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Klassementsbepalingen Brabantbeker 2015

Netherlands Open Water Web - Fri, 27/10/2017 - 16:48

De 6 Brabantse Open Water organisaties hebben samen de klassementsbepalingen Brabantbeker 2015 vastgesteld. Zie bijlage.

De wedstrijden worden georganiseerd door en gehouden op:

1. Arethusa : zaterdag 4 juli

2. SBC-2000 : zondag 9 augustus

3. PSV (incl. NK) : zaterdag 29 augustus

4. De Warande (incl.NK) : zondag 30 augustus

5. De Dommelbaarzen : zondag 6 september

6. De Biesboschzwemmers : zaterdag 12 september

We nodigen iedereen uit om te komen deelnemen in Brabant en wensen jullie een sportief Open Water seizoen toe.

Bijlage:  Klassementsbepalingen Brabantbeker 2015.pdfNederlands nieuwsregio-br
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Lake Traverse Michigan Swim Across Sleeping Bear Bay?

marathonswimmers.org - Wed, 29/03/2017 - 19:33

I was wondering if anyone here has any experience with swimming the lakes in that area. I am planning a series of swims near Traverse City, specifically Sleeping Bear Bay. Was hoping anyone had any insight into that. Thanks!

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"Nothing Great is Easy" - Kevin Murphy vs. Des Renford documentary (1977)

marathonswimmers.org - Wed, 29/03/2017 - 19:07

Recently came across this amazing bit of marathon swimming history, a famous "duel" to determine "the greatest endurance swimmer of our times" - a series of swims pitting Kevin Murphy against Des Renford.


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Has anyone ever swum across Loch Ness?

marathonswimmers.org - Wed, 29/03/2017 - 18:48

Can any of our resident Loch Ness swimmers or someone associated with BLDSA tell us if this is a complete list of people who have completed unassisted swims of the length of Loch Ness?

And if anyone can fill in any missing months/days and route directions, that would be awesome too.

Date Name Route Time 1966 SHERRATT, Brenda direction unknown 31:27:00 1974 Aug 17 READ, Michael Fort Augustus to Loch End 14:24:46 1976 MURPHY, Kevin Fort Augustus to Loch End 10:30:00 1981 TAYLOR, Stella direction unknown 18:58:00 1995 Aug 20 GODBURN, Rachel direction unknown 09:25:37 1997 Aug 23 BLAIR, Colleen direction unknown 14:32:07 2004 LLEWELLYN HICKLING, Liane direction unknown 09:49:24 2008 Aug 19 CROSS, Michael Loch End to Fort Augustus 12:09:15 2013 Jul 27 LEITCH, James Fort Augustus to Loch End 10:50:09 2015 Aug 2 MACDONALD, Marcella Fort Augustus to Loch End 11:59:08 2015 Aug 20 THOMAS, Sarah Fort Augustus to Loch End 10:52:00 2015 Aug 20 KORNBAU HOWLEY, Elaine Fort Augustus to Loch End 13:21:41 2015 Aug 20 LENNING, Craig Fort Augustus to Loch End 13:47:24 2016 Aug 2 BEVERIDGE, Helen Fort Augustus to Loch End 18:22:16

This is pieced together from BLDSA's annual recognized swim lists (1995-present), plus manually looking up details of the first three swims (Sherratt, Read, Murphy), plus a DNOWS article about Stella Taylor's 1981 swim.

Tammy Van Wisse is often mentioned in connection with Loch Ness, but my interpretation of various sketchy accounts leads me to believe it was in a wetsuit. Please correct me if I'm wrong about that.

I do not know why complete information about this iconic swim is so hard to find.

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Bijscholing official open water zwemmen

Netherlands Open Water Web - Wed, 29/03/2017 - 11:33
Datum: zaterdag, 8 april, 2017 - 14:00 tot 18:00

Voor alle (assistent) scheidsrechter en baankamprechters die regelmatig aan de water kant staan of in de boot zitten wordt ook dit jaar weer de Open Water clinic gegeven. Er zal aandacht worden gegeven aan organisatie, veiligheid en jureren, dit in vergelijk met de FINA-reglementen. Speciale aandacht zal gegeven worden op het fungeren op het water, tenslotte is het daar waar het gebeurt en de wedstrijd bepaald wordt. We vragen dan ook speciaal de baankamprechters zich aan te melden.

