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While we, Swim on the Wild Side, have been on holiday in Spain doing a recce for further tours and enjoying the winter sun. On our return to the Lake District, enthused by the response to our Monsters Swim in August (monstersswim.co.uk), we are now faced with the wonderful problem of where our clients would like to go next. At present we have our European 4x4x4=1 in June, several smaller one day activities and a couple of guided length of Windermere swims planned for the forthcoming months. If you are planning a holiday in the Lake District then one of our prearranged swims may be of interest, or maybe something completely different. We would love to hear your suggestions, either by posting below or by email through our website (swimwildside.com). Thank you.

Argentina to Host First 10k Open Water World Cup of the Season Feb 4th

This Saturday 18 men and 20 women will embark on the first leg of the FINA/HOSA 10km Marathon Swim World Cup (MSWC) in Patagones-Viedma, Argentina.

Similar to the short course meters (25m) FINA World Cup that runs from the end of the summer through late fall and spans 9 cities, the 10km Open Water World Cup spans 7 cities and 4 continents and will run until October and its conclusion in Hong Kong.  Like the FINA World Cup (25m), prize money is awarded to the top finishers in each race, with prizes awarded for the first 8 finishers in both men’s and women’s fields.  

The ice men (and women) cometh!

The problem with hypothermia is that you don’t realise you’ve got it until it’s too late. As the blood is quickly drawn to the vital organs to keep them alive, you first lose coordination, then consciousness, then you die.

That’s if you’re not dead already. The biggest risk of subjecting the body to frigid temperatures – such as open fresh water of five degrees Celsius, or less – is a heart attack. Either way, not many people would survive longer than three quarters of an hour.

Only this Saturday morning, off the very cold shore of Lough Dan in the Wicklow Mountains, 16 people will subject themselves to those exact conditions, wearing nothing more than standard swimming togs, a cap, and goggles: they’ll swim for a mile, and provided the water stays at five degrees Celsius, or less, and they survive within 45 minutes, they’ll be rewarded with the title of International Ice Mile Swimmer.

Glasgow locks down return of world's toughest open water adventure race

The icy-cold waters of the Forth & Clyde Canal will host the return of Red Bull Neptune Steps next month, as the toughest open-water adventure race lands back in Glasgow for its third consecutive year.

Red Bull Neptune Steps, which takes place on Saturday March 18, challenges endurance athletes in an adventure race like no other.

Making a splash: cold water swimming

There’s something for everyone at the cold water swimming championships at the lido in Tooting, south London: medals for the fastest, an award for the best hat and a mass jump-in in aid of Crisis, the homelessness charity.

10 things you only know if you swim through winter

1 All-year swimmers don’t wear wetsuits. That defeats the purpose.

2 You will never have enough warm clothes. You need many more things than you think you might need, to recover after a cold swim. Thermals, fleeces, your thickest jackets, woolly hats, gloves, socks and scarves. And you won’t want to take them off all day. It’s a pretty strong look.

Press release - Erica From America: Swimming from Europe to Africa

Erica from America: Swimming from Europe to Africa, tells the story of Erica, who, as a child grew up wanting to do everything, and later decided to swim the Strait of Gibraltar. Her friends thought she was crazy but Erica was determined (even if a little nervous) and decided she was going to swim from Europe to Africa no matter what. But when she got to Spain, her plans are interrupted by the winds and another group of swimmers, who befriend her and ask her to swim with them. Ultimately, she and the other swimmers were all set to swim and they reached their goal to swim from Europe to Africa but not without a lot of activity during the swim!

Showdown awaits at open water swim champs

THIS weekend sees the showdown of EP’s top open water swimmers as the Nelson Mandela Bay Aquatics (NMBA) Open Water Swim Championships takes place at Marina Martinique.

Saturday will feature the NMBA 5km Championships starting at 2pm while Sunday hosts the NMBA 10km Championships at 9am and the 3pm Championships at 12 noon.

Drought won't affect Midmar Mile: Race director

Despite the ongoing drought‚ the Midmar Mile glass is more than half fill this year‚ event director Wayne Riddin said on Tuesday.

The dam just outside Howick in KwaZulu-Natal is 35 metres higher than last year‚ which is good news for the biggest open water swimming event in the world. According to Department of Water Affairs official figures‚ the current level of the dam is 58.5% compared to 46.8% a year ago.

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