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Compliment voor Bikkeltrainingen Zwemanalyse

wo, 18/04/2018 - 14:33

Hallo Team Zwemanalyse,

De bikkeltraining in Voorburg van Richard bevalt me echt heel goed!!

Ik word wakker op dinsdag en denk: Oh leuk vanavond trainen! Doordat er veel verschillende elementen inzitten zwem je zomaar een uur weg. Terwijl ik vroeger maar op en neer bleef gaan en een uur soms oneindig leek. 

Leuke trainingen, leuke trainer leuke club mensen!!

Dank je wel,
Groetjes Germaine

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Compliment na privé-training

wo, 18/04/2018 - 14:21

Na een privé les in Zwembad Forum Kwadraat in Voorburg namens Zwemanalyse:

Beste Zwemanalyse,
Een erg goede les gister van Richard. Heel ontspannen en goede uitleg. Veel geleerd.... bijna teveel om te onthouden. In ieder geval kan ik flink vooruit met de technieken.

Nogmaals dank en tot een volgende keer.


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Het Channel Team Wassenaar gaat in 2018 weer een nieuwe uitdaging aan

zo, 15/04/2018 - 16:42

Eind Augustus 2018 gaat het Channel Team Wassenaar met een 8-tal zwemmers in estafette van Den Helder naar Hoek van Holland zwemmen. Langs de kust! Een idee dat al een aantal jaren op de plank lag is er eindelijk deze winter van af gekomen.Het traject van vergunningen aanvragen, boot regelen, idee uitwerken en niet te vergeten veel trainen is ingegaan.

De verwachting is dat de volledige afstand van ca 120 km in 40-50 uur afgelegd kan worden.Of we inderdaad van Den Helder naar Hoek van Holland zwemmen of vice versa is nog niet besloten. Om de 6 uur wisselt de stromingsrichting namelijk en we zijn er nog niet uit wat voor ons nu het “makkelijkste” zal zijn. Hoe dan ook, in de nacht in het donker zwemmen met af en toe een verdwaalde zeehond of kwal is ons niet vreemd. Wel moet het een aantal dagen achtereen redelijk weer zijn vanwege de golfslag en de ligging van de boot.

De definitieve datum wordt dus pas op het laatste moment bepaald. Veiligheid voorop!Het zwemteam is ook nog niet definitief. Een aantal vaste kernleden van het Channel team zijn uiteraard geinteresseerd maar we staan ook open voor andere zwemmers.We zwemmen zoals gebruikelijk ieder telkens een uur waarbij de gemiddelde zwemafstand gemiddeld rond de 3,0 km zal liggen.

lees meer @ CTW

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ChannelChallenge presents challenges for 2018

ma, 26/03/2018 - 23:00

In 2018 ChannelChallenge starts a new swim: The Windmill Challenge on the Rotte River (after wich Rotterdam is named). ChannelChallenge continues it's swims accross Lake IJsselmeer.

With Sporttijden and HopaSports we started a collaboration to have the swims well administerd. On HopaSports yu can enter the swim and the financials are covered.

Two great swims

In The Netherlands we of course have the classic swim from Stavoren to Medemblik accross te IJsselmeer (22km). ChannelChallenge offers the swim in the same way as the race is swum: next to a sailing boat with an experienced pilot. The are of course variants: we can start and/or finish elsewhere. The lake has it's challenges! You can also swim the distance multiple times. For the people in the lowlands this swim is the stepping stone to the English Channel!

The WindmillChallenge is a new swim for 2018. It passes 7 still functioning old type windmills and several locks (for shipping) to the polders below. You will experience swimming at sea level with the surrounding (mostly agricultural) land all below sea level! The swim is shorter than the IJsselmeer crossing and the sheltered water offers a good swim for intermediate marathon swimmers. The Windmill Challenge has a standard distance of 12,5km starting at the Berg en Broekse Verlaat and ends at the Molenviergang Zevenhuizen (4 staged windmills). The swim can be extended to 15km by going on towards Moerkapelle. Of course you can also return to the starting point and make it an even 25km!

Both swims are for solo swimmers, pods (equal quality swimmers!) and relays. Freestyle and breaststroke. You can swim in neoprane and "bioprane".


