Overcoming fear in the open water

A common challenge I hear from athletes about open water swimming is how to overcome fear and anxiety in the water.

I have found that having athletes focus on three key steps in preparation goes a long way to reducing stress, while increasing safety and enjoyment.

The Authentic Marathon Swim 2,500 years later

The Authentic Marathon Swim race comes 2,500 years later, at the place where it started, in Artemision. The authentic marathon swimming route performed by Skyllias together with his daughter Hydna revives by uniting the legend with history.

The historic sports event The Authentic Marathon Swim, taking into account the global consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic and prioritizing the safety and health of participants and all involved parties, changes its date for September 4-6, 2020.

Swimmer’s Itch - protective measures, detection and treatment

Swimming at sunset, walking across moors or city parks to splash into dawn: these are glimpses of paradise for an outdoor swimmer. Sadly, in summer, there is a serpent in our garden: a tiny, fork-tailed, wormy parasite.

This parasite (of the family Schistosomatidae) causes ‘swimmer’s itch’ or more correctly cercarial dermatitis: an allergic reaction to the parasite – in its cercarial stage – burrowing into your skin.

No summer holiday? Councillors propose ‘wild swimming’ in the river

With long summer months ahead and limited possibilities of foreign holidays, councillors in Amsterdam have proposed designating official ‘wild swimming’ points along the Amstel river.

The Outdoor swimmer`s code

How swimmers can respect surroundings and others they come across when exploring rivers, lakes, ponds and seas

Who else uses the land that you swim through? Animal, people, fish, insects and birds: how to better respect the natural resource we all share.

Global Swim Series Announces Brand New Virtual Open Water Race

The Global Swim Series is proud to announce the launch of our first ever virtual open water swim race!  The GSS Virtual Races will be a series of open water virtual swims that can be done from anywhere in the world.  The aim is to give swimmers the opportunity to swim and compete in a fun open water swimming competition around the world, during a challenging time when most mass-participation events are cancelled.

Here are the places to go wild swimming in and around London this weekend

As lockdown restrictions begin to ease, is there anything better than diving, head-first, into some of London’s under-the-radar wild swimming spots?

Last year the British Medical journal actually proved that wild swimming had a positive impact on our mental health, in the same way that forest bathing gives us a much-needed dose of nature therapy, wild swimming too helps us focus on key senses and surroundings, the splish-splosh of water and sounds of chattering coots and chirpy ducklings making us happier and calmer.

Back to the open water: how to approach your return to swimming outdoors

Last week the government lifted its lockdown restrictions on outdoor activities in England, meaning that after a long break we are now allowed to return to swimming. Whether you have decided to return to the water again or not, or are still waiting for restrictions to be eased in the rest of the UK, now is a good time to give some thought about how you might approach your return to swimming.

How do you prepare for open water swimming?

Open-water swimming is good for your triathlon fitness, your state of mind and your soul. James Witts explains how to safely make the most of every different body of water now the current restrictions have been lifted in England
Research from Sport England calculates that 4.1 million of us swam in lakes, lochs, rivers and seas between November 2017 and 2018. And you can see why. 

Boris Johnson gives the go-ahead for socially distanced open water swimming in England but RLSS UK and Swim England urge caution due to safety fears

Some outdoor sports that can safely operate under the new government guidelines, including social distancing, will be able to restart from Wednesday 13 May – according to Boris Johnson in Prime Minister’s Question Time this afternoon that includes open water swimming with one other person as long as social distancing is observed at all times. This guidance applies to England only.

EDF Aqua Challenge Update

As one of our largest annual swim series’ in Europe, the EDF Aqua Challenge annually organizes 13 amazing and diverse open water swimming experiences throughout France and the French region of Martinique.

As anticipated, we have been informed by the race organizers that changes have had to be made to the original schedule, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Please visit the GSS calendar for the up to date changes and cancellations to each event.

Real Sport

“Did you see that video on Facebook Donal? Complete tool”.
“I mean what the hell Donal, is your sport all gobshites like that?”
“It doesn’t matter you don’t use Facebook. It was on the news last night as well. Here it is here on my phone. Look!”
“What kind of a fool goes swimming in a storm? There was a marine red alert and all! I saw that on the Twittter machine.”

Alternatives to swimming: pros and cons

Does anyone remember those times before coronavirus? In that previous life, people would occasionally ask me, how do I find the motivation to do so much swimming? These were mostly non-swimmers, obviously. The question often arises from people who think you must be swimming for some greater purpose such as losing weight or getting fit. They don’t seem to understand that we swim because we love swimming. 

Changes to the Alpen Adria Swim Cup Schedule

It goes without saying, the priority for all race directors and organizers is always the safety of participants. Unavoidably, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a number of events have had to be rescheduled or cancelled this year. Months of hard work and dedication are invested into each event, so decisions to cancel or postpone are not taken lightly.

How to cope with life when you can’t swim

My working assumption is that everyone has bad stuff in their lives to deal with: traumatic events in the past, difficult issues to manage in the present and worries about what the future holds.

Swimming can’t solve life’s hard problems. It doesn’t cure illness nor (except for a few lucky people) pay the mortgage. 

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