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Mum-of-two, Natasha Sarak, from Prestwich, tackling first ever open water swim — in Lake Windermere

A MUM-of-two will be diving into Lake Windermere for a two-mile charity swim in support of her grandad.

Despite having never tried open water swimming before, Natasha Sarak, from Prestwich, will be taking on the challenge on Sunday.

She is raising cash for the Nicky Alliance Day Care Centre in Middleton Road, which is part of Manchester Jewish Community Care.

Would you take the plunge and join an open water swimming club in Suffolk?

Open water swimming is growing in popularity. But as well as being enjoyable, could immersing yourself in cold water in the great outdoors be good for your health? Sheena Grant reports.

“When you swim,” wrote the late, great Roger Deakin in Waterlog, his spellbinding book about wild swimming around Britain, “you feel your body for what it mostly is - water - and it begins to move with the water around it.”

For Roger, whose journey first suggested itself to him as his swam in the moat around his Suffolk home, swimming - especially outdoors - was like returning to a natural state, to experience how it was before you were born, in the safety of the womb.

Twelve to Swim the English Channel

American-French Relay Team Will Commemorate the Arrival of U.S. Troops in France 100 Years Ago for World War One

A team of six American swimmers and six French swimmers is preparing to cross the English Channel from Dover to France in a joint relay swim to mark the 100th anniversary of the arrival of U.S. troops in France for World War One.

Two Naas men swim for charity through shark-infested waters

TWO FRIENDS FROM Co Kildare are plunging into freezing shark-infested waters off America’s west coast to raise money for charity.

Naas men Stephen Tighe and Paul Quigley will join their ranks of extreme sports competitors from around the world tomorrow when they take part in Sharkfest Swim 2017, dubbed “the impossible swim”.

The former extreme skier who has been crippled by MS but won't let it stop him swimming the Channel

The sea is a chilly 11 degrees, and I’m in a head-to-toe wetsuit. After 30 minutes I can’t feel my feet. 

Mike Dawson, on the other hand – in just a pair of red Speedos – looks unconcerned.

He moves through the water with a kind of ease that I, at 26 and in what I’d consider to be pretty good shape, can only hope to achieve.

You would never know from watching him swim at an impressive pace but, while he may kick every now and then, in essence, he swims using only muscles from the waist up.

Scot takes the plunge on marathon Manhattan swim

A champion endurance athlete is preparing to take on the biggest challenge of his career: swimming around Manhattan Island in New York.

Mark Deans, from Jordanhill in Glasgow, will attempt to swim around the island to raise money for charity.

Five Simple Points On Tickling Feet In Open Water Competition

If you want to improve your race, try tickling some feet.  Yes, we are talking about drafting! The moment of rest in an open water distance swim is when it feels as though the swimmer’s toes that you’re following are actually helping reduce head water-resistance thus creating less drag. You’ll know the feeling when it’s your turn to be tracked by a foot-tickler.  Crowded open water swims are like a slow-mo version of NASCAR, with long stretches of straights and some extremely tight turns. To reach the front of the pack, a swimmer must know how to maneuver effectively in the mess of sloshy arms and legs, and anticipate every available opportunity to stretch those tired limbs.

Invitation for Sabac Marathon (FINA event)

Date: 
Saturday, 5 August, 2017 - 11:00 to Sunday, 6 August, 2017 - 19:00

Dear Swimmers and Federations,

The Organization Committee have honor  and pleasure to invite the best FINA  swimmers from all the WORLD  to take part  in the 48th INTERNATIONAL SABAC SWIM MARATHON 2017  in Serbia.

The Marathon will take place on Sunday August 6th 2017. The swimming distance is 19 km down the stream of the river Sava. Each participant and his/her coach will be provided with a TWO days (2) full board accommodation at the local hotel in Sabac from August 5th to August 6th.  Each participant will himself cover the travelling expenses.

He’s Nigerian-born, a British broadcaster and world record swimmer. Meet Ayo Akinwolere

Throughout his career as a British television presenter, he has gone by the name Andy but last year, he made news and shocked fans when he went on the BBC using his Nigerian birth name, Ayo Akinwolere.

In 2011, Akinwolere has set two world records for swimming in one of the deepest stretches of water on the planet. He swam five miles across the Palau Trench, an 8,000-metre deep abyss in the Pacific Ocean. He is the first person to swim across the deepest part of the trench, and now holds the record for the deepest location for an open water swim. He took three and a half hours to complete his swim.

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