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Paola Ruiz Stuns Sharon van Rouwendaal at Open Water Cup

vr, 24/05/2019 - 23:14

David Aubry improved one position since the first leg of the LEN Open Water Cup: the Frenchman was second in Eilat and now won the race in Brive quite convincingly. Among the women, Spain’s Paola Ruiz stunned the favorites and out-touched Olympic champion Sharon van Rouwendaal to clinch the title.


Men: 1. David Aubry (FRA) 1:54:31.45, 2. Athanasios Kynigakis (GRE) 1:54:36.47, 3. Alberto Martinez (ESP) 01:54:38.09

Women: 1. Paula Ruiz (ESP) 1:59:56.12, 2. Sharon van Rouwendaal (NED) 1:59:57.24, 3. Angelica Andre (POR) 2:00:34.15

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Los Banos boy becomes first person to swim across San Luis Reservoir. He’s 12 years old.

zo, 19/05/2019 - 23:00

Los Banos kid James Savage, 12, makes a 7.3-mile swim across San Luis Reservoir on May 11, 2019. He became the first person to make the swim across the reservoir. 

The idea started as a joke and turned into a challenge.

The Savage family was leaving Los Banos for a camping trip when their car broke down. While looking out across the San Luis Reservoir, Jillian Savage asked her son, James, if he thought he could swim across it.

“Yeah, I probably could,” James said.

Then James quickly wanted to know if anybody had ever done it. When his mom said she didn’t think so, he responded: “Make it happen, Mom.”

Read the article @mercedsunstar

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15 incredible wild swimming spots you can find in Yorkshire

zo, 19/05/2019 - 22:55

With summer approaching and having already experienced some pretty warm weather, it could be the perfect chance to test out some spectacular ways to cool down.

There is nothing better for the soul than a dip in a beautiful river or an idyllic waterfall plunge pool.

Which is why trying out a spot of wild swimming might be the perfect way to wind down. Wild swimming is taking to natural bodies of water for a dip - whether thats in a lake, pond, river or the ocean.

You can't swim everywhere you want in England, since even under the "right to roam" law, you need to check you have access first.

Read the full article and see the pictures @hulldailymail

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Toronto man becomes 1st Canadian to swim across world's highest navigable lake

za, 18/05/2019 - 09:46

Lawyer Rob McGlashan swam 7.5 km between 2 islands in Lake Titicaca

Robert McGlashan has managed to do something nobody from this country has ever done.

Last weekend, according to the company that organized the crossing, he became the first Canadian to swim between two islands in Lake Titicaca, the largest freshwater lake in South America and the highest navigable body of water in the world.

On Saturday May 11, against a backdrop of snow-capped mountain peaks, the Toronto lawyer spent two hours and 26 minutes crossing a 7.5-kilometre stretch in the middle of the famous waterway that straddles the border between Peru and Bolivia in the Andes mountain range

Read the article @CBC

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Hot tubs, saunas and seaweed soaks on Ireland’s west coast

wo, 15/05/2019 - 22:48

Sea swimming has become a big thing on Ireland’s wild Atlantic coast, as have fun and creative methods of warming up after a bracing dip

Ireland has some extraordinarily beautiful beaches: Derrynane in Kerry and Connemara’s Glassilaun easily hold their own against Caribbean counterparts. Unfortunately, the country’s weather can rarely do the same, often making a trip to the coast a damp proposition.

However, rather than escaping the harshness of the climate with a visit to warmer climes, a new generation of Irish people are embracing their cold seas – but doing it from the vantage point of mobile saunas and seaweed-filled whiskey barrels parked on the shore.

Read the article @theguardian

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Open water swims across Canada

za, 11/05/2019 - 15:48

To get more comfortable in the water, here are a few open water swim groups and races across Canada.

The warmer weather is upon us, and as the air temperature heats up so will the lakes. For most triathletes, the swim is the most difficult part of a triathlon, especially swimming in open waters. To get more comfortable in the water, here are a few open water swim groups and races across Canada.

Check out all swims @triathlonmagazine

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Intrepid Trio Of Women Set To Swim Length Of River Shannon For Charity

za, 11/05/2019 - 15:44

A trio of self-described ‘ordinary’ women will be attempting the extraordinary later this summer when they set out to swim the length of the River Shannon for charity.

Fló Beo, which means ‘the living flow’, developed from an idea that 20-year-old Heather Maxwell discussed over tea with her mother Eileen. Soon enough they recruited Toni McGlynn, a fellow member of Lough Key Triathlon Club, to their cause.

