly in waters close to freezing temperatures to fitten up for a huge challenge.

Jane Ablett, 56, is tackling open waters such as Lake Coniston in Cumbria and Loch Tay in Scotland to prepare herself for a swim all around St Mary's Island in the Scilly Isles this autumn.

Read the article @banburyguardian

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The Subversive Joy of Cold-Water Swimming

ma, 20/01/2020 - 22:55

Britons are skipping the heated pool and rediscovering the pleasures of lakes, rivers, and seas—even in winter.

In 1973, Roger Deakin, a British writer and environmental activist, acquired a tumbledown sixteenth-century farmhouse outside the ancient village of Mellis, in Suffolk, and began a restoration, repairing stone walls and replacing roof tiles. 

Among the attributes of Walnut Tree Farm, as the house was called, was a deep, spring-fed moat. 

Read the full, long article @newyorker

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Fergil Hesterman, Kyra Wijnker Win Ice Kilometer In Volendam

ma, 20/01/2020 - 22:50

Dutch ice swimmers Fergil Hesterman and Kyra Wijnker threw down some pretty fast 500m and Ice Kilometer times at the Ice Swimming Volendam event on January 18th-19th in zwembad De Waterdam Edam/Volendam, Netherlands.

Check the full results @WOWSA


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8 new European races join the GSS: Alpen Adria Swim Cup!

wo, 15/01/2020 - 21:34

The 8 races of the Alpen Adria Swim Cup have added more beautiful and majestic European races join the Global Swim Series.  If you include the LGSA Classique on Lake Geneva in Switzerland to the 8 races in the Alpen Adria Swim Cup and that makes 9 European races that have joined in less than a month!  Not to mention the plethora of other GSS races across Europe.  No excuses looking for a race in Europe this summer!

Read the article and see the swims @globalswimseries

All swims are added to our Future Event calender.


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