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Challenges of Open Water Swimming in a Polluted Ocean

Swimmers face tougher challenges in open water swimming than in the pool. They deal with extreme water temperatures, uncertain weather and powerful currents. Nowadays, they face a new challenge: a polluted ocean. 

How to Do Open Water Swimming Race Starts and Finishes

Whether you’re starting on land or in the water, there’s a lot you need to consider and practice

Open water races and triathlons require participants to start and finish either in the water or on solid ground, whether that’s a beach, shoreline, dock, or something else. Practicing these types of starts and finishes is critical for success.

Marathon swimmer: ‘Giving up was the right thing to do’

A MILVERTON woman who was on course to be the first person in the world to achieve seven channel swims in a year recently attended a West End premier of a documentary about her that is now touring the country.

A new wild swimming spot is opening in London next week

This summer may still be looking like a bit of a washout, but a drop of rain isn’t about to stop hardy Londoners from freezing their gonads off in the untamed wilderness. Well, leafy Beckenham, anyway.

Open Water swimmers Arianna Bridi and Ana Marcela Cunha battle in Seychelles

Seychelles is one of nine venues in the Open Water Series with swimmers fighting for points and qualification for the Olympics

Dolphins dancing through waves, sun beating down, angel fish patrolling under the surface and the water lapping over golden sands.

Strokes of genius: swimmers’ guide to the UK coast

Challenging, invigorating and with great views or beaches to explore, sea-swimmers describe their favourite dips

Rowan Clarke on Clevedon, Somerset

As an outdoor swimmer and swimming coach, Rowan is often found on the side of Clevedon Marine Lake giving guidance to all ability levels. She is on the Board of Trustees for Marlens, the charity that looks after the Marine Lake and a member of the South West Seals winter swimmers.

Daring Hull man hopes to become first to swim across River Humber - and back

A record-breaking Hull swimmer aims to become the first person to swim solo across the length of the Humber Bridge and back.

Richard Royal has completed many insane swimming challenges in the past, but this latest test could be his toughest yet.

Chinese women's relay swim team 1st to cross English Channel

After relay swimming for nearly 20 hours and covering 72.85 kilometers, five Chinese women crossed the English Channel and finally landed on Calais, France, at 18:30 local time on July 3.

Why Women Excel at Marathon Swimming

Officially, marathon swimming is any open swim over 10km long where no wetsuits are allowed, just a normal swimsuit, goggles and a thin cap. One of the earliest known marathon swims was one of the classics: Captain Matthew Webb became the first person to swim the English Channel in 1875.

Thousands of participants enjoy Suffolk scorcher at John West Great East Swim

Thousands of swimmers of all ages and abilities took on a variety of challenges in the John West Great East Swim today, set in the picturesque surroundings of Alton Water.This weekend's event was the 11th of its kind in Suffolk, having launched back in 2009 - with more than 22,000 taking part over its decade-long history.

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