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NZ Ocean Swim series heading to Nelson after decade in Christchurch

After 10 years in Christchurch, the New Zealand Ocean Swim Series has announced its South Island swim event is relocating to Nelson, with the very first 'The Big Tahuna' event scheduled for Saturday March 31 2018.

Attracting over 8000 swimmers nationwide each year, the series is entering its 12th season and includes multiple distance events for elite athletes as well as adults and children of all abilities in the Bay of Islands, Auckland, Mt Maunganui, Wellington, Rotorua and now Nelson.

Thousands cool off at this year's Great East Swim

Around 2,000 swimmers will be cooling down from the heat today by taking part in the Great East Swim.

It's the county's biggest open water swimming event with people from the ages of 8 upwards taking part in the event at Alton Water.

Thousands take on the Great East Swim at Alton Water

Thousands of swimmers zipped up their wet suits and took on the Great East Swim today.

The open water event, now in its eighth year in Suffolk, saw swimmers of all ages and abilities take on a variety of distances at Alton Water near Ipswich.

The crowds were treated to glorious weather, the sun glinting off the calm waters as the swimmers made their way round the course.

South Africa's siren call to the 'wild' open-water swimmer

Open-water swimmers are a unique breed. They flirt with danger while maintaining a calm resiliency that would serve nearly any difficult challenge. You can identify the species by their especially fit frames and foam neoprene markings.
This adventurous yet disciplined breed tends to migrate toward certain areas of the world, with South Africa as one of the most habitable for them.

The rise of open-water swimming: 'You can find yourself in rough water but you make progress'

At a certain time every morning, a figure will alight from her car in Dublin's Sandycove, towel underarm, and bravely disrobe before plunging in for a swim.

It's a ritual that Róisín O'Doherty, now in her 70s, has been performing for many years. From Ballybrack village in Dublin, she says swimming wasn't always part of her life, but as a mother to four children who were learning to swim, she thought she'd better learn to become a better swimmer if she was to keep up with them in the water.

Windermere's Great North Swim second day cancelled

A forecast of very strong gusting winds has forced the cancellation of the second day of a huge open water swimming event.

Thousands of swimmers head to the Lake District each year for the Great North Swim on Windermere.

Participation in open water swimming events will be poignant for Claire

The daughter of a Ponteland woman who died as the result of a private battle with mental illness is taking on this year’s Great North Swim to raise money for, and awareness of, the fund that was set up in her mother’s memory. Sally Allan went missing from her home on Boxing Day in 2015. Her disappearance sparked a huge search, before her body was recovered from water near to Riverside Quay at Tyne Dock West in South Shields on February 3, 2016.

Mum-of-two, Natasha Sarak, from Prestwich, tackling first ever open water swim — in Lake Windermere

A MUM-of-two will be diving into Lake Windermere for a two-mile charity swim in support of her grandad.

Despite having never tried open water swimming before, Natasha Sarak, from Prestwich, will be taking on the challenge on Sunday.

She is raising cash for the Nicky Alliance Day Care Centre in Middleton Road, which is part of Manchester Jewish Community Care.

Would you take the plunge and join an open water swimming club in Suffolk?

Open water swimming is growing in popularity. But as well as being enjoyable, could immersing yourself in cold water in the great outdoors be good for your health? Sheena Grant reports.

“When you swim,” wrote the late, great Roger Deakin in Waterlog, his spellbinding book about wild swimming around Britain, “you feel your body for what it mostly is - water - and it begins to move with the water around it.”

For Roger, whose journey first suggested itself to him as his swam in the moat around his Suffolk home, swimming - especially outdoors - was like returning to a natural state, to experience how it was before you were born, in the safety of the womb.

Two Naas men swim for charity through shark-infested waters

TWO FRIENDS FROM Co Kildare are plunging into freezing shark-infested waters off America’s west coast to raise money for charity.

Naas men Stephen Tighe and Paul Quigley will join their ranks of extreme sports competitors from around the world tomorrow when they take part in Sharkfest Swim 2017, dubbed “the impossible swim”.

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