Who's Who of Open Water Swimming

source: NBC Sports
original: NBC Sports
author: Steven Munatones
date: 2008-04-04

From Captain Matthew Webb who first crossed the English Channel in 1875 to Lynne Cox who was the first person to swim in Antarctica, open water swimming has always attracted heroic and risk-taking adventurers.  Many, but not all, of these adventurers have been inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (IMSHOF).

This 10-part historical series will cover open water luminaries ranging from Keo Nakama, who first crossed the Molokai Channel in Hawaii, to modern-day heroes like Shelley Taylor-Smith.

First, a brief introduction of the IMSHOF may be useful to understanding how these great open water athletes were selected.

Boor review: Wild Swim: River, Lake, Lido and Sea: The Best Places to Swim Outdoors...

source: Guardian Books
original: Guardian Books
by: ???
date: ???

In this stunning, full-colour guide, Kate Rew, founder of the Outdoor Swimming Society, takes the reader on a wild journey through Britain, covering 200 rivers, lakes, tidal pools, lidos, estuaries and sea swims.

Whether you are a seasoned outdoor swimmer looking to discover a hidden fairy pool, or a young family seeking a fun day out, Wild Swim has all the information and inspiration you'll need to get you stripping and dipping.

Cold Water Swimming 101

source: Chicago Open Water Swim Group
original: Chicago Open Water Swim Group
author: srherman
date: March 19, 2008

Hypothermia - Human Temperature Threshholds

source: Chicago Open Water Swim Group
original: Chicago Open Water Swim Group
author: srherman
date: March 19, 2008

Through a complex physiological process known as thermoregulation, we humans are able to maintain constant core body temperatures internally despite the many temperature fluctuations in our external environment. However, this is not an absolute phenomenon. Ongoing exposure to extreme temperatures will eventually overwhelm the body’s ability to maintain an ideal body temperature of 37°C (98.6°F). In the case of cold temperatures, this “cascade” roughly follows this process:

Tools of the Trade - Timing

source: olympic 10k marathon swim
original: olympic 10k marathon swim
author: Steven Munatones date: Thursday, March 6, 2008

Revealed: Bilbo, Britain's only dog lifeguard

source: The Mirror
original article: The Mirror
author: Nicole Russell  date: 29/02/2008

Bilbo is the David Hasselhoff of the dog world.

Not only does he get to wear a snazzy swimsuit and lap up attention on the beach but he's a genuine life-saver, too.

A six-year-old chocolate-brown Newfoundland, 14st Bilbo has already saved three people's lives.

Patrolling the beach with the five lifeguards at Sennen Cove in West Cornwall, he perches on the back of a quad bike, ready to dive in if duty calls.

Fisherman survives after 30hrs at sea

source: The Australian
original: The Australian
author: unknown date: February 28, 2008

ONE of two fishermen lost at sea after their fishing trawler sank off the coast of Byron Bay in northern NSW has been found alive.A spokeswoman for the Maritime Safety Authority said the man was found floating about 15km north-east of Ballina, on the NSW north coast, at 8.15am (AEDT) today.

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