At the end of each season the rankings of the season are made up. These will next be added to previous years including the swims organized by DES the last 48 years. All other properly observed swims are ranked.

Each observed swim wil receive a certificate for each swimmer with the names of each in the swim participating swimmer and coach. Next to that the certificate states time, pilot, ship and the observer 

The swims are under rules of MSF (no wetsuits, we permit wetsuits are a separate category). Beware: this also applies for wetsuits approved by FINA.


ChannelChallenge stages open water swimming clinics in fresh and in sea water. All clinics have an instruction on safety first. The SaferSwimmer is compulsory. There is also a theoretical part that informs you about keeping course, (race) tactics in open water and training in open water. After the theory it is time to swim! We swim in duo's that need to stay together for safety. Sign up your own buddy to be sure the other is not too fast or slow for you!

Signing up:

Sorry the language is partly in our main language (Dutch) feel free to contact us when you cannot deceipher it...

For all on HopaSports mentioned dates you may be pleased to know thes are certainly not fixed. You can suggest other dates.We have may dates available but it would be difficult to post all dates.  

Have a great time!

Richard Broer

IJsselmeerRottemerensolorelay - estafettebreaststroke - schoolslagwetsuit

A 34 km Warm Water Caribbean Channel Crossing

zo, 25/03/2018 - 17:07

Sue Dyson has a clear goal in mind when it comes to the inaugural St. Lucia Channel Swim, a 34 km swim between St. Lucia in the south and Martinique in the north.

"Our goal is to be the pre-eminent warm water epic swim globally. We have the participation for this event by the St Lucia Tourism and Sports Ministries as well as many local organizations.

read the original article @ The Daily News of Open Water Swimming

more info @ FB

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ChannelChallenge presenteert open water uitdagingen 2018

za, 24/03/2018 - 20:22

In 2018 staatt ChannelChallenge met een nieuwe tocht: Rottemeren en gaat door met de IJsselmeeroversteken.

Met Sporttijden en HopaSports is een samenwerking aangegaan om dit goed te administreren. HopaSports voor de inschrijving en de financiële afhandeling.

De tochten zijn voor solozwemmers, estafettes en "pods". Ze in vrije slag en scholslag, met en zonder wetsuit. Uiteraard worden klassementen samengesteld voor waargenomen zwemtochten. Daarin dezelfde klasseringen, voor mannen en vrouwen.

Als vanouds kunnen clinics worden verzorgd door ChannelChallenge. Deze kunnen in zoet en zout open water.

Voor alle op HopaSports genoemde data geldt dat ze niet vast staan (de genoemde data zijn wel beschikbaar) en in overleg met ChannelChallenge een andere datum gekozen kan worden.

De pagina's:

Veel prezier!

Richard Broer

IJsselmeerRottemerensolorelay - estafettebreaststroke - schoolslagwetsuit

Repeatable Swim Routes

za, 24/03/2018 - 15:54

In planning new/unprecedented swim routes, it’s essential to understand (and frequently misunderstood) how to design the route so it is repeatable by future swimmers.

A route is repeatable if it is the shortest possible path that fulfills the route definition, with any intermediate waypoints defined by permanent land features.

read the interesting and extensive article and comments and see the charts as illustrations @

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Will You Still Be Swimming In The Year 2050?

di, 20/03/2018 - 11:39

Photo shows (in original article) International Swimming Hall of Fame and International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame dual inductee Michael Read at the 16 km Faros Maratón professional marathon swim in Croatia in 2015.

In 1950, when Hassan Abdel Rehim from Egypt won the Daily Mail race across the English Channel in a record time of 10 hours 50 minutes, there were 205 million people who were 60 years or over around the world.

In 2014, when Dr. Otto Thaning became the oldest individual in history to cross the English Channel in 12 hours 52 minutes at the age of 73, the number of people over the age of 60 had increased nearly fourfold to 810 million.

Please read the complete article and see the picture of Michael Read @ The Daily News of Open Water Swimming

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Meet the Irish Ice Swimmer Taking on Cape Horn in Togs

zo, 18/03/2018 - 11:59

Selling bed linens in her little shop in Dingle by day and Ireland’s most accomplished ice and extreme swimmer by night, Nuala Moore is a force to be reckoned with.

