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Fancy a dip? Brave swimmers don silly hats for Christmas Day swim on the Hoe

di, 27/12/2016 - 23:41
While most people were unwrapping presents, drinking bucks fizz and preparing the turkey – this crazy lot were jumping in the sea for a Christmas Day swim.

Read the article and see the video @ The Herald

cold_water/winter swimmingGreat Britain /UK

Betsy Lavin Swims One Million Yards Despite Having Multiple Sclerosis

di, 27/12/2016 - 00:29

Williamsburg Aquatic Club lifer Betsy Lavin reached a major milestone in her life just a few days ago. Lavin, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis back in 2009, set a goal to swim 1 million yards in a year. Throughout her lifetime, she’s been a swimmer, swim parent, and official for WAC.

read the article @ SwimSwam

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Lakes man inducted into an international hall of fame for achievements in swimming

di, 27/12/2016 - 00:11

THE director of the Lake District’s Big Chill Swim on Windermere has been inducted into an international hall of fame for his achievements in the sport.

Colin Hill, formerly of High Wray near Hawkshead but now of Howtown, Ullswater, will formally be inducted into the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame at a ceremony at Windsor in April.

read the full article and see the picture @ The Westmorland Gazette

IMSHoFGreat Britain /UK

Oceans Seven hero Redmond set for Hall of Fame

di, 27/12/2016 - 00:03

Stephen Redmond will be inducted into the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame on 22 April next year at a ceremony in London.

The Cork man is known for his achievement of becoming the first person to complete the Oceans Seven – seven of the world’s toughest open water challenges.

read the full article and see the picture @ RTÊ

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Why an icy dip’s brrrillant for your skin!

ma, 26/12/2016 - 23:59

Meet the women who sing the benefits of swimming in cold open water. Meet Kate Lawson:

>>> read the article and see the pictures @ MailOnline


cold_water/winter swimmingGreat Britain /UK

Big Chill Swim competitors enjoy fantastic Windermere weekend

ma, 26/12/2016 - 23:52

A record 68 open water swimming teams competed in Windermere’s fifth Big Chill Swim relays at the weekend, whilst international swimmers carried off individual gold medals in various sprint and endurance races in the gala.

Hosted by Low Wood Bay Resort Hotel & Marina, the official Winter Swimming Association event, part of the World Cup series, featured 1,000 competitors from as far afield as Chile and Russia.

The weekend’s racing was particularly fruitful for Finland’s Elina Makinen, who swept the field with six golds and a silver medal.  Makinen emerged victorious in the 120m freestyle, the 60m freestyle, the women’s 30m ‘Ice Fly’, and the longer 240m and 450m endurance swims.

Read the complete article and see the picture @ CumbriaCrack

cold_water/winter swimmingGreat Britain /UK

Openwater groups in Denmark

ma, 26/12/2016 - 16:02

1.  Copenwater is Copenhagen’s Club for Open Water Swimming based at Amager Strandpark just outside of Copenhagen. It was founded in the Spring of 2015 and they hold multiple training sessions every week.  You can choose to swim in the more rough sea at the outside of the Strandpark or in the more calm water inside of the lagoon. If you would like to join Copenwater for some training practice contact: or contact Hans Henrik Heming:

2.   Cool Kona is an open water swim community based in Roskilde, which is a 25 minute drive from Copenhagen.

This group swims in the Roskilde Fjord, which has calm water and beautiful green surroundings with a spectacular view over the old Roskilde Cathedral and the Viking Museum.  This is a particularly unique setting for open water swimming. 

For further information: 
or contact Eline Andersen:

3.   Swimbuddy in Esrum Lake. Find a swimbuddy for regular training or just a one-off swim in Lake Esrum.

This lake offers clean water and a great view of the Fredensburg Palace Garden (  Sightseeing and swimming in one grand package. What's not to like!

Lake Esrum ( is 8 km north of Hillerød on the island of Zealand.  To travel here you can take a bike on the S-train to Hillerød and then cycle to the Lake.  A great opportunity to see a little bit of North Zealand by bike.

A lot of the open water swimmers using Lake Esum live in Hillerød so they may even be able to join you for the short bike ride to the Lake.  For more details:
or contact: Carsten Jokumsen:

4.  Svømmemakker i Buresø (Swimbuddy in Buresø).  Swimbuddy in Buresø is for everybody who would like to swim in the beautiful 2 km long lake which is perfectly suited for open water swimming.  It is located between Slangerup and Slagslunde, beachnumber K950.

The GPS address to enter is Skovvej 1, 3550 Slangerup.  There is a large parking lot in the Southern end. For more details: 
or contact Thomas Larsen from Svømmeklubben Laksen (Swim Club Laksen)

5.   Svømmemakker i Charlottenlund (English translation: Swimbuddy in Charlottenlund)
This is an open water swim community based north of Copenhagen at the beautiful Charlottenlund beach in the Øresund ocean between Denmark and Sweden.

It is easy to reach Charlottenlund beach by either bus or train from the centre of Copenhagen.  You can also easily go by bike or car.  For more details: or contact Ellen Garne: 
The below map gives you an overview of the swimming communities:

Follow this link to find other open water swim communities:

For other open water swimming opportunities go to this overview of open water swimming courses in Denmark:


Co-webmaster Richard Broer has been honored in both IMSHOF and ISHOF

zo, 18/12/2016 - 01:03

My co-webmaster Richard has been honored in both IMSHOF and ISHOF

IMSHOF - 2017 Honor Contributor

Richard Broer played a major role in developing open water swimming for the last twenty years including the role as Chairperson of the Technical Open Water Committee of Royal Netherlands Swimming Association.
He is responsible for the yearly open water publication with all (association) events nationally, an extensive brochure on the ins and outs of open waters swimming nationally.   Richard brought the sport in the Netherlands to the web in 1998 with which further promotes the events and the sport in general. 
One indicator of the success of open water (including marathon) swimming in the Netherlands are the double Dutch marathon winners in Rio.