Huis van de Sport, Hockeyzaal
Wattbaan 31-49
3439 ML Nieuwegein

Zaterdag 8 april 2017
14.00 – 18.00 uur

Henk Labordus

KNZB-leden € 24,95
Niet KNZB-leden € 44,95

Inschrijven tot 3 april 2017 via de KNZB webshop

Na afloop ontvangen scheidsrechters een certificaat met O aantekening.

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Freedom to Swim!

Wild Swimming - Wed, 29/03/2017 - 07:57

A five-and-a-half year negotiation with British Waterways (as was) to remove their new No Swimming sign at Sparth Reservoir has at last met with success.

A change in thinking has been a long time coming but it is a sign of the times as our Island mentality is slowly being replaced by broader minds.

The dispute arose over the continued use of the reservoir by wild swimmers. British Waterways put up a “no swimming” sign at Sparth Reservoir in Marsden, Huddersfield. They said that it replaced a former sign that had gone missing, reasoning that it would be “reckless” to allow swimming at the site. “But swimmers said they have used the reservoir for decades and it is possible to enjoy the sport safely. They believe the reservoir has been used for recreational swimming since the 1940s and possibly earlier. In the future they hoped signs could be changed to allow them to swim at their own risk.” As reported by the BBC.

Attitudes in Britain differ greatly to those of our European partners. Swimming is encouraged in rivers and lakes abroad but rarley so in England.

Discover the fascinating history of outdoor swimming in Britain – read: Hung Out to Dry; Swimming and British Culture. The reasons for our prejudice towards outdoor swimming are deep-rooted, complex and pervasive. Yet surely reason will ultimately win out, especially as wild swimming continues to grow in popularity.

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China University says: ‘Students must Swim before they Graduate’

Wild Swimming - Wed, 29/03/2017 - 07:31

The BBC reports: Students applying to one of China’s most prestigious universities have been told they must learn to swim before they graduate.

Tsinghua University, known as the Harvard of the East, has ruled that the nation’s top minds must also prove themselves in the pool.

The news made waves on Chinese social media, with some questioning the move in a country struggling with drought.

But the university said swimming was a key survival skill.

President of Tsinghua University, Qiu Yong, said the exercise was made compulsory for all students because it also improved physical fitness.

One of China’s most highly regarded institutions, Tsinghua University first made swimming a requirement in 1919, but it was later dropped due to the university’s popularity and a lack of swimming pools in Beijing.

However, under the rules announced on Monday, new students beginning in September will have to take the plunge and demonstrate that they can swim at least 50m (164ft) using any stroke.

‘Arbitrary rules’

The announcement has been hotly debated on social media, with some questioning whether it is reasonable to expect those who grew up in inland cities to learn how to swim as adults.

“What happens to students from arid places that have no seaside or rivers?” wrote Yixunsangyao.

Another commenter, Xishuoge, wrote: “Even though it is a ‘famous university’, it shouldn’t make up arbitrary rules, as such rules could snuff out talents.”

Others, such as Shin-ssi, praised the university for promoting a “necessary skill which can save lives”, adding: “It’s a good thing for the university to emphasise this.”

Those who appeared pleased with their own abilities to swim, made light of the announcement, asking if they could enrol as students at Tsinghua University.


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Swim Videos

marathonswimmers.org - Wed, 29/03/2017 - 02:35

I really enjoyed this short film of Antonio Argüelles' recent Cook Strait swim:

Check out the drone footage! Such a cool way to document a marathon swim... and increasingly affordable.

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rocks, moor, beach

Musings of an aquatic ape - Mon, 27/03/2017 - 11:01

Waking up on Saturday morning, from a long, tiring week; we had a couple of hours to finish filling a few bags (swim, walk, eat out kit), eat some fruit and wander off to Ashburton. But not before forgetting the suncream, getting to the front door and realising that it was not forgotten. The day begins with a little ineptitude. A pre-senior moment. A resignation to the embrace of perpetual imperfection.

We stop at Riverford for some quality pies.

We find a rare half hour parking slot in town, as the car park is full. And go in search of a paper, a browse in No30 (quality second hand clothing), grab a second hand t-shirt in the charity shop, are tempted by and resist the closing down sale in the outdoor clothing store and have a droll chatter in the hardware shop.

Our host at the Coach House (a night there we bid for in a charity auction) tells us we are the last to stay, as he and his missus are moving to Spain next week. He offers us another night free. We are, alas, unable to take up his kind offer. He’s left us a few tea bags and some milk. We down a cuppa, scan the headlines and comics, before heading up to Dartmoor for a stroll and clamber among the tors. Thank you to Top, Pil, Tunhill Rocks, Hollow, Bonehill Rocks, Bell, Clinkwell and Honeybag. The Riverford pies were tasty.

