609 in 2015 and later

648 past in 2015 (updated 17-07-'15)

Where's Your Spouse? Issues Of Open Water Safety

It is time to tell a few disturbing stories about the last two events in Cork, Ireland, one of the epicenters of open water swimming in the world. There are too many safety issues to summarize – so read to take them all in. The purpose of this story is to educate the open water swimming community and improve going forward:

Sherkin Island

As with every year and every West Cork open water swim, the last swimmers arrived late. Perhaps they failed to allow enough time; a few tractors on the road or they failed to count on 20 minutes needed to park, walk to registration, change, drop a bag and walk to the ferries. The ferries were chartered for specific times so the first swimmers hurried on.

Read the complete detailed article about Safety Impact @dailynews.openwaterswimming