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Confessions of a Virgin Splasher: my first summer of open water swimming

'Everyone’s got a plan until they get punched in the mouth’ – I found that out in Lough Key

It’s not often I like to quote Mike Tyson, but here’s an exception. Splashing about like a one-winged, disorientated duck in Lough Key last June, farcically attempting to swim 1,500 metres in the open water, despite not having actually trained once in the open water, his words came to mind: “Everyone’s got a plan until they get punched in the mouth.”

7 Reasons Why Swimming Is The Best Exercise If You Hate Exercise

Because chlorine should be everyone's perfume

While most of us love nothing more than taking a dip in the water on our annual beachy holidays (around the UK or somewhere more exotic and tropical), we don’t always think about keeping up our swimming regime in our daily lives. 

Santa Clara Man’s Passion For Swimming Takes Him Into New Waters

In the early morning hours of Sept. 21, Santa Clara’s Ken Mignosa rose out of the waters near Oxnard in Ventura County. He hugged his wife Tiffany and then the two of them celebrated.

Mignosa had just completed a 41-mile marathon swim, lovingly dubbed “Ken’s Cruz” by his son. He swam for 29 hours and 22 minutes, starting from a beach in Oxnard, swimming around Anacapa Island to Santa Cruz Island and then making the long swim back to Oxnard.

New Race Alert! The Skaha Lake Ultra Swim

We are excited to announce that another fantastic Canadian race is joining the GSS family! 2019 will welcome the Skaha Lake Ultra Swim in Penticton, British Columbia.
On August 11, 2019 swimmers will participate in the incredible 11.8 km ultra swim.

Brighton woman says swimming has helped her combat mental breakdown

SWIMMING in the cold sea off Brighton probably doesn’t appeal to many Australians, who are used to rather warmer water.

But for one, it has proved a real lifesaver.

Melodie Tyrer, who works in communications. says sea swimming helped her combat a mental breakdown.

'The water makes your problems seem smaller' - Sea swimming in the depths of winter when the water is biting cold

When the sun shines, there's nothing better than taking a dip in the ocean. But in the depths of winter when the water is biting cold, would you still fancy a swim? Kathy Donaghy on why she is an open water swimming enthusiast

The sand is cold underfoot. I look out to sea. It's flat and calm, but the chill in the air runs through my body. I know the water is going to be cold. I brace myself and wade in.

Swimming World Presents “A Voice for the Sport: Open Water Explosion”

A Voice for the Sport: Open Water Explosion

Commentary by Steven Munatones, Founder of the World Open Water Swimming Association and the Daily News of Open Water Swimming. 

It is hard to imagine the current explosion of activity and events in the global open water swimming community being greater. More and more open water swims are being organized on every continent.

Olympic Gold Medalist Learns to Love Open Water Swimming

After winning a gold medal in the pool in 1960, Carolyn Wood found that open water swimming can be enjoyable

As I walk to the dock where Portland’s “River Huggers,” the Willamette River swimmers, gather daily to swim across the river under the Hawthorne Bridge, second thoughts crowd against third and fourth. The chilly air on this early Wednesday morning in August brings back memories of early morning workouts at Jantzen Beach, the 55-yard Portland pool where I trained in 1959 and 1960 to prepare for outdoor nationals and Olympic Trials.

Ross Edgley sets record for round Great Britain swim

An adventurer from Grantham has become the first person to swim 1,780-miles around Great Britain.

Ross Edgley, 33, was joined by 300 swimmers for the last mile before he arrived in Margate at about 09:00 GMT.

Edgley left the Kent town on 1 June, and has not set foot on land since, swimming for up to 12 hours a day and eating more than 500 bananas.

Leah Chowdhry gets Woman of the Year honour at London Asian Business Awards for English Channel swim

Leah Chowdhry, one of the first young British Asian women to swim the English Channel, has been conferred the Woman of the Year award the London Asian Business Awards. She was honoured, along with other achievers from different fields, at the 2nd London Asian Business Awards ceremony held in the UK capital on October 29.

Adventurer set to finish round-Britain swim

Ross Edgley is poised to become the first swimmer to complete the 1,780-mile circumnavigation of the mainland.

Adventurer Ross Edgley is poised to become the first swimmer to complete a circumnavigation of Great Britain.

The 33-year-old, from Grantham, Lincolnshire, will be joined for the final mile of his 1,780-mile (2,864km), 155-day Great British Swim around the mainland by 300 swimmers in Margate on Sunday.

SHOUT FROM THE STANDS: MY FIRST MARATHON SWIM

This “Shouts from the Stands” submission comes from Elizabeth Fehr, a member of the Narragansett Ocean Swimming Enthusiasts. 

I moved to Rhode Island three years ago, and up until that point I had never heard of open water swimming. I can still remember the warm August evening when my friend and I were walking down the beach, our eyes on the ocean. Then suddenly I saw something black out in the water—way out. Curious I stared harder, and pointed out the strange figures that were moving around buoys nearly halfway out to sea. “What is that?” I asked her. “Are they dolphins?”

Michael P. Read, MBE to Receive the 2019 Poseidon Award

FORT LAUDERDALE – The International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) will recognize
Michael P. Read, MBE for his high-level achievement in marathonswimming with the 2019 Poseidon Award.  The Award will be presented to Michael, on Saturday evening, during the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies, on March 9th in Melbourne Australia. 

5 Amazing Races in Auckland – Auckland Central Masters Swim Season Preview

There’s a lot of open water swimming action coming up in Auckland, New Zealand.  With the GSS actions shifting to primarily Southern Hemisphere racing, we’ve turned our attention to a very busy season ahead in New Zealand.  Last season, the New Zealanders were right up there in the Global Rankings and with 12 upcoming races you can bet a few of them will be back up there battling for top spots!

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.

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