609 in 2015 and later

648 past in 2015 (updated 17-07-'15)

IISA World Cup Series Stage 0ne in Veitsbronn, Germany

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.

New open water swimming festival

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.

Ferry Weertman, 2018 FINA Male Open Water Swimmer

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. 

REDUCE INFLAMMATION, INCREASE LIBIDO WITH COLD WATER SWIMMING

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.

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

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.

Where to go swimming on New Year’s Day

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.

Microbes pose no threat to winter swimmers

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Finding yourself in the rivers, lakes and ponds of England

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.

Bangladesh's most celebrated swimmer hangs up trunks at 67

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Irishman dives into Alibaug sea, reaches south Bombay in less than 8 hours

Irish swimmer makes waves; covers Alibaug-Mumbai in 7.51 hours

Mumbai, Nov 29 Irish swimmer Ned Denison swam rom the coastal town of Alibaug in adjoining Raigad district to the Gateway of India here Wednesday just for "fun" as he completed the 36-km sea distance in 7 hours and 51 minutes.

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