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"Prettige kerstdagen en een gelukkig nieuwjaar"

Openwaterswimming.eu wish all of you in Dutch: "Prettige kerstdagen en een gelukkig nieuwjaar" and a lot of nice swims.
And remember: Cold, wind, waves, sunburn, currents, jellyfish and flotsam! Hop in and join the fun!

translations:
Acholi: Mot ki Yomcwing Botwo Me Mwaka Manyen
Adhola: Wafayo Chamo Mbaga & Bothi Oro Manyeni
Aeka: Keremisi jai be
Afrikaans: ‘n Geseënde Kersfees en 'n Voorspoedige Nuwe Jaar
Ahtna: C'ehwggelnen Dzaen

Open Water Swimming - For Beginners

I learned to swim in a lake where my family lived, in northern Wisconsin. My siblings and I trained summer workouts in open water since the nearest pool was a thirty minute drive and our back yard was more convenient. Due to this immersion, it did not seem strange when I competed in my first open water race in Seal Beach, California, in my late twenties. Open water swimming has been a never ending adventure. Some of my favorite memories are from swims; leaving from Catalina Island for the California mainland at 1 am on a windless moonlight night, watching the phosphorescence glow as my arm pulled through the water and fish darted below; swimming in tandem with my husband, Dave, silhouetted against the beautiful blue Caribbean water off the coast of St. Lucia. Other memories include the sense of fear before beginning a 42 kilometer race in Newport Vermont, which heads north up Lake Memphremagog towards Canada and a 'foggy' memory (due to mild hypothermia) of finishing in Calais, France after crossing the English Channel.

Shark Attack Victim Died Among Friends

source: NBC11
original: NBC11
by: Mike Celizic
date: 6:53 am PDT April 28, 2008

The great sadness that the children of Dave Martin feel at the death of their father during a shark attack while swimming is tempered by the knowledge that he died among friends in a place that he loved.

"Every one of us is going to face our mortality one day," Jeff Martin told TODAY's Meredith Vieira on Monday, three days after his father was fatally bitten during a training swim with eight fellow members of the Triathlon Club of San Diego. "The fact he died doing what he loved to do in a place he loved surrounded by friends - if you could choose the way you're going to go, those things would be high on your list."

Sports Medicine in Open Water Swimming

source: usaswimming.org

Dr. Jim Miller, the former President of US Masters Swimming, FINA Doping Control Officer at several FINA open water swimming races and the physician for several USA Swimming’s national open water teams, gave an easy-to-understand presentation on Sports Medicine in Open Water Swimming.

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