Read the article @afloat

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Open water swimming can provide great experiences

za, 11/05/2019 - 15:40

When I introduce myself to someone new, I could as easily say “I’m a swimmer” as “I’m Susan.” The water is almost always on my mind. Swimming calms me when I’m anxious, balances me when I feel out of touch with myself, and gives me the strength to cope when I lose loved ones. The water is my sanctuary, the one place I always feel safe. 

For more than 50 years, the pool was my training ground. When my husband and I started living part-time in San Carlos, Mexico, on the Sea of Cortez, I discovered open water swimming. After two years of almost daily sea swimming, I find it difficult to return to black lines and flip turns. The pool can’t compete with the wild unpredictability of the open sea.

The smell and taste and supportive sensation of the salty sea rushing over my skin delivers that multisensory outdoor experience I thrive on. But it is the flash of a dark, wet dorsal fin in the early morning sunlight that raises my heart rate one more notch, that transforms a Sea of Cortez swim from enjoyable to unforgettable.

Read the full article @usms Enjoy!

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Mum and daughter to swim world's strongest whirlpool

za, 11/05/2019 - 15:35

While some mums and their daughters are lounging by a hotel pool this summer, Sarah and Ellen Taylor will be taking a rather intrepid dip just north of the Arctic Circle.

They are aiming to be the first females to swim across the Saltstraumen maelstrom – the world’s strongest whirlpool, in Norway.

ncredibly, Sarah, 54, and Ellen, 23, are also planning to be the first to do the 250m swim without wearing wetsuits. The water temperature is likely to be a chilly 12 degrees Celsius.

Ellen said: “We’re really looking forward to the challenge. Mum has swum the Channel and I’ve got into swimming myself over the past few years.

“This is something we want to do together.”

Read the article @lynnnews

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Nurse Melissa hopes to be in Severnth heaven with record swim

za, 11/05/2019 - 15:31

After a knee injury left her walking with a stick and needing stem cell therapy for osteoarthritis, Shropshire nurse Melissa Compton had no choice but to abandon her love of skiing.

Yet determined to stay fit and indulge her love for the outdoors, she discovered a new passion – open water swimming.Whatever the weather or the temperature of the water, Melissa can be found swimming outdoors in her swimsuit.

Now she is bidding to become the first woman to swim the length of the River Severn, the longest river in England and Wales.

Read the full article @shropshirestar

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do, 09/05/2019 - 22:39

Planning your first sea swim or training for a triathlon? Follow ocean swimmer Carys Matthews’ safety tips, arm yourself with the essential kit and head out into the wild.

It’s a hot summer’s day and the lure of the sea is calling. But, before you dive in, take a moment to assess your surroundings. Coastal waters can be unpredictable, and strong undercurrents or riptides can hide from plain sight. Make sure you know these sea swimming safety basics before you take the plunge. 

Let's start with some safety tips:

Read the article @active-traveller


Forest Grove's Barber tackles North Channel swim

do, 09/05/2019 - 22:35

FGSD speech therapist Rijl Barber will attempt to swim the North Channel at the end of June.

The North Channel is the strait between the northeastern part of Northern Ireland and the southwestern portion of Scotland. It connects the Irish Sea with the Atlantic Ocean and has a rich maritime history ranging from the Revolutionary War to the Princess Victoria ferry disaster of 1953.

What does that mean to you and me? Likely not much, unless you're a history major or a sea captain regularly servicing Great Britain and Ireland. But to Forest Grove's Rijl Barber, it's a challenge she can't turn her back on.

Barber, 38, is planning to swim the channel late next month. If successful, she'll be only the 35th person to do so solo, and just the fourth American.

Read the full article @pamplinmedia

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The woman who swims in the sea every day and has been handed global recognition for it

ma, 06/05/2019 - 23:11

Come rain or shine Katie will take a dip in the sea off Penzance first thing every morning
A woman whose life was transformed by the therapeutic effects of swimming in the sea every day at dawn has been named as one of only 17 outdoor swimming champions around the world.

For the past three years, Katie Maggs has been swimming each morning at Battery Rocks, Penzance, before heading off to her job as department deputy head and lecturer at Penwith College.


Read the article @cornwalllive

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ma, 06/05/2019 - 23:05

Swimming the length of the Boise River will test Christopher Swain’s endurance.

And teach Treasure Valley students about the river.

