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Hot Water: Pressure to move Tokyo Olympics open-water venue

vr, 06/12/2019 - 18:55

Hot Water: Pressure from swimmers, coaches to move the Tokyo Olympic open-water swimming venue.

The IOC moved next year’s Tokyo Olympic marathons and race walks out of the Japanese capital to avoid the stifling heat and humidity.

Now some swimmers and an 11,000-member coaching body are asking that something similar should be done with the distance-swimming venue in Tokyo Bay.

Read the article @wfmj


Plunging into the bay and beyond

di, 03/12/2019 - 09:44

The original article by Louisa Rogers is posted on The Journal since Aug. 18, 2011

Why would anyone choose to swim in an indoor pool with nothing to look at but painted stripes and concrete ceilings? Especially when right outside are the big, wide, inviting waters of Humboldt Bay and Stone Lagoon.

Mention “bay swimming” at a party, though, and you’ll hear, “Yuk,” “It’s way too cold,” “Are you kidding? It’s toxic!,” or “You’ll get hit by a boat.” This is a marketing problem! San Francisco Bay, with busier sea traffic and more turbulent currents, boasts a large and enthusiastic community of open-water swimmers. Yet almost no one swims in Humboldt Bay, and only a small cadre swimsregularly in Stone Lagoon.

What could be more “locavore” than using the water that exists right here for exercise and pleasure? It’s not as straightforward as pool swimming, but with some strategizing beforehand, anyone can take advantage of our clean, legal, local, no-cost resource.

Of course, any natural body of water has potential risks. “In any ocean or bay, viral contamination is possible from bacteria associated with water runoff and sewage discharge,” says Susan Buckley, Humboldt County’s Public Health Branch director. Her advice to swimmers is to use common sense. “Don’t swim if you have cuts or open sores. Don’t swim after a heavy storm, or near runoff. Avoid swallowing water, and after swimming, dry your ears and shower.” For extra caution, she suggests keeping your head above water.

Bay sanitation also depends on the season. “It’s not safe after the first flush,” says Dr. Frank Shaughnessy, professor of botany at Humboldt State University. Fertilizer-laden runoff, which can lead to nausea and diarrhea, comes on the heels of the first major rains, typically in October, he said.

Although the bay looks murky, it’s clean enough that about 70 percent of the state’s oysters are grown here. “‘Turbid’ does not mean polluted,” says Susan Schlosser, marine advisor at the California Sea Grant, a federally funded agency that sponsors marine research and education along the state coast. “The only reason the bay isn’t crystal-clear is that the bottom is mostly soft sediment that gets stirred up by currents.”

Where to swim: Humboldt is the largest bay between San Francisco and Coos Bay, Ore., offering plenty of options for getting into the water. Before diving in, it’s best to plan backwards and think about the easiest places to get out. Hoisting up from the water onto Eureka’s C and F Street docks requires considerable upper-body strength. Easier options include the Samoa Bridge and Eureka Marina boat ramps, where a swimmer can walk right up the ramp, or the spongy floating docks north of the Adorni Center, which are only a few inches above the water. Swimmers can also use one of the four ladders spaced periodically along the wall of the Fisherman’s Terminal, currently under construction at the south end of the Eureka boardwalk.

Once in the water, swimmers have the option of hugging the shore or swimming out. Since Humboldt Bay is replete with fishing boats, crab boats, oyster boats, yachts, the Madaket, kayaks, rowboats and sailboats, the safest option for avoiding water traffic is to stay close to shore. Those who choose to swim out into the bay can’t assume boaters will see them, and ideally should be accompanied by a kayaker or rower.

For open-water orientation, landmarks that can double as swimming objectives abound: the channel marker halfway to Indian Island, the orange buoy just beyond, the fisherman‘s memorial, and the docks of moored sailboats at Woodley Island.

When to swim comes down to a complex algorithm of factors involving temperature, tides, currents and wind. Perfect swimming conditions are at low tide (when water can be as much as eight degrees Fahrenheit warmer than high tide), and early morning, before Humboldt winds get up, when the water will be calm. The slowest currents occur during a slack tide, about half an hour each side of low and high tide. During strong currents, swimmers will be fighting their way in one direction, then floating back.

