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Making a splash: cold water swimming

There’s something for everyone at the cold water swimming championships at the lido in Tooting, south London: medals for the fastest, an award for the best hat and a mass jump-in in aid of Crisis, the homelessness charity.

10 things you only know if you swim through winter

1 All-year swimmers don’t wear wetsuits. That defeats the purpose.

2 You will never have enough warm clothes. You need many more things than you think you might need, to recover after a cold swim. Thermals, fleeces, your thickest jackets, woolly hats, gloves, socks and scarves. And you won’t want to take them off all day. It’s a pretty strong look.

Press release - Erica From America: Swimming from Europe to Africa

Erica from America: Swimming from Europe to Africa, tells the story of Erica, who, as a child grew up wanting to do everything, and later decided to swim the Strait of Gibraltar. Her friends thought she was crazy but Erica was determined (even if a little nervous) and decided she was going to swim from Europe to Africa no matter what. But when she got to Spain, her plans are interrupted by the winds and another group of swimmers, who befriend her and ask her to swim with them. Ultimately, she and the other swimmers were all set to swim and they reached their goal to swim from Europe to Africa but not without a lot of activity during the swim!

Showdown awaits at open water swim champs

THIS weekend sees the showdown of EP’s top open water swimmers as the Nelson Mandela Bay Aquatics (NMBA) Open Water Swim Championships takes place at Marina Martinique.

Saturday will feature the NMBA 5km Championships starting at 2pm while Sunday hosts the NMBA 10km Championships at 9am and the 3pm Championships at 12 noon.

Drought won't affect Midmar Mile: Race director

Despite the ongoing drought‚ the Midmar Mile glass is more than half fill this year‚ event director Wayne Riddin said on Tuesday.

The dam just outside Howick in KwaZulu-Natal is 35 metres higher than last year‚ which is good news for the biggest open water swimming event in the world. According to Department of Water Affairs official figures‚ the current level of the dam is 58.5% compared to 46.8% a year ago.

Contest win 'a godsend' for Lakes firm

WINNING £10,000 worth of advertising was “a godsend” for an Ambleside outdoor business which was hit by the floods in 2015.

Swim the Lakes, which offers open water swimming experiences in the Cumbrian lakes, had felt the impact of the floods so owner Peter Kelly decided to enter CN Group’s Business Boost competition last year.

He said it was one of the best decisions he had made as the business was chosen as one of the winners of a £10,000 advertising package and mentoring programme.

Groom says I do...to a bitterly cold river swim before he ties the knot

It might not be the most usual way of stopping pre-wedding nerves, but for one groom, a bitterly-cold open-water swim proved just the tonic. Richard Canterbury, from York, wanted to do something to take his mind off the pressures of the big day, so just hours before he tied the knot at Alnwick Treehouse, he decided to take the plunge in the North Sea and the River Aln.

Wanaka's Big Ruby swim record falls to Christchurch's Dan Abel

Christchurch marathon swimmer Dan Abel smashed The Big Ruby swim record in Wanaka on Saturday, charging around the picturesque 3.8km course in 49:45.

The previous record of 51:39 minutes was set by Wanaka's Mark Cockroft, last year.

Abel, a swim coach and open water swim tour leader, was one of 307 swimmers who took to the water over a range of distances.

Make a splash and enjoy open water swimming

A dose of 'vitamin sea'

ON cold winter weekend mornings, if you look out past the Crow Stone monument on Chalkwell Beach, you will see a band of hardy swimmers heading out to sea.

Whereas most people wrap up warm to brace the cold days, open water swimmers, like the Chalkwell Redcaps, get into the sea when water temperatures can be as low as two degrees wearing just a wetsuit.

Or if you are like endurance swimmer Jane Bell, just a swimming costume.

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