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REDUCE INFLAMMATION, INCREASE LIBIDO WITH COLD WATER SWIMMING

New Year’s Day typically brings about the Polar Bear Plunge tradition, where swimmers around the world venture into cold bodies of water for a brief period of time, often with the purpose of donating money to charity. One of the longest-running events of this type is the Coney Island Polar Bear Club’s New Year’s Day Plunge, hosted in the Atlantic Ocean at Coney Island in New York since 1903.

Diving into the past of the Dutch New Year’s Dive

So, have you done it yet, the New Year’s Dive? Although it has grown into a distinct Dutch tradition, the New Year’s Dive does not actually originate from the Netherlands.

What is the New Year’s Dive exactly?

It is quite simply what it says on the tin, a dive into a cold body of water to ring in the New Year. It rather literally gives you a fresh start. And it is really that easy, jumping into cold water. Perhaps its simplicity is what has made it so popular.

Maharashtra: 51 Autism children dive in deep see for first time, win the Malvan Open Swimming competition

The ninth edition of the Malvan Open Sea Swimming Competition was held recently at Chivla Beach in Maharashtra but what special about this year’s event is that for the first in India, over 50 children with autism took part in the competition.

The water does not know what age you are, it treats us all as equals... you can start at any time

TWO Cork swimming sensations are making international waves in their field and are looking for your vote to solidify their place in Open Water swimming history.

Legendary swim coach Eilís Burns and veteran marathon swimmer Ned Denison have both been nominated for World Open Water Swimming Association Man and Woman Of The Year Award. There are just 15 nominees in each category, from all over the world and Ned and Eilis are the only two Irish Nominees.

Finding yourself in the rivers, lakes and ponds of England

Freshwater swimming as exploration and therapy.
In the middle of the deepest lake in England I nearly lost my nerve. Wast Water is nestled in the western corner of the Lake District, an area once beloved by Romantic poets. A winding road cuts along one bank; on the other looms Scafell Pike, the tallest mountain in England. The water glints metallic, reflecting the grey, overcast sky.

Bangladesh's most celebrated swimmer hangs up trunks at 67

After nearly half a century navigating Bangladesh's thousands of kilometres of rivers, the country's most celebrated swimmer has hung up his trunks - but not before one final, arduous paddle upstream.

Kshitindra Baisya, 67, plans to spend his retirement on dry land inspiring younger generations to embrace the water in a country criss-crossed by huge rivers but where few swim.

Brrrr-illiant! Wild Swimmer does country proud in sub-zero Antarctic race

A Polish wild swimmer has become the first Pole in history to swim 1km in the freezing cold waters of the Antarctica in less than 15 minutes.

Leszek Naziemiec outpowered nine others to take fifth place in just 14 minutes, 42 seconds at the first Antarctic Ice Swimming race held in Port Lockroy, the north-western point of the continent.

Ross Edgley: 'It was goosebumps upon tears, upon smiles'

He had swum for 157 days around the entire coastline of Great Britain, but as Ross Edgley approached the finish of his epic adventure, he was energized by something "special" in the water.

He had battled extreme fatigue, cold, pain, jellyfish stings and parts of his tongue falling off during the 1,792-mile journey, but there to greet him on a freezing November morning were 300 swimmers to guide the weary traveler to the shore.

Fort Myers native Paul Asmuth dives into writing about his marathon swimming life

Paul Asmuth is a Fort Myers youth swimmer who became one of the top marathon swimmers in the world. He held the record for swimming the English Channel. He also was a seven-time marathon swimming champion. He has written a book about his faith and how it helped with his swimming.
Andrew West/The News-Press

Paul Asmuth had every reason in the world to end his open-water, marathon swimming career before it really started.

Great East Swim set to return next year

Swimmers are getting on their marks, as the biggest open water-swimming event in Suffolk, the Great East Swim, is set to return next year.

Organisers have announced that the date for the next event, at Alton Water near Ipswich, is June 22. Around 2,000 people of all ages and abilities are expected to take the plunge at the major charity challenge, while thousands will also turn out to watch and support them.

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