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Bay loses lucrative North End Lake swim

ma, 13/02/2017 - 00:23

IT was announced this week that the South African open water swimming nationals will relocate from the proposed venue of North End Lake to Marina Martinique in Jeffreys Bay.

The Championships, which are set to attract around 300 top swimmers from around the country, were earmarked to be the first swimming event in the rehabilitated lake but at the weekend the local organisers had to recommend the venue change to Swimming South Africa as water quality levels hadn’t yet met with international swimming standards.

finish reading the article by Micheal Zoetmulder and see the picture @ News24

local swim(s)Afrika

Video from Burghausen

wo, 08/02/2017 - 21:53

Auf Nachfrage haben wir hier auch noch einen Video-Mitschnitt bei Dunkelheit, mit Flutlicht, der Damen und Herren und jeder Menge Schnee.

Vielen Dank an Wolfgang und seine Crew, der uns diese Zusammenschnitte kostenlos zur Verfügung stellt.

KeepFrozen! <(") -

ice and winter swimmingAustria

Greamy Sutton on Facebook

wo, 08/02/2017 - 21:48

While we, Swim on the Wild Side, have been on holiday in Spain doing a recce for further tours and enjoying the winter sun. On our return to the Lake District, enthused by the response to our Monsters Swim in August (, we are now faced with the wonderful problem of where our clients would like to go next. At present we have our European 4x4x4=1 in June, several smaller one day activities and a couple of guided length of Windermere swims planned for the forthcoming months. If you are planning a holiday in the Lake District then one of our prearranged swims may be of interest, or maybe something completely different. We would love to hear your suggestions, either by posting below or by email through our website ( Thank you.

read the original post with a picture @ FB

training & coachingGreat Britain /UK

Argentina to Host First 10k Open Water World Cup of the Season Feb 4th

za, 04/02/2017 - 15:46

This Saturday 18 men and 20 women will embark on the first leg of the FINA/HOSA 10km Marathon Swim World Cup (MSWC) in Patagones-Viedma, Argentina.

Similar to the short course meters (25m) FINA World Cup that runs from the end of the summer through late fall and spans 9 cities, the 10km Open Water World Cup spans 7 cities and 4 continents and will run until October and its conclusion in Hong Kong.  Like the FINA World Cup (25m), prize money is awarded to the top finishers in each race, with prizes awarded for the first 8 finishers in both men’s and women’s fields.  

Read the full article @ SwimSwam


The ice men (and women) cometh!

za, 04/02/2017 - 15:39

The problem with hypothermia is that you don’t realise you’ve got it until it’s too late. As the blood is quickly drawn to the vital organs to keep them alive, you first lose coordination, then consciousness, then you die.

That’s if you’re not dead already. The biggest risk of subjecting the body to frigid temperatures – such as open fresh water of five degrees Celsius, or less – is a heart attack. Either way, not many people would survive longer than three quarters of an hour.

Only this Saturday morning, off the very cold shore of Lough Dan in the Wicklow Mountains, 16 people will subject themselves to those exact conditions, wearing nothing more than standard swimming togs, a cap, and goggles: they’ll swim for a mile, and provided the water stays at five degrees Celsius, or less, and they survive within 45 minutes, they’ll be rewarded with the title of International Ice Mile Swimmer.

Read the full article @ TheIrishTimes

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Glasgow locks down return of world's toughest open water adventure race

za, 04/02/2017 - 15:34

The icy-cold waters of the Forth & Clyde Canal will host the return of Red Bull Neptune Steps next month, as the toughest open-water adventure race lands back in Glasgow for its third consecutive year.

Red Bull Neptune Steps, which takes place on Saturday March 18, challenges endurance athletes in an adventure race like no other.

Read the full article and see the pictures @ GlasgowLive

local swim(s)Great Britain /UK

Making a splash: cold water swimming

vr, 03/02/2017 - 18:42

There’s something for everyone at the cold water swimming championships at the lido in Tooting, south London: medals for the fastest, an award for the best hat and a mass jump-in in aid of Crisis, the homelessness charity.

