Army night swimming in Gibraltar Bay

source: GibFocus
original: GibFocus
by: ???
date: 2008-04-21 15:02:00

Shark Attack Victim Died Among Friends

source: NBC11
original: NBC11
by: Mike Celizic
date: 6:53 am PDT April 28, 2008

The great sadness that the children of Dave Martin feel at the death of their father during a shark attack while swimming is tempered by the knowledge that he died among friends in a place that he loved.

"Every one of us is going to face our mortality one day," Jeff Martin told TODAY's Meredith Vieira on Monday, three days after his father was fatally bitten during a training swim with eight fellow members of the Triathlon Club of San Diego. "The fact he died doing what he loved to do in a place he loved surrounded by friends - if you could choose the way you're going to go, those things would be high on your list."

Abdel Latif Abu Heif dies at the age of 79 years

2008-04-22, Egypt - With Egyptian sorrow and regret I am sadly informing the swimming comunity about the death of the great swimmer ABDEL LATIF ABU HEIF last night at the age of 79.

Osama Momtaz
Deputy Director For Research,






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Sports Medicine in Open Water Swimming


Dr. Jim Miller, the former President of US Masters Swimming, FINA Doping Control Officer at several FINA open water swimming races and the physician for several USA Swimming’s national open water teams, gave an easy-to-understand presentation on Sports Medicine in Open Water Swimming.

Book review: THE GREAT SWIM by Gavin Mortimer

source: seattle times
original: seattle times
by Ginny Merdes
date: Friday, March 28, 2008 - at 12:00 AM

Book review: THE GREAT SWIM by Gavin Mortimer Walker & Co., 336 pp., $24.95

Gertrude Ederle, the first woman to complete an English Channel swim, greased her body to stay warm. "The Great Swim"

Twenty-one miles of cold choppy water. The channel separating England and France has historically challenged the elite distance swimmer. Until 1926, no female swimmer had successfully crossed the English Channel, though some made brave attempts, including 18-year-old Gertrude Ederle, who made her first try in 1925.

DVD review: Pushing the Limits

source: Dallas Morning News
original: Dallas Morning News
by: Leslie Garcia
date: 06:17 PM CDT on Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Sometimes the wonders of the human body hit me as flying in an airplane does. You're minutes from landing, close enough to the ground to finally start feeling safe. You look down and see the houses and the cars, the ocean frozen in still life, the crops in perfect alignment.

Open Water Swimming Directory

source: 10kswimmer
original: 10kswimmer
by: Steven Munatones
date: Saturday, March 8, 2008

Swimming In Open Water Safety Tips

source: Bujurenang
original: Bujurenang
by: Gregory De Villiers
date: Friday, April 4th, 2008 at 11:15 am

Swimming in open water can make a pleasant change from the mind-numbing lengths of a swimming pool. Instead of the claustrophobic feeling of being enclosed in a swimming lane, you have a sense of freedom in the open water. Any large expanse of water will do, whether it is the ocean, a lake or a dam. Open water swimming is great fun if you’re training for a triathlon, iron-man competition or if you’re just wanting to stay in shape and improve your stamina. It is important not just to enjoy your swim, but also to swim safely! Here are a few tips for swimming in open water: (more great swimming and diving tips can be found at

Who's Who of Open Water Swimming

source: NBC Sports
original: NBC Sports
author: Steven Munatones
date: 2008-04-04

From Captain Matthew Webb who first crossed the English Channel in 1875 to Lynne Cox who was the first person to swim in Antarctica, open water swimming has always attracted heroic and risk-taking adventurers.  Many, but not all, of these adventurers have been inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (IMSHOF).

This 10-part historical series will cover open water luminaries ranging from Keo Nakama, who first crossed the Molokai Channel in Hawaii, to modern-day heroes like Shelley Taylor-Smith.

First, a brief introduction of the IMSHOF may be useful to understanding how these great open water athletes were selected.

Boor review: Wild Swim: River, Lake, Lido and Sea: The Best Places to Swim Outdoors...

source: Guardian Books
original: Guardian Books
by: ???
date: ???

In this stunning, full-colour guide, Kate Rew, founder of the Outdoor Swimming Society, takes the reader on a wild journey through Britain, covering 200 rivers, lakes, tidal pools, lidos, estuaries and sea swims.

Whether you are a seasoned outdoor swimmer looking to discover a hidden fairy pool, or a young family seeking a fun day out, Wild Swim has all the information and inspiration you'll need to get you stripping and dipping.

Cold Water Swimming 101

source: Chicago Open Water Swim Group
original: Chicago Open Water Swim Group
author: srherman
date: March 19, 2008

Hypothermia - Human Temperature Threshholds

source: Chicago Open Water Swim Group
original: Chicago Open Water Swim Group
author: srherman
date: March 19, 2008

Through a complex physiological process known as thermoregulation, we humans are able to maintain constant core body temperatures internally despite the many temperature fluctuations in our external environment. However, this is not an absolute phenomenon. Ongoing exposure to extreme temperatures will eventually overwhelm the body’s ability to maintain an ideal body temperature of 37°C (98.6°F). In the case of cold temperatures, this “cascade” roughly follows this process:

Tools of the Trade - Timing

source: olympic 10k marathon swim
original: olympic 10k marathon swim
author: Steven Munatones date: Thursday, March 6, 2008

Revealed: Bilbo, Britain's only dog lifeguard

source: The Mirror
original article: The Mirror
author: Nicole Russell  date: 29/02/2008

Bilbo is the David Hasselhoff of the dog world.

Not only does he get to wear a snazzy swimsuit and lap up attention on the beach but he's a genuine life-saver, too.

A six-year-old chocolate-brown Newfoundland, 14st Bilbo has already saved three people's lives.

Patrolling the beach with the five lifeguards at Sennen Cove in West Cornwall, he perches on the back of a quad bike, ready to dive in if duty calls.