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Open water swims across Canada

To get more comfortable in the water, here are a few open water swim groups and races across Canada.

The warmer weather is upon us, and as the air temperature heats up so will the lakes. For most triathletes, the swim is the most difficult part of a triathlon, especially swimming in open waters. To get more comfortable in the water, here are a few open water swim groups and races across Canada.

Intrepid Trio Of Women Set To Swim Length Of River Shannon For Charity

A trio of self-described ‘ordinary’ women will be attempting the extraordinary later this summer when they set out to swim the length of the River Shannon for charity.

Fló Beo, which means ‘the living flow’, developed from an idea that 20-year-old Heather Maxwell discussed over tea with her mother Eileen. Soon enough they recruited Toni McGlynn, a fellow member of Lough Key Triathlon Club, to their cause.

Open water swimming can provide great experiences

When I introduce myself to someone new, I could as easily say “I’m a swimmer” as “I’m Susan.” The water is almost always on my mind. Swimming calms me when I’m anxious, balances me when I feel out of touch with myself, and gives me the strength to cope when I lose loved ones. The water is my sanctuary, the one place I always feel safe. 

For more than 50 years, the pool was my training ground. When my husband and I started living part-time in San Carlos, Mexico, on the Sea of Cortez, I discovered open water swimming. After two years of almost daily sea swimming, I find it difficult to return to black lines and flip turns. The pool can’t compete with the wild unpredictability of the open sea.

Mum and daughter to swim world's strongest whirlpool

While some mums and their daughters are lounging by a hotel pool this summer, Sarah and Ellen Taylor will be taking a rather intrepid dip just north of the Arctic Circle.

They are aiming to be the first females to swim across the Saltstraumen maelstrom – the world’s strongest whirlpool, in Norway.

ncredibly, Sarah, 54, and Ellen, 23, are also planning to be the first to do the 250m swim without wearing wetsuits. The water temperature is likely to be a chilly 12 degrees Celsius.

Nurse Melissa hopes to be in Severnth heaven with record swim

After a knee injury left her walking with a stick and needing stem cell therapy for osteoarthritis, Shropshire nurse Melissa Compton had no choice but to abandon her love of skiing.

Yet determined to stay fit and indulge her love for the outdoors, she discovered a new passion – open water swimming.Whatever the weather or the temperature of the water, Melissa can be found swimming outdoors in her swimsuit.

OUR ULTIMATE GUIDE TO WILD SWIMMING

Planning your first sea swim or training for a triathlon? Follow ocean swimmer Carys Matthews’ safety tips, arm yourself with the essential kit and head out into the wild.

It’s a hot summer’s day and the lure of the sea is calling. But, before you dive in, take a moment to assess your surroundings. Coastal waters can be unpredictable, and strong undercurrents or riptides can hide from plain sight. Make sure you know these sea swimming safety basics before you take the plunge. 

Forest Grove's Barber tackles North Channel swim

FGSD speech therapist Rijl Barber will attempt to swim the North Channel at the end of June.

The North Channel is the strait between the northeastern part of Northern Ireland and the southwestern portion of Scotland. It connects the Irish Sea with the Atlantic Ocean and has a rich maritime history ranging from the Revolutionary War to the Princess Victoria ferry disaster of 1953.

The woman who swims in the sea every day and has been handed global recognition for it

Come rain or shine Katie will take a dip in the sea off Penzance first thing every morning
A woman whose life was transformed by the therapeutic effects of swimming in the sea every day at dawn has been named as one of only 17 outdoor swimming champions around the world.

CHALLENGING A RIVER — AND HARNESSING ITS POWER TO TEACH

Swimming the length of the Boise River will test Christopher Swain’s endurance.

And teach Treasure Valley students about the river.

Swain knows what it takes to swim long rivers: the Hudson, the Columbia and other waters that had never been conquered before. He plans to begin swimming the 150 miles of the Boise River in August. The journey will take him from the river’s headwaters in the Sawtooth Mountains to the farmlands near Parma, and the Boise’s confluence with the Snake River.

Alex Kostich Talks About His Pioneering Swim In Pitcairn

With fewer than 50 residents on Pitcairn Island, Alex Kostich's successful 9.8 km circumnavigation swim around the island created quite a stir. 

Kostich gives his first-hand account of his unprecedented swim:

When Race Officials Are Ignored, Fair Is Fair

When Race Officials Are Ignored, Fair Is Fair​2nd Infringement:
A red flag and a card bearing bearing the swimmer's number shall be raised by the Referee (OWS 3.6) to indicate and to inform the swimmer that (s)he is for the second time in violation of the rules. The swimmer shall be disqualified. He must leave the water immediately and be placed in the escort craft, and take no further part in the race.

Martin Hobbs, Solo Swimming Success And Smiles

On Day 60, South African swimmer Martin Hobbs stepped on dryland to finish his unprecedented 581 km north-to-south solo stage swim across Lake Malawi that lies on the borders between Malawi, Mozambique, and Tanzania.

Renowned ice swimmer takes a bone-chilling dip in Lake Simcoe

She has now completed 'Ice Miles' in Europe, Africa, Asia and North America

On Easter Sunday, Kate Steels-Fryatt, a renowned ice water swimmer from Hampshire, UK, swam her seventh Ice Mile in Lake Simcoe, near Beaverton.

Alex Kostich Is A Go For Pitcairn Circumnavigation

Originally scheduled for early April, Alex Kostich had an unexpected logistical delay in getting to Pitcairn Island in the middle Pacific Ocean. He had to postpone his planned circumnavigation swimaround Pitcairn.

But the attempt was rescheduled and one of the world's fastest veterans is right back on schedule.

How to move from the pool to the lake

Another season of open water swimming is fast approaching, and it won’t be long before it’s time to dig out the wetsuit. But, before you put a toe into any open water, there are several things you can do in the pool to make the transition a smooth and satisfying one.

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