At low tide in summer, the water will feel quite reasonable (at least after the initial shock) to swimmers wearing a thin “shorty” — a thigh-length Neoprene wetsuit — along with gloves, booties and a cap, with an optional long-sleeve polypropylene shirt for more warmth. The air will feel cold after swimming, so a towel and a dry change of clothes are helpful.

Until a rotator cuff injury derailed him, Ken Kyle, a self-employed recycler, swam for 10 years in the bay near Fields Landing, and in the North Coast’s rivers. Twice a week, between October and April, he would walk to the end of the Fields Landing dock, check the water with a handmade T-shaped metal probe, dive in and swim 90 strokes to the buoy and back, wearing only a pair of cut-offs. “It was beneficial in every way,” he says, “for health, for toughening up, for the courage and cold conditioning.”

Others swim in Stone Lagoon, carpooling from the Wildberries parking lot several times a week during the summer. A few intrepid souls swim there year-round, including Paul Hagen, an environmental lawyer who lives and works in Arcata. “Stone Lagoon has character,” he says. “It‘s like a big bathtub, a bowl. When it’s sunny, the ridgeline keeps changing, and you can see how far you’ve moved. I do it because there’s so much beauty out there. In the first-light swim, water takes on a rosy hue. Even cold water running down your spine is beautiful.”

Whether in the bay or the lagoon, open-water swimmers never inhale chlorine, never stare down at pool stripes, and never jostle other bodies (except perhaps the occasional fish). They’re surrounded, instead, by fresh air, boundless skies, sunrises, seals, herons, and all the room they want.


HSU website on coastal data, including real-time temperature and tides:

Data on the bay: Humboldt Baykeeper, 707 268-8897,

Eureka tide chart:

Contacts for Stone Lagoon swimmers: Paul Hagen, 825-8278,, or Stephanie Stone, 269-0790,


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The addictive magic of swimming in the sea in winter: 'It’s life affirming'

zo, 24/11/2019 - 16:36

Thrill of cold water is an electrifying thought for an increasing number of Irish sea-swimmers

Visit any popular coastal location at the height of summer in Ireland, and you are likely to see people of all ages in the water. But when summer comes to a grinding halt, most people stay well out of the sea for another year, thinking it too cold, too dangerous and too much effort.

But there is a hardy network of sea-swimmers in Ireland who see no reason to stop when the weather gets colder.

Read the full article @irishtimes

local swim(s)ice and winter swimmingreportIreland (+ N-I )

The woman making '60 the new 40' by becoming the oldest person to swim the 200-km Oceans Seven

vr, 15/11/2019 - 22:55

Many people have heard of the world’s seven summits, but few have heard of the Ocean’s Seven.

A massive marathon swimming challenge encompassing bodies of water around the world, it includes the North Channel, the Cook Strait, the Molokai Channel, the English Channel, the Catalina Channel, the Tsugaru Channel, and the Strait of Gibraltar.

Accomplishing one channel is no easy feat – aside from predators in the open ocean and varying water temperatures, one who tackles all seven channels must be prepared to swim for up to 12 hours or more at a time.

Read the article @guinnessworldrecords


8 of the toughest swim challenges in the world

vr, 15/11/2019 - 22:53

From freezing lakes to choppy oceans and, erm, a desert, here are eight gruelling aquatic endurance trials for any swimmer looking for a big test.

You don't need to be Ross Edgley powering around the coast of Great Britain in a wetsuit and goggles to understand just what a physical and mental test swimming in open water can be.

Take some of the many outdoor swim challenges scattered across the world, where you not only have to contend with the elements but also go elbow-to-elbow with some equally driven competitors.

Read the full article @Redbull

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Why I . . . love wild swimming

di, 05/11/2019 - 23:06

Wild swimming is an incredible way to simultaneously numb and heighten different senses, says Clare Bostock, a consultant geriatrician in Aberdeen.

“When you go wild swimming it feels like all your worries are washed away,” says Bostock, who regularly swims in the North Sea where the temperature rarely gets above 13°C. 

“The cold means you have to concentrate on controlling your breathing and settling into a swimming rhythm. It is a good way to completely empty your mind as you can’t think about anything else.”


Read the article @bmj


The ice breakers. How Scotland's ice swimmers taught me to love the cold.

za, 02/11/2019 - 23:00

The snow-covered surface of an icy loch, for some is just an invitation to get out the sledgehammer, hack away and plunge in. When Vicky Allan and photographer Anna Deacon, cold water lovers themselves, started to research their book on the health benefits of wild swimming, it was the ice swimmers that lured them most.

