297 in 2014 and later

1678 past in 2014 (updated 24-12-'14)

For the organizers of events and other interested parties

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.

2014 Cala Montgó Swim festival video

Here we have the awaited Cala Montgó Swim festival video where almost 600 athletes participated. In 2015, the 3rd edition of the Cala Montgó event will be part of the Oceanman championship series. 

We encourages you all to participate in any of the three distances of the championship---Oceanman (6-14K), Half-Oceanman (3-5k) and popular (1.5k)

Vote for your favorites

It's the time again for choosing your favorite man/woman, performance or offering etc. off the year.

You can do that on:

Marathonswimmers.org/forum awards http://www.marathonswimmers.org/forum/ for your nominees first and voting later.

How to mentally cope with the cold in open water swimming

From the blog by Adam Walker:

If you ask any open water swimmer what is their biggest fear about swimming the English Channel at the top of the list would most probably be ‘The Cold!’ 

The fear of hypothermia and the dangers associated with it are real and should be fully respected. Many swimmers worry about how long they can endure the cold and whether they are actually capable of getting through it, and rightly so. I know when I started this wonderful sport of ours this was a big concern, with my competitive nature, I knew I would push myself through the pain and discomfort. However, it was the fear of the unknown and the situation being taken out of my control that worried me the most. One thing I would like to make clear from the outset is that I don’t take any of this for granted and know my limits – believe me I have had a few learning curves. Anyone looking to apply themselves to open water swimming should build themselves up gradually one step at a time. It is a liberating and fulfilling experience to swim in open water and when the temperature drops even by half a degree it becomes a whole new challenge to the body.

In the earlier stages of training at Dover I would hear other swimmers discussing temperature and how long they were going to swim. I would join in preempting the misery before we got into the water. This became the unintentional focus. This was due to the fear of the unknown, lack of experience and therefore self doubt of what I was capable of. After a few training sessions I decided to see a hypnotherapist who has become a very good friend of mine called Clem Turner. He taught me a number of tips of how to focus on the positives and not the negatives. He would say ‘Adam while you are thinking positively you can’t be thinking negatively and therefore while you are telling yourself you are warm you can’t be thinking you are cold.’ He would also teach me the power of visualisation, thinking about the end goal, how great it will feel when you’ve finished turning negatives into positives and in general this technique has helped me through other obstacles in life.

GEOSWIM – A 23,000 km marathon swim to monitor Mediterranean coastline

Where: Roma
When: 11/18/2014

ENEA and the Department of Mathematics and Geosciences (DMG) of the University of Trieste will present the results of the third phase of the GEOSWIM project on November 18 in Rome. Seventy km of marathon swim to survey the Mediterranean coastline and discover our Sea.

The “Geoswim” project aims at studying the geomorphology of the Mediterranean coastlines from an unexplored perspective: a marathon swim. The close exploration of the coastline, metre after metre and just below the water surface, researchers can look at what satellites and boats cannot see and thus acquire important research data about  past and future changes in the sea level.

interview with Chloë McCardel

Chloë McCardel swam 126km within two days, solo and unassisted in open water to etch her name in aquatic sports history

On a balmy night on October 22, in the dark tropical waters of the Bahamas, the 29-year-old Australian swimmer made her last few strokes to enter Nassau, the capital of the common wealth of the Bahamas. In doing so, Chloë McCardel became the first person in the world to do the longest, solo, nonstop, unassisted marathon swim in ocean water.

She swam 126 km across Exuma Sound (a body of water in the Bahamas) in the Atlantic ocean from South Eleuthera Island to Nassau in under 42 hours.

David Barra and Brianne Yeats, members of Marathon Swimmers Federation (MSF), the world’s largest community of long-distance swimmers observed her swim. According to their comprehensive report, Chloë has set a world record.

In one of her first interviews since her feat, Chloë talked to The Outdoor Journal about her swim, her belief in swimming sans protective gear and what keeps her going.

Why did you choose the Bahamas as your record-breaking course?

OceanMan championship series 2015

OCEANMAN is born to become the first international franchise in the world of open water swimming. The locations chosen for 2015 round feature:

•Altea, Alicante (April, 24)
•Palamós, Costa Brava ( May, 25)

•Orta, Italia (June, 21)
•Cala Montgó, Costa Brava (September, 13)
•Benidorm, Alicante (October, 25). The great FINAL of the European Championship.

How to become a Winter swimmer. by José Díaz and Alessi Pérez

Are you ready for swimming without limits? Are you a potential Winter Swimmer? Meet and enjoy the new discipline soon sweep across the world!
Humans have never given the effort to know their own limits, the sport is a good example and swimming was not going to pass up the opportunity to make the most your chances.
Swimming in icy water, but with a long history in time at the amateur level, has begun to break the ice. Since its inception conceived as a healthy lifestyle in the Nordic and Eastern European countries has been evolving and offering more adventurous swimmers the opportunity to approach the maximum limit of bodily and mental hardiness.