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2019 FINA Professional Marathon Swimming Circuit

zo, 20/01/2019 - 23:06

There is one constant on the FINA professional marathon swimming circuit: change.
Races come and races go as the number and locations of the events change from year to year. 2019 will continue that trend.

2019 FINA Professional Marathon Swimming Circuit
February 3rd - 57 km Maratón Acuática Internacional Santa Fe - Coronda, Argentina [FINA UltraMarathon Swim Series]
February 9th - 15 km Maratón Acuática Internacional Ciudad de Rosario, Argentina [FINA UltraMarathon Swim Series]
February 16th - 10 km FINA/HOSA Marathon Swim World Series race in Doha, Qatar
May 12th - 10 km FINA/HOSA Marathon Swim World Series race in Seychelles
June 8th - 10 km FINA/HOSA Marathon Swim World Series race in Setúbal Bay, Portugal
June 15th - 10 km FINA/HOSA Marathon Swim World Series race in Balatonfüred, Hungary
July 25th - 10 km Traversee international du Lac St-Jean in Québec, Canada
July 27th - 32 km Traversee international du Lac St-Jean in lac St-Jean, Québec, Canada [FINA UltraMarathon Swim Series]
August 3rd - 10 km Traversee international du Lac Mégantic in lac Mégantic, Québec, Canada
August 24th - 25 km Ohrid Lake Swim Marathon in Macedonia [FINA UltraMarathon Swim Series]
August 28th - 10 km FINA/HOSA Marathon Swim World Series race in Ohrid Lake, Macedonia
August 31st - 20 km Novi Vinodolski in Croatia [FINA UltraMarathon Swim Series]
September 7th - 36 km Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli from Capri to Napoli, Italy [FINA UltraMarathon Swim Series]
September 29th - 10 km FINA/HOSA Marathon Swim World Series race in Qiandao Lake, Chun'an, China

Read the article @dailynews.openwaterswimming

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Could swimming in Scotland's cold seas be a cure for pain, depression and grief?

zo, 20/01/2019 - 22:54

In the depths of winter, wild swimmers are wading out into the chill waters – not just because it's bonkers, but because it helps them deal with pain, depression and grief. Photographer Anna Deacon and writer, Vicky Allan, now a keen outdoor swimmer, have followed their stories.

THE last swim we did, on Monday past, I stayed in a little too long. It was a beautiful morning – pink skies, gentle, rolling swells – and my friend, Bryony Knox and I bobbed around the Portobello shore for around half an hour, throwing and chasing balls like dogs. The water temperature was between six and seven degrees. I did my first handstand. I was wearing a wet suit, but one so old and ill-fitting my co-swimmers had pointed out it was almost pointless. I’ve been alternating wetsuit swims with what’s called in swim jargon “skins” – swimming costume dips – and one of the things I like about the wetsuit is I can stay in a bit longer. 

Read the full story @heraldscotland


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2019 World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Women

za, 19/01/2019 - 12:01

The World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Women is an annual list of audacious women who have performed courageously well in open bodies of water as published by World Open Water Swimming Association.

The 2019 list only includes contemporary aquatic adventurers and focuses on women who do extreme swims or pioneer unprecedented open water swims of note.

They have swum in risk-inherent channels, lakes, seas, oceans, or done winter swims, ice swims, stage swims or marathon swims, women who have proven themselves in both high-level competitions and solo swims, and women who have safely guided many channel or marathon swimmers of all abilities in rough or cold waters or in extreme conditions.

Read the article @dailynews.openwaterswimming


Ice Swimming In The Netherlands

vr, 18/01/2019 - 23:16

IISA Netherlands was established on September 4th 2017 by Richard Broer, Fergil Hesterman and Christa Hesterman-van Beers. 

The board of directors includes the three co-founders, Irene van der Laan, a dual inductee in the International Swimming Hall of Fame and the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame, and Dr. Jac Guijt. 
Hesterman explains the Dutch governing body, "We promote the ice swimming in the Netherlands by setting up training groups and encouraging people to organize their own competitions.

