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Open water swims across Canada

To get more comfortable in the water, here are a few open water swim groups and races across Canada.

The warmer weather is upon us, and as the air temperature heats up so will the lakes. For most triathletes, the swim is the most difficult part of a triathlon, especially swimming in open waters. To get more comfortable in the water, here are a few open water swim groups and races across Canada.

Open water swimming can provide great experiences

When I introduce myself to someone new, I could as easily say “I’m a swimmer” as “I’m Susan.” The water is almost always on my mind. Swimming calms me when I’m anxious, balances me when I feel out of touch with myself, and gives me the strength to cope when I lose loved ones. The water is my sanctuary, the one place I always feel safe. 

For more than 50 years, the pool was my training ground. When my husband and I started living part-time in San Carlos, Mexico, on the Sea of Cortez, I discovered open water swimming. After two years of almost daily sea swimming, I find it difficult to return to black lines and flip turns. The pool can’t compete with the wild unpredictability of the open sea.

Forest Grove's Barber tackles North Channel swim

FGSD speech therapist Rijl Barber will attempt to swim the North Channel at the end of June.

The North Channel is the strait between the northeastern part of Northern Ireland and the southwestern portion of Scotland. It connects the Irish Sea with the Atlantic Ocean and has a rich maritime history ranging from the Revolutionary War to the Princess Victoria ferry disaster of 1953.

CHALLENGING A RIVER — AND HARNESSING ITS POWER TO TEACH

Swimming the length of the Boise River will test Christopher Swain’s endurance.

And teach Treasure Valley students about the river.

Swain knows what it takes to swim long rivers: the Hudson, the Columbia and other waters that had never been conquered before. He plans to begin swimming the 150 miles of the Boise River in August. The journey will take him from the river’s headwaters in the Sawtooth Mountains to the farmlands near Parma, and the Boise’s confluence with the Snake River.

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.

Renowned ice swimmer takes a bone-chilling dip in Lake Simcoe

She has now completed 'Ice Miles' in Europe, Africa, Asia and North America

On Easter Sunday, Kate Steels-Fryatt, a renowned ice water swimmer from Hampshire, UK, swam her seventh Ice Mile in Lake Simcoe, near Beaverton.

Testing the Waters

Marcia Cleveland has always been a swimmer. Growing up, throughout high school and all four years of college, you could find her in the water.

In her early twenties, she took to open water swimming, plunging into oceans, lakes, and rivers, seeking their challenges. After moving to New York and joining a Masters Swimming program there, she did her first solo swim in 1991, around the island of Manhattan at a distance of over 28 miles.

Aruba Open Water Winter Championship

Date: 
Sunday, 8 December, 2019 - 07:00

For the winter championships we will be swimming the following events: 1-3-5 km

For the 1 km event the following categories will participate for prizes:
8- 12 female-male
13 and older “ “

For the 3 km event the following categories will participate for prizes:
12 – 13 years female-male
14 and older “ “

Aruba National (Open) Open Water Championship

Date: 
Sunday, 23 June, 2019 - 07:00

This year we will be swimming 3 distances, 1-3-5 KM. The age for all competitors will be considered as at December 31, 2019.

The Aruba National (Open) championships are open for all nationalities but only Aruba nationals (Official (censo) registered Aruba residents) are eligible for the title of National Champion. The first Aruba National in each age category will be official National Champion.

Himno y Bandera Open Water Championship

Date: 
Sunday, 24 March, 2019 - 07:00

This year we will be swimming 3 distances, 1-3-5 KM. The age for all competitors will be considered as at December 31, 2019.

The 5km will be a CCCAN (3-5 July) qualifying event for males and females in the age group 12-13, 14-17, 18&over

For the 1 km event the following categories will participate for prizes:
8- 12 female-male
13 and older “ “

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