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January 2014 - We have been publishing this website for 6 years now.
We agree that our hobby got a little out of hand. It started with the idea to remove the non-Dutch content from our Dutch Openwater site http://noww.nl . (That site has been online since August 1998, which makes it the oldest Dutch Swimming website.)
Some users there complained - in a nice way - that the Dutch content got snowed under by the international content.

Swim The Big Blue Update From Ben Hooper

After three years of planning, training, preparing and fundraising, 38-year-old Ben Hooper will leave his native United Kingdom this Wednesday to begin the Swim The Big Blue. "We are aiming for a November 2nd start in Dakar [at the] latest."

The Daily News of Open Water Swimming will post information and updates sent daily from Hooper's escort boat as he swim across the Atlantic Ocean from Africa to Brazil over an estimated four months.

VeryFerryFast Weertman Passes Poort In A Storm For Dramatic Double Dutch Gold

The end of the Olympic marathon was like the wild west today in Rio. The Dutch had reason to celebrate after a the best twitter handle in swimming, VeryFerryFast, past a Poort in a storm on the way to a dramatic finish.

That fast ferry was Ferry Weertman, who  joined Sharon van Rouwendaal as champions of the marathon but few others had cause to celebrate the messiest finish to years of efforts you will find anywhere in world sport. World-class swimmers. Certainly not a world-class event.

Sharon Van Rouwendaal Cold Shoulders Injury To Turn Copacabana Orange

Sharon Van Rouwendaal became the first Dutch winner of the marathon today, Copacabana painted orange by fans from The Netherlands , flags and clogs flying as she came home in 1 hour 56mins 32.1sec. That marked the first Dutch swimming gold of these Games, Van Rouwendaal joining compatriot Maarten van der Weijden, 2008 winner if the inaugural 10km event, in the club of Olympic marathon champions from their country.

Churning the bay under your own steam

INTERLOCHEN — Chit-chat is kept to an uncaffeinated minimum as wetsuits squeeze on goose-pimpled legs and swim caps snap over cold ears.

The quiet only lasts to mid-thigh.

Hoots and yelps start waist-deep, as the swimmers dunk in Duck Lake just off the Interlochen State Park boat launch. The swimmers know each others' involuntary shrieks. They swim as a school of human fish on Friday mornings, a raft of windmilling arms riffling the lake water.

For some swimmers, the pool’s too tame

At work, Newburyport’s Davis Lee is a nuclear physicist, developing equipment for particle therapy with a focus on cancer treatment. At play, Lee prefers swimming. But instead of the local YMCA pool, Lee is more likely to head to the open waters of the Atlantic.

The open ocean, said the 41-year-old Lee, is simply more real.

Olympic marathon swimming is much crazier than you may think

Marathon swimming isn’t anything like it sounds.

First, the Olympic event is not even a marathon; it’s a 10K (or 6.2 miles). The reason it got that name was because it typically takes elite-level swimmers about the same to complete the open-water race as a road marathon takes to run — around two hours.

But while marathon swimming is indeed an endurance sport, that’s about where its similarities with distance running end.

The lanes in Spain: swimming the Costa Brava’s new ‘sea tracks’

We must have made a strange sight: 12 wetsuited swimmers suddenly landing on a nudist beach. I often feel overdressed in a wetsuit, but this was ridiculous. But rather than disrobe and get into the swing of things, we averted our eyes, opened our towfloats and rehydrated with some water, before swimming off again on our exploration of the coastline.

Greetham ready for Olympic adventure

Scarborough swimming supremo Sam Greetham is heading to Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday to oversee the aquatic sports at the 2016 Olympic Games.

The Scarborough Swimming Club head coach played a key role in making the London 2012 games a huge success, but he believes he faces a tougher challenge this time around due to pollution levels in the water in Rio.