609 in 2015 and later

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

Frenchman Attempting to Swim Across the Pacific Is Seeing Plastic Every 5 Minutes

Nearly twenty years to the day since embarking on a historic swim across the Atlantic, French swimmer Benoît Lecomte left Choshi, Japan back in June headed toward San Francisco. Already 136 days and over 1,400 nautical miles into what was originally planned to be a 180-day journey, Lecomte hopes to be the first man to successfully swim over 5,500 miles across the Pacific Ocean, and in the process, he’s raising awareness about plastic pollution.

WILD SWIMMING IN SLOVENIA WITH THE MAN WHO CONQUERED THE WORLD’S DEADLIEST RIVER

It is not too much to say that Martin Strel is the strongest man I have ever met. And when I say strong I don’t mean in the muscular, Hercules-esque sense of the word; I mean strong as in indestructible.

The 63-year-old Slovenian might be a little rotund of frame but he’s also one of the most elite endurance athletes in the world. This unlikely hero is the greatest marathon swimmer to have lived, holding successive Guinness World Records and claiming the accolade of being the only man to have swum five of the greatest rivers on the planet: the Yangtze, Paraná, Mississippi, Danube and Amazon. 

Gertrude Ederle: the first woman to swim the English Channel #History

In 1926, 19-year-old New Yorker Gertrude Ederle made history by becoming the first woman to swim the English Channel – and in a faster time than the five men who had already achieved the feat. Writing for History Extra, Gavin Mortimer shares the remarkable story of Ederle’s swim and how she inspired a generation of sporting women…

Swim team braves pollution to dive into Gaza waters

BEIT LAHIA, Palestinian Territories: On one of the world's most polluted coastlines, 30 young Palestinians dive head first into the sea off the Gaza Strip, their minds filled with dreams of Olympic glory.

Aged between 11 and 16, they make up a rare swimming club in the Palestinian enclave, and perhaps its only mixed-sex one.

Michelle Macy Enters International Marathon Swimming Hall Of Fame

Michelle Macy's accomplishments in the open water swimming world are lengthy and were officially recognized by her peers today.

The International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame announced that Macy will be inducted as an Honor Swimmer in its Class of 2019, joining other celebrated heroes and heroines.

Legendary sea-swimmer Theodore Yach dies aged 60

South Africa’s most renowned open water sea swimmer‚ Theodore Yach‚ has died at the age of 60.

In 2016‚ Yach completed his 100th swim between Robben Island and the Cape Town shoreline‚ saying he was getting quicker thanks to dietary advice from Tim Noakes‚ a leading advocate of low-carbohydrate high-fat nutrition.

What Happens to Your Body on a Long-Distance Swim

Ross Edgley, a British athlete and fitness enthusiast, is currently on a mission to swim 2,000 miles around the coast of Great Britain. That means spending 12 hours a day in cold, sea jelly–filled currents. The feat has been a dream of his since childhood, and after talking to rowers and gauging his ability to work with tides, Edgley realized it just might be possible. “People have run around Great Britain, they’ve sailed around it, they’ve cycled around it, but no one has ever swam all the way around,” he says.

Long Beach swimmer sets records as he makes seventh swim between Catalina and Long Beach

As he approached the shore early Monday morning, Hank Wise knew he had a chance to set the record.

The 50-year-old Long Beach native had set off from the Catalina shore seven hours before, making his record-breaking seventh swim between the island and Long Beach. But perfect conditions put him in position to break the record for the fastest swim from Catalina to the mainland by a male athlete.

2019 EUROPEAN OPEN WATER WORLD CUP LOCATIONS, DATES ANNOUNCED

The European Swimming League Bureau met on October 13th in Amsterdam, where they agreed on the frequency, locations and dates of the 2019 Open Water World Cup.

Great turnout for the start of the Eastern Cape Open Water Swim Series

The Nelson Mandela Bay Aquatics (NMBA) open water swimming season kicked off on Sunday morning with the first round of the provincial Swim Series taking place at the pristine Marina Martinique, home of the SA Open Water Swimming National Championships in 2019.

Over 100 swimmers from around the Eastern Cape took full advantage of the opportunity to secure early qualification times for the season with great swimming conditions on the morning with water temperatures permitting wetsuit legal races.

What`s your workout? The Next Big Swim After the English Channel

Living in San Francisco, Randy Edwards was always intrigued by the idea of swimming to Alcatraz Island. In 2009 he signed up to swim the 2-mile crossing with a colleague, having never done any swimming outside a pool or a pond.

“I think it’s always important, both physically and mentally, to have a challenge planned,” he says. “Once I committed, there was no turning back.”

Where's Your Spouse? Issues Of Open Water Safety

It is time to tell a few disturbing stories about the last two events in Cork, Ireland, one of the epicenters of open water swimming in the world. There are too many safety issues to summarize – so read to take them all in. The purpose of this story is to educate the open water swimming community and improve going forward:

PE's Jendamark Bell Buoy Challenge included in Open Water World Tour

Jendamark Bell Buoy Challenge to kick off Open Water World Tour

Nelson Mandela Bay has confirmed its status as the watersport capital of South Africa with the announcement that the Jendamark Bell Buoy Challenge has been included as the first stop on the Open Water World Tour next year.

The 5km ocean swimming race, which celebrates its 10th edition in 2019, will see hundreds of local and international swimmers taking to the waters off Port Elizabeth’s Pollok Beach on Saturday, April 13.

Swimming around Hong Kong Island: Edie Hu attempts to circle the city for charity and become first woman to try since 1976

Edie Hu will swim 45 kilometres around Hong Kong Island for the charity Splash that teaches domestic helpers and underprivileged children to swim

When Edie Hu attempts to swim around Hong Kong Island on November 3, it is not the physical aspect of the 45 kilometres that worries her.

Swim Feat Leads to More Swim Research

Craig Coombs’ record-breaking swim around Alameda (“Local to Attempt Setting Record for Swimming around the Island City,” Sept. 6) prompted me to investigate my grandfather’s record swims. As I looked through my grandmother’s belongings, I came upon several newspaper clippings documenting my grandpa’s records.

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