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Long Beach swimmer sets records as he makes seventh swim between Catalina and Long Beach - di, 16/10/2018 - 23:19

As he approached the shore early Monday morning, Hank Wise knew he had a chance to set the record.

The 50-year-old Long Beach native had set off from the Catalina shore seven hours before, making his record-breaking seventh swim between the island and Long Beach. But perfect conditions put him in position to break the record for the fastest swim from Catalina to the mainland by a male athlete.

“I really wanted to kick it in and find that other gear,” Wise said. “There really wasn’t anything left.”

Read the full article @presstelegram

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The European Swimming League Bureau met on October 13th in Amsterdam, where they agreed on the frequency, locations and dates of the 2019 Open Water World Cup.

The LEN decided that starting in March there will be an event at least once a month, other than July when the World Championships are, for a total of six stages running until the end of August. The first four stops don’t have specific dates nailed down just yet (just the month), but the final two stops will take place on August 18th and August 31st in Ohrid and Copenhagen.

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Great turnout for the start of the Eastern Cape Open Water Swim Series - ma, 15/10/2018 - 22:53

The Nelson Mandela Bay Aquatics (NMBA) open water swimming season kicked off on Sunday morning with the first round of the provincial Swim Series taking place at the pristine Marina Martinique, home of the SA Open Water Swimming National Championships in 2019.

Over 100 swimmers from around the Eastern Cape took full advantage of the opportunity to secure early qualification times for the season with great swimming conditions on the morning with water temperatures permitting wetsuit legal races.

This season there is a strong drive by NMBA to encourage swimmers into the longer distance races and in particular the Olympic distance 10km race with an incentive of a top of the range locally produced Blusmooth wetsuit as a 10km lucky draw at the end of the Series in January.

Read the article and see the results @rnews

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What`s your workout? The Next Big Swim After the English Channel - ma, 15/10/2018 - 17:22

Living in San Francisco, Randy Edwards was always intrigued by the idea of swimming to Alcatraz Island. In 2009 he signed up to swim the 2-mile crossing with a colleague, having never done any swimming outside a pool or a pond.

“I think it’s always important, both physically and mentally, to have a challenge planned,” he says. “Once I committed, there was no turning back.”

Mr. Edwards, 48, quickly learned open-water swimming was far different from the competitive swimming he did in high school. He started swimming in San Francisco Bay with a group called the Dolphin Swimming and Boating Club. Despite water temperatures in the 60s and colder, he got hooked on the new workout.

Read the full story about Randy Edwards @WSJ

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Where's Your Spouse? Issues Of Open Water Safety - zo, 14/10/2018 - 22:58

It is time to tell a few disturbing stories about the last two events in Cork, Ireland, one of the epicenters of open water swimming in the world. There are too many safety issues to summarize – so read to take them all in. The purpose of this story is to educate the open water swimming community and improve going forward:

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As with every year and every West Cork open water swim, the last swimmers arrived late. Perhaps they failed to allow enough time; a few tractors on the road or they failed to count on 20 minutes needed to park, walk to registration, change, drop a bag and walk to the ferries. The ferries were chartered for specific times so the first swimmers hurried on.

Read the complete detailed article about Safety Impact @dailynews.openwaterswimming

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PE's Jendamark Bell Buoy Challenge included in Open Water World Tour - do, 11/10/2018 - 23:06

Jendamark Bell Buoy Challenge to kick off Open Water World Tour

Nelson Mandela Bay has confirmed its status as the watersport capital of South Africa with the announcement that the Jendamark Bell Buoy Challenge has been included as the first stop on the Open Water World Tour next year.

The 5km ocean swimming race, which celebrates its 10th edition in 2019, will see hundreds of local and international swimmers taking to the waters off Port Elizabeth’s Pollok Beach on Saturday, April 13.

Event organiser Michael Zoetmulder said the inclusion of the Indian Ocean race on the prestigious amateur world tour was a welcome development and a major boost for sports tourism in the Bay.

“As the only approved African event in this competitive series, we are very proud to be able to share the beautiful but tough racing conditions in Algoa Bay with the world,” said Zoetmulder.

Read the article @rnews

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Swimming around Hong Kong Island: Edie Hu attempts to circle the city for charity and become first woman to try since 1976 - do, 11/10/2018 - 23:02

Edie Hu will swim 45 kilometres around Hong Kong Island for the charity Splash that teaches domestic helpers and underprivileged children to swim

When Edie Hu attempts to swim around Hong Kong Island on November 3, it is not the physical aspect of the 45 kilometres that worries her.

