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8 new European races join the GSS: Alpen Adria Swim Cup!

wo, 15/01/2020 - 21:34

The 8 races of the Alpen Adria Swim Cup have added more beautiful and majestic European races join the Global Swim Series.  If you include the LGSA Classique on Lake Geneva in Switzerland to the 8 races in the Alpen Adria Swim Cup and that makes 9 European races that have joined in less than a month!  Not to mention the plethora of other GSS races across Europe.  No excuses looking for a race in Europe this summer!

Read the article and see the swims @globalswimseries

All swims are added to our Future Event calender.


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The health benefits and risks of cold water swimming

di, 14/01/2020 - 19:10

Want to get in on the joys of cold water swimming? We explore the many health benefits and outline how to stay safe in the open water.
Cold water swimming may seem like an odd pastime to the uninitiated.

But while you might question the sanity of those who decide to take an open-water dip in the depths of winter, research has shown there are actually a host of health benefits – both mental and physical – to taking the plunge.

Read the full article @netdoctor

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The UK’s toughest open water swimming challenge returns to city’s Maryhill Locks

do, 09/01/2020 - 18:01

If you are looking for the ultimate challenge in the new year, then think Red Bull Neptune Steps.

The UK’s toughest open water swimming challenge returns to Maryhill Locks this spring.

With the first round of entries selling out in less than a day, a second wave of tickets has been released by Red Bull.

Read the article @glasgowwestend

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Come in, the water's f-f-freezing: Endurance swimmer Lewis Pugh is preparing for his toughest challenge yet... in Antarctica

wo, 08/01/2020 - 17:56

Is he mad, or simply superhuman? HARRY MOUNT takes the plunge with him to find out

Lewis Pugh will swim a kilometre across a 'supraglacial' lake in the Antarctic. 
His swim will last between 18 and 21 minutes: enough to kill most human beings.  
The endurance swimmer has trained off the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides.

He hopes to create a network of protected marine sanctuaries in east Antarctica.

Read the full article @dailymail

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Ocean challenge ahead for Gnarabup Cup honours

wo, 08/01/2020 - 17:47

The one kilometre Margaret River Ocean Swim will be held once again in Gnarabup Bay on Saturday January 18.

The swim was first held in 2003 and for many since has been their first foray into open water swimming.

The emphasis of the event is fun, personal challenges and having a go with friends and family.

Read the article @margaretrivermail

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Swimming beyond summer: how SwimBowen inspired off-season dips into Howe Sound waters

wo, 08/01/2020 - 17:45

In the midst of the cold and clouds, why would anyone choose to swim in the frigidity of our local ocean –let alone in the morning, when the light’s barely risen to reveal the icicles stuck to your eyelids? Okay, maybe not icicles. But the water’s chilly at the best of times. Surely, there must be better ways to commune with Mother Nature and this island we call home than to plunge into the Pacific and that practice of penance known as post-summer ocean swimming. Why do it?!

Read the article @bowenislandundercurrent


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Five spectacular wild swimming spots in France

wo, 08/01/2020 - 17:42

Explore France’s wealth of wild swimming spots this summer, from rivers and gorges to lakes high in the mountains

With nearly 3,000 miles of coastline, France has many of Europe’s finest beaches. But head inland and you stumble across a magical world of wild swimming – in lakes, rivers and gorges, as well as artificial lakes known as plans d’eau.

For the growing number of British open-water swimming fans, France offers a mind-boggling choice. 

Read the full article @telegraph

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Why wild swimming is one of the best things for your mental health

do, 02/01/2020 - 18:39

It’s long been hailed by evangelists as a serious life tonic, but now a study by the British Medical Journal has proven the positive impact that wild swimming can have on our mental health. 

This mood lift is something writer Lou Stoppard discovered when she spoke to women who swim in London’s iconic Hampstead Heath Ladies’ Pond for The New Yorker: “For many of the women who come here day after day, year after year, it has become a special kind of oasis.” 


Read the full article @vogue

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Christof Wandratsch Shows Speed & Stamina At Amstel Ice Swim

wo, 01/01/2020 - 16:50

Germany’s Christof Wandratsch never used to like or perform well in cold water when he was a professional marathon swimmer in the 1990s.

But times change as Wandratsch has well-deservedly become an icon in ice swimming. The transformation to a truly hardened athlete is complete.