Dinner at The Old Library. Starter and mains were really tasty, the dessert was a downright disappointment. And then up at the later, but earlier time of 6.45. Up the twisty, narrowing 382, deer out, no one else about, long ditch sided track around the Burrows and to the Blue Groove in Croyde for a hog’s breakfast; a surprise for Martin; and a stroll around and about.

Devon, we thank you for your beauty.

Note – click on pictures for a larger view

Tagged: Ashburton, Croyde Bay, Dartmoor
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How far in advance to start planning solo marathon swim?

marathonswimmers.org - Sun, 26/03/2017 - 23:10

Hi folks, So, I have a swim I have been dreaming about for at least 4 years. It hasn't been done before, and I have access to support crew, a possible boat, a safety officer, and 1-2 kayakers to trade off support. I am looking to be the first to do this particular swim, following Federation guidelines specifically.

It's a swim of approximately 15 miles in length, although maybe 16 depending upon route.

Here's the thing--I have just been given the possibility of attempting this in June, which is, as we know, coming up quite soon. Does that seem feasible in terms of planning and execution? I have done a bunch, but clearly would have a lot more to do in a very short period of time. I am a super organized person---some might say anal but, ahem, my husband the peanut gallery can shut it! ;)

I'd love to hear your thoughts about this, and perhaps what you wish someone had asked you to think about when planning your first solo swims in this way.

Also, does anyone know how to reach Jeff Cooperman? We talked in St. Croix about his St. John swim and I'd love to pick his brain again.

Thanks everyone!! :)

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New MSF Documented Swim - Dave Van Mouwerik - Lake Siljan, Sweden

marathonswimmers.org - Sun, 26/03/2017 - 07:20

Dave Van Mouwerik's 20.3-mile (32.7 km) swim across Lake Siljan in Sweden has been added to our growing library of MSF Documented Swims:


This swim was previously referenced on the Forum HERE and HERE. Also please see Dave's website for the swim, The Siljan Diary.

It is exceptionally documented - from the swim's original conception, and through its planning, execution, and recording. It reminds me why we created MSF Documented Swims in the first place - to show that the story and historical record of a marathon swim can go so far beyond a mere observer log.

Great work, @VanMou, and I'm sorry it took so long to get this published.

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Groups in southern Wisconsin

marathonswimmers.org - Sun, 26/03/2017 - 03:06

Going to be in southeastern Wisconsin area last weekend of June. Any groups that meet up for swims? I'll be staying in the Ozaukke County area. Not sure if Milwaukee River is safe to swim from the Thiensville area and up. Grew up there, as a kid we'd water ski on the river, bit didn't swim much. Not sure if it's clean enough.

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Where I want to be in 25 years

marathonswimmers.org - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 23:09

Apparently this video went viral last week (certainly not in Spain):

(Some background here http://www.carrigdhoun.com/index.php/carrigdhoun/news-feature/powerful-loca-invincibles-share-their-life-learnings-online )

Amazing, to say the least.

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Ann Meraw (Mundigel) - 1917-2017

marathonswimmers.org - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 03:02

Noted Canadian (BC) marathon swimmer Ann Meraw passed away at age 100:


In 2008, Meraw earned the Order of B.C. in recognition of her accomplishments as a distance swimmer, lifeguard and swim coach.
In 1985, she was inducted into the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame, as a builder.
Meraw first rose to prominence as a long-distance swimmer. She swam 16.1 kilometres across Howe Sound and back in 1927, then across Burrard Inlet at age 13, from Vancouver to Bowen Island.
She then swam 83 km in 16 hours and 14 minutes, non-stop, using a six-beat crawl at sixty strokes per minute, on Okanagan Lake.
In 1958, she swam 142 km in the same lake, from Kelowna to Penticton, in 32 hours, 12 minutes, a feat that has never been matched, according to the hall of fame.
Meraw held seven world records in marathon swimming, four of which still stand.
Her vision, said her grandson, was to swim as far as her eyes could see.
“For her, it was about being the best that she could be, to push limits, in some cases ones that no human has ever duplicated.”
Meraw became Canada’s first female registered lifeguard in 1943, and the only woman coach ever in the World Professional Federation of Swimming.