This season we have three competitions: the Amstel Ice Swim that is held in the city center of Amsterdam, the Dutch Championships Ice Swimming, organized by the Openwater Swimming Club in the swimming pool Zwembad de Waterdam in Volendam, and the Bodengraven Ice Swim, organized by the Surfplas Ice Swimmers, the biggest ice swimming group in the Netherlands.

Read the article @dailynews.openwaterswimming

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Ice swimming embraced by people of happiest country in the world

vr, 18/01/2019 - 23:06

"It's going to make you feel so good!"
Katja Pantzar hears her friend call out encouragingly as she stands on a wooden dock in central Helsinki on a cold, dark and snowy winter evening. It's 14 F (-10 C), but all Pantzar is wearing is a swimsuit, a wool hat and borrowed neoprene gloves and booties. She's been told she's about to take a step toward curing all her problems, from aches and pains to feeling down.

Pantzar is about to take the plunge -- a dip into water that is warmer than the air but still just 38 F (about 3 C) and ice-covered. While this might seem like a daredevil stunt or a crazy bet to North Americans and many others around the world, ice swimming, or winter swimming, is not an out-of-the-ordinary sight even here in the capital city's center

Instead, jumping into a hole cut in the ice of the sea or a lake during winter is an everyday activity in Finland -- one that's performed with gusto.

Read the complete article @CNN

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2019 World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Men

do, 17/01/2019 - 20:23

The World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Men is an annual list of audacious men who have performed courageously well in open bodies of water as published by World Open Water Swimming Association.

The 2019 list only includes contemporary aquatic adventurers and focuses on men who do extreme swims or pioneer unprecedented open water swims of note.

They have swum in risk-inherent channels, lakes, seas, oceans, or done winter swims, ice swims, stage swims or marathon swims, men who have proven themselves in both high-level competitions and solo swims, and men who have safely guided many channel or marathon swimmers of all abilities in rough or cold waters or in extreme conditions.

See the complete list @dailynews.openwaterswimming

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IISA World Cup Series Stage 0ne in Veitsbronn, Germany

vr, 11/01/2019 - 22:54

Europe was faced with a hot summer in 2018 that kept and still keeping water temperatures in western Europe above 5C, to the frustration of Dutch, Great Britain and Ireland, who nevertheless swam in marginally above 5C waters. and swam well!

However, that heat wave skipped Veitsbronn who experienced water temp of 1.4C and air temp of 2C.

The event was a great show of frozen swimmers performance and professionalism by organizers. A big well done to christof wandratsch who, relentlessly, pushing Ice Swimming as swimmer and as organiser. It was a great success.

Thank you as well to our loyal sponsor Aqua Sphere Germany.

In the frozen pool competition was as hot!

Read the article @internationaliceswimming

See attached the results.

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New open water swimming festival

vr, 11/01/2019 - 22:39

A NEW open water swimming festival will take place in Henley this summer.

It will comprise a series of events for all ages in the River Thames and a “village” with food vendors, a bar and live music.

The festival on Sunday July 14 has been organised by the Henley Swim in collaboration with Outdoor Swimmer magazine.

It will incorporate the Henley Mile swim, which has been running annually since 2011, attracting thousands of swimmers of all ages and abilities.

The events will take place on the Henley Royal Regatta course and include a mile and half-mile race, suits versus skins and a 200m junior event.

There will also be a four-mile event for swimmers looking for a greater challenge.


Read the full article @henleystandard

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Ferry Weertman, 2018 FINA Male Open Water Swimmer

za, 05/01/2019 - 23:15

Olympic and world champion Ferry Weertman won the FINA Male Open Water Swimmer 2018 Award as a result of outstanding performances at the LEN Championships in Scotland's Loch Lomondand winning the 2018 FINA Marathon Swim World Series. 

