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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.

How to be aquatic: Bryan Mineo’s journey from the lakes of Texas to the Pacific Ocean

It began in on a hot summer day in a backyard pool in Bedford, Texas. The kid wouldn’t get out of the water.

His mother had come out to call him to dinner. He was hungry, but staying in the water was better. He liked to go upside down in a handstand or dive deep and swim along the floor almost effortlessly, the earthbound laws of gravity no longer applicable. He liked the way the sound flowed through water, the slow-motion thump of his own heartbeat, the long whoosh of his own breath, the way light speckled through the swaying blue of the pool water.

Bryan Mineo was four years old and he’d just come to a realization. He wanted to be in the water, always.

Jordan Wilimovsky has taken the long route -- marathon swimming -- to the Rio Olympics

The reigning men’s world champion in 10-kilometer open-water swimming — also the first U.S. swimmer to qualify for the Rio de Janeiro Games — failed the first swim test he ever took.

Jordan Wilimovsky of Malibu was 9 and wanted to join his friends at a summer lifeguard camp. He knew how to swim but had never taken lessons. “It was the junior lifeguard camp they have on L.A. County beaches every summer,” he said. “I tried to do the swim test and I didn’t make the time.”

Hoping to get below the 100-yard standard of 1 minute 50 seconds, Wilimovsky joined a team. He made the cut but didn’t immediately take to the sport. “I was very bad at swimming for a long time. I would not call myself naturally talented at swimming,” he said. “I put in a lot of hours and stuff before I started getting better.”

Santorini Experience returns for 2nd year on 7-9 October 2016

The event that caught the attention of sports friends and offered special moments and emotions to professional and amateur athletes, returns for a second consecutive year in the energetic island of Santorini during the second weekend of October ( 07-09 /10/2016)

‘Queen of the Channel’ Cindy Nicholas dead at 58

The marathon swimmer crossed Lake Ontario and set record for crossing the English channel.

Cindy Nicholas, the former Scarborough MPP and record-setting marathon swimmer is being remembered for her cheerful exuberance in life and her explosiveness in the open water.

“She was strong, fast, a real good competitor,” said fellow Canadian marathon swimmer Kim Lumsdon, who, along with Nicholas, Winnipeg-born Vicki Keith and Etobicoke’s Loreen Passfield, dominated distance swimming in the 1970s and 1980s.

Swimming-Dutch couple see Olympics from one extreme to another

LONDON, May 19 (Reuters) - The Rio Games will be both a sprint and a marathon for Dutch triple Olympic gold medallist Ranomi Kromowidjojo and her partner Ferry Weertman.

Kromowidjojo is the reigning champion in 50 and 100 metres freestyle, the fastest events on the women's swimming programme, while Weertman took the men's 10km open water silver medal at last year's world championships.

Their preparations are at opposite ends of the spectrum.

"I never knew anything about open water swimming before one year ago and now I do," Kromowidjojo told reporters at the European championships on Thursday, a day after she took silver in the 100 metres freestyle in 53.24 seconds.

Undersized and understated, Jordan Wilimovsky, Northwestern’s world champion, goes for Olympic gold

When he jumped in the water at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russia, Jordan Wilimovsky’s goal was to finish in the top 10. The Olympics were just over a year away, and Wilimovsky knew that if he snagged a top-10 result, he would secure his spot on the United States’ team in Rio de Janeiro.

Nearly two hours later, the rising Northwestern senior was a world champion. He blew away the competition to win the 10 kilometer open water swim by around 12 seconds, the largest margin in the history of the event. Three months after his 21st birthday, the unassuming Wilimovsky had not only secured his Olympic berth, he established himself as the best open water swimmer in the world.

Swimmer to take on the entire length of the River Severn for charity

The River Severn is the longest river in the UK and Vale Open Water Swimming Club member Ross O'Sullivan will be swimming the entire 354km distance for charity next month.

Starting from the Severn's source in Llandiloes on June 1, Mr O'Sullivan will spend 20 days swimming 15 to 20km a day to Severn beach in Gloucestershire. Between bouts of swimming he will be camping out overnight on the river bank and will be joined by two kayakers for safety.

It's back! Spirited swimmers make a splash as Cambridge's Jesus Green Lido re-opens for summer

Gloomy weather did nothing to discourage the spirited swimmers determined to make a splash at the opening of Cambridge's Jesus Green Lido.

Cambridge's famous outdoor pool re-opened for the summer on Saturday and more than 15 eager swimmers waited in line for that first outdoor dip of the season.