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WOWSA new owner website

Dear registered user.

This website has changed ownership after 11 years.
Richard and I are quitting. It is costing us too much time keep the website updeted without help.
The new owner is WOWSA.

We expect WOWSA will continue the website wit new effort and we (Richard, Niek and Gertjan) will stay on as supporters and perhaps frequent posters on the website.

MOROCCO SWIM TREK 2019

The MOROCCO SWIM TREK « Sahara Edition » is an international open-water swimming event for amateurs and professional swimmers. The event consists of 6 days immersion in the desert, between ocean and dunes of sand, with 4 heats of swimming, each one different.

The second edition will take place in the lagoon of the city of Dakhla in Morocco, from November, 26th to December 1st of 2019.

The World’s Most Difficult Swims

Since Captain Matthew Webb became the first person to swim the English Channel in 1875, marathon swimming has fascinated the public. Swimmers are constantly trying to break records and boundaries, and to find swims that have never been completed before. A marathon swim is classed as any open water swim over 10km, in which traditional channel swimming rules apply.

The Open Water Swimming Year – June Forges Swimmers

I have tingles in both hands. One is from jellyfish stings, one is from sensation returning after an almost two hour June swim. I can’t tell which is which. The Blue Stinger appeared in front of me at the surface, right as I reached forward. Its tentacles enveloped my hand, arm and shoulders like a net.

Challenges of Open Water Swimming in a Polluted Ocean

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. 

Stevenage-born swimmer to tackle 50km marathon for charity

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.

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

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.

How to Do Open Water Swimming Race Starts and Finishes

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.

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

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.

A new wild swimming spot is opening in London next week

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.

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

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.

Shrewsbury nurse Melissa finishes her River Severn swim

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

Strokes of genius: swimmers’ guide to the UK coast

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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