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How to Stay Safe in the Open Water

Proper preparation can help you to be safe in your next open water swim

Whether you’re swimming for fitness in the open water or training for an open water race or triathlon, the person most responsible for your safety is you.

Yes, race directors, coaches, and teammates care about your well-being and will likely do their best to ensure your safety. But you, as the open water event participant, play the most important role in your own safety.

THE RISE OF WILD SWIM GROUPS ACROSS THE UK

There are now 50+ wild swim groups around the UK. To mark the launch of a new OSS listing guide of them around the country, Rowan Clarke, a member of Wiltshire Wild Swim, reports on their joys and problems.

When Wiltshire Wild Swimmers began in May 2018, it was just a group of ten friends arranging swims on WhatsApp. As people began finding them on Instagram, the group grew to 30, prompting its founders to move the group from WhatsApp to Facebook. It then grew to 150 members in just four weeks.

Drug Testing In The English Channel

The Channel Swimming Association has governed solo and relay crossings between the 33.8 km channel between England and France since 1927 and has implemented a drug testing policy since 2015.

Michael Read MBE, president of the Channel Swimming Association, explains, "We believe that it is terribly important that our swimmers, especially the younger ones, who have a lifetime of swimming ahead of them, understand that they must be clean, there is no place for drugs in our sport, and that drugs are totally unnecessary for the fulfillment of our sport. 

Weather hits epic Ice Mile challenge in Co Wicklow

This weekend's International Ice Mile swimming event in Lough Dan in Co Wicklow has been postponed due to treacherous weather conditions.

The event will now take place in Dublin's Clontarf Baths tomorrow.

Call of the wild: the rise of open water swimming in West Cork

West Cork is perfectly suited to year-round open water swimming, a pursuit which has been on the crest of a wave of popularity in recent years.

Swimming for me was, at first, a medical necessity.

After a back operation in 2001, I was told to take to the water. I was a reluctant water baby, having a slight fear of the sea after a few too many ‘ducking’ incidents in my youth, but needs must, so I took some one-on-one lessons with a very patient instructor and eventually found my sea legs.

Where to go swimming on New Year’s Day

There’s no better way to start the year than with a bracing dip in the open water.

Wash away your worries and dramas from 2018, and emerge chilly, cleansed and ready to face whatever the new year throws at you. After a week of slobbing on the couch, cheese crumbs clinging to your jumper, chocolate melting in your clammy palm, it’s time to get moving.

'It’s freedom, adventure and fun all rolled together' - open water swimming comes to Northamptonshire

A country park in Northamptonshire will host open water swimming from June 2019, a sport described as "freedom, adventure and fun all rolled together". Delivered by Northamptonshire County Council, the outdoor activity will take place at Sywell Country Park next year offering people the chance to swim in a safe and controlled environment.

Where's Your Spouse? Issues Of Open Water Safety

It is time to tell a few disturbing stories about the last two events in Cork, Ireland, one of the epicenters of open water swimming in the world. There are too many safety issues to summarize – so read to take them all in. The purpose of this story is to educate the open water swimming community and improve going forward:

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. 

Tokyo to ‘screen off’ bacteria for Olympic swimming in bay

TOKYO — Tokyo Olympic organizers said Friday that a system of layered screens would be used to keep bacteria levels within “agreed limits” for triathlon and marathon swimming in heavily trafficked Tokyo Bay.

Organizers acknowledged a year ago that levels of E. Coli were up to 20 times above acceptable levels set by international sports federations, and fecal coliform bacteria were seven times over the limit.

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