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Challenges of Open Water Swimming in a Polluted Ocean

vr, 12/07/2019 - 19:27

Swimmers face tougher challenges in open water swimming than in the pool. They deal with extreme water temperatures, uncertain weather and powerful currents. Nowadays, they face a new challenge: a polluted ocean. 

Global warming has evolved throughout decades of increased carbon emissions. Consequently, the store of energy and heat from the atmosphere has built up in the ocean. Not only climate change but also the massive amount of trash found in the ocean is harming marine life and quality of open water competition.

Read the full article @swimmingworldmagazine


Stevenage-born swimmer to tackle 50km marathon for charity

vr, 12/07/2019 - 19:25

A man who grew up in Stevenage is aiming to be the only person to complete five river marathons this summer to raise funds for charity.

Mark Smith, who was born in Stevenage, will swim five river marathons in seven weeks around England, Scotland and Wales.

He will tackle the Rivers Adur, Thames, Spey, Wye and Mawddach all to raise money for Thrombosis UK, a charity specialising in raising awareness of the dangers of blood clots.


Read the article @thecomet

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Brisbane teenager swims across English Channel twice, loses layer of tongue

vr, 12/07/2019 - 14:04

A Brisbane teenager has become the second-youngest person to swim the English Channel twice in one day, swimming 68 kilometres in 22 hours to make it happen.

Key points:

Brianna Thompson took 22.5 hours to swim from England to France and back.
The 17-year-old says jellyfish stings were one of the worst parts of the endurance swim.
She cannot eat food for three days because the saltwater stripped a layer off her tongue.

Brianna Thompson, 17, lost a layer of her tongue and suffered from severe leg cramps and jellyfish stings in the swim from England to France and back — a feat of endurance only achieved by 20 others.

Read the article and see the video

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How to Do Open Water Swimming Race Starts and Finishes

wo, 10/07/2019 - 19:24

Whether you’re starting on land or in the water, there’s a lot you need to consider and practice

Open water races and triathlons require participants to start and finish either in the water or on solid ground, whether that’s a beach, shoreline, dock, or something else. Practicing these types of starts and finishes is critical for success.

Here’s what you need to know.

Read it all @usms

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Marathon swimmer: ‘Giving up was the right thing to do’

wo, 10/07/2019 - 19:22

A MILVERTON woman who was on course to be the first person in the world to achieve seven channel swims in a year recently attended a West End premier of a documentary about her that is now touring the country.

Single mum Beth French, 41, had completed four channel swims in different parts of the world as part of her Oceans7 challenge, when she stopped on the fifth – and walked away from the project for the sake of her son, Dylan.

Read the article @wellington-today

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A new wild swimming spot is opening in London next week

wo, 10/07/2019 - 19:13

This summer may still be looking like a bit of a washout, but a drop of rain isn’t about to stop hardy Londoners from freezing their gonads off in the untamed wilderness. Well, leafy Beckenham, anyway.

City-dwellers hungry for their alfresco swim fix now have a new expanse of chilly open water to throw their shivering bods into. Move aside the Serpentine and Hampstead Ponds, Beckenham Place Park, the Borough of Lewisham’s largest green space, is officially London’s newest wild swimming spot. Only technically, it’s pretty ancient.


Read the article and see the pictures @timeout

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Open Water swimmers Arianna Bridi and Ana Marcela Cunha battle in Seychelles

wo, 10/07/2019 - 19:10

Seychelles is one of nine venues in the Open Water Series with swimmers fighting for points and qualification for the Olympics

Dolphins dancing through waves, sun beating down, angel fish patrolling under the surface and the water lapping over golden sands.

It seemed an unlikely setting for 38 elite female swimmers pushing their bodies to the limit, battling through the choppy Indian ocean, in 35 degrees, over 10,000 metres (200 lengths of an Olympic-size pool) and being battered and bruised by rivals desperate to get in front.

Read the full article @skysports

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Shrewsbury nurse Melissa finishes her River Severn swim

wo, 10/07/2019 - 19:05

Having endured storms, suffered hypothermia and even swallowed sewage, a Shrewsbury nurse has finally completed her swim along the whole of the River Severn.

Melissa Compton, who works at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, finished her mammoth 220-mile swim just before 3pm on Monday, on Severn Beach in the Bristol Channel.

Read the article @shropshirestar

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Strokes of genius: swimmers’ guide to the UK coast

za, 06/07/2019 - 10:44

Challenging, invigorating and with great views or beaches to explore, sea-swimmers describe their favourite dips

Rowan Clarke on Clevedon, Somerset

As an outdoor swimmer and swimming coach, Rowan is often found on the side of Clevedon Marine Lake giving guidance to all ability levels. She is on the Board of Trustees for Marlens, the charity that looks after the Marine Lake and a member of the South West Seals winter swimmers.

Read the full article and see the pictures @theguardian

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Daring Hull man hopes to become first to swim across River Humber - and back

za, 06/07/2019 - 10:39

A record-breaking Hull swimmer aims to become the first person to swim solo across the length of the Humber Bridge and back.

Richard Royal has completed many insane swimming challenges in the past, but this latest test could be his toughest yet.

Not only will the daring swimmer be jumping into the daunting stretch of water of the River Humber to swim to Barton-upon-Humber , he will also be swimming back to return to the north bank, completing a 3.7km swim against the river’s notorious currents.


Read the full article @hulldailymail

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Chinese women's relay swim team 1st to cross English Channel

za, 06/07/2019 - 10:36

After relay swimming for nearly 20 hours and covering 72.85 kilometers, five Chinese women crossed the English Channel and finally landed on Calais, France, at 18:30 local time on July 3.