Weertman is powered by an intensity and laid-back passion that is unmistakable in the 26-year-old Dutchman. 

Read the full article @dailynews.openwaterswimming



di, 01/01/2019 - 23:10

New Year’s Day typically brings about the Polar Bear Plunge tradition, where swimmers around the world venture into cold bodies of water for a brief period of time, often with the purpose of donating money to charity. One of the longest-running events of this type is the Coney Island Polar Bear Club’s New Year’s Day Plunge, hosted in the Atlantic Ocean at Coney Island in New York since 1903.

But, cold water swimming doesn’t have to be a one-time yearly event. There are documented benefits of periodically adding cold water swimming to your regimen, provided you’re in overall good health.


Read the article @SwimSwam

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Diving into the past of the Dutch New Year’s Dive

zo, 30/12/2018 - 22:59

So, have you done it yet, the New Year’s Dive? Although it has grown into a distinct Dutch tradition, the New Year’s Dive does not actually originate from the Netherlands.

What is the New Year’s Dive exactly?

It is quite simply what it says on the tin, a dive into a cold body of water to ring in the New Year. It rather literally gives you a fresh start. And it is really that easy, jumping into cold water. Perhaps its simplicity is what has made it so popular.

Nowadays, thousands of people across the country gather in several locations to splash into the cool depths after a party filled New Year’s Eve. But it wasn’t always this way. The first edition of the New Year’s Dive in 1960 in the Netherlands was much smaller and the 1965 edition in Scheveningen only had seven participants.

Read the full story @iamexpat

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Where to go swimming on New Year’s Day

zo, 30/12/2018 - 22:55

There’s no better way to start the year than with a bracing dip in the open water.

Wash away your worries and dramas from 2018, and emerge chilly, cleansed and ready to face whatever the new year throws at you. After a week of slobbing on the couch, cheese crumbs clinging to your jumper, chocolate melting in your clammy palm, it’s time to get moving.

Rally your family or friends and persuade them to come for a New Year’s Day swim – it could be the start of a glorious new tradition. But you might want to go easy on New Year’s Eve, because it could be risky if you’re hungover.

Read the full article @Metro

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Microbes pose no threat to winter swimmers

do, 27/12/2018 - 18:37

Despite microbe resilience, hardy swimmers eager to plunge into icy winter waters need not fear infection, says public health watchdog THL.

The Finnish tradition of ice swimming poses very little risk of microbial infection to swimmers, the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) has announced.

The institute periodically screens swimming waters during the winter as well as the summer. However as THL has no real obligation to report on wintertime swimming conditions, centralised data on the quality of winter waters is not readily available.

Read the article @YLE

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Maharashtra: 51 Autism children dive in deep see for first time, win the Malvan Open Swimming competition

za, 22/12/2018 - 13:39

The ninth edition of the Malvan Open Sea Swimming Competition was held recently at Chivla Beach in Maharashtra but what special about this year’s event is that for the first in India, over 50 children with autism took part in the competition.

It was for the first time in India that a deep sea swimming competition was organised for children with disabilities. The 51 children who came from Pune, Nashik, Mumbai and Thane competed under the special category and swam 1 km in the deep sea.

Read the article @newsd

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The water does not know what age you are, it treats us all as equals... you can start at any time

za, 22/12/2018 - 13:33

TWO Cork swimming sensations are making international waves in their field and are looking for your vote to solidify their place in Open Water swimming history.

Legendary swim coach Eilís Burns and veteran marathon swimmer Ned Denison have both been nominated for World Open Water Swimming Association Man and Woman Of The Year Award. There are just 15 nominees in each category, from all over the world and Ned and Eilis are the only two Irish Nominees.

The WOWSA awards, which began in 2008, are not for the best athletes, but are meant to honour the individuals who “best embody the spirit of open water swimming, possess the sense of adventure, tenacity and perseverance that open water swimmers are known for, and have most positively influenced the world of open water swimming during the year”.

