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OUR ULTIMATE GUIDE TO WILD SWIMMING

Planning your first sea swim or training for a triathlon? Follow ocean swimmer Carys Matthews’ safety tips, arm yourself with the essential kit and head out into the wild.

It’s a hot summer’s day and the lure of the sea is calling. But, before you dive in, take a moment to assess your surroundings. Coastal waters can be unpredictable, and strong undercurrents or riptides can hide from plain sight. Make sure you know these sea swimming safety basics before you take the plunge. 

Alex Kostich Talks About His Pioneering Swim In Pitcairn

With fewer than 50 residents on Pitcairn Island, Alex Kostich's successful 9.8 km circumnavigation swim around the island created quite a stir. 

Kostich gives his first-hand account of his unprecedented swim:

When Race Officials Are Ignored, Fair Is Fair

When Race Officials Are Ignored, Fair Is Fair​2nd Infringement:
A red flag and a card bearing bearing the swimmer's number shall be raised by the Referee (OWS 3.6) to indicate and to inform the swimmer that (s)he is for the second time in violation of the rules. The swimmer shall be disqualified. He must leave the water immediately and be placed in the escort craft, and take no further part in the race.

Martin Hobbs, Solo Swimming Success And Smiles

On Day 60, South African swimmer Martin Hobbs stepped on dryland to finish his unprecedented 581 km north-to-south solo stage swim across Lake Malawi that lies on the borders between Malawi, Mozambique, and Tanzania.

Alex Kostich Is A Go For Pitcairn Circumnavigation

Originally scheduled for early April, Alex Kostich had an unexpected logistical delay in getting to Pitcairn Island in the middle Pacific Ocean. He had to postpone his planned circumnavigation swimaround Pitcairn.

But the attempt was rescheduled and one of the world's fastest veterans is right back on schedule.

How to move from the pool to the lake

Another season of open water swimming is fast approaching, and it won’t be long before it’s time to dig out the wetsuit. But, before you put a toe into any open water, there are several things you can do in the pool to make the transition a smooth and satisfying one.

How to Stay Safe in the Open Water

Proper preparation can help you to be safe in your next open water swim

Whether you’re swimming for fitness in the open water or training for an open water race or triathlon, the person most responsible for your safety is you.

Yes, race directors, coaches, and teammates care about your well-being and will likely do their best to ensure your safety. But you, as the open water event participant, play the most important role in your own safety.

10th Jendamark Bellbuoy challenge attracts top swimmers

The Jendamark Bellbouy Challenge will be the first stop on the international swimming circuit's Open Water World Tour (OWWT), which kicks off next weekend.

Nelson Mandela Bay, home of the Jendamark Bellbuoy Challenge for the past 10 years, will be reaffirming its presence on the international stage by hosting the first ever OWWT event in the Southern Hemisphere.

Marc-Antoine Olivier, Lara Grangeon Win LEN Cup In Eilat

The French swimmers were hyper focused in Israel.

The French Swimming Federation utilized the opening leg of the 2019 LEN Open Water Cup in Eilat, Israel as the French national qualification race for the upcoming 2019 FINA World Championships.

How to Train For an Open Water Race in a Pool

Swimming in a pool is a very different experience than swimming in a lake, river or ocean.  However most open water swimmers end up doing much of their training in a pool.  If you are training for an open water race, or even a triathlon, check out the tips in the video below for how to prepare while training in a short course pool.

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