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.

Channel swimmer Beth French on jellyfish, living with ME and her autistic son

Beth French calls herself the "proverbial water baby".

Water was her refuge as a child, the only way of making the pain of her ME disappear. A bucket, a stream, a river or the sea, it didn't matter - so long as there was water.

Local tradesmen team up for iconic open water charity challenge

It’s been described as one of the toughest and greatest swim challenges on the globe, and that you can’t call yourself a ‘true open water swimmer’ until you’ve completed it - but two Tenby tradesmen will be taking on an historic cross-continental swim from Europe to Asia in Turkey next month for charity.

Turkish athletes win 31st Bosporus Cross-Continental Swimming Race

The Bosporus, an iconic waterway that divides Istanbul, was unusually calm in the early hours on Sunday where a throng of oil tankers, cargo vessels and passenger ships are usually sailing. Then came hundreds donning swimsuits who jumped into the lukewarm waters.

Kristóf Rasovszky Wins Lac St-Jean FINA World Series

Kristóf Rasovszky won the Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean 10 km race on the FINA Marathon Swim World Series despite traveling 30 hours from Gwangju, South Korea – where he competed in the FINA World Championships – to Quebec, Canada.

About Open Water Swimming, Safety and having Fun

There are several types of open water swimming:

Mass events with insurance and shared safety cover

Solo swims with dedicated safety cover

Training swims and dips without boat, kayak or lifeguard cover

Small groups swimming with shared cover - This is my subject below

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