“I already know most of it is mental, I think physically I can make it already,” she said.

“There are parts of the course that feel like you are never going to reach the next part. Like from Cape D’Aguilar to the Stanley headland is a very long stretch and you can be a bit despondent.”

Not many people have attempted the mammoth swim. In 1976, Linda McGill completed the challenge and then the next person was Simon Holliday just last year.

Read the full article @scmp

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Swim Feat Leads to More Swim Research - wo, 10/10/2018 - 23:19

Craig Coombs’ record-breaking swim around Alameda (“Local to Attempt Setting Record for Swimming around the Island City,” Sept. 6) prompted me to investigate my grandfather’s record swims. As I looked through my grandmother’s belongings, I came upon several newspaper clippings documenting my grandpa’s records.

In the fall of 1939, America was emerging from the Great Depression and the Bay Area had two newly constructed iconic suspension bridges, the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge. To celebrate, Treasure Island had been created in the middle of the San Francisco Bay to serve as the venue for the 1939 World’s Fair, the Golden Gate International Exposition.

Read the history article @alamedasun


The day I swam from Europe to Asia - wo, 10/10/2018 - 23:14

Some say that you can’t call yourself a true open water swimmer until you’ve conquered the Hellespont. Steeped in mythology, history, literature and geographical significance, this crossing from Europe to Asia is considered by many to be the ultimate open water swim.

The renown of this enchanting stretch of water goes way back. According to Greek mythology, the lovestruck Leander, a young man from Abydos on the Asian side of the Hellespont, would swim across the strait every night to spend time with his lover, Hero, a priestess of Aphrodite who dwelt in a tower in Sestos on the European side. Each night, Hero would light a lantern to guide Leander in his mission through the formidable waters, and every morning before sunrise, Leander would return home. Because who needs sleep when you have love?

Read the full story and see the pictures @youthjournalism

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Open Water Guidance From Ned Denison - di, 09/10/2018 - 23:11

Ned Denison is a 59-year-old global-trotting open water swimmer, coach, mentor and administrator who was inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in the Class of 2012. He shared a plethora of advice and guidance:

For many of you the open water season is over. 

One suggestion – make a record of your top longest and/or fastest 2018 swims and update it over time. 

As open water swimming gets more popular, it is common for organisers locally and in places like Spain where you might end up on holiday to ask your background and recent open water swimming experience. They do this for safety reasons and the quicker you reply in an organised fashion, the better your chances or getting in. For longer swims, organisers increasingly look for a medical certificate. I get my doctor to sign a 4-page English Channel certificate as part of an annual January exam.

Read the full article @openwaterswimming

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Flight or Fight in the Ice? Learn How From Ger Kennedy - di, 09/10/2018 - 20:06

Irish ice swimmer Ger Kennedy will be one of the featured speakers at the upcoming WOWSA Talks & WOWSA Awards at The Olympic Club in San Francisco on November 9th - 11th. His talk is entitled Flight or Fight in the Ice.

The tough Irishman will explain in detail his preparations to swim 2 km in 0.5°C water and air temperatures of -15°C in Russia under the International Ice Swimming Association rules. "From my experience, knowing how difficult and painful the recovery is in 0°C water really challenges one's mental strength and desire to push your limits or not." 

He will describe his fight-or-flight response on the day of his swim and how he handled the acute stress response and physiological reactions that occurred in response to the frigid conditions. He also will show a video on his re-warming recovery process and explain the requisite protocols that are taken to avoid serious injury or death as well as the after effects of his swim.

Read the full interesting article @dailynews.openwaterswimming

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Tokyo to ‘screen off’ bacteria for Olympic swimming in bay - za, 06/10/2018 - 23:25

TOKYO — Tokyo Olympic organizers said Friday that a system of layered screens would be used to keep bacteria levels within “agreed limits” for triathlon and marathon swimming in heavily trafficked Tokyo Bay.

Organizers acknowledged a year ago that levels of E. Coli were up to 20 times above acceptable levels set by international sports federations, and fecal coliform bacteria were seven times over the limit.

Hidemasa Nakamura, executive director of sports and games delivery, said a triple-layer screen of polyester fiber was tested in July and August on dates corresponding to the Olympics and Paralympics in two years.