Presumably the distances are a bit off for a couple of those (83 km in 16 hours?), and also interesting that Okanagan was the site of other recent self-proclaimed "world-record" attempts ... but clearly this was a remarkable and pioneering swimmer. RIP!

Entry in B.C. Sports Hall of Fame:


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Nubble Light Challenge Returns!

marathonswimmers.org - Thu, 23/03/2017 - 22:56

Hello Everyone! If you find your way to the Maine coast in mid August, the Nubble Light Swim Challenge is back on! August 12, 2017 this year.

Nominated as one of the Top 100 Swims in the World, the venue takes swimmers on a 2.4mile journey from Long Sands Beach to Short Sands Beach thru "The Gut" between the mainland at Sohier Park, and the island that Nubble Lighthouse resides on. Location: York, ME

Not only a beautiful location, but a challenging event. The swim can toss up rough seas, with 2 different sets of swim conditions with the peninsula dividing the wind and tidal flow, and The Gut to swim through. Water temps are expected to be in the low to mid 60s, but previous years have seen sub 50 degree temps on race day, adding to the swim's degree of difficulty. Great event for spectators!

Here is the event site: https://www.nubblelightchallenge.org/

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The Great British Open Water Elite Series 2017

East Dorset Open Water Swimming club - Thu, 23/03/2017 - 16:06
Great Swim in association with British Swimming present a new open water race series for 2017. The Great British Open Water Elite Series will consist of 4 races over a variety of distances across the summer with overall series cash prizes awarded to the Top 3 male and female athletes and additional prizes in the form of exclusive sponsor product for 4th and 5th placed athletes. The overall series male and female winners will also be invited to attend a British Swimming Open Water program activity with members of the national team.
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What say you?

marathonswimmers.org - Thu, 23/03/2017 - 04:02

There is a local alpine lake that I want to swim. It is a tough 3 hour hike in, and is only 6 km long. There are no boats or water craft available, so there would be no support. if I do the swim, I would take my feeds in a Myfloat dry bag. So the question is, can I consider this a legitimate marathon swim, given the two 6 km legs, and taking along the dry bag? The answer to this question will not be a determining factor for doing the swim, but I am curious!

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IISA vergadert

Netherlands Open Water Web - Wed, 22/03/2017 - 23:33

2017-03-22 - Kaapstad, Cork, Vilnius, Londen en Nieuwegein - Vanavond heeft nieuwbakken board member van de International Ice Swimming Association via Skype (vanuit het bondsbureau te Nieuwgein) vergaderd met de board of directors.

Er stond veel op het programma. Daaronder de "possibility" dat IJszwemmen demonstratiesport wordt op de winterspelen in Zuid Korea.

Nee, het is nog niet definitief. Toch lijken de lichten steeds meer op groen te komen staan. Zo groen dat we er ruchtbaarheid aan kunnen geven. Wanneer het doorgaat worden er slechts twee series gezwommen. Één voor heren en één voor dames op de afstand 1000m. Daarbij is het de bedoeling de werkelijke wereldtop (en een snelle Koreaan) te laten deelnemen.

Er werd veel uitgewisseld over de stand van zaken in de diverse langen en er werd teruggeblikt op een zeer succesvol WK in Burghausen. Er werd ook vooruitgeblikt op het volgende WK. Waarschijnlijk in Ierland en Nederland heeft zich gekandideerd voor het WK daaropvolgend.

Verder vooral discussie rond de reglementen. Daarin zal veel aangescherpt worden. Dat valt allemaal terug te lezen op de website van de Wereld IJszwembond (http://www.internationaliceswimming.com) wanneer het defintief wordt. 

ijszwemmen/winter zwemmenIISA (en IISA-Nederland)
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Zwem voor M.I.J. krijgt vorm

Netherlands Open Water Web - Wed, 22/03/2017 - 23:17

2017-03-22 - Nieuwegein - De organisaties die mee willen doen met het initiatief van Maarten van der Weijden zijn in Nieuwegein in gesprek geweest om vorm te geven aan de actie.

Zo worden er bijvoorbeeld clinics georganiseerd ter voorbereiding in de deelnemende zwembaden. Er wordt publiciteit gegenereerd voor de zwemtochten en de advertenties in het open water boek krijgen een extra tintje. In het open water boek zal uiteraard ook extra aandacht besteed worden aan het initiatief.

KNZB/TOWZZwem voor M.I.J. & swim-2-fight cancer
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