Dingle’s Nuala Moore is a veteran ice swimmer. To mention just a few of her accomplishments: She is one of only six people to swim around the coast of Ireland in a 1,330km relay over 56 days. She then did a double-crossing Relay of the English Channel and swam the Bering Strait from Russia to the USA in some of the most dangerous waters in the world in a relay. She was the first Irish swimmer and the sixth woman in the world to complete a 1000 metre swim at 0 degrees in the Arctic Circle. Her latest challenge will see her head to the ‘end of the world‘ to swim in the waters where the Pacific Ocean meets the Atlantic Ocean. She will (if all goes to plan) follow this up with a solo double crossing of the Beagle Channel!

read the full article @ Outsider

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Swimming The Strait Of Gibraltar: From Europe To Africa

do, 15/03/2018 - 23:42

As I waited for my first Social Security check, I decided to push the envelope with swimming, a sport I had practiced for six decades. I read about the Gibraltar Crossing and realized that the idea of swimming from Spain to Morocco allayed my worries about turning 70. For me, when I am in the sea, all is well with the world.

It all started inauspiciously at the Bowman Gray pool, an ancient structure at the University of North Carolina. I was four and my swim teacher was squeezing my chest too tightly. Later that day, my mother yelled, “You bit his wrist like a damned dog. What a mean boy you are!”

Read the full article @ EurasiaView


The article ends with an excelent remark and salute: As I look back, I see that swimming to Morocco is a shared adventure, dependent on training and luck. And it helps to have a team of pros like Rafael, Antonio, Anne Cleveland and IvaHawk. In the weeks that followed, both Anne Cleveland and Rafael Gutierrez, ACNEG’s founder, died of cancer. Their lives remind me that none of us knows how much time is left, but we can take advantage of every hour we have.

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International Swimming Hall of Fame Announces Induction Class of 2018 and Annual Awards

do, 15/02/2018 - 21:21

This year’s International Swimming Hall of Fame honorees include Open Water Swimmer: Petar Stoychev (BUL).

Read the full article @ SwimmingWorldMagazine

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First escape by water from Alcatraz?

zo, 11/02/2018 - 20:50

Escape from Alcatraz: Does letter finally solve mystery of prison's most infamous escapees?

A letter has emerged allegedly revealing the fate of three criminals who pulled off a historic escape from Alcatraz and disappeared without a trace more than 40 years ago.

On the night of 11 June 1962, brothers John and Clarence Anglin and fellow inmate Frank Morris pulled off a prison break so daring it went on to inspire Hollywood thriller Escape from Alcatraz, starring Clint Eastwood.

read the complete article and view the pictures about the "swimming" prison escape @ SkyNews


Joe Grossman Brings Alive Marathon Swimming's Past

zo, 11/02/2018 - 19:54

In order to preserve marathon swimming history, Dale Petranech has kept alive his dream of publishing the personal files of World Professional Marathon Swimming Association administrator, Joe Grossman.

"Joe passed away in 1974, but Dale faithfully maintained a huge stack of type-written pages from Joe for several decades.

The public information officer traveled around the world with a passion and a unique perspective of the individuals involved in the sport of channel swimming and professional marathon swimming and single-handedly and comprehensively compiled hundreds of pages of notes, observations, recollections and data from solo swims and competitions in numerous bodies of water around the globe," says Steven Munatones.

read the rest of the article @ The Daily News of Open Water Swimming

IMSHoFbook review - boekrecentie

Eiskalt zugelangt

zo, 11/02/2018 - 19:44

Veitsbronn ist das neue Eisschwimm-Mekka. Rund 200 Sportler aus vielen Ecken der Welt traten in dem fränkischen Ort bei den 4. Ice Swimming Aqua Sphere German Open. Meister wurden entthront, Ersttäter gefeiert.

