Wild Swimming in Courier Country: the secret to staying happy and healthy?

It was once prescribed by doctors as a cure for all manner of ailments and now it seems that wild swimming for health and enjoyment is on the rise again. Nora McElhone takes the plunge.

Dubliners prepare to make waves at 100th Liffey Swim

THE 100th Dublin City Liffey Swim will celebrate its milestone on Saturday, August 3.

One of Ireland's most famous traditional sporting events, the Jones Engineering Dublin City Liffey Swim has grown in popularity over the years to become a wonderful spectator event.

WOWSA Launches Free Global Calendar

In WOWSA’s annual survey on how to best serve the open water community, 78% of the 2,140 respondents said they wanted more news and information on races and events.

In response to these results, WOWSA launched a global event calendar this week.

WOWSA Founder Steven Munatones, who has covered the sport since 1978, said,   

 “As everyone knows, the number of open water events has significantly and consistently increased year over year since the IOC approved the 10 km Olympic marathon swim in 2005.” 

Dublin trio break record swimming the North Channel from Northern Ireland to Scotland

A TRIO OF Irish swimmers from Dublin have broken a world record swimming The North Channel from Northern Ireland to Scotland. 

‘You Are Basically Naked in the Ocean’

You’ve probably never heard of Jessi Harewicz.

But in the world of long-distance swimming the 36-year-old Vancouver woman is a megastar. Harewicz, a latecomer, is one of about 200 people in the world to have captured the Triple Crown of open-water swimming.

In June, she completed the last of the three challenges by battling tides, waves and pollution in a 42-kilometre swim around Manhattan.

Channel swimmer Beth French on jellyfish, living with ME and her autistic son

Beth French calls herself the "proverbial water baby".

Water was her refuge as a child, the only way of making the pain of her ME disappear. A bucket, a stream, a river or the sea, it didn't matter - so long as there was water.

Local tradesmen team up for iconic open water charity challenge

It’s been described as one of the toughest and greatest swim challenges on the globe, and that you can’t call yourself a ‘true open water swimmer’ until you’ve completed it - but two Tenby tradesmen will be taking on an historic cross-continental swim from Europe to Asia in Turkey next month for charity.

Turkish athletes win 31st Bosporus Cross-Continental Swimming Race

The Bosporus, an iconic waterway that divides Istanbul, was unusually calm in the early hours on Sunday where a throng of oil tankers, cargo vessels and passenger ships are usually sailing. Then came hundreds donning swimsuits who jumped into the lukewarm waters.

Kristóf Rasovszky Wins Lac St-Jean FINA World Series

Kristóf Rasovszky won the Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean 10 km race on the FINA Marathon Swim World Series despite traveling 30 hours from Gwangju, South Korea – where he competed in the FINA World Championships – to Quebec, Canada.

About Open Water Swimming, Safety and having Fun

There are several types of open water swimming:

Mass events with insurance and shared safety cover

Solo swims with dedicated safety cover

Training swims and dips without boat, kayak or lifeguard cover

Small groups swimming with shared cover - This is my subject below

MOROCCO SWIM TREK 2019

The MOROCCO SWIM TREK « Sahara Edition » is an international open-water swimming event for amateurs and professional swimmers. The event consists of 6 days immersion in the desert, between ocean and dunes of sand, with 4 heats of swimming, each one different.

The second edition will take place in the lagoon of the city of Dakhla in Morocco, from November, 26th to December 1st of 2019.

The World’s Most Difficult Swims

Since Captain Matthew Webb became the first person to swim the English Channel in 1875, marathon swimming has fascinated the public. Swimmers are constantly trying to break records and boundaries, and to find swims that have never been completed before. A marathon swim is classed as any open water swim over 10km, in which traditional channel swimming rules apply.

The Open Water Swimming Year – June Forges Swimmers

I have tingles in both hands. One is from jellyfish stings, one is from sensation returning after an almost two hour June swim. I can’t tell which is which. The Blue Stinger appeared in front of me at the surface, right as I reached forward. Its tentacles enveloped my hand, arm and shoulders like a net.

Challenges of Open Water Swimming in a Polluted Ocean

Swimmers face tougher challenges in open water swimming than in the pool. They deal with extreme water temperatures, uncertain weather and powerful currents. Nowadays, they face a new challenge: a polluted ocean. 

Stevenage-born swimmer to tackle 50km marathon for charity

A man who grew up in Stevenage is aiming to be the only person to complete five river marathons this summer to raise funds for charity.

Mark Smith, who was born in Stevenage, will swim five river marathons in seven weeks around England, Scotland and Wales.

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