Young channel swimmers overcome big waves, bad weather and ships to smash charity target

'We were so happy when we had finished'

A team of young swimmers battled huge waves, appalling weather and busy shipping lanes in a relay swim across the channel, smashing their charity fund raising target in the process.

The team, including two distant relatives of the first man to swim the English Channel, completed the test of endurance in a time of four seconds under 11 hours on Monday.(August 12)

The Great Fjord Swim: An Epic Irish Classic

One of the biggest appeals to open water swimming is the stunning environments in which open water swims around the world take place.  If you’re looking for a truly breathtaking setting for your next open water adventure then do we have the race for you; the Great Fjord Swim!

Balanced Front Quadrant Swimming

How do athletes swim balanced in the water?  Some might think that balanced swimming means the right arm enters the water as the left arm exits: but that would be incorrect.  Experienced freestyle swimmers have one arm entering the water as the other arm passes through the mid-phase of the stroke.  As the entering arm extends forward, the pulling arm completes the second half of the pull phase.  Then as the entering arm begins to move backward executing the pull, the other arm exits the water.  A visual example

Ice Swimming: The Coolest Sport Around

Swimming is a cool summer activity, right? For many the image of paradise is being surrounded by a cloud of sunscreen while lazing by the ocean or pool before slipping into the water to escape the sweltering heat. However, competitive swimmers are very in-touch with the reality that swimming waits for no kind of weather, no matter the time of year (well, unless there’s lightning).  

5 Ways Wild Swimming Could Boost Your Mental Health

It’s long been hailed by evangelists as a serious life tonic, but now a study by the British Medical Journal has proven the positive impact that wild swimming can have on our mental health.

Open water swimming is a lesson in endurance, resiliency, and gratefulness

Betsy Medalla, the masters swim coach and the country’s foremost advocate of the sport, talks about training specifically for the great outdoors—and how being grateful can calm fears and nerves.

Betsy Medalla has a curious way of describing her path into open water swimming.

“I was thrown into it, actually,” she says.

While most people would balk at the idea of being “thrown into” a sport that has the words “open water” attached to it, Medalla flourished.

Croatian swimmer Dina Levacic to swim Japan’s Tsugaru Strait

Croatian long-distance swimmer Dina Levacic is set to embark on a brand new challenge.

On Tuesday, Levacic announced at a press conference in Split that she will attempt to swim Japan’s Tsugaru Strait. The Tsugaru Strait is a strait between Honshu and Hokkaido in northern Japan connecting the Sea of Japan with the Pacific Ocean.

SAM POULSEN COMPLETES 21-MILE NORTH CHANNEL SWIM FROM IRELAND TO SCOTLAND

Sam Poulsen, a physiotherapist from London, became just the 25th woman in history and 68th person overall since 1947 to complete the 21-mile swim across the North Channel from Ireland to Scotland.

The Caldey Swim will see a 100-strong shoal striking out for Tenby on Sunday

THE organisers of an iconic sea swim are keeping their fingers crossed for fair weather for this year’s event.

This Sunday, August 18, is the date set for the Caldey Swim, which has a sell-out entry of 100 swimmers to make the 2.5 mile crossing between the monastic island and the mainland in Tenby.

Record-breaking swimmers on crest of a wave

THREE local amateur swimmers are on the crest of a wave after smashing a world record. 

Ocean Breakers, comprising Rachael Lee, Tom Healy and Ronan Joyce – swam the North Channel in a three-person relay in nine hours and 40 minutes, beating the previous record by 38 minutes. 

Swim marathon: Tokyo 2020, FINA watching water quality, temperature

Athletes voiced concerns over water quality and temperature at a marathon swimming test event for Tokyo 2020 Sunday, as officials vowed to monitor the situation closely in the run-up to the games.

"That was the warmest race I've ever done," said three-time Olympic medallist Oussama Mellouli from Tunisia after completing the 5km men's competition.

Team GB's only black swimmer: 'I understand why girls would quit over their hair'

"I vividly remember a black girl saying at training that the reason black girls don't swim is because of their hair.

"I was about 12 or 13 at the time and had never thought of the idea of hair stopping you from swimming. Now that I am older I can fully understand why someone would quit over their hair."

Free lessons for children to learn about water safety

Booking is now open for the RNLI’s Swim Safe sessions in Tywyn, which will be taking place in the town for the first time this summer.

Mount Everest vs. English Channel – Which Is More Difficult?

Athletes and fans all have their own opinions and perspectives on what sports or athletic endeavors are the most difficult or challenging.  Gymnasts will debate volleyball players, volleyball players will debate with swimmers, swimmers will debate with runners, ultra runners will debate with cyclists, cyclists will debate with basketball players.

The Open Water Swimming Year – Summer

I started this Open Water Swimming Year series in 2017, and did not think I would complete it all in a year. I anticipated July and August would to be the most difficult to write, because everyone understands summer, and I would struggle to say anything interesting. All writing holds this truth to be self-evident: There is more to discuss about short periods of conflict than long lives of peace.

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