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FINA Marathon Swim World Series Announces 2020 Schedule

As open water swimming moves toward the Olympic year, FINA has announced the calendar for the 2020 edition of the FINA Marathon Swim World Series, which includes an 11-leg competition, taking place between February and October.

How To: What Is Afterdrop

Some concepts or acts can be so fundamental to a communal activity that the members of that community can forget that they once may not have known of the concept, let alone the meaning as the activity becomes second nature. These acts, which we might call unconscious assumptions, are not ignored, but accepted, language grows around them that the community understands and uses. 

What To Say – Or Not – To An Open Water Swimmer

There are lots of things that open water swimmers know, both instinctively and learned over time. They learn about how it is best to breathe in turbulent water; they learn what kinds of food are best suited before an open water race or a channel swim; they learn where to put on lanolin to prevent chafing, and they learn what goggles and tech suits fit their face and body best.

Hot Water: Pressure to move Tokyo Olympics open-water venue

Hot Water: Pressure from swimmers, coaches to move the Tokyo Olympic open-water swimming venue.

The IOC moved next year’s Tokyo Olympic marathons and race walks out of the Japanese capital to avoid the stifling heat and humidity.

The woman making '60 the new 40' by becoming the oldest person to swim the 200-km Oceans Seven

Many people have heard of the world’s seven summits, but few have heard of the Ocean’s Seven.

A massive marathon swimming challenge encompassing bodies of water around the world, it includes the North Channel, the Cook Strait, the Molokai Channel, the English Channel, the Catalina Channel, the Tsugaru Channel, and the Strait of Gibraltar.

8 of the toughest swim challenges in the world

From freezing lakes to choppy oceans and, erm, a desert, here are eight gruelling aquatic endurance trials for any swimmer looking for a big test.

Why I . . . love wild swimming

Wild swimming is an incredible way to simultaneously numb and heighten different senses, says Clare Bostock, a consultant geriatrician in Aberdeen.

“When you go wild swimming it feels like all your worries are washed away,” says Bostock, who regularly swims in the North Sea where the temperature rarely gets above 13°C. 

The Open Water Swimming Year – October’s Opportunities

In the years before I’d swum into Loneswimmer Cave, when I rounded Great Newtown Head, if I wanted to progress west into Ronan’s Bay, I either had to swim around Oyen reef, or through the four to five metre gap between the reef and the base of the cliff. It was the same as most coastal swimming with only two optional directions, forward or back. (And then later I added a third option of “through”).

CABINTEELY ‘ICE MAN’ BREAKS RECORD IN ICE 7 CHALLANGE

A Cabinteely man has become the first man in world to complete the Gruelling “Ice 7” swimming challenge.

The Ice 7s is created by the International Ice Swimming Association (IISA), where a swimmer has to complete an Ice Mile (1610 meters) in each of the seven continents, with water temperatures sub 5c.

7 surprising benefits of swimming

Stuck in a workout rut? Take a dip to boost both physical and mental health.
Whether you’re bored of the treadmill, have lost your love of spin or fancy a new challenge to help you push yourself further, swimming can be the ultimate workout choice. Pool and open-water swimming are growing in popularity – according to Swim England, 47 percent of the population go swimming, with 7 million doing so on a weekly basis – and it’s easy to see why.

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