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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.

Paris Wants to Make the Seine Swimmable by 2024

By 2024, the River Seine in Paris will be clean enough to swim in. That’s the grand ambition declared by Paris’s City Hall this week. Parts of the Canal Saint Martin, which flows through eastern Paris into the Seine itself, could even be fit to bathe in as early as 2017 should the proposed cleanup go according to plan.

Chloe McCardel’s 20th Channel crossing takes record from Des Renford

Marathon swimmer Chloe McCardel battled a sea storm and some of the biggest waves of her career to complete a 20th crossing of the English Channel yesterday, overtaking Des Renford’s record for the most successful crossings by an Australian.

McCardel, 31, set off from Dover at 3am Saturday (1pm Saturday AEDT) expecting a sea state of force one or two but a storm whipped up and she had to contend with two-metre swells for more than 10 hours.


Sampanna Shelar had every reasons to rejoice himself as he successfully completed 19 K River Bhagirthi Swim and won Bronze Medal in Open category. Arguably, the youngest to stand on podium. But destiny had another plans. During the lengthy prize distribution ceremony while he was seating amongst other champions, he realized that they announced another name instead of him. First, I thought it was a mistake & they will rectify it, so I showed them Sampanna’s photos & video clipping crossing finish line.

Copenhagen harbour swimming

Copenhagen is one of the only cities in Europe where the harbour water is again clean enough to swim in.

The city has built three popular harbour baths - a new type of city-beach for people to swim, sunbathe, and cool off on hot summer days.

During the last decade, the harbour baths have also become popular with tourists. They are the most visible result of a deliberate decision in the municipality to move polluting industry out of the harbour, and to clean all waste water before it reaches the sea.

The harbour baths are open 24/7 and many people living in the city centre have taken up the habit of a morning swim before heading to work.

Aquatic Capital Of American Announces Its Hall Of Famers

Along the shores of Marine Stadium in Long Beach, California, the 1932 Los Angeles Olympic Games rowing basin, the Aquatic Capital of America inducted its inaugural class of Hall of Famers.

Envisioned by Tom Shadden and hosted by 5-time Olympic medalist John Naber, an unprecedented celebration honored dozens of Olympics and world champions in swimming, open water swimming, water polo, diving, skiing, and extreme aquatic sports.

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.