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‘Too warm’ for proper training

WE may have had the coldest days of the winter this week but it still not chilly enough for Gloucester’s John Myatt, who is off to Russia next month to swim in freezing water as part of Team GB’s entry in the third International Ice Swimming Championships.

Porthcawl ‘persuades’ Lewis to tackle a a marathon charity swimming challenge

Porthcawl resident Lewis Brown has just completed a gruelling (and very cold) swimming challenge – taking to the water for 100 consecutive days – with no wetsuit.

He has been so determined to never miss a day that, even when he and wife Jade went to London, he swam once in the Serpentine in Hyde Park, and once in a London Dock.

Is taking a dip in ice-cold water the key to happiness?

The World Happiness Report named Finland as the happiest country on Earth, and for one Canadian writer living in the Nordic country, that might be due in part to the cultural practice of ice swimming.

Helsinki-based Katja Pantzar, author of The Finnish Way, told 680 CJOB that she quickly became hooked on the idea of ‘sisu’ – a local concept of resilience –  upon moving to Finland.

I'm ready for marathon sea swim challenge

Audrey Buckley from Blackrock, Cork swimming at Myrtleville. She is part of a team who plan on doing the Ocean’s Sevens, the maritime equivalent of the Seven Summits. 

A PUBLIC health nurse who only took up sea swimming five years ago is in training to cross all seven of the world’s most challenging open water channels.

What I Learned in the Open Water

A few years ago at the Santa Cruz Wharf the August sun was hot, the noise of hundreds swarming around me unbearable. The air smelled of neoprene and sunscreen. Tottering in the sand, I dodged bags of sports jelly beans, electrolyte powder, and the detritus of obsessive sports regimens. Groggy from my 4:30 alarm, I squeezed between amped triathletes yelling over 80s music, stretching their limbs in all directions.

2019 FINA Professional Marathon Swimming Circuit

There is one constant on the FINA professional marathon swimming circuit: change.
Races come and races go as the number and locations of the events change from year to year. 2019 will continue that trend.

Could swimming in Scotland's cold seas be a cure for pain, depression and grief?

In the depths of winter, wild swimmers are wading out into the chill waters – not just because it's bonkers, but because it helps them deal with pain, depression and grief. Photographer Anna Deacon and writer, Vicky Allan, now a keen outdoor swimmer, have followed their stories.

2019 World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Women

The World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Women is an annual list of audacious women who have performed courageously well in open bodies of water as published by World Open Water Swimming Association.

The 2019 list only includes contemporary aquatic adventurers and focuses on women who do extreme swims or pioneer unprecedented open water swims of note.

Ice Swimming In The Netherlands

IISA Netherlands was established on September 4th 2017 by Richard Broer, Fergil Hesterman and Christa Hesterman-van Beers. 

The board of directors includes the three co-founders, Irene van der Laan, a dual inductee in the International Swimming Hall of Fame and the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame, and Dr. Jac Guijt. 
Hesterman explains the Dutch governing body, "We promote the ice swimming in the Netherlands by setting up training groups and encouraging people to organize their own competitions.

Ice swimming embraced by people of happiest country in the world

"It's going to make you feel so good!"
Katja Pantzar hears her friend call out encouragingly as she stands on a wooden dock in central Helsinki on a cold, dark and snowy winter evening. It's 14 F (-10 C), but all Pantzar is wearing is a swimsuit, a wool hat and borrowed neoprene gloves and booties. She's been told she's about to take a step toward curing all her problems, from aches and pains to feeling down.

2019 World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Men

The World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Men is an annual list of audacious men who have performed courageously well in open bodies of water as published by World Open Water Swimming Association.

The 2019 list only includes contemporary aquatic adventurers and focuses on men who do extreme swims or pioneer unprecedented open water swims of note.

IISA World Cup Series Stage 0ne in Veitsbronn, Germany

Europe was faced with a hot summer in 2018 that kept and still keeping water temperatures in western Europe above 5C, to the frustration of Dutch, Great Britain and Ireland, who nevertheless swam in marginally above 5C waters. and swam well!

However, that heat wave skipped Veitsbronn who experienced water temp of 1.4C and air temp of 2C.

The event was a great show of frozen swimmers performance and professionalism by organizers. A big well done to christof wandratsch who, relentlessly, pushing Ice Swimming as swimmer and as organiser. It was a great success.

New open water swimming festival

A NEW open water swimming festival will take place in Henley this summer.

It will comprise a series of events for all ages in the River Thames and a “village” with food vendors, a bar and live music.

The festival on Sunday July 14 has been organised by the Henley Swim in collaboration with Outdoor Swimmer magazine.

It will incorporate the Henley Mile swim, which has been running annually since 2011, attracting thousands of swimmers of all ages and abilities.

Ferry Weertman, 2018 FINA Male Open Water Swimmer

Olympic and world champion Ferry Weertman won the FINA Male Open Water Swimmer 2018 Award as a result of outstanding performances at the LEN Championships in Scotland's Loch Lomondand winning the 2018 FINA Marathon Swim World Series. 

REDUCE INFLAMMATION, INCREASE LIBIDO WITH COLD WATER SWIMMING

New Year’s Day typically brings about the Polar Bear Plunge tradition, where swimmers around the world venture into cold bodies of water for a brief period of time, often with the purpose of donating money to charity. One of the longest-running events of this type is the Coney Island Polar Bear Club’s New Year’s Day Plunge, hosted in the Atlantic Ocean at Coney Island in New York since 1903.

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