Read the article and see the many pictures @ The Gaurdian

cold_water/winter swimmingGreat Britain /UK

10 things you only know if you swim through winter

vr, 03/02/2017 - 18:36

1 All-year swimmers don’t wear wetsuits. That defeats the purpose.

2 You will never have enough warm clothes. You need many more things than you think you might need, to recover after a cold swim. Thermals, fleeces, your thickest jackets, woolly hats, gloves, socks and scarves. And you won’t want to take them off all day. It’s a pretty strong look.

Read the complete article and see the center fould picture @ The Gaurdian

cold_water/winter swimmingswimmers portraitsGreat Britain /UK

Press release - Erica From America: Swimming from Europe to Africa

wo, 01/02/2017 - 19:16

Erica from America: Swimming from Europe to Africa, tells the story of Erica, who, as a child grew up wanting to do everything, and later decided to swim the Strait of Gibraltar. Her friends thought she was crazy but Erica was determined (even if a little nervous) and decided she was going to swim from Europe to Africa no matter what. But when she got to Spain, her plans are interrupted by the winds and another group of swimmers, who befriend her and ask her to swim with them. Ultimately, she and the other swimmers were all set to swim and they reached their goal to swim from Europe to Africa but not without a lot of activity during the swim!

Marriah Publishing Announces​​ Award Winning Swimmer and Children’s Book Author appearing and signing books at Black’s Paper & Gift Shop, Wolfeboro, NH on Saturday, February 18th 1-3pm. Stop by the store, learn about Erica, and purchase a signed copy of the award-winning children’s book!

read the full bookreview and see where the writer is signing @ SAT Press Releases

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Showdown awaits at open water swim champs

wo, 01/02/2017 - 19:10

THIS weekend sees the showdown of EP’s top open water swimmers as the Nelson Mandela Bay Aquatics (NMBA) Open Water Swim Championships takes place at Marina Martinique.

Saturday will feature the NMBA 5km Championships starting at 2pm while Sunday hosts the NMBA 10km Championships at 9am and the 3pm Championships at 12 noon.

Read the article and see the picture @ news24

local swim(s)Afrika

Drought won't affect Midmar Mile: Race director

wo, 01/02/2017 - 19:08

Despite the ongoing drought‚ the Midmar Mile glass is more than half fill this year‚ event director Wayne Riddin said on Tuesday.

The dam just outside Howick in KwaZulu-Natal is 35 metres higher than last year‚ which is good news for the biggest open water swimming event in the world. According to Department of Water Affairs official figures‚ the current level of the dam is 58.5% compared to 46.8% a year ago.

read the article and see the picture @ TimesLive

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Contest win 'a godsend' for Lakes firm

wo, 01/02/2017 - 19:02

WINNING £10,000 worth of advertising was “a godsend” for an Ambleside outdoor business which was hit by the floods in 2015.

Swim the Lakes, which offers open water swimming experiences in the Cumbrian lakes, had felt the impact of the floods so owner Peter Kelly decided to enter CN Group’s Business Boost competition last year.

He said it was one of the best decisions he had made as the business was chosen as one of the winners of a £10,000 advertising package and mentoring programme.

read the complete article and see the picture @ NW Evening Mail

local swim(s)Great Britain /UK

Groom says I a bitterly cold river swim before he ties the knot

wo, 01/02/2017 - 19:00

It might not be the most usual way of stopping pre-wedding nerves, but for one groom, a bitterly-cold open-water swim proved just the tonic. Richard Canterbury, from York, wanted to do something to take his mind off the pressures of the big day, so just hours before he tied the knot at Alnwick Treehouse, he decided to take the plunge in the North Sea and the River Aln.

