609 in 2015 and later

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

Open water swimming is a lesson in endurance, resiliency, and gratefulness

Betsy Medalla, the masters swim coach and the country’s foremost advocate of the sport, talks about training specifically for the great outdoors—and how being grateful can calm fears and nerves.

Betsy Medalla has a curious way of describing her path into open water swimming.

“I was thrown into it, actually,” she says.

While most people would balk at the idea of being “thrown into” a sport that has the words “open water” attached to it, Medalla flourished.

Croatian swimmer Dina Levacic to swim Japan’s Tsugaru Strait

Croatian long-distance swimmer Dina Levacic is set to embark on a brand new challenge.

On Tuesday, Levacic announced at a press conference in Split that she will attempt to swim Japan’s Tsugaru Strait. The Tsugaru Strait is a strait between Honshu and Hokkaido in northern Japan connecting the Sea of Japan with the Pacific Ocean.

SAM POULSEN COMPLETES 21-MILE NORTH CHANNEL SWIM FROM IRELAND TO SCOTLAND

Sam Poulsen, a physiotherapist from London, became just the 25th woman in history and 68th person overall since 1947 to complete the 21-mile swim across the North Channel from Ireland to Scotland.

The Caldey Swim will see a 100-strong shoal striking out for Tenby on Sunday

THE organisers of an iconic sea swim are keeping their fingers crossed for fair weather for this year’s event.

This Sunday, August 18, is the date set for the Caldey Swim, which has a sell-out entry of 100 swimmers to make the 2.5 mile crossing between the monastic island and the mainland in Tenby.

Record-breaking swimmers on crest of a wave

THREE local amateur swimmers are on the crest of a wave after smashing a world record. 

Ocean Breakers, comprising Rachael Lee, Tom Healy and Ronan Joyce – swam the North Channel in a three-person relay in nine hours and 40 minutes, beating the previous record by 38 minutes. 

Swim marathon: Tokyo 2020, FINA watching water quality, temperature

Athletes voiced concerns over water quality and temperature at a marathon swimming test event for Tokyo 2020 Sunday, as officials vowed to monitor the situation closely in the run-up to the games.

"That was the warmest race I've ever done," said three-time Olympic medallist Oussama Mellouli from Tunisia after completing the 5km men's competition.

Team GB's only black swimmer: 'I understand why girls would quit over their hair'

"I vividly remember a black girl saying at training that the reason black girls don't swim is because of their hair.

"I was about 12 or 13 at the time and had never thought of the idea of hair stopping you from swimming. Now that I am older I can fully understand why someone would quit over their hair."

Free lessons for children to learn about water safety

Booking is now open for the RNLI’s Swim Safe sessions in Tywyn, which will be taking place in the town for the first time this summer.

Mount Everest vs. English Channel – Which Is More Difficult?

Athletes and fans all have their own opinions and perspectives on what sports or athletic endeavors are the most difficult or challenging.  Gymnasts will debate volleyball players, volleyball players will debate with swimmers, swimmers will debate with runners, ultra runners will debate with cyclists, cyclists will debate with basketball players.

The Open Water Swimming Year – Summer

I started this Open Water Swimming Year series in 2017, and did not think I would complete it all in a year. I anticipated July and August would to be the most difficult to write, because everyone understands summer, and I would struggle to say anything interesting. All writing holds this truth to be self-evident: There is more to discuss about short periods of conflict than long lives of peace.

Wild Swimming in Courier Country: the secret to staying happy and healthy?

It was once prescribed by doctors as a cure for all manner of ailments and now it seems that wild swimming for health and enjoyment is on the rise again. Nora McElhone takes the plunge.

Dubliners prepare to make waves at 100th Liffey Swim

THE 100th Dublin City Liffey Swim will celebrate its milestone on Saturday, August 3.

One of Ireland's most famous traditional sporting events, the Jones Engineering Dublin City Liffey Swim has grown in popularity over the years to become a wonderful spectator event.

WOWSA Launches Free Global Calendar

In WOWSA’s annual survey on how to best serve the open water community, 78% of the 2,140 respondents said they wanted more news and information on races and events.

In response to these results, WOWSA launched a global event calendar this week.

WOWSA Founder Steven Munatones, who has covered the sport since 1978, said,   

 “As everyone knows, the number of open water events has significantly and consistently increased year over year since the IOC approved the 10 km Olympic marathon swim in 2005.” 

Dublin trio break record swimming the North Channel from Northern Ireland to Scotland

A TRIO OF Irish swimmers from Dublin have broken a world record swimming The North Channel from Northern Ireland to Scotland. 

‘You Are Basically Naked in the Ocean’

You’ve probably never heard of Jessi Harewicz.

But in the world of long-distance swimming the 36-year-old Vancouver woman is a megastar. Harewicz, a latecomer, is one of about 200 people in the world to have captured the Triple Crown of open-water swimming.

In June, she completed the last of the three challenges by battling tides, waves and pollution in a 42-kilometre swim around Manhattan.

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