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Why Swimming Is So Good For You

Every type of exercise has its selling points. But swimming is unlike any other aerobic workout in a few important ways.First, the fact that you’re submerged in water means your bones and muscles are somewhat unshackled from the constraints of gravity, says Hirofumi Tanaka, a professor of kinesiology and director of the Cardiovascular Aging Research Lab at the University of Texas.

Five Simple Points On Tickling Feet In Open Water Competition

If you want to improve your race, try tickling some feet.  Yes, we are talking about drafting! The moment of rest in an open water distance swim is when it feels as though the swimmer’s toes that you’re following are actually helping reduce head water-resistance thus creating less drag. You’ll know the feeling when it’s your turn to be tracked by a foot-tickler.  Crowded open water swims are like a slow-mo version of NASCAR, with long stretches of straights and some extremely tight turns. To reach the front of the pack, a swimmer must know how to maneuver effectively in the mess of sloshy arms and legs, and anticipate every available opportunity to stretch those tired limbs.

Here We Go Again – FINA Disregards High Temperature Rule In Open Water

Commentary by Brent Rutemiller. 

The swimming community should never forget the tragic death of USA Open Water swimmer Fran Crippen, who died in 2010 during an Open Water competition due to excessively warm water temperatures.

A FINA task force was established. Changes were made and new temperature rules were put into place.  Crippen’s tragic death alerted the swimming community that changes needed to be made regarding safety regulations for open water races. Following his death, FINA implemented rule OWS 5.5 stating that the water temperature cannot be below 16 degrees Celsius (60.8 F) and cannot be above 31 degrees Celsius (87.8 F).

How wearable technology is changing water sports

With a new version just out, the watch offers specialized functions for swimming, open water swimming, SUP boarding and rowing, making it a water ...

Why Swimming Is So Good For You

Every type of exercise has its selling points. But swimming is unlike any other aerobic workout in a few important ways.First, the fact that you’re submerged in water means your bones and muscles are somewhat unshackled from the constraints of gravity, says Hirofumi Tanaka, a professor of kinesiology and director of the Cardiovascular Aging Research Lab at the University of Texas.

World Professional Marathon Swimming Federation History

The history of the World Professional Marathon Swimming Federation and International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame were outlined in a typed memorandum and distributed bulletins to professional marathon swimmers by Joe Grossman in a Federation document circa Spring 1972. This is his information:

Federico Vanelli and Arianna Bridi Win First FINA Open Water World Cup

Swimmers from Italy controlled operations in the first leg of the 2017 circuit of the FINA/HOSA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup, held in Patagones-Viedma (ARG), by taking gold and silver in both the men’s and women’s race. On February 4, Federico Vanelli was the best among men, winning in 1:57:02.42, while Arianna Bridi was the fastest in the women’s field, touching home in 2:11:30.42.

Muslim 'Burkini Babes' compete in their first beach swimming race - after founding group to defy criticism of their controversial swimwear

A group of Muslim women have reclaimed their freedom by participating in a world- first ocean race at Sydney's Maroubra beach while wearing the burkini.

The Burkini Babes group prepared for months in advance for the south Maroubra swimming event on Sunday morning, SBS News reported. 

Women sporting the burkini have been the subject of verbal warnings by police, abuse from onlookers and sparked an international debate.

Ice swimming being taken seriously by open water swimmers

2016-01-09 - Burghausen - Open water swimming is developing into the colder regions... Racing distances in water under 5C is becoming a proper sport. One can see that in the number of participants and the number of countries entering the competitions. The number of events is growing too. Many of the participants are competitive open water swimmers (FINA-federations-swimmers and non-FINA-swimmers alike).

Steven Munatones is writing a series of articles on the World Championships in Burghausen Germany on his website The Daily News of Open Water Swimming. More articles may follow.

GSS 1st Global Rankings Report of 2017

2017 is now upon us and here at the Global Swim Series we’re past halfway through our increasingly exciting 2016/17 season.  The start of the season, back in 2016, saw things get very competitive between North America and Europe.  Now in the middle of their summer the Australians and New Zealanders have their chance to catch up.  There’s still a lot more GSS action to take place down under (not to mention in 5 other countries as well!), including the Newport Pool to Peak Ocean Swim taking place this Sunday.  With plenty more races the swimmers in our Pacific Region are starting to move up the in the rankings.

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