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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.

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.

Indian Open swim team attempts world record

.......The previous record was held by a team from Israel for swimming a total distance of 380 kms in 123.2 hrs. To beat this record, the six-member Indian Open Water swim team - The Sea Hawks - set off from Dona Paula in Goa last Friday and were all set to swim a distance of 490 kms along the Konkan coastline and reach Gateway of India in Mumbai on Thursday in 156 hours. But owing to strong winds and warnings of high tides, the team culminated just short of Gateway of India clocking a total distance of 433.11 kms instead.

Nejib Belhedi ends Iron Swim attempt after 3.5 hours

On Valentine’s Day, Nejib Belhedi attempted to swim from the island of Kerkennah to Sfax, Tunisia’s second city. It’s a distance of about 18km. For experienced open water swimmers, such a swim is relatively routine, but Nejib wanted to make it harder. He wanted a challenge to justify the description “Iron Swim” so he added in a boat to tow and chose to swim at the coldest time of year.