Read the complete article and see the picture @ Northumberland Gazette


cold_water/winter swimmingGreat Britain /UK

Stiff competition for Ho

vr, 27/01/2017 - 00:50

Johannesburg - Earning a record eighth Midmar Mile title has just got a bit tougher for Chad Ho as he goes up against a defending Olympic Open Water gold medallist and a former 10km world champion.

Midmar race director Wayne Ridden, pictured, yesterday revealed that the men’s competition would have more international swimmers who will be looking to break Ho’s stranglehold on the world’s largest open water swim.

Olympic open water champion Ferry Weertman of the Netherlands will be making his Midmar debut this year while 2005 world champion Chip Peterson is also set to line up against Ho.

Read the full article and see the picture @ IOL

local swim(s)Afrika

Rio Olympian Jarrod Poort back to defend 10km crown at Brighton

vr, 27/01/2017 - 00:48

JARROD Poort didn’t win a medal in Rio but his performance in the 10km open water swim became one of the highlights of Australia’s Olympics.

The 22-year-old became somewhat of a cult hero when he led for 9km and could “smell” the gold medal only to be caught in the closing stages in a performance his dad hilariously described as all “heart and balls”.

Poort eventually finished 21st in 1hr 53mins 40secs but won plenty of admirers.

read the article and see the pictures @ courier mail

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Annual open water swim returns to Western Australia in February

vr, 27/01/2017 - 00:45

An annual 19.7-kilometer open water swim from Cottesloe Beach to Rottnest Island in Western Australia will take place on Feb. 25.

Sponsored by travel and lifestyle brand Karma Group, the Rottnest Channel Swim welcomes all swimmers to take part as solo competitors, a duo, or as a team.

Paul Newsome, renowned open water swim instructor and Karma Swim Ambassador for the event, will be offering noteworthy training tips to teams and members prior to the swim.

read the whole article and see the picture @ Jakarta Post

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Open Water Training with Grant Holicky

do, 26/01/2017 - 01:45

Grant Holicky, head coach of Rallysport Aquatics (RACE) in Boulder, Colorado, has been working with elite open water swimmers for several years now. Two of his most notable athletes are Joey Pedraza, who finished third in the 5k at the 2014 Nationals, and Christine Jennings, who has been to both World Championships and the Pan Pacific Championships for open water.

Read the complete and interesting article and view the pictures (outdoor pool training in winter!) @ SwimmingWorldMagazine

training & coachingAmericas

Ebotse Mile makes a welcome return

do, 26/01/2017 - 01:36

The Ebotse Mile, organised by Swim4Life, returned to the East Rand Speedboat Club (ERSC), at Rynfield Dam, for the first time in a few years on Sunday, January 15.

The event was the East Rand seeding event for this year’s Midmar Mile, the world’s largest open water swim, which takes place on February 11 and 12.

According to race organiser Willie Voster the field was smaller than expected, but it was still a good turnout.

“Now that the word is out that the event is back we hope that it will continue to grow,” he said.

read the rest of the article and see the pictures @ Benoni City Times (RSA)

local swim(s)Afrika

Open water swimming… in Alaska? Absolutely!

do, 26/01/2017 - 01:30

So the latest addition to the Global Swim Series is the “Change Your Latitude” swim in Sitka, Alaska.  And at 57 degrees north latitude it is literally (and figuratively!) off the beaten path.

Change Your Latitude is a combined 10k/6k/3k/1k open water swim located in beautiful Sitka Sound, Alaska. And I’m sure one of your first questions is: “isn’t it really cold?!”

Read the rest and view the quite interesting pictures @ GSS

local swim(s)Americas

Lincoln teacher to swim the English Channel in wife and father’s honour

do, 26/01/2017 - 01:28

A brave Lincoln teacher will swim the English Channel to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and Breast Cancer Care, inspired by his wife and father.

Nick Honey, 50, a teacher at Sir Robert Pattinson Academy in North Hykeham, will be swimming solo the 22-mile crossing in the first week of August 2017.

Read the rest and view the pictures @ The Lincolnite

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