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

The day I swam from Europe to Asia

Some say that you can’t call yourself a true open water swimmer until you’ve conquered the Hellespont. Steeped in mythology, history, literature and geographical significance, this crossing from Europe to Asia is considered by many to be the ultimate open water swim.

Open Water Guidance From Ned Denison

Ned Denison is a 59-year-old global-trotting open water swimmer, coach, mentor and administrator who was inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in the Class of 2012. He shared a plethora of advice and guidance:

For many of you the open water season is over. 

One suggestion – make a record of your top longest and/or fastest 2018 swims and update it over time. 

Flight or Fight in the Ice? Learn How From Ger Kennedy

Irish ice swimmer Ger Kennedy will be one of the featured speakers at the upcoming WOWSA Talks & WOWSA Awards at The Olympic Club in San Francisco on November 9th - 11th. His talk is entitled Flight or Fight in the Ice.

The tough Irishman will explain in detail his preparations to swim 2 km in 0.5°C water and air temperatures of -15°C in Russia under the International Ice Swimming Association rules. "From my experience, knowing how difficult and painful the recovery is in 0°C water really challenges one's mental strength and desire to push your limits or not." 

Tokyo to ‘screen off’ bacteria for Olympic swimming in bay

TOKYO — Tokyo Olympic organizers said Friday that a system of layered screens would be used to keep bacteria levels within “agreed limits” for triathlon and marathon swimming in heavily trafficked Tokyo Bay.

Organizers acknowledged a year ago that levels of E. Coli were up to 20 times above acceptable levels set by international sports federations, and fecal coliform bacteria were seven times over the limit.

THOMAS LURZ Honored by International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame

THOMAS LURZ (GER) – Honored by International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (IMSHOF): Swimmer

Thomas Lurz is the most decorated swimmer in FINA Open Water Swimming history and the only swimmer to have won at all events at the World Championships.

Wine Sharks Escape Alcatraz: Cherry Hills Senior swims to shore from Alcatraz

All 17 Colorado swimmers, called the Wine Sharks successfully completed the challenging swim from Alcatraz. Local Cherry Hills resident, Sally Duncan, 78 years young, was the oldest female swimmer out in the bay! The Villager Newspaper cheers the Wine Sharks for their dedication and courageous accomplishment!  

2018 Local Spanish National Open Water Champions

This Sunday saw the final of the official Spanish Swimming Federation Open Water Circuit 2018. This year’s open water circuit included 14 different races in either lakes, rivers or the sea over distances between 3km and 10km at various locations across the whole of Spain. Age classifications ranged between 16 and over 70 years of age.

More air support for Rottnest Swim competitors after shark scare

Rottnest Channel Swim organisers will introduce a raft of new safety measures including a dedicated helicopter to help protect competitors following the event's first ever evacuation due to a shark sighting this year.

The dedicated helicopter will complement additional official boats and a new text message emergency system to improve communication between officials, swimmers and skippers.

Could taking a dip on the Dorset coast improve your mental health?

In West Dorset alone, beaches such as East Beach at West Bay, Seatown Beach, and Sandy Beach in Lyme Regis are popular with sea swimmers.

But could going for a swim in the sea actually be beneficial to our mental health?

Bob Dunkel Enters Int'l Marathon Swimming Hall Of Fame

Courtesy of Ned Denison, International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame. 

"There are unsung heroes who help promote, organize and support the sport of open water swimming. The epitome of these unsung heroes is Bob Duenkel," commented Steven Munatones.

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT … SEA SWIMMING

What the expert says …

Julie Bradshaw MBE is one of the world’s top open-water swimmers. She holds 15 world distance records including the fastest butterfly crossing of the Channel.

Marathon swimmer Jaimie Monahan speaks of her swims around the world

A historic swimming journey was completed this year as Jaimie Monahan literally swam around the world. In an exclusive interview with Kathimerini, Monahan talked about the extreme water temperatures, her favorite moment of the journey, but also the giant jellyfish that left her hand paralyzed for a swim in Alexandria, Egypt.

'Everyone's stripped down': Why ocean swimming is growing in popularity

Surf breaks, rips, gutters, currents, dumpers, stingers and even former prime minister Tony Abbott.

Nature throws plenty of challenges at ocean swimmers, but sharks rarely concern Paul Ellercamp.

“Most sharks are not a problem,” he said. “They're graceful creatures, generally quite inoffensive and unthreatening, often curious, and when you do see them, often quite stimulating.”

Bruce Yang the first with autism to swim Channel, from Dover to Wissant, in relay

A man has become first person with autism to successfully swim the Channel.

Bruce Yang, 24, left Samphire Hoe at Dover on Monday morning as part of a relay team of six.

They arrived at Wissant beach near Calais in 13 hours and 21 minutes later.

Despite typhoons, endurance swimmer 1,000 miles across Pacific

Despite having to turn back after a series of typhoons across the Pacific this summer, Ben Lecomte is nearly 1,000 nautical miles into his bid to become the first person to swim across the Pacific Ocean.

The Frenchman, who set off from Japan on June 5, is expected on Wednesday to reach the 1,000 nautical mile (1,852km) mark - about a fifth of the way across the world's largest expanse of water.

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