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Swimming in winter is not for the faint-hearted—but don't let that put you off

At the close of the year, it is nice to look back on its greatest hits. This year I find it comes to me in waterborne flashes. Here’s one: a sweltering day in the sea-green swell off the Jurassic Coast. A natural arch of limestone looming overhead, a pebble floor falling vertiginously away below as I strike out from shore. Water clear as glass, as air: a sensation of taking flight. And another: shin-deep in a saline sea, somewhere in the Sonoran Desert. Skin tingling; sun sinking behind the mountains; a hazy, amethyst sky.

4 Reasons Why Open Water Requires The Strongest Mind

It comes with little debate among the swimming community that swimmers are among the toughest athletes across the board both physically and mentally. The countless hours, hundreds of thousands of yards, and early mornings put in – even just for a single season – render strength in every meaning of the word.

PAT GALLANT-CHARETTE (USA) – Honored by International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame

PAT GALLANT-CHARETTE (USA) – Honored by International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (IMSHOF): Swimmer

KIMBERLEY CHAMBERS (NZ)– Honored by International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame

KIMBERLEY CHAMBERS (NZ)– Honored by International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (IMSHOF): Swimmer

Del Mar Swim Team Earns 5th World Record

The swim team from Sea Change Preparatory in Del Mar is currently training to swim the English Channel in 2019

Working together to complete a 15-mile relay, student swimmers from a school in Del Mar earned their fifth world record in open-ocean swimming, and their second world record achieved this year.

Ferry Weertman and Ana Marcel Cunha Win FINA Marathon World Series

Ana Marcela Cunha (BRA), among women, and Ferry Weertman (NED), in the men’s category, confirmed their overall win of the 2018 edition of the FINA/HOSA Marathon Swim World Series, after the conclusion of the eighth and last leg of the circuit, on November 9 in Abu Dhabi (UAE). For the Brazilian star, this is her fourth win in the competition, after previous successes in 2010, 2012 and 2014. For the Dutch, 2016 Olympic champion in Rio, this is the first consecration in the competition.

7 Reasons Why Swimming Is The Best Exercise If You Hate Exercise

Because chlorine should be everyone's perfume

While most of us love nothing more than taking a dip in the water on our annual beachy holidays (around the UK or somewhere more exotic and tropical), we don’t always think about keeping up our swimming regime in our daily lives. 

New Race Alert! The Skaha Lake Ultra Swim

We are excited to announce that another fantastic Canadian race is joining the GSS family! 2019 will welcome the Skaha Lake Ultra Swim in Penticton, British Columbia.
On August 11, 2019 swimmers will participate in the incredible 11.8 km ultra swim.

'The water makes your problems seem smaller' - Sea swimming in the depths of winter when the water is biting cold

When the sun shines, there's nothing better than taking a dip in the ocean. But in the depths of winter when the water is biting cold, would you still fancy a swim? Kathy Donaghy on why she is an open water swimming enthusiast

The sand is cold underfoot. I look out to sea. It's flat and calm, but the chill in the air runs through my body. I know the water is going to be cold. I brace myself and wade in.

Swimming World Presents “A Voice for the Sport: Open Water Explosion”

A Voice for the Sport: Open Water Explosion

Commentary by Steven Munatones, Founder of the World Open Water Swimming Association and the Daily News of Open Water Swimming. 

It is hard to imagine the current explosion of activity and events in the global open water swimming community being greater. More and more open water swims are being organized on every continent.

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