Have Extra Time, Lots Of Energy? You Can Help

With the coronavirus pandemic causing pool and shorelines to be closed and more people put under various lockdown, quarantine, and shelter-in-line ordinances around the world, the number of hours swimmers can train is being significantly reduced.

Sharon van Rouwendaal, The Olympic Marathon Champ Who Trains In A Paddling Pool

Olympic marathon champion Sharon van Rouwendaal is used to going the distance in pool, rivers, lake, sea and ocean. She trains 90km a week.

This coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic season is different and we find the Montpellier-based Dutch ace in her backyard on a rope pacing herself standing still in a paddling pool.

CHUN KONG MAK BECOMES FIRST MAN TO SWIM A BUTTERFLY ICE MILE

A man immune to any water temperature, Chun Kong Mak swam 1609 meters in sub 5 degrees Celsius (41 degrees Fahrenheit) waters in Altenworth, Austria.

How coronavirus will impact outdoor swimming

Not only is coronavirus frightening in itself, the changes it’s forced on society, and the speed with which those changes have been implemented, are a massive cause of anxiety too. For many of us, swimming helps us manage the stresses of daily life and is important to our sense of self and our physical and mental well-being. 

Exploring Ireland's wild swimming spots

Five swimmers with an inflatable tent, an estate car and a plan to try out as many different Irish swims as possible in three nights. Susanne Masters explores the wild swimming spots of Ireland.

As The Swimming World Is On Lockdown And Quarantines, Open Water Continues

Open water swimmers are, by most accounts, out-of-the-box thinkers and adventurous souls. Their venues of choice are oceans, seas, lakes, rivers, lochs, quarries and estuaries.

Their personalities and characters lead these open water swimmers to recreate and challenge themselves in wild swims, extreme swims, channel crossings, winter swims, high-altitude swims, ice swims and marathon swims.

Lifeguarding outdoors in winter - a chat with an open water lifeguard

We chat to Francesca Ridgard, a lifeguard at London Royal Docks, to find out what it's like to lifeguard outdoors in winter.

How different is it lifeguarding in winter compared to in the summer?

The key factors of lifeguarding are prevention, recognition and rescue.

A swimmer's perspective on the City of London Corporation's proposals for Hampstead Heath ponds

Nicola Mayhew, Co-chair of the Hampstead Heath Ladies' Pond, gives her opinion on the City of London's proposals to adopt 'applied' charging at the ponds from 2 May 2020.

The proposals would be applicable at the point of entry for the bathing ponds and Heath Rangers will oversee and ensure payment.

#IWDSWIMRISE 2020

On Sunday 8th March 2020, 83 swim groups around the world swam for International Women’s Day raising over £10,000 for charity. Vicky Allen, a key instigator in the #IWDswimrise movement, reports on her swim in Edinburgh.

Salt water sisters: meet the wild-swimming Irish women who take the plunge 12 months a year

Year-round swimmer Kathy Donaghy meets some of the growing number of women forging their own saltwater communities, taking the plunge through the winter

The water is at its coldest now. It's only 8°C but it feels like it's freezing. At high tide the women gather. Springing from cars, stripping off jackets and scarves, donning colourful hats and goggles. It's time to get in.

Entries flying out of the water for 2020 Caldey Swim

Entries are flying out of the water for one of the UK’s iconic open-water swims, which takes place off the Pembrokeshire coast this summer.

The Caldey Swim – which covers the tricky stretch of water between the monastic island and Tenby – is due to be held on August 16.

You look down and see giant shapes moving in the water beneath you’

A jellyfish sting? Ger Carty compares the painful sensation to a bee sting before correcting himself. “I’d say it’s probably more like a bad nettle sting, that’s how I’d describe it.”

He should know because when he climbed out of the sea at Sangatte, in 2011, hauling himself up onto the unwelcoming, rocky coastline of northern France, almost 19 hours after leaving England, his body was covered in them.

The Open Water Swimmer’s Dilemma

The summer and autumn of 2019 and winter of 2019/2020 have been unusual at the Guillamene cove. Not for the weather or for the sea but because we had a higher number of safety incidents than previously. There were a number of serious incidents that I am aware of that required intervention of inshore rescue and/or ambulance service.

Christof Wandratsch Sweeps 2020 IISA World Cup Series Titles In 500m, 1000m Freestyle

The 2020 IISA World Cup Series has concluded after a season where the ice swimmers competed in Amsterdam (Netherlands), Vietsbroon (Germany) and Cheltenham (Great Britain).

Kyra Wijnker Won 1000m Freestyle IISA World Cup Series Title

The 2020 IISA World Cup Series has concluded after a season where the world’s best ice swimmers and winter swimmers competed in Amsterdam (Netherlands), Vietsbroon (Germany) and Cheltenham (Great Britain).

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