links to European swimming federations and interesting O.W.S. sites
The Results are in!
You voted and we are pleased to share the results from the marathon swimming survey. Below is how marathon swimmers feel about marathon swimming. The results have been broken down in to 3 areas which are strong support (76% to 100% agreement), moderate support (61% to 75% agreement) and controversial (60% or less agreement).
Please go to Freshwater Swimmer for a more comprehensive, analytical report compliments of Evan Morrison.
Ron at Ocean Care Solutions' (OCS) got in contact with Dive Flag App in a hope to have their product reviewed and publicized to Scuba Divers around the world. After initial discussions OCS sent us, here at Dive Flag App, a package containing a few hundred samples to test and distribute to other Dive Flag App members. Today we had the opportunity to test their most 'popular' product the Jellyfish Sting Relief Solution (JSR Solution). This was a timely arrangement as Australia is currently experiencing an outbreak of jellyfish including the Blue Blubber Jellyfish (common name).
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Merry Christmas and happy new year to all those wonderful people who, in recent years, have wanted to fight my battles along with me. Especially to my son, Alessandro, whose birthday is today. My commitment, training and travel doesn't always allow me to spend as much time with him as I would like. Nevertheless, despite his young age, he proved to be a little wise man who's extremely sensitive to the issues I'm promoting, and who has tried to be strong and supportive through all my difficulties. We adults should at least try to make this world better, and sometimes I get the feeling that it is precisely our children who can teach us how to accomplish this.
by Margie McDonald From: The Australian November 09, 2012 12:00AM
CLIMBING on to the bus to take me to Gladstone Harbour marina with my backpack and swim-gear bag, the man across the aisle gives me a stern look.
"You've got flippers. We don't like flippers here," he said.
This ocean-swimming caper is serious business. My flippers were packed for some snorkelling off Heron Island reef and not for the 3km organised swim circumnavigating the central Queensland coral cay. Best I hide them deeper in the bag next time.
Ocean swimming is now the adopted sport of many former pool swimmers, golfers, triathletes and footballers whose joints and bones can't take the pounding any more.
But just because it's a low-impact sport doesn't mean ocean swimming is for the faint-hearted..
At http://www.marathonswimmers.org the nominations for the Solo Swim of the Year (male), Solo Swim of the Year (female) and 'The Barra Award' are started.
Every registered user on that site can nominate 1 for each category and later vote for 1 in each.
British Swimming today revealed the four men who will participate in their panel of experts to support what they are now calling their “London 2012 Performance Debrief”.
This panel was first announced in the immediate aftermath of the London Olympics where they took three medals; making them the only British Olympic sport to fall short of their targets for the games.
There are a few cross border swims in Europe.
Sunday, 24 June, 2012, Lake Neusiedl, Fuzfoi Átúszás (willow swim?), Balaton fuzfo-Almádi, Austria - Hungary From Austria to Hungary
Saturday, 7 July, 4# Transfronterera (Cross Border Swim), from Cerbère (France) to Portbou (Spain) From France to Spain
Another humorous peace by LoneSwimmer:
1. Year-round conditions
2. Summer conditions
3. Abundance or absence of marine life. If marine life is known, how does the abundance or absence of sharks, dolphins, turtles, jellyfish, Portuguese man o’ war positively or negatively affect the rankings?
4. Abundance or absence of rough conditions. If rough conditions are prevalent, how does ocean swells, wind chop, large surf, strong tidal flows and currents positively or negatively affect the rankings?
TEL AVIV — Skittish at first, then wide-eyed with delight, the women and girls entered the sea, smiling, splashing and then joining hands, getting knocked over by the waves, throwing back their heads and ultimately laughing with joy.
Most had never seen the sea before.
The women were Palestinians from the southern part of the West Bank, which is landlocked, and Israel does not allow them in. They risked criminal prosecution, along with the dozen Israeli women who took them to the beach. And that, in fact, was part of the point: to protest what they and their hosts consider unjust laws.
source: www.thenorthernecho.co.uk By Andrew Douglas
Swimmers braving the North Sea are being warned of the dangers of hypothermia - even in the summer.
It comes after RNLI lifeguards rescued a woman yesterday suffering the early stages of hypothermia from Scarborough’s South Bay.
Now those taking to the sea are being urged not to underestimate the chilly water temperatures.
Lifeguard Tim Machon was on patrol yesterday afternoon (Tuesday 26 July) when he spotted the woman in difficulty.