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VIDEO: RNLI warns people of dangers of drowning with public set to descend on beaches as result of good weather

As temperatures set to soar this weekend, new research commissioned by the RNLI has revealed that 43% of people in Northern Ireland would follow a potentially life-threatening instinct if they fell unexpectedly into water.

Sudden immersion in cold water puts people at severe risk of suffering cold water shock, which triggers the instinctive but life-threatening reaction to gasp uncontrollably and swim hard, which can quickly lead to drowning.

The RNLI is now calling on the public to fight their instincts and remember one simple skill – floating – that could save lives from drowning.

Drogheda’s Boyne Swim Is Back

The Boyne Swim will once again headline the Irish Maritime Festival taking place in Drogheda Port this summer.

200+ competitors will take to the river Boyne to swim the 2.7km tidal route.

Ray Donagh of Drogheda Triathlon Club is one of the Boyne Swim organisers. He explains: "The Boyne Swim takes place at 12.50pm on Saturday 10th June. The first swimmers will pass by the Tall Ships of the Irish Maritime Festival about 25 minutes later with the first swimmer crossing the finish line by 1.25pm."

Two summer swim events launched this week

Donegal is the place to test yourself—to push your limits, or to try something new. Gartan Open Water Swimmers have added a new string to Donegal’s bow in recent years—alongside events like WAAR, the Donegal Atlantic Way Ultra, or The Race. Two years ago they launched the inaugural Gartan Swim Challenge, and last year they added the Sheephaven Bay Swim.

“Donegal has everything for those who want to push themselves—hills, mountains, loughs and sea.” Mark Loughridge said at the launch of this year’s swims on Friday evening. “We’ve got everything here, and these swim events provide people with a chance to try something different, to push themselves to new limits, and to discover Donegal.”

Open Water Swim For Dunmore East Lifeboat This Month

his year’s Dunmore East RNLI Open Water Swim sponsored by Activate and Lidl will take place on Saturday 20 May.

Entry is €25 for any of three swims over distances of 1600m, 800m and a junior swim of 500m, starting at 12.30pm from the slip behind Waterford Harbour Sailing Club in Dunmore East.

Couch To 5K Open Water Swim Challenge Comes To Lough Erne

Waterways Ireland has welcomed Maureen McCoy and Paul McCambridge’s efforts to bring their Couch to 5K Swim Challenge to Lough Erne.

The 10-week programme is designed to bring swimmers out of the pool and into the open water. The scheme will run over five fortnightly sessions from June to August 2017 and will provide swimmers with the knowledge, skills and training to ultimately complete a 5km swim event.

'I don't want to die in pyjamas, I want to die in my togs' - Elderly Irish sea swimmers star in inspiring video

Three elderly Irish people have opened up about why they love swimming in treacherous waters in an inspiring video.

In the video 'The Invincibles', produced by Dulux Ireland, the Cork swimmers explain the rush they get when they step foot in the open water, even though people may question its safety.

"I enjoy being perceived as an eccentric. [The water is] like a friend who can turn on you for no apparent reason," says Tom McCarthy (63) from Carrigaline.

"Your whole body is tingling, like the blood is rushing through your body like champagne. It's effervescent.

"I don't want to die in my pyjamas. I don't want to die in my boots. I want to die in my togs."

Myrtleville Swimmers Tom Bermingham said it's the biggest adrenaline rush he gets. 

A St Patrick’s Day marathon with teeth

A Kerry man will swap St Patrick’s Day pints for shark-infested waters when he attempts to become the first Irish person to complete a marathon swim off the west coast of Florida.

Channel and Ice Swimmer Nuala Moore

The Ice Swimmer: an Irish journey through the best of both worlds.

As part of a short series sponsored by Audi we meet Nuala Moore, an Irish ice sea swimmer from Dingle in County Kerry and hear what pushes her to extremes.

The ice men (and women) cometh!

The problem with hypothermia is that you don’t realise you’ve got it until it’s too late. As the blood is quickly drawn to the vital organs to keep them alive, you first lose coordination, then consciousness, then you die.

That’s if you’re not dead already. The biggest risk of subjecting the body to frigid temperatures – such as open fresh water of five degrees Celsius, or less – is a heart attack. Either way, not many people would survive longer than three quarters of an hour.

Only this Saturday morning, off the very cold shore of Lough Dan in the Wicklow Mountains, 16 people will subject themselves to those exact conditions, wearing nothing more than standard swimming togs, a cap, and goggles: they’ll swim for a mile, and provided the water stays at five degrees Celsius, or less, and they survive within 45 minutes, they’ll be rewarded with the title of International Ice Mile Swimmer.

Notts open water swimmer to tackle Irish lake as cold as waters where Titanic sank

A Nottinghamshire open water swimmer will tackle a swim across an Irish lake in water that is as cold as the waters where Titanic sank.

Adam Walker became the first Brit to swim the Ocean’s Seven, which consists of seven long-distance open-water swims across the world.

He is now preparing to take on a thirty minute swim across an Irish lake in nothing but his swimming trunks.

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