It marks the first time that Chinese female swimmers challenged the famous open-water route as a relay swim team.

Read the article @ecns

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Why Women Excel at Marathon Swimming

za, 06/07/2019 - 10:30

Officially, marathon swimming is any open swim over 10km long where no wetsuits are allowed, just a normal swimsuit, goggles and a thin cap. One of the earliest known marathon swims was one of the classics: Captain Matthew Webb became the first person to swim the English Channel in 1875.

A few decades later, in 1926, Gertrude Ederle accomplished perhaps the most famous marathon swim in history: At just 19 years old, she became the first woman to swim the Channel and smashed the world record in the process.


Read the full story @explorersweb

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Californian swimmer becomes first to conquer North Channel in 2019

ma, 01/07/2019 - 23:14

A California woman has described becoming the first person of 2019 to conquer the North Channel as “bittersweet”.

As the narrow window for attempting the challenging swim from Northern Ireland to Scotland opened last week, only one of three first individuals to attempt it was successful.

San Francisco native Catherine Breed, 26, finished in a time of just over 11 hours.

Read the full article @countypress

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Irvine woman prepares for the swimming challenge of a lifetime

vr, 28/06/2019 - 23:07

An Irvine woman is taking on one of the most gruelling and iconic swimming challenges later this summer.

Ashleigh Seymour, 36, aims to swim the English Channel to raise money for Safe Passage, a charity that helps child refugees and vulnerable adults find safe, legal routes to sanctuary in the UK.

Lifelong swimmer Ashleigh plans to take the plunge from Shakespeare Beach and swim the 21 miles to Cap Gris Nez in France next month.

The former Greenwood Academy pupil said: “I first toyed with the idea around three years ago when I supported a friend as a crew member on her attempt to complete the swim. I made the decision to go for it around 18 months ago.

Read the article @twnews

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Dutch Olympic champion completes 195-kilometer charity swim

ma, 24/06/2019 - 22:57

On one of the hottest days of the Dutch summer, Olympic long-distance swimming champion Maarten van der Weijden completed a marathon swim Monday along the route of a famous Dutch speedskating race, to raise money for cancer research.

Van der Weijden finished the 195-kilometer (121-mile) swim through canals in the northern province of Friesland in just over three days, swimming slowly into the city of Leeuwarden Monday evening followed by a flotilla of boats and stand-up paddlers.


Read the article @charlotteobserver

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Thousands of participants enjoy Suffolk scorcher at John West Great East Swim

zo, 23/06/2019 - 23:00

Thousands of swimmers of all ages and abilities took on a variety of challenges in the John West Great East Swim today, set in the picturesque surroundings of Alton Water.This weekend's event was the 11th of its kind in Suffolk, having launched back in 2009 - with more than 22,000 taking part over its decade-long history.

The event has grown from a one-mile swim to a full range of distances from the beginner-focused Swim250 right through to the marathon 10km distance, with the innovative SwimRun events returning for the third time.


Read the article and see the video @eadt

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Maarten’s 200 km swimtrip

vr, 21/06/2019 - 23:08

This time my blog is in English. There is a numerous amount of publicity in Dutch about Maarten van der Weijden’s second try to swim nonstop 200 km, but in English not too much. So I am planning to give updates about this extreme long swimtrip along 11 cities in the Netherlands.

I will give the English updates through Facebook Live. Especially for all our Open Water loving friends all over the world. And you can ask questions then also. Maybe you already have questions, you can put them in the commend below. But if you want to see everything live, then you can click here to go to Dutch livestreaming of NOS tv-station .

Read the full blog @moniquewildschut

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Spectacular swimming at Croatia’s Raslina Swimming Marathon!

wo, 19/06/2019 - 23:15

The Raslina Swimming Marathon is part of the Croatian Cup and was first held in 2010. Since then it has grown to become one of the biggest and best races in the region.  This year it will be held on July 20, 2019!

The race is hosted by the “Society of Sports Recreation, Raslina” and takes place in the beautiful Lake Prokljan, just a short distance from Sibenik, Croatia. Lake Prokljan is unique in that it is a “brackish” lake, meaning that it is a mix of fresh and salt water. The water is usually a nice, warm 25C and is held in a sheltered area, making it a perfect place for open water swimming. It is also very scenic, as it is set in the beautiful mountainous region of Croatia.

Read the article @globalswimseries

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The Beginner's Guide to Open-Water Swimming

wo, 19/06/2019 - 23:09

Build confidence and skill before your first big dip

Thanks to wide-ranging temperatures, murky water, and strong waves, open-water swimming is more thrilling, and physically demanding, than pool swimming. But the same factors that make the outdoor sport such an exciting, intense workout can also make it pretty terrifying, especially for the first-timer. “It’s quite a surreal feeling,” says Jarrod Evans, head coach of the U.S. men’s triathlon team at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

While there’s no replacement for swimming in the open water, says Dan Simonelli, founder and director of the Open Water Swim Academy in San Diego, there are certain skills you can build in the pool that will boost your competence and confidence. We asked three coaches for advice on making the transition from a pool to the ocean—or a lake, reservoir, or river—easier and more enjoyable.

Read the article @outsideonline


How to avoid panicking in open water

wo, 19/06/2019 - 23:04

Panic attacks are common for outdoor swimmers. Even the most confident pool swimmers can freak out in open water. But why is this and how do you overcome the panic? Keen open water swimmer and coach Rowan Clarke tells us how.

The root of fear

Most of us have an irrational fear of some kind – spiders, darkness, snakes, buttons. These fears come from somewhere beyond logic.

The same goes for open water. A fear of what lies beneath, the cold, currents and tides all have a basis in reality, but they’re often irrational.

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