links to European swimming federations and interesting O.W.S. sites
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.
Adam Walker successfully crossed the Cook Channel.
He started around 09:00 h New Zealand time and finished in 8 hours 36 min the 6th and in his words hardest of the 7 Oceans.
Now all that's left is the 'easier' North Channel between Scotland and Ireland to become the fifth person to complete the 7 oceans.
32 woman and 34 men will be at the start of the 2014 LEN-cup season.
Creggan Country Park has become Ireland’s first ever accredited outdoor swimming venue.
In recent years, open water swimming has become extremely popular in England and in Scotland but local trio Gavin O’Kane, Mervyn Kelly and Stephen Graham are bringing the revolution to Derry next month.
‘Northern Velocity’ was founded by Gavin, Mervyn and Stephen and they will launch thier swim sessions at the Creggan Country Park at 6pm.
The organisation has been accredited by the National Open Water Coaching Association (NOWCA) and one of their main focuses will be to help local triathletes prepare properly for races.
“The freedom and choices from open water swimming are heavenly, you don’t need Olympian stamina to be an outdoor swimmer, we cater for absolute beginners to the most experienced looking slight technique adjustments,” said Gavin O’Kane.
NEW SAFETY IN OPEN WATER SWIMMING CLINIC FOR KAYAKERS AND PADDLE SURFERS
Safety during an open water swim is a fundamental point of our organization, therefore we dedicate to it many resources and efforts. This is why we want to go a step further and add to our clinic a specific training aimed at kayakers and paddle surfers, essential elements in our security operation.
The clinic will take place on May 17 at the facilities of the Bernat Picornell Swimming Pools, Barcelona and will be specialized in the accompaniment of swimmers during an open water crossing.
The 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference will be held in September at the famous Mount Stuart Castle on the Isle of Bute in Scotland.
The programme will include a swim in Loch Lomond, a Scottish banquet, dinner dance, speakers from around the world, the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, the WOWSA Awards, and will culminate in a swim on Sunday, September 21st by the stunning St Ninian's Bay on the Isle of Bute.
The Prades Siurana crossing, a non-competitive event organized by Neda Món which this year celebrates its fourth edition, will take place on Sunday April 27.
Surrounded by spectacular sceneries of the Montsant Range and near Prades, a land of wine, olive oil and hazelnuts, the Siurana lake offers an impressive landscape for an open water crossing. Calm fresh water that will delight the most experienced swimmers and provide confidence to those just starting out in this growing sport.
An article written by Mark Drendel, a member of the Costa Brava Swim Club
On 17 May I will be given the opportunity to swim across the Strait of Gibraltar from Spain to Morocco. I have been training with Swim the Costa Brava for the last 6 months, and this group has definitely made me a better swimmer and has prepared me for the big swim coming up…and also to enjoy it and have fun in the process!
A year ago I had set a goal to commit to the training required to cross the 18km Strait of Gibraltar. I knew generally how to swim, but I was not a real swimmer. My swimming technique needed improvement, and I really needed more experience in the sea.
Palamós will host the opening round of the first Open Water Swimming Championship on the Costa Brava awaiting one thousand participants from all over Europe
The Olympic swimmer Kiko Hervás will strive for the victory in the first edition of the championship that runs along spectacular lanscape of El Castell beach and the dazzling beach of La Fosca.
On Sunday, May 25, Palamós will become the venue of the first out of three challenges of the Zoot Swim Series Circuit, Open Water Swimming Championship by stages to be held on the Costa Brava.