THE field of snow covering Uath Lochan in Glen Feshie gleamed in the winter sun. I remember wondering, as we approached its pristine expanse, how thick the ice under that blanket might be. Would it be centimetres deep, too hard to crack open with a foot? Or thin enough to break by hand?


Read the full article and see the pictures @heraldscotland

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The Open Water Swimming Year – October’s Opportunities

za, 02/11/2019 - 11:06

In the years before I’d swum into Loneswimmer Cave, when I rounded Great Newtown Head, if I wanted to progress west into Ronan’s Bay, I either had to swim around Oyen reef, or through the four to five metre gap between the reef and the base of the cliff. It was the same as most coastal swimming with only two optional directions, forward or back. (And then later I added a third option of “through”).

The base of the cliff slopes out into the water, black and ochre, craggy, sharp, barnacle-encrusted and not at all inviting. As the tide drops, the terraced base becomes more exposed. 

Read the full Blog/article @loneswimmer


The New Zealand Ocean Swim Series is Back in Action this GSS Season

za, 02/11/2019 - 11:03

It’s been an eventful season so far for the Global Swim Series and now we’re just starting to head into the action in the Southern Hemisphere.  In particular New Zealand has a bunch of swims coming up on the schedule and we should see the kiwis make a real push to the top of the GSS leaderboard.

With the first GSS race of the season taking place in New Zealand a couple weekends ago at the Herne Bay to Watchman Island Swim, we wanted to have a look at some of the other races in the country and the upcoming season of New Zealand Ocean Swim Series races.

Read the article @globalswimseries

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za, 02/11/2019 - 11:00

A Cabinteely man has become the first man in world to complete the Gruelling “Ice 7” swimming challenge.

The Ice 7s is created by the International Ice Swimming Association (IISA), where a swimmer has to complete an Ice Mile (1610 meters) in each of the seven continents, with water temperatures sub 5c.

Read the article @dublingazette

ice and winter swimmingreportWorld

7 surprising benefits of swimming

za, 02/11/2019 - 10:56

Stuck in a workout rut? Take a dip to boost both physical and mental health.
Whether you’re bored of the treadmill, have lost your love of spin or fancy a new challenge to help you push yourself further, swimming can be the ultimate workout choice. Pool and open-water swimming are growing in popularity – according to Swim England, 47 percent of the population go swimming, with 7 million doing so on a weekly basis – and it’s easy to see why.

Read the full article @redbull



IJsselmeer Zwemmarathon Honored By The Hall Of Fame

zo, 27/10/2019 - 23:08

50 years of history – 50 years of organizing one of the world’s most well-known marathon swims – 50 years of challenge and greatness were recognized by the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame that will induct the famed IJsselmeer Zwemmarathon as an Honor Contributor – Organization.

The 22 km IJsselmeer Zwemmarathon is one of the World’s Top 100 Open Water Swims and the premier marathon race of The Netherlands.

Read the article @openwaterswimming

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The Open Water Swimming Year – September’s Harvest

do, 24/10/2019 - 22:43

In a year with a poor summer, any remaining prospect of heat finally slips away like an ebb tide by the second or third weekend of September, to be replaced by the next straw to be grasped in the eternal Irish hope for future good weather, that of the mythical Indian Summer, with which we will entertain ourselves for another month or so. 

While trapped under an awning in town by a rainstorm and torrent that turns the amusement arcade to a lake and the prom road to a river, I reflect that any hope of treating the Open Water Swimming Year in Ireland as a series of calendrically-aligned periods of defined weather can be understood for a false hope on this day when the Guillamene diving board is blasted off the platform at the Guillamene by a storm which turns the bay to washing suds. There was little summer this year, and whatever there was, is over.

Read the full article/blog @loneswimmer


What Are The Ice Swimming Rules In The Winter Olympics?

ma, 21/10/2019 - 22:58

Thinking ahead…and wondering out loud:

China is the site of the next Winter Olympics, officially XXIV Olympic Winter Games, and is scheduled for February 4th – 20th 2022 in Beijing and around the neighbouring Hebei province.