His other internet co-initiative is a website for the European area. It concentrates on the event calendar for Europe. It is a proven instrument in attracting vacationing swimmers to swims in their holiday destination.

Broer coaches: 20 IJsselmeer relays and a solo winner plus a 100% record for seven English Channel relays including two world records.
Richard is also an accomplished swimmer - continuing today: 1978 record Netherlands national competition victory and 1500m swim in under 16 minutes. He completed several solo marathons including Gibraltar Straits, Flanders Marathon twice and the IJsselmeer 3 times.


ISHOF - Irving Davids/Captain Roger W. Wheeler Memorial Award of 2017

The International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) will recognize Richard Broer, for his extensive contributions to the administration of open water swimming with the 2017 Irving Davids/Captain Roger W. Wheeler Memorial Award.  

The Irving Davids/Captain Roger W. Wheeler Memorial Award is presented annually by International Swimming Hall of Fame to the organization or individual who has contributed the most to the administration of open water swimming.


Learn more about Richard Broer

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Mediterranean swimming holidays filmed by drone

zo, 18/12/2016 - 00:36

Drone and aerial filming has become very popular in recent years and this also reflect on swimming events. Strel Swimming, a professional swimming holiday operator, runs week-long guided trips in the Mediterranean countries (Croatia, Montenegro, Greece, Turkey, Slovenia). They swim from island to island, through the submarine tunnels and more. They have put together some amazing drone video clips from the past summer. See below youtube clips and enjoy!
















Croatia swimming 1

Croatia swimming 2

Montenegro swimming

Greece swimming


Insurance worker and amateur triathlete dives into the Thames to rescue 4-year-old boy who fell in

za, 17/12/2016 - 22:08

The child slipped through railings into the fast-flowing water and was rescued with seconds to spare.

A HERO amateur triathlete dived in to save a four-year-old boy struggling to stay afloat after he fell into the Thames.

Read the article By ELLIE CAMBRIDGE and see the pictures @ The Sun

swimmers portraitsGreat Britain /UK

Port to Pub swim: Olympian Jarrod Poort to tackle 25km swim in 2017

za, 17/12/2016 - 22:05

OLYMPIC swimmer Jarrod Poort has announced he will take part in the 2017 Hotel Rottnest Port to Pub swim next year.

The dual Olympian, who is currently Australia’s best open water swimmer, announced today he would take on the 25km ultra-marathon swim.

Read the article by Lisa Thomas @ Communitynews

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10 Things To Know For Open Water Races

za, 17/12/2016 - 22:01

The goggles I wore were tinted too dark, and  I couldn’t see any of the buoys nor my hand in front of me. Things were swimming between my feet, and the sea lice were biting parts of my body I didn’t even know I had. I loved it!

It was my first Open Water race. I swam in 60-degree water on a cold, cloudy day to finally cross the finish line in a little under 30 minutes.

Read the full article with some excellent tips by Gregg Cross @ SwimSwam

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Sea Hawks team from Mumbai swims to Mangaluru in record-breaking feat

vr, 16/12/2016 - 02:32

Mangaluru, Dec 8: The city of Mangaluru on Thursday December 8 a Guiness world record-breaking feat when six swimmers that formed the 'Sea Hawks' reached the coast of Mangaluru at Tannirbavi, swimming a distance of 1,031 km from Mumbai.

This historic swim was kicked off at the Gateway of India on November 16 by Piyush Goyal, union minister for power. The expedition was undertaken to pay tribute to the martyrs and victims of the 26/11 attack. The team of serving and former servicemen as well as civilians broke the record held by Night Rain (eds; Night Train) Open Water swimming team of US which had swum 504 km.

Read the full article and see the many pictures @ DaijiWorld


'Sea Hawks' breaks record in open water swimming

vr, 16/12/2016 - 02:25

A six-member team of relay swimmers from Mumbai on Thursday touched the Arabian Sea coast in Mangaluru, breaking the Guinness record for open water swimming. The team ‘Sea Hawks’ covered 1,031 km (557 nautical miles) starting from the coast near Gateway of India on November 26, passing through the Goan waters, before ending their lap at Tanneerbhavi beach here.

Read the full article and see the picture @ Deccan Herald


Fifth Big Chill swim returning to Low Wood Bay

vr, 16/12/2016 - 02:23

Low Wood Bay Hotel and Marina is hosting this weekend’s Big Chill Swim event which will see 1,000 national and international competitors arrive in Cumbria.

Taking place on December 10 and 11, the event will see both professional and amateur swimmers brave the waters of Windermere without wetsuits.

Read the article @ in-cumbria

local swim(s)Great Britain /UK

2016 WOWSA Awards - voting has started

vr, 16/12/2016 - 02:20

The WOWSA has the nominees posted and voting has started:

See the nominations >>> here <<<

swimmers portraitsWorld

Swimmers to brave chilly waters for notorious Lake District gala

vr, 16/12/2016 - 02:17

FEARLESS swimmers will once again take to chilly waters as an international swimming gala returns to the Lake District.

Low Wood Bay Resort Hotel and Marina will play host to the fifth Big Chill Swim with professional and amateur open water swimmers from countries such as Chile, Russia and USA taking to Windermere without wetsuits in a series of gruelling challenges.

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

local swim(s)Great Britain /UK