100 years of Warrenpoint Baths marked in style

source: Mourne Observer
original: Mourne Observer
by: ???
date: June 12, 2008

SUNDAY 8 June 2008 marked the centenary of the opening of Warrenpoint Baths. To mark the occasion the Irish Long Distance Swimming Association (ILDSA) organised an open water swim over a course starting at the beach at the Baths out to Gunnaway Rock and back. Warrenpoint Baths were opened on 8 June 1908 to try to establish Warrenpoint along with other “watering places” that were considered to be leaving Carlingford Lough behind as a tourist attraction.

Mumbai girl to attempt swimming feat

source: SiFi News
original: SiFi News
by: ???
date: Tuesday, 03 June , 2008, 16:04 

Mumbai: Long-distance swimmer Aakanksha Mishra is set to tread international waters when she does a double, by swimming across The English Channel and The Strait of Gibraltar in August 2008. She is the first swimmer from Asia attempting to swim the two-way across The Strait of Gibraltar.

The English Channel (UK-France) and The Strait of Gibraltar (two way, Spain-Africa-Spain) are two of the Seven Seas, which every long distance swimmer aspires to swim. She has cherished the dream to achieve this twin feat, since her early ages.

Aakanksha, 16, in January 3-4, 2007 swam the 70-km stretch from Gateway of India to Dharamtar, Alibaug and back. Since then she continued her rigorous training to conquer English Channel and The Strait of Gibraltar.

Swimmer rescued from Lough Swilly

source: BBC
original: BBC
by: ???
date: Monday, 26 May 2008 10:49 UK

A major air and sea rescue operation was launched in Lough Swilly during the weekend after a swimmer went missing off Lisfannon beach.

A support boat following the swimmer from Stragill to Fahan Marina in County Donegal lost sight of him on Friday evening.

The Irish coastguard launched a lifeboat and rescue helicopter, and local boats helped in the search.

The swimmer was found safe and well near Fahan Creek.

Joe Joyce from Lough Swilly lifeboat station said the man had been training for a long-distance swim.

"Halfway into the swim the party in the boat lost contact with the swimmer.

"He saw all the commotion, but wasn't aware it was for himself.

"Everybody acted correctly - if you're in doubt, call out the emergency services.

Swimming with monster sharks and surviving

source: OC Register
original: OC Register
by: David Whiting
date: Wednesday, April 30, 2008

International cold water swimmer Lynne Cox talks about the fatal shark attack last week and her own encounters with great whites.

The gray oblong mass below appears suddenly.

I'm swimming about 200 yards off the beach at Salt Creek, just north of Dana Point. Stupidly, I'm alone. But I need an ocean fix, and, besides, a long open water swim is what my triathlon training calls for, I've rationalized.

My body goes electric. "Flight" neurons fire. No "fight" here. Visions of "Jaws" push to my frontal cortex, reminding me my black wetsuit makes me look like a sea lion.

Shark food.

Peering through goggles, I can't see any details of the fuzzy object. It's too deep.

When Gertrude Ederle turned the tide

source: Telegraph
original: Telegraph
by: ???
date: 12:01am BST 27/04/2008

Gertrude EderleIn 1926, when 19-year-old Gertrude Ederle snatched the world record for swimming the English Channel, it was a triumph for the women's rights movement. But beneath the surface unsisterly rivalries ran deep. Gavin Mortimer reports on a forgotten heroine,

It was 8.45pm on the evening of 6 August 1926, and in the sea half a mile from the English coastline a red-capped head was just visible to the thousands of people crowded on to Kingsdown beach, six miles north-east of Dover. They all knew who it was - Gertrude Ederle, a 19-year-old American from New York - and they all knew that after 13½ hours in the water she was on the brink of becoming the first woman to swim the Channel.

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

source: usaswimming.org

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 http://www.swimmingsafety-tips.com):

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.