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Annual open water swim returns to Western Australia in February

An annual 19.7-kilometer open water swim from Cottesloe Beach to Rottnest Island in Western Australia will take place on Feb. 25.

Sponsored by travel and lifestyle brand Karma Group, the Rottnest Channel Swim welcomes all swimmers to take part as solo competitors, a duo, or as a team.

Paul Newsome, renowned open water swim instructor and Karma Swim Ambassador for the event, will be offering noteworthy training tips to teams and members prior to the swim.

Open Water Training with Grant Holicky

Grant Holicky, head coach of Rallysport Aquatics (RACE) in Boulder, Colorado, has been working with elite open water swimmers for several years now. Two of his most notable athletes are Joey Pedraza, who finished third in the 5k at the 2014 Nationals, and Christine Jennings, who has been to both World Championships and the Pan Pacific Championships for open water.

Ebotse Mile makes a welcome return

The Ebotse Mile, organised by Swim4Life, returned to the East Rand Speedboat Club (ERSC), at Rynfield Dam, for the first time in a few years on Sunday, January 15.

The event was the East Rand seeding event for this year’s Midmar Mile, the world’s largest open water swim, which takes place on February 11 and 12.

According to race organiser Willie Voster the field was smaller than expected, but it was still a good turnout.

“Now that the word is out that the event is back we hope that it will continue to grow,” he said.

Open water swimming… in Alaska? Absolutely!

So the latest addition to the Global Swim Series is the “Change Your Latitude” swim in Sitka, Alaska.  And at 57 degrees north latitude it is literally (and figuratively!) off the beaten path.

Change Your Latitude is a combined 10k/6k/3k/1k open water swim located in beautiful Sitka Sound, Alaska. And I’m sure one of your first questions is: “isn’t it really cold?!”

Lincoln teacher to swim the English Channel in wife and father’s honour

A brave Lincoln teacher will swim the English Channel to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and Breast Cancer Care, inspired by his wife and father.

Nick Honey, 50, a teacher at Sir Robert Pattinson Academy in North Hykeham, will be swimming solo the 22-mile crossing in the first week of August 2017.

Brave swimmers take on icy waters for Chilly Dippers

SWIMMERS braved the freezing weather to take a dip in the icy waters of Cotswold Water Park on Saturday in an event which aims to encourage people to get into open water swimming.

Since its inception two years ago, Chilly Dippers is organised by Waterland Outdoor Pursuits and South West Swim and comprises of a series of four events every winter with the aim to encourage people to try the sport as it grows in popularity across the UK.

Former U.S. National Team Member Dr. Tobie Smith Named to USADA Board of Directors

Dr. Tobie Smith, a former U.S. National Team member and top open water swimmer, has been appointed to serve on the USADA Board of Directors, Swimming World has learned. She fills the spot of Don Gambril, a former coach of the University of Alabama and of the U.S. Olympic team.

Australia’s Best Open Water Swimmers Joined By Notable Pool Stars

Australia’s best open water swimmers will be joined by some notable pool stars when they descend on Brighton Beach in Adelaide this weekend from Friday 27 to Sunday 29 January, to take part in the 2017 Australian Open Water Swimming Championships.

The event gives swimmers the chance to demonstrate their grit and determination as they compete in some of the toughest events on the swimming program and the chance to gain selection onto the 2017 World Championship team.

Two-Time Open Water World Champion Keri-Anne Payne Announces Retirement

Great Britain’s Keri-Anne Payne, a three-time Olympian and 2008 silver medalist in the open water 10k event, has decided to retire. She posted the news in a tweet containing a handwritten note Monday morning.