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What to tell your kids about the dangers of open water swimming

Hoards of sunseekers are set to put their lives in peril in Cambridge’s lakes rivers as temperatures soar this weekend.

With the mercury set to hit 29C on Sunday (June 18) a warning has been issued by the fire service to prevent ‘tombstoning’ - jumping off bridges into rivers - as well as swimming in water-filled chalk pits around the city.

South Africa's siren call to the 'wild' open-water swimmer

Open-water swimmers are a unique breed. They flirt with danger while maintaining a calm resiliency that would serve nearly any difficult challenge. You can identify the species by their especially fit frames and foam neoprene markings.
This adventurous yet disciplined breed tends to migrate toward certain areas of the world, with South Africa as one of the most habitable for them.

Swimming Through Barriers

Carlos Costa is something of a legend, in the world of marathon swimming.

In 1992, as a teenager, he made is first attempt to swim across Lake Ontario, but was forced to give up after 38 km. of the 52 km. swim, due to fierce thunderstorms that swept across the lake.

Disappointed, he tried again the following month – but again was forced to cut the swim short, this time after only  26k m., due to unusually frigid water temperatures.

He tried again in 1994 at the age of 20; this time the young swimmer completed the challenge, crossing from Niagara-on-the-Lake to the Leslie Street Spit in 32 hours and 43 minutes.

The rise of open-water swimming: 'You can find yourself in rough water but you make progress'

At a certain time every morning, a figure will alight from her car in Dublin's Sandycove, towel underarm, and bravely disrobe before plunging in for a swim.

It's a ritual that Róisín O'Doherty, now in her 70s, has been performing for many years. From Ballybrack village in Dublin, she says swimming wasn't always part of her life, but as a mother to four children who were learning to swim, she thought she'd better learn to become a better swimmer if she was to keep up with them in the water.

USA Swimming Announces Open Water Team for FINA World Championships

Ten open water swimmers have been selected to represent Team USA at the 2017 FINA World Championships this summer, USA Swimming announced today.

The roster includes two-time Olympian Haley Anderson (Granite Bay, Calif./Trojan Swim Club) and 2016 Olympian Jordan Wilimovsky (Malibu, Calif./Team Santa Monica), who became the first American to qualify for the same Olympic Games in both an open water and pool event. 2012 Olympian Andrew Gemmell (Wilmington, Del./Nation’s Capital Swim Club) is also on the team.

Canada Grabs Gold On Third Day Of UANA Open Water Champs

Team Canada was golden again on day three of the UANA Open Water Championships, with wins in all four races.

Alex Katelnikoff and Chantal Jeffrey won gold in the junior 2.5-km races, while Stephanie Horner and Nicholas Masse-Savard won the senior 5-km races.

Katelnikoff and teammate Raben Dommann, who finished second, led for the entirety of the 2.5-km swim.

Windermere's Great North Swim second day cancelled

A forecast of very strong gusting winds has forced the cancellation of the second day of a huge open water swimming event.

Thousands of swimmers head to the Lake District each year for the Great North Swim on Windermere.

Mark Perry Named Swimming Canada’s Distance/Open Water Coach

When it’s time for the next generation of Canadian swimmers to decide on their future, John Atkinson wants to make sure they have plenty of options.

The introduction of Mark Perry as Swimming Canada’s first ever Distance/Open Water Coach is part of Atkinson’s plan to broaden Canada’s medal potential in the water.

Participation in open water swimming events will be poignant for Claire

The daughter of a Ponteland woman who died as the result of a private battle with mental illness is taking on this year’s Great North Swim to raise money for, and awareness of, the fund that was set up in her mother’s memory. Sally Allan went missing from her home on Boxing Day in 2015. Her disappearance sparked a huge search, before her body was recovered from water near to Riverside Quay at Tyne Dock West in South Shields on February 3, 2016.

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