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Open Water Guidance From Ned Denison

Ned Denison is a 59-year-old global-trotting open water swimmer, coach, mentor and administrator who was inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in the Class of 2012. He shared a plethora of advice and guidance:

For many of you the open water season is over. 

One suggestion – make a record of your top longest and/or fastest 2018 swims and update it over time. 

Flight or Fight in the Ice? Learn How From Ger Kennedy

Irish ice swimmer Ger Kennedy will be one of the featured speakers at the upcoming WOWSA Talks & WOWSA Awards at The Olympic Club in San Francisco on November 9th - 11th. His talk is entitled Flight or Fight in the Ice.

The tough Irishman will explain in detail his preparations to swim 2 km in 0.5°C water and air temperatures of -15°C in Russia under the International Ice Swimming Association rules. "From my experience, knowing how difficult and painful the recovery is in 0°C water really challenges one's mental strength and desire to push your limits or not." 

Olympic swimmer offers her top swimming tips

Beijing Olympic silver medallist, Keri-anne Payne, provided her top tips to adults who are nervous about breathing while they swim, after it was found that one in five adults in the UK cannot swim. She has teamed up with Better Leisure Centres across Richmond and Twickenham, in a bit to get more people swimming.

Free outdoor swimming lessons to be held at beach

Free swimming lessons are to be held on a beach to teach youngsters what to do if they get into trouble in the water.

Why Swimming Is So Good For You

Every type of exercise has its selling points. But swimming is unlike any other aerobic workout in a few important ways.First, the fact that you’re submerged in water means your bones and muscles are somewhat unshackled from the constraints of gravity, says Hirofumi Tanaka, a professor of kinesiology and director of the Cardiovascular Aging Research Lab at the University of Texas.

7 Qualities found in an Elite long distance swimmer

The Long distance swimmer doesn’t expect you to understand them. If you only appreciate the power of their goals and the energy they have inside.

It’s been over an hour and your teammates went to change. You aren’t even close to the end of your own training session. You’ve been swimming for three hours and have 3,000 meters to go. You’re arms are heavy, they hardly respond any more. Your momentum drives you to keep going. If you want to win such a demanding long-distance event; you need to work hard and giving up is not an option.

The importance of being acclimatised

‘To lose one swimmer may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose 30 looks like carelessness.’ Ok, so they weren’t lost, but they certainly weren’t there. And when I started swimming I definitely wasn’t on my own.

Last night was the first open water training session of the season from Swim For Tri at the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park. Venue of the 2012 Olympic open water marathon and home of the Serpentine Swimming Club, the Serpentine is an iconic swimming spot and an outdoor swimming oasis slap bang in the middle of central London. Swimming there on a summer evening as the sun sets below the bridge is a swimming highlight of my year. But where was everyone?

Mark Perry Named Swimming Canada’s Distance/Open Water Coach

When it’s time for the next generation of Canadian swimmers to decide on their future, John Atkinson wants to make sure they have plenty of options.

The introduction of Mark Perry as Swimming Canada’s first ever Distance/Open Water Coach is part of Atkinson’s plan to broaden Canada’s medal potential in the water.

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.

Five Simple Points On Tickling Feet In Open Water Competition

If you want to improve your race, try tickling some feet.  Yes, we are talking about drafting! The moment of rest in an open water distance swim is when it feels as though the swimmer’s toes that you’re following are actually helping reduce head water-resistance thus creating less drag. You’ll know the feeling when it’s your turn to be tracked by a foot-tickler.  Crowded open water swims are like a slow-mo version of NASCAR, with long stretches of straights and some extremely tight turns. To reach the front of the pack, a swimmer must know how to maneuver effectively in the mess of sloshy arms and legs, and anticipate every available opportunity to stretch those tired limbs.

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