Open Water zwemmen/Swimming

Swimmers dubbed ‘the Oa Giants’ become first to swim the Oa Channel from Islay in Scotland to Northern Ireland - vr, 14/08/2020 - 09:36

The Oa Channel is challenging because of the strong currents as the Atlantic Ocean meets the Irish Sea

A group of swimmers from Northern Ireland have conquered one of the most difficult stretches of water in the British Isles. Keith Garry, Dominic Mudge, Bill Donnelly, Chris Judge, Colin Lindsay and John McElroy, dubbed the Oa Giants, have become the first to swim the Oa Channel, from Islay in Scotland to the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland, completing it at the weekend.

Read the article @inews

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Croatian swimmer Dina Levacic proud despite falling just short of tough North Channel swim - vr, 14/08/2020 - 09:33

Croatia’s long-distance swimmer Dina Levacic (24) on Tuesday failed to swim the North Channel between Ireland and Scotland due to extremely difficult conditions, ending her endeavour five kilometres before the finish.
Earlier this year Levacic told a news conference that she would try to conquer the 34-kilometre-long North Channel between north-eastern Northern Ireland and south-western Scotland in the period between 10 and 16 August.

Read the article @croatiaweek


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The 2020-21 New Zealand Ocean Swim Series Schedule Is Here - vr, 14/08/2020 - 09:30

The open water swim season is back in New Zealand!  We’re excited to announce the return of the New Zealand Ocean Swim Series lineup of events to the Global Swim Series.  The schedule has been announced and as of today individual and multi-event passes are now available for registration.  The schedule features 7 events, including the GSS Global Championships.  The Championships were to take place for the first time in New Zealand this past April but due to COVID-19 the 2021 event will be the first GSS Global Championships in New Zealand.  

The rest of the schedule features some familiar classic events as well as some brand new locations that are sure to be big hits among swimmers.

Read the article and check out all swims @globalswimseries

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Kazakhstan’s Vitaliy Khudyakov has become the first person to complete a 56 km swim in lake Issyk-Kul in Kyrgyzstan. 

On August 7, Khudyakov began his swim in order to show support for healthcare workers on the frontlines during the COVID-19 pandemic, and to mark 1 year until the 10 km open water race at the Tokyo 2021 Olympics.

Khudyakov’s 56 km swim broke the previous distance record set on the lake, which was 36 km. 

According to the Kazakhstan Olympic Team, he completed the swim in 13 hours.

Read the article @swimswam

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Guernsey long-distance swimmer scuppered by tide in solo France bid - do, 13/08/2020 - 13:34

Guernsey long-distance swimmer Adrian Sarchet was beaten by the tide as he attempted to become the first person to complete a solo crossing to France.

He set off from Beaucette Marina just after seven o'clock on Monday morning and spent more than 11 hours in the water before being forced to abandon the swim.

Sarchet had to get special permission to land on French soil if he had finished the challenge, which was successfully done for the first time by a relay team from Jersey last year.

Read the article and see the video @itv

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If You’re Interested in Open-Water Swimming, These Beginner Tips Are Essential - do, 13/08/2020 - 13:31

I've been swimming for exercise for over 15 years. I feel my best - physically, mentally, and emotionally - when I'm swimming in a pool, happily lost in the repetition of logging lap after lap in my lane.

But put me in a lake or an ocean, and I feel like a fish out of water. I'm a strong swimmer, but my confidence instantly evaporates when it comes to open-water swimming.

That's likely because open-water swimming is "dramatically different" than swimming competitively in a pool, according to Coach Morgon Latimore, Ironman-certified coach and level three coach, and lead adult learn-to-swim instructor at US Masters Swimming.


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In addition to the news that NC State standout Nyls Korstanje is leaving his college home for the Eindhoven National Training Centre, another big announcement came out of the Netherlands today.

Sharon van Rouwendaal, 10k Olympic gold medalist from Rio, has ended her collaboration with longtime coach Philippe Lucas. After 7 successful years together, Van Rouwendaal has decided to make the move to Magdeburg, Germany training under German coach Bernd Berkhahn who already has Florian Wellbrock in his stable.

Read the article @swimswam


Iver Heath man completes record-breaking 13 Lakes Challenge for charity - wo, 05/08/2020 - 15:11

A man from Iver Heath has become the first person to complete the gruelling 13 Lakes Challenge in just three days.

George Tapling, 20, swam 71km across all of the publicly accessible lakes in the Lake District to raise money for the water charity Just a Drop - the charity brings sustainable safe water, sanitation and hygiene projects to communities, transforming lives.

Read the article @bucksherald

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World’s Top Swimmers Stoychev & Hirai at The Authentic Marathon Swim - zo, 02/08/2020 - 14:39

The Authentic Marathon Swim revives the historic race at Artemision, 2,500 years later. Swimmers from all over the world will participate in the authentic marathon swimming route and other swimming activities September 4-6 at Pefki, Evia, in the Municipality of Istiaia - Edipsos.
Participating swimmers include the elite of marathon swimming with major names being added on a daily basis. 

Read the article @thenationalherald


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Thousands dive into balmy Lake Balaton in Hungary for swimming contest - zo, 02/08/2020 - 14:37

Under cloudless summer skies, thousands of competitors plunged into the balmy waters of Balaton on Saturday to swim across Central Europe’s largest freshwater lake.
Despite the coronavirus pandemic, organisers said more than 10,000 people including children, pensioners and professional athletes had registered to take part in the annual lake swim - Europe’s longest open-water swimming contest.

