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How coronavirus will impact outdoor swimming

Not only is coronavirus frightening in itself, the changes it’s forced on society, and the speed with which those changes have been implemented, are a massive cause of anxiety too. For many of us, swimming helps us manage the stresses of daily life and is important to our sense of self and our physical and mental well-being. 

Exploring Ireland's wild swimming spots

Five swimmers with an inflatable tent, an estate car and a plan to try out as many different Irish swims as possible in three nights. Susanne Masters explores the wild swimming spots of Ireland.

As The Swimming World Is On Lockdown And Quarantines, Open Water Continues

Open water swimmers are, by most accounts, out-of-the-box thinkers and adventurous souls. Their venues of choice are oceans, seas, lakes, rivers, lochs, quarries and estuaries.

Their personalities and characters lead these open water swimmers to recreate and challenge themselves in wild swims, extreme swims, channel crossings, winter swims, high-altitude swims, ice swims and marathon swims.

Lifeguarding outdoors in winter - a chat with an open water lifeguard

We chat to Francesca Ridgard, a lifeguard at London Royal Docks, to find out what it's like to lifeguard outdoors in winter.

How different is it lifeguarding in winter compared to in the summer?

The key factors of lifeguarding are prevention, recognition and rescue.

A swimmer's perspective on the City of London Corporation's proposals for Hampstead Heath ponds

Nicola Mayhew, Co-chair of the Hampstead Heath Ladies' Pond, gives her opinion on the City of London's proposals to adopt 'applied' charging at the ponds from 2 May 2020.

The proposals would be applicable at the point of entry for the bathing ponds and Heath Rangers will oversee and ensure payment.

#IWDSWIMRISE 2020

On Sunday 8th March 2020, 83 swim groups around the world swam for International Women’s Day raising over £10,000 for charity. Vicky Allen, a key instigator in the #IWDswimrise movement, reports on her swim in Edinburgh.

Salt water sisters: meet the wild-swimming Irish women who take the plunge 12 months a year

Year-round swimmer Kathy Donaghy meets some of the growing number of women forging their own saltwater communities, taking the plunge through the winter

The water is at its coldest now. It's only 8°C but it feels like it's freezing. At high tide the women gather. Springing from cars, stripping off jackets and scarves, donning colourful hats and goggles. It's time to get in.

The Open Water Swimmer’s Dilemma

The summer and autumn of 2019 and winter of 2019/2020 have been unusual at the Guillamene cove. Not for the weather or for the sea but because we had a higher number of safety incidents than previously. There were a number of serious incidents that I am aware of that required intervention of inshore rescue and/or ambulance service.

5 Fun facts about swimmers and sleep

Getting more sleep is the easiest way to swim faster this season. Here are some fun factoids about sleep and swimmers.

Competitive swimmers understand how important it is to work hard in practice, crush it in the gym, and to eat well.

Islands of Ireland: In the swim of things at Sandy Cove Island

A very short drive from Kinsale lies an island that is the international focal point for a tough breed of people.

Sandy Cove Island, or Cnoc an Rois, is a grassy island which hosts a significant population of seagulls which create an enveloping cacophony for anybody who strays too near. It is unpopulated, apart from two herds of wild goats, and as it is possible to wade to it at high tide from the slip opposite at Sandy Cove, it attracts the occasional angler.

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