Wer sind hier eigentlich die Stars? Darüber kann man trefflich streiten. Sind es die Meisterschwimmer, die im knapp vier Grad kalten Wasser im Veitsbad im fränkischen Veitsbronn bei Nürnberg 1.000 Meter in 12:38 Minuten kraulen - wie Fergil Hesterman aus den Niederlanden und Hanna Bakuniak aus Polen, die 13:05 Minuten benötigt? Die beiden haben bei den 4. Ice Swimming Aqua Sphere German Open am ersten Januarwochenende die Langstrecke gewonnen.

read the rest and see the pictures @

cold water & ice swimming (IISA)

Channel Swimmming database updated

zo, 11/02/2018 - 18:04

Julian Chricklow has updated the English Channel Swimming database.

You can find it @ CSPF

The English Channel - Het Kanaal

Pune man becomes first Asian to complete Ocean Seven Challenge

zo, 11/02/2018 - 17:54

32-year-old finished the marathon by swimming across Cook Strait between the North and South Islands of New Zealand in 8 hours 37 minutes

The sea is as perilous as it is calm. And, no one knows that better than Rohan More who became the first Asian to swim across seven of the world's toughest ocean channels this month. On February 9, the 32-year-old resident of Senapati Bapat Road in Pune, swam across the Cook Strait between the North and South Island of New Zealand in 8 hours and 37 minutes. The Ocean Seven, a marathon-swimming challenge consisting of seven channel swims, is considered equivalent to the Seven Summits mountaineering challenge, that involves scaling the highest mountains on each of the seven continents. He is only the ninth person to complete it.

read the complete article and see the picture @ Mid-Day

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Wild swimmers win heated battle against proposed open water regulator

zo, 11/02/2018 - 17:48

THE foul-mouthed businessman behind controversial plans to make Scotland’s wild swimmers a little less wild has admitted defeat.

Robert Hamilton’s dream of an open water regulator was torpedoed by near unanimous opposition from swimmers and swimming organisations, who said they were unwanted, unnecessary and overly commercial.

Unlike in England and Wales, where laws about open swimming are unclear, in Scotland, swimmers have a right to swim freely in open spaces.

read the complete article @ The National

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Argentina’s Biagioli and Bertola earn home wins in debut FINA UltraMarathon Swim Series race

zo, 11/02/2018 - 17:22

Home fans at Coronda watching the first event of the International Swimming Federation (FINA) UltraMarathon Swim Series had everything to cheer for as Argentinians won both the men’s and women’s events.

But it was women’s winner Cecilia Biagioli who produced the performance of the day during this 57km - 35.4 miles - endurance race in the El Rio river as she finished second overall behind the men’s champion Guillermo Bertola.

read the articvle and view the pictures @ insidethegames

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Wetsuit vs. Non-Wetsuit Swimming

zo, 11/02/2018 - 17:11

While wetsuits are not essential, the majority of swimmers do use them as they do provide a huge benefit by providing buoyancy in the water. Swimming specific wetsuits are quite different to surf wetsuits so if you are going to use one, but don’t own one, I would sooner hire a swimming wetsuit than purchase a surf wetsuit.

Make sure you try the suit for sizing first and remember there are multiple levels of wetsuits to suit swimmers abilities and budget.

If you choose to do the event without a wetsuit and have had little open water experience, or haven’t familiarised yourself with the water temperature for your expected duration of time to complete the swim, then I would recommend doing this before you take on the swim.

There are many areas of the stroke that you may need to adjust, and I am just going to touch on a few key ones when comparing Wetsuit vs Non Wetsuit Swimming.

  • Kick
  • Buoyancy – Body Position
  • Core – Body Position
  • Arm Recovery

Read the full article with explanations @ NZ Oceanswims Series

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Humanitarian Who Swam For Indonesia

zo, 11/02/2018 - 16:54

Few foreign athletes have devoted themselves to humanitarian and environmental causes in Indonesia as much as Montgomery Monfore, an American world record ocean swimmer, who spent much of the past 20 years in Bali.

Monte, as he was known, made numerous record-breaking charity swims to raise awareness and funds for environmental and social campaigns in Indonesia. His untimely passing in October 2017 on Rota Island in the North Pacific Ocean was ruled accidental, though the autopsy report has led family and friends to question its veracity.

Read the extensive portrait and see the pictures @ Inonesia Expat

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