WOWSA new owner website

Dear registered user.

This website has changed ownership after 11 years.
Richard and I are quitting. It is costing us too much time keep the website updeted without help.
The new owner is WOWSA.

We expect WOWSA will continue the website wit new effort and we (Richard, Niek and Gertjan) will stay on as supporters and perhaps frequent posters on the website.

Why I . . . love wild swimming

Wild swimming is an incredible way to simultaneously numb and heighten different senses, says Clare Bostock, a consultant geriatrician in Aberdeen.

“When you go wild swimming it feels like all your worries are washed away,” says Bostock, who regularly swims in the North Sea where the temperature rarely gets above 13°C. 

The ice breakers. How Scotland's ice swimmers taught me to love the cold.

The snow-covered surface of an icy loch, for some is just an invitation to get out the sledgehammer, hack away and plunge in. When Vicky Allan and photographer Anna Deacon, cold water lovers themselves, started to research their book on the health benefits of wild swimming, it was the ice swimmers that lured them most.

The Open Water Swimming Year – October’s Opportunities

In the years before I’d swum into Loneswimmer Cave, when I rounded Great Newtown Head, if I wanted to progress west into Ronan’s Bay, I either had to swim around Oyen reef, or through the four to five metre gap between the reef and the base of the cliff. It was the same as most coastal swimming with only two optional directions, forward or back. (And then later I added a third option of “through”).

The New Zealand Ocean Swim Series is Back in Action this GSS Season

It’s been an eventful season so far for the Global Swim Series and now we’re just starting to head into the action in the Southern Hemisphere.  In particular New Zealand has a bunch of swims coming up on the schedule and we should see the kiwis make a real push to the top of the GSS leaderboard.

CABINTEELY ‘ICE MAN’ BREAKS RECORD IN ICE 7 CHALLANGE

A Cabinteely man has become the first man in world to complete the Gruelling “Ice 7” swimming challenge.

The Ice 7s is created by the International Ice Swimming Association (IISA), where a swimmer has to complete an Ice Mile (1610 meters) in each of the seven continents, with water temperatures sub 5c.

7 surprising benefits of swimming

Stuck in a workout rut? Take a dip to boost both physical and mental health.
Whether you’re bored of the treadmill, have lost your love of spin or fancy a new challenge to help you push yourself further, swimming can be the ultimate workout choice. Pool and open-water swimming are growing in popularity – according to Swim England, 47 percent of the population go swimming, with 7 million doing so on a weekly basis – and it’s easy to see why.

IJsselmeer Zwemmarathon Honored By The Hall Of Fame

50 years of history – 50 years of organizing one of the world’s most well-known marathon swims – 50 years of challenge and greatness were recognized by the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame that will induct the famed IJsselmeer Zwemmarathon as an Honor Contributor – Organization.

The Open Water Swimming Year – September’s Harvest

In a year with a poor summer, any remaining prospect of heat finally slips away like an ebb tide by the second or third weekend of September, to be replaced by the next straw to be grasped in the eternal Irish hope for future good weather, that of the mythical Indian Summer, with which we will entertain ourselves for another month or so. 

What Are The Ice Swimming Rules In The Winter Olympics?

Thinking ahead…and wondering out loud:

China is the site of the next Winter Olympics, officially XXIV Olympic Winter Games, and is scheduled for February 4th – 20th 2022 in Beijing and around the neighbouring Hebei province.

Registration 3# Amstel Ice Swim open

Amstel Ice Swim

The Amstel Ice Swim is organized in the last weekend of the year in the city centre of Amsterdam.

The Amstel Ice Swim originated from the idea of Fergil Hesterman who wanted to make his sport known to a wider audience. In 2017, Fergil achieved the 4th place at the world championships in Germany. After this he wanted more people to come into contact with his sport. What better way to do this than to organize a competition.

Who dares, swims - in the 1930s these intrepid young Newport women braved the chilly waters of the River Usk for races watched by thousands

THESE three Newport swimmers were just teenagers when during the 1930s they braved the tidal waters of the River Usk to compete in races watched from its banks by thousands of people.

Swim the Channel? Neigh bother for horse fan Heather

A WARWICK mother-of-two is undergoing extensive training in preparation for swimming the length of the English Channel next year in aid of the British Horse Society (BHS).

How to Remain Calm in Open Water Swimming Chaos

Flow into the moment; don’t let the moment take control of you

Open water races can catch even experienced open water swimmers by surprise. Getting kicked, having your cap or goggles ripped off of your head, surf conditions you haven’t experienced before or haven’t experienced in some time, or accidentally inhaling a face full of water can trigger any swimmer into survival mode.

15 Swimmers recognized at WOWSA awards in Los Angeles

We’ve seen extraordinary records broken in sports disciplines across the world, but nothing made a “splash” quite like the tidal of record holders who were honored at the World Open Water Swim Association (WOWSA) last weekend.

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