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Global Open Water Swimming Conference 2014 will be held at Mount Stuart Castle on the Isle of Bute, Scotland

Global Open Water Swimming Conference 2014 will be held at Mount Stuart Castle on the Isle of Bute, Scotland

The conference's mission statement is to provide opportunities to listen and meet many of the world's most foremost experts in open water swimming. Dozens of presentations cover every aspect of the vast and growing world of open water swimming where attendees can learn the latest trends, race tactics, training techniques, equipment, race organization and safety practices for open water swimming as a solo swimmer, competitive athlete, masters swimmer, triathlete, multi-sport athlete, administrator, race promoter or referee.

Do skins swimmers deserve separate results listings?

Do skins swimmers deserve separate results listings?

There's an interesting article on H2Open's Editor's blog:

Should event organisers list the results for wetsuit and non-wetsuit swimmers separately or together? The default, at least for many organisers in the UK, is to bundle all the results together. The occasional concession is to mark the names of non-wetsuit swimmers with a star or some other symbol. Prizes are usually awarded to the first over the line, regardless of what they are wearing. This irritates some non-wetsuit swimmers, but should they be bothered? Or just grateful the organiser has allowed them to swim without a wetsuit when in many events they are compulsory? - See more at: http://h2openmagazine.com/blogs/case-separate-results-listings-wetsuit-a...

Should event organisers list the results for wetsuit and non-wetsuit swimmers separately or together? The default, at least for many organisers in the UK, is to bundle all the results together. The occasional concession is to mark the names of non-wetsuit swimmers with a star or some other symbol. Prizes are usually awarded to the first over the line, regardless of what they are wearing. This irritates some non-wetsuit swimmers, but should they be bothered? Or just grateful the organizer has allowed them to swim without a wetsuit when in many events they are compulsory?

Choose your open water swim event with care

Choose your open water swim event with care

oby Cullen compiles H2Open's event listings pages and also runs event listing site overtaQuatix.com. Here he explains what to look for and expect at your next event.

Open Water Swimming events are not all equal. Some are more difficult than others by nature and there are many different objectives that the organizer could have in mind when setting the course and preparing the event. As a consequence, some events are better suited to certain swimmers and others less so.

On the other hand, different swimmers have different reasons for participating. Some want to experience the thrill and exhilaration of swimming in the open air while enjoying their beautiful surroundings while others want to achieve the fastest time possible for the distance. Some want to be kept warm and buoyant by their wetsuits while others want to feel the fresh water revitalising their skin. Some are in it for the physical or psychological challenge and some want to raise money in memory of a loved one.

- See more at: http://www.h2openmagazine.com/features/choose-your-open-water-swim-event...

oby Cullen compiles H2Open's event listings pages and also runs event listing site overtaQuatix.com. Here he explains what to look for and expect at your next event.

Open Water Swimming events are not all equal. Some are more difficult than others by nature and there are many different objectives that the organizer could have in mind when setting the course and preparing the event. As a consequence, some events are better suited to certain swimmers and others less so.

On the other hand, different swimmers have different reasons for participating. Some want to experience the thrill and exhilaration of swimming in the open air while enjoying their beautiful surroundings while others want to achieve the fastest time possible for the distance. Some want to be kept warm and buoyant by their wetsuits while others want to feel the fresh water revitalising their skin. Some are in it for the physical or psychological challenge and some want to raise money in memory of a loved one.

- See more at: http://www.h2openmagazine.com/features/choose-your-open-water-swim-event...

oby Cullen compiles H2Open's event listings pages and also runs event listing site overtaQuatix.com. Here he explains what to look for and expect at your next event.

Open Water Swimming events are not all equal. Some are more difficult than others by nature and there are many different objectives that the organizer could have in mind when setting the course and preparing the event. As a consequence, some events are better suited to certain swimmers and others less so.

On the other hand, different swimmers have different reasons for participating. Some want to experience the thrill and exhilaration of swimming in the open air while enjoying their beautiful surroundings while others want to achieve the fastest time possible for the distance. Some want to be kept warm and buoyant by their wetsuits while others want to feel the fresh water revitalising their skin. Some are in it for the physical or psychological challenge and some want to raise money in memory of a loved one.

