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'I visited the new wild swimming lake at Beckenham Place Park and this is what I honestly thought'

Is there really a dangerous change of water depth?

It's probably been the most talked about piece of entertainment in Beckenham since David Bowie used to perform gigs in local pubs.

The wild swimming lake in Beckenham Place Park opened on July 20 and locals instantly flocked to enjoy the new facility.

Rick Seirer becomes oldest person to swim the Channel - and back

For a swimmer from a tiny town, Craigie's Rick Seirer now has a big reputation.

At the age of 59, Seirer has become the oldest person to complete a return crossing of the English Channel.

Open water swimming in Wimbledon Park Lake a 'great idea' as campaign gains momentum

A campaign calling on Merton Council to transform Wimbledon Park Lake into the borough's very own swimming hole is gaining momentum.

Earlier this year the Swim Wimbledon Park group started a petition urging the local authority to allow open water swimming in the lake.

Brighton swimming teacher marks 10 years of taking people from ‘pool to pier’

A Brighton swimming teacher is celebrating 10 years of taking people from “pool to pier” with a series of events including a reunion and a beach clean.

Paul Smith, founder of the Brighton Swimming School, based at the Brighton Swimming Centre, in Eastern Road, in Kemp Town, started the Pool to Pier courses in 2009.

Young channel swimmers overcome big waves, bad weather and ships to smash charity target

'We were so happy when we had finished'

A team of young swimmers battled huge waves, appalling weather and busy shipping lanes in a relay swim across the channel, smashing their charity fund raising target in the process.

The team, including two distant relatives of the first man to swim the English Channel, completed the test of endurance in a time of four seconds under 11 hours on Monday.(August 12)

SAM POULSEN COMPLETES 21-MILE NORTH CHANNEL SWIM FROM IRELAND TO SCOTLAND

Sam Poulsen, a physiotherapist from London, became just the 25th woman in history and 68th person overall since 1947 to complete the 21-mile swim across the North Channel from Ireland to Scotland.

The Caldey Swim will see a 100-strong shoal striking out for Tenby on Sunday

THE organisers of an iconic sea swim are keeping their fingers crossed for fair weather for this year’s event.

This Sunday, August 18, is the date set for the Caldey Swim, which has a sell-out entry of 100 swimmers to make the 2.5 mile crossing between the monastic island and the mainland in Tenby.

Record-breaking swimmers on crest of a wave

THREE local amateur swimmers are on the crest of a wave after smashing a world record. 

Ocean Breakers, comprising Rachael Lee, Tom Healy and Ronan Joyce – swam the North Channel in a three-person relay in nine hours and 40 minutes, beating the previous record by 38 minutes. 

Team GB's only black swimmer: 'I understand why girls would quit over their hair'

"I vividly remember a black girl saying at training that the reason black girls don't swim is because of their hair.

"I was about 12 or 13 at the time and had never thought of the idea of hair stopping you from swimming. Now that I am older I can fully understand why someone would quit over their hair."

Free lessons for children to learn about water safety

Booking is now open for the RNLI’s Swim Safe sessions in Tywyn, which will be taking place in the town for the first time this summer.

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