Read the full article @eveningecho

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Finding yourself in the rivers, lakes and ponds of England

wo, 19/12/2018 - 23:12

Freshwater swimming as exploration and therapy.
In the middle of the deepest lake in England I nearly lost my nerve. Wast Water is nestled in the western corner of the Lake District, an area once beloved by Romantic poets. A winding road cuts along one bank; on the other looms Scafell Pike, the tallest mountain in England. The water glints metallic, reflecting the grey, overcast sky.

Beneath me were 70 metres of icy water; I was swimming the ceiling of Westminster Abbey or Canterbury Cathedral, a nave of darkness below me, its contents—its population, perhaps its intention—unknown. I felt vertiginous and slightly nauseous. It started to rain, streaking my sight when I lifted my head from the water below. Short, choppy waves pushed at me like a playground bully. My hands turned first pearly white and then pink, numb and raw. My wetsuit, which I had not worn in the water before, felt tight around my throat. I panicked: the water suddenly seemed sinister, my limbs sluggish.

Read the full article @economist

ice and winter swimmingreportGreat Britain /UK

Bangladesh's most celebrated swimmer hangs up trunks at 67

di, 18/12/2018 - 23:14

After nearly half a century navigating Bangladesh's thousands of kilometres of rivers, the country's most celebrated swimmer has hung up his trunks - but not before one final, arduous paddle upstream.

Kshitindra Baisya, 67, plans to spend his retirement on dry land inspiring younger generations to embrace the water in a country criss-crossed by huge rivers but where few swim.

"I didn't have much idea about the beauty of this country until I swam dozens of its rivers," Baisya told AFP.

A veteran of Bangladesh's 1971 independence war against Pakistan, Baisya taught himself to swim at 18 and before long was paddling marathon distances along murky channels.

Read the full article @channelnewsasia

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Messalonskee’s Rushton recounts two-leg swim across the English Channel

ma, 10/12/2018 - 22:58

The temperature hovers a few degrees above freezing, and under a night sky, the only sound is that of waves slapping the side of a boat.

Erik Rushton stands on its side, just a few feet above those waves. And then he jumps in. It’s not a dare, but it is a challenge. Rushton is part of a four-person team trying to relay round-trip across the English Channel.

And it’s his turn.

“You’ve got to go in, and you know your teammates are counting on you. … You kind of have a bit of that teammate pressure,” he said. “You’ve got to psyche yourself each time, and say ‘OK, it’s time to get in.’ “


Read the full article @centralmaine

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Brrrr-illiant! Wild Swimmer does country proud in sub-zero Antarctic race

di, 04/12/2018 - 23:03

A Polish wild swimmer has become the first Pole in history to swim 1km in the freezing cold waters of the Antarctica in less than 15 minutes.

Leszek Naziemiec outpowered nine others to take fifth place in just 14 minutes, 42 seconds at the first Antarctic Ice Swimming race held in Port Lockroy, the north-western point of the continent.

The 44-year-old from Siemianowice Śląskie, southwest Poland told TFN: “Two days before the swim, I was scared, no one had done this before, we were to be the first.

Read the article @thefirstnews

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Ross Edgley: 'It was goosebumps upon tears, upon smiles'

zo, 02/12/2018 - 22:37

He had swum for 157 days around the entire coastline of Great Britain, but as Ross Edgley approached the finish of his epic adventure, he was energized by something "special" in the water.

He had battled extreme fatigue, cold, pain, jellyfish stings and parts of his tongue falling off during the 1,792-mile journey, but there to greet him on a freezing November morning were 300 swimmers to guide the weary traveler to the shore.

"When I think about it, I can't help but smile," he told CNN Sport. "The best way I can describe it is goosebumps upon tears, upon smiles. Literally, you could feel something in the water. It sounds a bit spiritual but it was just amazing."

Read the full story @edition.cnn

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