- See more at: http://www.h2openmagazine.com/features/choose-your-open-water-swim-event...

Toby Cullen compiles H2Open's event listings pages and also runs event listing site overtaQuatix.com. Here he explains what to look for and expect at your next event.

Open Water Swimming events are not all equal. Some are more difficult than others by nature and there are many different objectives that the organizer could have in mind when setting the course and preparing the event. As a consequence, some events are better suited to certain swimmers and others less so.

On the other hand, different swimmers have different reasons for participating. Some want to experience the thrill and exhilaration of swimming in the open air while enjoying their beautiful surroundings while others want to achieve the fastest time possible for the distance. Some want to be kept warm and buoyant by their wetsuits while others want to feel the fresh water revitalising their skin. Some are in it for the physical or psychological challenge and some want to raise money in memory of a loved one.

Hiking along the Catalan coast. Why not swimming?

Hiking along the Catalan coast. Why not swimming?

We all know about the existence off hiking trails. Now it's possible to explore some parts of the Catalan coast while swimming.

Vies Braves has developed 10 swimming trails - 9 free and 1 for a small fee -  with help of a Catalan Tourist Board grand. Catalan swimmer Miquel Sunyer managed to realize a project unique in the world.

Ben Lecomte who released sea turtle hopes to raise ocean awareness

Ben Lecomte who released sea turtle hopes to raise ocean awareness

Ben Lecomte plans to swim from Tokyo to San Francisco, talks of plastics in ocean.

A young sea turtle was released Thursday after months of recovery at the Miami Seaquarium facilities. What made this occasion especially unique was the honored guest who released the animal into the ocean.

Northland sailor survives swim for his life

Northland sailor survives swim for his life

Todd Vercoe slogged for three hours through rough seas, thunderstorms, lightning and the threat of sharks.

When he finally reached land he etched "SOS" in the sand with his foot in the hope rescuers would see his plea for help.

It might sound like a scene from a castaway movie but the life-threatening experience was real for the keen sailor, who thought he might not survive the exhausting swim off Northland's coast on Saturday. Still shivering, wrapped in blankets and sipping a hot coffee at Whangarei's St John Ambulance base an hour after being rescued, Mr Vercoe, 36, a house painter from Langs Beach, recounted his ordeal.

He was one of three aboard a nine-metre steel-hulled sloop that left the Bay of Islands about 8.30am on Saturday, destined first for Tutukaka, then Whangarei.

"We had the boat on autopilot and were motor sailing to keep the speed up to make it into Tutukaka before it got dark," Mr Vercoe said.

He estimated they were about 9km offshore when he had decided to relieve himself off the back of the yacht.

"That's when I fell in. I was yelling and screaming as soon as I hit the water. But there was no way they could hear me over the motor and they were both in the cabin below deck."

Uniformity in Marathon Swimming

Uniformity in Marathon Swimming

from the SBCSA Marathon Swimming Newsletter - May 2014 written by the SBCSA President Scott Zornig

I am usually good for writing one controversial article a year which results in some nasty emails. It has been awhile so here I go again. Please understand that I am not doing this just for the sake of stirring it up. I do this only because I am strong in my beliefs, passionate about marathon swimming and desire change. My feelings may or may not be shared by the SBCSA board although I can tell you each member observes the traditional rules of our sport.

The 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference

The 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference

The 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference will be held in September at the famous Mount Stuart Castle on the Isle of Bute in Scotland.

The programme will include a swim in Loch Lomond, a Scottish banquet, dinner dance, speakers from around the world, the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, the WOWSA Awards, and will culminate in a swim on Sunday, September 21st by the stunning St Ninian's Bay on the Isle of Bute.

Women versus Men In The Open Water World

Women versus Men In The Open Water World

South African swimmer Theodore Yach asked a question whose answer is not surprising to those in the open water swimming community:

Are women equal or better at ultra sea swimming than men? Think Lynne Cox, Alison Streeter, Chloë McCardel, Diana Nyad, Natalie du Toit and Carina Bruwer plus many others out there. If yes to equal or better, then this must be the only physical human endeavour where this is true.

The answer is, we believe, yes on average.

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