609 in 2015 and later

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

Shrewsbury river swim makes an even bigger splash - with video

More than 90 brave souls took a chilly dip in the River Severn in Shrewsbury at an annual river swim.

The Shrewsbury Masters open water swim saw dozens of people make the 700m trip from the Welsh Bridge down to Pengwern Boat Club.

The English Channel is the Everest of open-water swimming

Cape Town - Completing the English Channel is like doing the Everest of open-water swimming.

Blind woman from Guernsey completes open water swim

A blind woman in Guernsey has completed an open water swim challenge, raising over £2,000 for charity.

Mumbai boy on his way to complete most dangerous swimming challenges

Mumbai boy Prabhat Koli is on a mission to ace the Oceans Seven, among the world’s most dangerous swimming challenges, and has broken several records along the way.

Pacific Swim Update: Lecomte Hits 1,000km

Benoit Lecomte is now well into his third month swimming across the Pacific Ocean. The 51-year-old French swimmer set off from Japan in early June and has made solid progress on the 8,800km swim. He has been in the water eight hours a day and he has covered approximately 1,000km of his route toward San Francisco: an average of about 15km daily.

Ferry Weertman Fights Off Jet Lag To Win RCP Tiburon Mile

Ferry Weertman caught an international flight from his home in the Netherlands and flew across the Atlantic Ocean and continental United States to land late Saturday night in San Francisco, California.

Ill health forces Dutch Olympian to halt long-distance swim


Maarten van der Weijden beat leukemia and went on to win an Olympic gold swimming medal in Beijing, but even his powers of endurance weren't enough to complete his latest challenge.

Man who became the youngest ever to swim the Channel at age 11 tells how he endured hallucinations

3.15 pm, September 6, 1988

10 hours and 24 miles into my swim across the Channel, approximately four miles from the English coast.

By now I had been swimming the English Channel for ten hours. I had started to cry.

If I cried until my goggles were full and I could no longer see where I was going, it would all be over. 

They might pull me out. My coach John Bullet, in the fishing boat up ahead, might simply end it for me.

I heard a splash. What was it? I realised I had momentarily been swimming with my eyes closed. I opened them again.

Woman nearing finish of 100km swim in 100 days

A WOMAN from Henley will complete a charity challenge to swim 100km in 100 days tomorrow (Saturday).

Joan Fennelly, 52, has taken part in all four Henley Swim events this summer as well as joining friends from the Henley Open Water Swimming Club for early morning or evening dips to stay on track.

Charity swimmer's next challenge in New York

A CHARITY fundraiser is doing a 28-mile swim around Manhattan Island in New York.
Graham Walton, 45, from Shotley Bridge, near Consett, is going to the United States to take part in The 20 Bridges challenge on August 25.

Dutchman aims to swim the Elfstedentocht to raise money for cancer research.

Olympic open water swimming champion Maarten van der Weijden will on Saturday 18-8-2018 begin a marathon swim following the 200 kilometre route of the legendary Elfstedentocht skating race.


Czech hardy man Jaroslav Chytil, 42, has just made headlines by conquering the North Channel. The strait between Northern Ireland and south-western Scotland is considered to be the hardest channel swim in the world and few have managed to complete the crossing. Jaroslav is the 58th person in the world to do so. I spoke to him on his return and began by asking what had made him take on this particular challenge.

Zoggs fogbuster: Swimmer suffers significant eye damage from recalled anti-fog gel for goggles

A Queensland swimmer has suffered "horrible pain" and damage to his eyes after applying a recalled anti-fog gel to the inside of his goggles.

Darren Lydeamore, who spent three days in hospital, had no idea that Zoggs Australia had recalled the faulty product, and his treating doctor said given the seriousness of his injuries, the recall should have been more strongly worded and better publicised.

The East German Doping Machine

From the late 1960’s through the 1980’s, athletes from the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) swam their way to glory, winning Olympic gold medals, setting world records and - so it seemed at the time to some -demonstrating the superiority of communism over its capitalist competitors.  The achievements of the East German aquatic stars were duly acknowledged by the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) between the years of 1981 through 1993, when fifteen East Germans were inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Longest staged sea swim 'record broken' by Ross Edgley

A man has broken the world record for the longest staged sea swim on the 74th day of his attempt to complete a 2,000-mile swim around Britain.