Read the article @washingtonpost


THOMAS LURZ Honored by International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame - za, 06/10/2018 - 11:38

THOMAS LURZ (GER) – Honored by International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (IMSHOF): Swimmer

Thomas Lurz is the most decorated swimmer in FINA Open Water Swimming history and the only swimmer to have won at all events at the World Championships.

He has won more FINA World Championship medals than any other Open Water Swimmer in the history of the sport. Thomas has a career total of 20 FINA World Championship medals, winning 12 Gold, 4 Silver and 4 Bronze.


Read the complete article @IMSHOF


Wine Sharks Escape Alcatraz: Cherry Hills Senior swims to shore from Alcatraz - do, 04/10/2018 - 22:23

All 17 Colorado swimmers, called the Wine Sharks successfully completed the challenging swim from Alcatraz. Local Cherry Hills resident, Sally Duncan, 78 years young, was the oldest female swimmer out in the bay! The Villager Newspaper cheers the Wine Sharks for their dedication and courageous accomplishment!  

Sally Duncan, 78, ‘escaped’ from Alcatraz Sept. 29. She, along with 17 other swimmers, known as the “Wine Sharks” from Colorado, successfully completed the 1.27-mile swim, nonstop, from the infamous prison in the middle of the San Francisco Bay to the shore of San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf.

Read the full article and see the pictures @villagerpublishing

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2018 Local Spanish National Open Water Champions - do, 04/10/2018 - 22:18

This Sunday saw the final of the official Spanish Swimming Federation Open Water Circuit 2018. This year’s open water circuit included 14 different races in either lakes, rivers or the sea over distances between 3km and 10km at various locations across the whole of Spain. Age classifications ranged between 16 and over 70 years of age.

Participants had to compete in a minimum of 4 races and were awarded points for their positions. The best four results for each swimmer were amalgamated for the final classifications.

Read the article @theleader

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More air support for Rottnest Swim competitors after shark scare - do, 04/10/2018 - 22:13

Rottnest Channel Swim organisers will introduce a raft of new safety measures including a dedicated helicopter to help protect competitors following the event's first ever evacuation due to a shark sighting this year.

The dedicated helicopter will complement additional official boats and a new text message emergency system to improve communication between officials, swimmers and skippers.

A great white shark up to four metres long was spotted during this year's event in February, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of swimmers in a one kilometre area around the shark.

Read the article @watoday

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Could taking a dip on the Dorset coast improve your mental health? - do, 04/10/2018 - 22:06

In West Dorset alone, beaches such as East Beach at West Bay, Seatown Beach, and Sandy Beach in Lyme Regis are popular with sea swimmers.

But could going for a swim in the sea actually be beneficial to our mental health?

There is currently research into whether cold water/sea swimming can improve one's mental health, including depression.

Read the full interesting article @dorsetecho

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Bob Dunkel Enters Int'l Marathon Swimming Hall Of Fame - do, 04/10/2018 - 11:10

Courtesy of Ned Denison, International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame. 

"There are unsung heroes who help promote, organize and support the sport of open water swimming. The epitome of these unsung heroes is Bob Duenkel," commented Steven Munatones.

Today Ned Denison, Chairman of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame, announced the induction of Duenkel as an Honor Contributor – Administrator in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in the Class of 2019.

Read the article @dailynews.openwaterswimming


ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT … SEA SWIMMING - wo, 03/10/2018 - 23:04

What the expert says …

Julie Bradshaw MBE is one of the world’s top open-water swimmers. She holds 15 world distance records including the fastest butterfly crossing of the Channel.

Increase your range
Sea swimming isn’t necessarily all about long distances, but it’s easier to cover the ground when you’re in the sea as you don’t have to turn around after every few metres and there isn’t (usually) anything to bump into. It’s worth building up your distances in the pool over the winter if you intend to swim a long way in the sea, and you can improve your general fitness with a bit of running and rowing, or other aerobic and endurance work.


Read the full article with all u need to know @healthnews2me


Marathon swimmer Jaimie Monahan speaks of her swims around the world - zo, 30/09/2018 - 00:29

A historic swimming journey was completed this year as Jaimie Monahan literally swam around the world. In an exclusive interview with Kathimerini, Monahan talked about the extreme water temperatures, her favorite moment of the journey, but also the giant jellyfish that left her hand paralyzed for a swim in Alexandria, Egypt.

For the past three years, the 38-year old American was preparing for this unique journey daily, following a unique routine that included working out in the gym, doing yoga and swimming in extreme weather conditions.

Read the full article @ekathimerini

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