Swain knows what it takes to swim long rivers: the Hudson, the Columbia and other waters that had never been conquered before. He plans to begin swimming the 150 miles of the Boise River in August. The journey will take him from the river’s headwaters in the Sawtooth Mountains to the farmlands near Parma, and the Boise’s confluence with the Snake River.

In this risk-reward equation, Swain incurs the risk, and the reward comes in engaging students in their education and their environment. “I’m invested in energizing something like that,” Swain says.


Read the full article @idahoednews

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Alex Kostich Talks About His Pioneering Swim In Pitcairn

zo, 05/05/2019 - 22:59

With fewer than 50 residents on Pitcairn Island, Alex Kostich's successful 9.8 km circumnavigation swim around the island created quite a stir. 

Kostich gives his first-hand account of his unprecedented swim:

"It was a really gratifying opportunity to be able to do this, albeit in less than ideal conditions. It took us 8 hours longer by cargo ship to arrive on island on May 2nd. We were told we might not even be able to disembark our ship to spend the first night on Pitcairn as a result of the stormy high seas...[it was] really bad.

Read the full article @dailynews.openwaterswimming

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When Race Officials Are Ignored, Fair Is Fair

vr, 03/05/2019 - 22:57

When Race Officials Are Ignored, Fair Is Fair​2nd Infringement:
A red flag and a card bearing bearing the swimmer's number shall be raised by the Referee (OWS 3.6) to indicate and to inform the swimmer that (s)he is for the second time in violation of the rules. The swimmer shall be disqualified. He must leave the water immediately and be placed in the escort craft, and take no further part in the race.

This USA Swimming rule - very similar to rules throughout the competitive open water swimming world including FINA rules - is a key component of basic fairness among athletes, coaches and administrators in the sport of competitive open water swimming.

Read the full article @dailynews.openwaterswimming


Martin Hobbs, Solo Swimming Success And Smiles

za, 27/04/2019 - 22:46

On Day 60, South African swimmer Martin Hobbs stepped on dryland to finish his unprecedented 581 km north-to-south solo stage swim across Lake Malawi that lies on the borders between Malawi, Mozambique, and Tanzania.

45-year-old Hobbs, nicknamed by his team as The Solo Swimmer, originally estimated that the stage swim would take up to 60 days and he precisely hit that target on the 60th day.

For more information, visit here and his Facebook page here and The Smile Foundation for more information.

Article to read @dailynews.openwaterswimming

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Renowned ice swimmer takes a bone-chilling dip in Lake Simcoe

za, 27/04/2019 - 15:15

She has now completed 'Ice Miles' in Europe, Africa, Asia and North America

On Easter Sunday, Kate Steels-Fryatt, a renowned ice water swimmer from Hampshire, UK, swam her seventh Ice Mile in Lake Simcoe, near Beaverton.

She is the Chairman of International Ice Swimming Association (IISA) of Great Britain Board and secretary to the global IISA Board as well as being an IISA Official.

The official rules state that an Ice Mile may only be swum in water that has a temperature of less than 5C. Kate and her partner, Rory Fitzgerald, arrived in Canada on Thursday, April 18, to get ready for the bone-chilling swim.

Read the article @orilliamatters

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Alex Kostich Is A Go For Pitcairn Circumnavigation

za, 20/04/2019 - 16:50

Originally scheduled for early April, Alex Kostich had an unexpected logistical delay in getting to Pitcairn Island in the middle Pacific Ocean. He had to postpone his planned circumnavigation swimaround Pitcairn.

But the attempt was rescheduled and one of the world's fastest veterans is right back on schedule.

The island's physician will observe and monitor his unprecedented circumnavigation swim - the fourth of his career. He reports, "The doctor and I been discussing water temperature, currents, the best embarkation and finish points, the anticipated direction of the swim (clockwise), nutrition and other logistics."

Read the full article @dailynews.openwaterswimming

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How to move from the pool to the lake

vr, 19/04/2019 - 22:30

Another season of open water swimming is fast approaching, and it won’t be long before it’s time to dig out the wetsuit. But, before you put a toe into any open water, there are several things you can do in the pool to make the transition a smooth and satisfying one.

While most of the preparation for open water swimming should happen a month or two before the start of the outdoor season, sighting is something you can, and should, practice year round. I regularly dedicate several hundred metres of warm-up time to sighting, having people practice sighting every fifth to seventh stroke. Sighting needs to be effective and smooth in order to hold a straight line and minimize momentum loss.

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