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Why you should try outdoor swimming this summer (and how to get started)

There is something gloriously life-affirming about swimming outdoors. Maybe it’s the direct connection to nature, or the bracing cold of the water – whatever it is, outdoor swimming is a fantastic way to get fit and make the most of the warmer weather – and you should probably give it a try this summer. 

Denison Dares

61-year-old Ned Denison will attempt to be the first person to swim 8 km around Cork City, over 7 weirs and under 30 bridges beginning in 6:15 pm on June 3rd .

His goal is 1 hour 45 minutes.  “I am especially interested in being the first. Somebody will eventually be faster – but there is only ever one first.”

Paola Ruiz Stuns Sharon van Rouwendaal at Open Water Cup

David Aubry improved one position since the first leg of the LEN Open Water Cup: the Frenchman was second in Eilat and now won the race in Brive quite convincingly. Among the women, Spain’s Paola Ruiz stunned the favorites and out-touched Olympic champion Sharon van Rouwendaal to clinch the title.

Los Banos boy becomes first person to swim across San Luis Reservoir. He’s 12 years old.

Los Banos kid James Savage, 12, makes a 7.3-mile swim across San Luis Reservoir on May 11, 2019. He became the first person to make the swim across the reservoir. 

The idea started as a joke and turned into a challenge.

The Savage family was leaving Los Banos for a camping trip when their car broke down. While looking out across the San Luis Reservoir, Jillian Savage asked her son, James, if he thought he could swim across it.

15 incredible wild swimming spots you can find in Yorkshire

With summer approaching and having already experienced some pretty warm weather, it could be the perfect chance to test out some spectacular ways to cool down.

There is nothing better for the soul than a dip in a beautiful river or an idyllic waterfall plunge pool.

Which is why trying out a spot of wild swimming might be the perfect way to wind down. Wild swimming is taking to natural bodies of water for a dip - whether thats in a lake, pond, river or the ocean.

Toronto man becomes 1st Canadian to swim across world's highest navigable lake

Lawyer Rob McGlashan swam 7.5 km between 2 islands in Lake Titicaca

Robert McGlashan has managed to do something nobody from this country has ever done.

Last weekend, according to the company that organized the crossing, he became the first Canadian to swim between two islands in Lake Titicaca, the largest freshwater lake in South America and the highest navigable body of water in the world.

Hot tubs, saunas and seaweed soaks on Ireland’s west coast

Sea swimming has become a big thing on Ireland’s wild Atlantic coast, as have fun and creative methods of warming up after a bracing dip

Ireland has some extraordinarily beautiful beaches: Derrynane in Kerry and Connemara’s Glassilaun easily hold their own against Caribbean counterparts. Unfortunately, the country’s weather can rarely do the same, often making a trip to the coast a damp proposition.

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.

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