609 in 2015 and later

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

Great turnout for the start of the Eastern Cape Open Water Swim Series

The Nelson Mandela Bay Aquatics (NMBA) open water swimming season kicked off on Sunday morning with the first round of the provincial Swim Series taking place at the pristine Marina Martinique, home of the SA Open Water Swimming National Championships in 2019.

Over 100 swimmers from around the Eastern Cape took full advantage of the opportunity to secure early qualification times for the season with great swimming conditions on the morning with water temperatures permitting wetsuit legal races.

What`s your workout? The Next Big Swim After the English Channel

Living in San Francisco, Randy Edwards was always intrigued by the idea of swimming to Alcatraz Island. In 2009 he signed up to swim the 2-mile crossing with a colleague, having never done any swimming outside a pool or a pond.

“I think it’s always important, both physically and mentally, to have a challenge planned,” he says. “Once I committed, there was no turning back.”

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:

PE's Jendamark Bell Buoy Challenge included in Open Water World Tour

Jendamark Bell Buoy Challenge to kick off Open Water World Tour

Nelson Mandela Bay has confirmed its status as the watersport capital of South Africa with the announcement that the Jendamark Bell Buoy Challenge has been included as the first stop on the Open Water World Tour next year.

The 5km ocean swimming race, which celebrates its 10th edition in 2019, will see hundreds of local and international swimmers taking to the waters off Port Elizabeth’s Pollok Beach on Saturday, April 13.

Swimming around Hong Kong Island: Edie Hu attempts to circle the city for charity and become first woman to try since 1976

Edie Hu will swim 45 kilometres around Hong Kong Island for the charity Splash that teaches domestic helpers and underprivileged children to swim

When Edie Hu attempts to swim around Hong Kong Island on November 3, it is not the physical aspect of the 45 kilometres that worries her.

Swim Feat Leads to More Swim Research

Craig Coombs’ record-breaking swim around Alameda (“Local to Attempt Setting Record for Swimming around the Island City,” Sept. 6) prompted me to investigate my grandfather’s record swims. As I looked through my grandmother’s belongings, I came upon several newspaper clippings documenting my grandpa’s records.

The day I swam from Europe to Asia

Some say that you can’t call yourself a true open water swimmer until you’ve conquered the Hellespont. Steeped in mythology, history, literature and geographical significance, this crossing from Europe to Asia is considered by many to be the ultimate open water swim.

Open Water Guidance From Ned Denison

Ned Denison is a 59-year-old global-trotting open water swimmer, coach, mentor and administrator who was inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in the Class of 2012. He shared a plethora of advice and guidance:

For many of you the open water season is over. 

One suggestion – make a record of your top longest and/or fastest 2018 swims and update it over time. 

Flight or Fight in the Ice? Learn How From Ger Kennedy

Irish ice swimmer Ger Kennedy will be one of the featured speakers at the upcoming WOWSA Talks & WOWSA Awards at The Olympic Club in San Francisco on November 9th - 11th. His talk is entitled Flight or Fight in the Ice.

The tough Irishman will explain in detail his preparations to swim 2 km in 0.5°C water and air temperatures of -15°C in Russia under the International Ice Swimming Association rules. "From my experience, knowing how difficult and painful the recovery is in 0°C water really challenges one's mental strength and desire to push your limits or not." 

Tokyo to ‘screen off’ bacteria for Olympic swimming in bay

TOKYO — Tokyo Olympic organizers said Friday that a system of layered screens would be used to keep bacteria levels within “agreed limits” for triathlon and marathon swimming in heavily trafficked Tokyo Bay.

Organizers acknowledged a year ago that levels of E. Coli were up to 20 times above acceptable levels set by international sports federations, and fecal coliform bacteria were seven times over the limit.

THOMAS LURZ Honored by International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame

THOMAS LURZ (GER) – Honored by International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (IMSHOF): Swimmer

Thomas Lurz is the most decorated swimmer in FINA Open Water Swimming history and the only swimmer to have won at all events at the World Championships.

Wine Sharks Escape Alcatraz: Cherry Hills Senior swims to shore from Alcatraz

All 17 Colorado swimmers, called the Wine Sharks successfully completed the challenging swim from Alcatraz. Local Cherry Hills resident, Sally Duncan, 78 years young, was the oldest female swimmer out in the bay! The Villager Newspaper cheers the Wine Sharks for their dedication and courageous accomplishment!  

2018 Local Spanish National Open Water Champions

This Sunday saw the final of the official Spanish Swimming Federation Open Water Circuit 2018. This year’s open water circuit included 14 different races in either lakes, rivers or the sea over distances between 3km and 10km at various locations across the whole of Spain. Age classifications ranged between 16 and over 70 years of age.

More air support for Rottnest Swim competitors after shark scare

Rottnest Channel Swim organisers will introduce a raft of new safety measures including a dedicated helicopter to help protect competitors following the event's first ever evacuation due to a shark sighting this year.

The dedicated helicopter will complement additional official boats and a new text message emergency system to improve communication between officials, swimmers and skippers.

Could taking a dip on the Dorset coast improve your mental health?

In West Dorset alone, beaches such as East Beach at West Bay, Seatown Beach, and Sandy Beach in Lyme Regis are popular with sea swimmers.

But could going for a swim in the sea actually be beneficial to our mental health?

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