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Is it safe to swim in the River Thames? - di, 28/07/2020 - 22:22

The Thames has a reputation as a dirty river. It’s not totally undeserved. I took part in the notorious Hampton Court to Kingston swim in October 2012, when I was one of 338 people who reported getting ill. No specific cause was identified. It was most likely a bacterial or viral infection. In the days prior to the race, rainfall was several times the average for the time of year. 

The river may therefore have been contaminated with sewage from Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs), that can spill into the river during periods of heavy rain.

Read the blog @outdoorswimmer

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Aussie marathon swimmer to challenge English Channel record - di, 28/07/2020 - 22:11

Australian endurance swimmer Chloe McCardel is planning to create a slice of history with a 35th crossing of the English Channel after being given a special exemption to travel during the coronavirus pandemic.

Considered one of the greatest ultra-swimmers of all time, she has so far tamed the treacherous stretch of water between England and France 31 times and is planning to add four more crossings within the next month.

If successful, she will beat the most by a male, which at 34 is held by Kevin Murphy. Fellow Briton Alison Streeter is the greatest of all-time, completing the swim 43 times.

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"I didn't make it across the English Channel - but training for it bought me time" - vr, 24/07/2020 - 23:08

Before swimming the English Channel, Lee Brogan was struggling with his mental health. Training for it gave him the time he needed to get better.​

Training alone for hours on end in cold, rough seas, battling currents, swells and jellyfish, all in the knowledge that you’ll have to wake up the following day and do it all over again. For most people, the life of an aspiring English Channel swimmer is not one they would wish to lead.

But for 32-year-old Lee Brogan, it was a lifeline.

Read the full article @outdoorswimmer

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Wild Swimming: One of life’s great pleasures - vr, 24/07/2020 - 23:03

Open water swimming, or wild swimming, is the practise of swimming outside in an open body of water. The activity has trickled back into the mainstream in recent years, with an increasing number of people revelling in the pleasure of a dip in the great outdoors. Search #wildswimming on Instagram and witness a consistent aesthetic; what once was a jump in a lake or ocean has been curated into a bourgeois social media trend. 

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Ultra triathlete Claire Smith of Brutal Events shares how she battles her fears of the open water when tackling some of the world's toughest events, and how you can too.
My daughter commented the other day that wetsuits smell funny. I said that all mine smell of terror. We laughed, but for me it’s absolutely true; the smell of neoprene is associated with fear.

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Channel Challenge - do, 23/07/2020 - 13:41

Terwijl menigeen momenteel mogelijk droomt van een heerlijke strandvakantie is het Jeanette Ghatas die een alternatief heeft gevonden. Zij deed een z.g. Strand tot Strand tocht. Startpunt Dover, eindpunt Calais. De ChannelChallenge. In principe een afstand van 33 kilometer. Helaas is het vaak niet simpel rechtdoor zwemmen. Maarten van der Weijden weet daar alles van. Hij moest ooit 18 kilometer extra maken om aan de overkant te komen.

lees het hele artikel, bekijk de foto's @ RTVZaanstreek

De video's waaraan in het artikel gerefereerd worden zijn op facebook van Richard Broer te vinden.

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How ice swimming helped me get control of my anxiety - di, 21/07/2020 - 22:10

I knew that I could die if I stayed in there too long. I kept asking myself if it was safe, or was I stupid for exposing myself to the extreme cold in an icy lake. The level of pain that gripped my whole body was intense and I had to fight hard to stay in control of my thoughts. As my extremities started to go numb and the alarm bells inside my head intensified, I focused on my breath. That helped. A little. 

Now, whenever I look at this photo of me bathing in the freezing water in the heart of winter, I’m amazed at how relaxed I look. I almost give off the impression that I’m finding it effortless to be in there.

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Swimmer battles tides, jellyfish to complete marathon challenge - di, 21/07/2020 - 22:06

A west Cork man has overcome cold waters, jellyfish stings and strong currents to become the first person to complete the 40km swim from Baltimore Harbour to the Fastnet Rock lighthouse.

Steve Redmond, 54, said although he was in the water alone for the marathon 15 hour 35 minute swim, his support team on the boat which accompanied him and led by skipper Kieran Collins, "will do anything to make you succeed".

Read the article @rte

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20 of the world's best places for swimming - ma, 20/07/2020 - 23:09

From isolated English beaches to plunge pools in the Costa Rican cloud forest. Icy ponds at five-star hotels in the heart of Peru to quiet riverbanks in the Japanese Alps.
These swimming spots are the ultimate escape for those looking for adventure once the months of being unable to hit the road finally come to an end.
Pack a towel, remember to always put safety first and get ready to dive into the world's best places for swimming.

Check out all 20 places @edition.cnn




Swedish swimmers Victor Johansson and Marcus Holmquist are going to attempt to swim 30 km in Sweden’s lake Vättern at the beginning of August in order to raise money for the World Food Program USA.

The lake is the second largest in Sweden, behind Lake Vänern and in the summer it reaches a temperature range of 12 and 17 degrees Celsius (54 to 63 degrees Fahrenheit).

Johannsson and Holmquist intend on taking the route across the lake from Visingsö to Jönköping, which has only been crossed by a swimmer once when Christer Junefelt did so on September 11, 1968.

Read the article @swimswam

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