On the last weekend of 2019, Wandratsch showed mettle, speed and stamina of world-class levels at the Amstel Ice Swim on December 28th – 29th at the Roeicentrum Berlagebrug, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

See the results and read the article @WOWSA

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Kyra Wijnker Wins Ice Kilometer At Amstel Ice Swim

wo, 01/01/2020 - 16:48

Kyra Wijnker won the distance freestyle races (500m + 1000m) at the Amstel Ice Swim on December 28th – 29th at the Roeicentrum Berlagebrug, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Ice Kilometer Results:

1 Kyra Wijnker 15:54,65
2 Sam Whelpton 18:41,84
3 Ailén Lascano Micaz 18:49,75
4 Kate Steels 19:19,84
5 Nikola Kopecká 19:48,09
6 Birna Hrönn Sigurjónsdóttir 20:08,91
7 Rachel Doyle 20:10,17
8 Gerda Holla 20:55,78
9 Andrea Startin 21:42,43
10 Maria Stelzer 22:34,15
11 Cath Pendleton 23:29,60
12 Jamie Monahan 24:19,31
13 Anja Binder 28:48,18

See the other results  @WOWSA

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Swimming in freezing Winter waters: Insane or exhilarating?

vr, 27/12/2019 - 18:02

It is hard not to notice how swimming in the outdoors has taken off in the UK over the last few years.

But while jumping in the water on a summer’s day might be refreshing, some hardy folk continue dipping in freezing temperatures throughout the Winter. Megan Titley speaks open water swimmers from the M.A.L.L.O.W.S Facebook group to find out if they are insane or actually, more sane than otherwise.

Read the article @lep

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Proudly SA Bellamy bares all for an icy dip

zo, 22/12/2019 - 12:54

South African open water endurance athlete Cameron Bellamy, currently part of a team  aiming for a record-breaking row across the notoriously rough and icy Drake Passage, kept things fresh on Thursday with a skinny dip off their custom row boat.

Wearing only goggles and a swimming cap in the colours of the SA flag, the adventurer was pictured on Facebook plunging buck naked into the icy water while his heavily clothed rowing comrades watched in astonishment.

Read the article @dispatchlive


Swimmers urged to avoid Boxing Day dip

vr, 20/12/2019 - 22:57

PEOPLE are being urged not to attempt to swim across the River Thames in Henley on Boxing Day.

The informal “Boxing Day dip”, which first took place in 2009, has become a tradition but Henley Open Water Swimming Club says people should stay at home because the river conditions are dangerous and someone could be killed.

Read the full article @henleystandard

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Lewis Pugh to train in Lewis for Antarctic lake swim

vr, 20/12/2019 - 22:54

An environmental campaigner is to prepare for swim in Antarctica with an 11-day training camp in Lewis.

Lewis Pugh, an endurance swimmer and UN Patron of the Oceans, will start his training in the Western Isles on 29 December.

He has invited wild swimming enthusiasts to join him on his training swims in sea off Lewis.

Read the article @BBC

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Switzerland becomes the 38th country in the GSS… with the Lake Geneva Classique!

za, 14/12/2019 - 12:49

The Lake Geneva Swimming Association will again be hosting the LGSA Classique.  And although the race on July 18, 2020 will only be its 4th year, it has already become a true classic!

This is demonstrated by the fact that it is limited to 200 spots… and it sells out very quickly every year!  (…so register now!)


Read the article @globalswimseries

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FINA Marathon Swim World Series Announces 2020 Schedule

za, 14/12/2019 - 12:44

As open water swimming moves toward the Olympic year, FINA has announced the calendar for the 2020 edition of the FINA Marathon Swim World Series, which includes an 11-leg competition, taking place between February and October.

The FINA Marathon Swim World Series will open on February 8, in Rosario, Argentina, and will then move on to Doha (QAT) on February 15. After a short break, the participating athletes will then proceed to the beautiful scenario of Victoria, in Seychelles, on May 3.

Read the full calender @swimmingworldmagazine

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How To: What Is Afterdrop

wo, 11/12/2019 - 23:06

Some concepts or acts can be so fundamental to a communal activity that the members of that community can forget that they once may not have known of the concept, let alone the meaning as the activity becomes second nature. These acts, which we might call unconscious assumptions, are not ignored, but accepted, language grows around them that the community understands and uses. 

But that language may be opaque to outsiders, or newcomers. It can be difficult for outsiders to differentiate between such words or phrases and buzzwords. One clarifies and conveys a common if specific meaning (afterdrop) whereas the other (“synergistic metamorphosis”, “going forward” etc) only excludes because such phrases are intended to convey status and a secret language of initiates or simply a lack of understanding of the word meanings.

Read the full blog/article @loneswimmer


What To Say – Or Not – To An Open Water Swimmer

wo, 11/12/2019 - 23:02

There are lots of things that open water swimmers know, both instinctively and learned over time. They learn about how it is best to breathe in turbulent water; they learn what kinds of food are best suited before an open water race or a channel swim; they learn where to put on lanolin to prevent chafing, and they learn what goggles and tech suits fit their face and body best.

Swimmers also learn the lingo of open water swimming; terms like positioning, pacing, feeding, escorts, buoys, drafting, and dolphining. They become familiar with the mindset and expectations of their peers who enjoy venturing past the shoreline.

Read the full article @WOWSA


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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