609 in 2015 and later

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

Aussie 10k Women’s Champ Chelsea Gubecka “More Excited For My Sister”

Olympian Jarrod Poort was the first place Australian in the men’s open water 10k race on day 1 of the 2017 Australian National Open Water Championships, while a pair of sisters made the cut on the women’s side. 18-year-old Chelsea Gubecka outright won the women’s 10k event, while 14-year-old sister Chloe touched in 3rd. The top 4 finishers on both the men’s and women’s sides in the 10k move on to compete at the Abu Dhabi World Cup in the hopes of claiming a stop on the Aussie World Championships roster.

Virginia Beach man to swim the English Channel in 2018

Competitive swimmer and Chic’s Beach local Anders Jakobsson said he thinks everyone should know how to swim.

This sentiment makes sense, coming from someone who swam about 17 miles for almost 12 hours across the Chesapeake bay from the Eastern Shore to Chesapeake Beach in 2014.

“It’s never too late to learn how to swim,” Jakobsson said.

Jack McLoughlin and Kiah Melverton qualify for open water swimming championships in Budapest

RIO Olympian Jack McLoughlin and world short course bronze medallist Kiah Melverton on Sunday proved their potential out of the pool by winning the 5km time trials at the open water national championships.

Stiff competition for Ho

Johannesburg - Earning a record eighth Midmar Mile title has just got a bit tougher for Chad Ho as he goes up against a defending Olympic Open Water gold medallist and a former 10km world champion.

Midmar race director Wayne Ridden, pictured, yesterday revealed that the men’s competition would have more international swimmers who will be looking to break Ho’s stranglehold on the world’s largest open water swim.

Olympic open water champion Ferry Weertman of the Netherlands will be making his Midmar debut this year while 2005 world champion Chip Peterson is also set to line up against Ho.

Rio Olympian Jarrod Poort back to defend 10km crown at Brighton

JARROD Poort didn’t win a medal in Rio but his performance in the 10km open water swim became one of the highlights of Australia’s Olympics.

The 22-year-old became somewhat of a cult hero when he led for 9km and could “smell” the gold medal only to be caught in the closing stages in a performance his dad hilariously described as all “heart and balls”.

Poort eventually finished 21st in 1hr 53mins 40secs but won plenty of admirers.

Annual open water swim returns to Western Australia in February

An annual 19.7-kilometer open water swim from Cottesloe Beach to Rottnest Island in Western Australia will take place on Feb. 25.

Sponsored by travel and lifestyle brand Karma Group, the Rottnest Channel Swim welcomes all swimmers to take part as solo competitors, a duo, or as a team.

Paul Newsome, renowned open water swim instructor and Karma Swim Ambassador for the event, will be offering noteworthy training tips to teams and members prior to the swim.

Open Water Training with Grant Holicky

Grant Holicky, head coach of Rallysport Aquatics (RACE) in Boulder, Colorado, has been working with elite open water swimmers for several years now. Two of his most notable athletes are Joey Pedraza, who finished third in the 5k at the 2014 Nationals, and Christine Jennings, who has been to both World Championships and the Pan Pacific Championships for open water.

Ebotse Mile makes a welcome return

The Ebotse Mile, organised by Swim4Life, returned to the East Rand Speedboat Club (ERSC), at Rynfield Dam, for the first time in a few years on Sunday, January 15.

The event was the East Rand seeding event for this year’s Midmar Mile, the world’s largest open water swim, which takes place on February 11 and 12.

According to race organiser Willie Voster the field was smaller than expected, but it was still a good turnout.

“Now that the word is out that the event is back we hope that it will continue to grow,” he said.

Open water swimming… in Alaska? Absolutely!

So the latest addition to the Global Swim Series is the “Change Your Latitude” swim in Sitka, Alaska.  And at 57 degrees north latitude it is literally (and figuratively!) off the beaten path.

Change Your Latitude is a combined 10k/6k/3k/1k open water swim located in beautiful Sitka Sound, Alaska. And I’m sure one of your first questions is: “isn’t it really cold?!”

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