If an ice swimming competition were added to the next Winter Olympics and other future Winter Olympic Games, what could possibly be the proposed rules and qualification process? Who would adjudicate these rules?

Read the full article and see the video @openwaterswimming

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Registration 3# Amstel Ice Swim open

wo, 16/10/2019 - 19:17

Amstel Ice Swim

The Amstel Ice Swim is organized in the last weekend of the year in the city centre of Amsterdam.

The Amstel Ice Swim originated from the idea of Fergil Hesterman who wanted to make his sport known to a wider audience. In 2017, Fergil achieved the 4th place at the world championships in Germany. After this he wanted more people to come into contact with his sport. What better way to do this than to organize a competition.

Swimmers are able to compete at different distances: 50 meter, 100 meter, 200 meter, 500 meter and 1000 meter.

The Amstel Ice Swim is organized in cooperation with Roeicentrum Berlagebrug. This location is ideal for ice swimming. As a participant you’re swimming along the boat dock, so you are never far away from the shore. The location has a cosy and warm restaurant, heated changing rooms with warm showers and enough space for spectators to be able to encourage and admire the participants of the Amstel Ice Swim.

Swimming in the city centre of Amsterdam in the winter is a beautiful and special challenge, so enter and compete.


For more information and how to register check @Amstel Ice Swim

local swim(s)ice and winter swimmingNetherlands

Who dares, swims - in the 1930s these intrepid young Newport women braved the chilly waters of the River Usk for races watched by thousands

ma, 14/10/2019 - 21:38

THESE three Newport swimmers were just teenagers when during the 1930s they braved the tidal waters of the River Usk to compete in races watched from its banks by thousands of people.

Agnes Coughlan (left) was 16 years old when in 1934 she won the Usk Half-Mile Swim for women, while Joan Thomas (centre) was only 13 when she swam to victory the following year - and Margaret Fitzgerald (right) took the runners-up spot aged 17, in what was the final such event in 1938.


Read the full historical article @southwalesargus

historyGreat Britain /UK

Swim the Channel? Neigh bother for horse fan Heather

za, 12/10/2019 - 12:51

A WARWICK mother-of-two is undergoing extensive training in preparation for swimming the length of the English Channel next year in aid of the British Horse Society (BHS).

Heather Clatworthy is a keen swimmer and if successful in June 2020, she will be the first Northern Irish woman in history to swim the 21-mile stretch from Dover to France. Open-water swimming is not the only passion of the 37-year-old.


Read the article @stratford-herald

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How to Remain Calm in Open Water Swimming Chaos

za, 12/10/2019 - 12:35

Flow into the moment; don’t let the moment take control of you

Open water races can catch even experienced open water swimmers by surprise. Getting kicked, having your cap or goggles ripped off of your head, surf conditions you haven’t experienced before or haven’t experienced in some time, or accidentally inhaling a face full of water can trigger any swimmer into survival mode.

When anxiety takes over, your breathing feels labored or you start wheezing, your heart rate jumps, your arms begin to feel very heavy, and it’s difficult to kick.


Read the article @usms

training & coachingWorld

15 Swimmers recognized at WOWSA awards in Los Angeles

za, 12/10/2019 - 12:29

We’ve seen extraordinary records broken in sports disciplines across the world, but nothing made a “splash” quite like the tidal of record holders who were honored at the World Open Water Swim Association (WOWSA) last weekend.

With an official adjudicator in attendance at the Redondo Beach venue in Los, Angeles, California (USA) a grand total of 15 record holders were recognized for breaking enduring aquatic record titles.

Read the article @guinnessworldrecords


Swimm: Swim anywhere, anytime for everyone

vr, 04/10/2019 - 23:33

Three start-ups have been nominated for the Dutch Sports Innovation Award. The award ceremony will take place on October the 7th during the Dutch Sport Innovation Congress. Swimm is one of the nominees.

Swimming as if you are swimming in open water, but then at the same time a bit like running on a treadmill. This is made possible with Swimm, a ‘counter-current installation’ that creates a fifty centimeter wide and fifty centimeter deep smooth stream of water in any swimming pool – without any bubbles. It is comparable to swimming in open water, says entrepreneur Mark Smits, who with twenty years of experience in the retail and development of swimming pools is always on the lookout for innovation. He wants to use Swimm to get everyone swimming.


Read the full article and see the video @innovationorigins