617 in 2015 and later

141 past in 2015 (updated 25-02-'15)

For the organizers of events and other interested parties

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.

10.000 events


10.000 events

This month February 2015 we have added the 10,000th race in the calendar.
The counter for 2015 already stands now at 750 events.

Five Best Swimming Adventure Video Clips from Croatia

Open water offers an incredible venue for creating amazing videos of your outdoor activities. Today you can buy all kinds of video cameras to capture your adventure moments in the water and underwater. Strel Swimming company specialises in running swimming holidays in several locations across the Mediterranean and part of their trip is also a comprehensive video analysis of your technique in open water.

5# Swim the Arctic Circle, Juoksengi in Sweden and Juoksenki in Finland

Saturday, 11 July, 2015 (All day)


3000 meters

Night swimming in the bright nordic summer night. Starting from the Finish shore right after midnight, Finnish hour. You will not only swim over the border between Sweden and Finland, but also cross the Arctic Circle and the time zone. The one that is able to swim the distance in less than 60 minutes will actually cross the finish-line before the day the competition began. 

42# Santa Fe – Coronda cancelled mid race

The 42nd annual Maratón Acuática Internacional Santa Fe – Coronda in Argentina was cancelled mid-race because the weather conditions became dangerous.

Oncoming storm conditions that could have put the athletes, escorts and spectators at risk made the authorities decide to stop the race.

FINA tries to seduce swimmers with money to swim at the UAE 10 km

FINA Insider Tells Bureau ‘Rules Broken’ For UAE To Triple Prize Pot & Scupper Crippen Cup

A senior member of the FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee (TOWSC) has written to the Bureau member who serves as the official liaison between experts and career politicians at the federation to remind him that rules have been broken when it comes to the United Arab Emirates offering triple prize money to entice swimmers to its open water event four years after the death of Fran Crippen there.

The debate over FINA returning Open Water to the UAE so soon after the death of Fran Crippen in October 2010 tipped over into greater controversy his week when it emerged that the UAE, with FINA permission, had increased the prize money for its Marathon Series event next month from US$20,000 to $60,000 even though TOWSC members were told categorically last autumn that there could be no change to the level of financial rewards for each round of the FINA tour until a possible rule change could be voted on in 2016.

Oceanman attracks high portion of international athletes

Article written by Jonathan Cowie from the H2Open magazine and about Oceanman series

In a recent blog post we discussed trends in open water swimming. One of those trends was the continuing growth in ‘swim tourism‘. But swim tourism needn’t be an organised trip with boat support and meals and accommodation included; plenty of swimmers are choosing to enter races abroad and travel independently.

Maybe it is the seemingly never-ending British winter that makes an early season swim in sunnier climes so appealing. If you are prepared to travel, New Zealand and Australia offer plenty of possibilities: check out the State Ocean Swim series in New Zealand or the Cerberus Classic in Australia. Closer to home, southern Europe offers plenty of Spring swimming opportunities. The Oceanman is a series of four races in Spain and Italy, culminating in the Oceanman European Championship in Benidorm in October. But the first two races take place in April and May, giving northern Europeans the chance to get an early start to their swimming season.

Lewis Pugh broke his own record in the sea off Cape Adare, Antarctica

I've never known pain like it, says British endurance swimmer as he sets record for most southerly swim ever in temperatures as low as -1.7C

Lewis Pugh broke his own record in the sea off Cape Adare, Antarctica. Needed 50-minute shower just to warm up core body temperature. 45-year-old is completing five swims to raise awareness about Ross Sea

An endurance swimmer who beat the record for the most southerly swim ever in just a pair of Speedos said he has 'never felt pain like it'.

Lewis Pugh swam 500 metres around icebergs and in water temperatures of minus 1.7 degrees on Thursday.

Although he only spent ten minutes in the sea at Cape Adare, Antarctica, the 45-year-old required a 50-minute hot shower to warm up.

Cumbrian brothers plan to swim the River Eden

Jack, 23, Calum, 25, and Robbie Hudson, 27, from Langwathby have taken on the biggest challenge of their lives by attempting to swim the 90mile long river that runs from Mallerstang to Solway Firth.

After finishing his first Ironman triathlon, middle brother Calum was soon restless and searching for things to do.

“I wanted to do something no one had ever done before,” says Calum.

“The Eden flows past the bottom of our garden so I didn't have to look far and after some research verified that it had never been swum in its entirety.