Australia & Oceania

Schlesinger wins gold at Bondi Beach

The original article by Joshua Levi is posted (with picture) on AustralianJewishNews since January 6, 2011

MACCABI Australia International Games (MAIGs) ocean swim winner, Marcus Schlesinger dedicated his victory to a friend, killed tragically three months ago.

Open Water Swimming Staging of Event Water Temperature Policy

Open Water Swimming Staging of Event Water Temperature Policy from Swimming New South Wales’ Technical Open Water Swimming Committee

OWS STAGING OF EVENTS WATER TEMPERATURE POLICY
Adopted by Board of Directors 13 December 2010

Introduction:
Swimming New South Wales’ Technical Open Water Swimming Committee (TOWS C), as part of its risk
minimisation program, conducted an investigation into recommended maximum and minimum temperatures
for safe swimming in the open water environment. Unfortunately there appears to be no recognised authority
that has published such information.
A safe maximum water temperature is a risk that had not previously been considered, whereas, a minimum
water temperature for the conduct of open water swimming events has been set by FINA and is currently 16º
Celsius and for Masters 18º Celsius.
As a result the TOWS C has taken some relevant information and has made recommendations to the Board for
its consideration and action. The Board has considered the recommendations and has determined the
following policy.

Challenge strait ahead of endurance swimmer

The original article is posted by Nelson Gibbs on The Nelson Mail since 13:20 31/12/201

Andrea O'Fee is not afraid to go for a big challenge. She's been training for a year for a project so extreme she won't know that she'll even be able to attempt it until the day she takes it on.

Andrea's goal is to swim across Cook Strait. That's a distance of 16 nautical miles. Taking tides and currents into account she can expect to swim up to 26km in water temperatures between 14 and 19 degrees. If the attempt happens, it'll be in the week between February 25 and March 4.

Call of the sea

The original article by Hayley Hannan is posted (with picture) on The Aucklander since ???

While workers commute home, keen swimmers zip up their wetsuits for ocean races. Hayley Hannan gets her togs on to check out salty swims.

It's a clear, calm evening at Kohimarama Beach. The smell of sausages from beachfront barbies wafts on the slight breeze. Squinting against the glare off the ocean, a mob of wetsuited swimmers wade slowly out into the water. They stop, shoulder-to-shoulder in a wide line, braced for the starting horn.

Ocean swimmers share secrets of a wild place

The original article by Margot Shave is posted (with picture) on The Australian since December 31, 2010 12:00AM

THERE'S a familiar scene these days on Sunday mornings in summer across Australian beaches.

Hundreds of people with numbers penned on their upper arms face the water dressed in just their cossies and goggles and, at the sound of a horn, plunge into the surf to swim several kilometres in the ocean.

The fast-growing popularity of ocean swimming events - especially in NSW - is demonstrated by the stats: three years ago 11,375 swimmers took part in events up and down the state's coast. Last summer there were 17,643. That number is expected to be exceeded this season.

Philip Rush with Steven Munatones on Swimming the English Channel and Cook Strait

Website: http://openwatersource.com ...

Open Water Wednesday welcomes one of open water swimming's greatest living heroes, a quiet, determined man who understood his strengths and played to them in the oceans and lakes around the world.

About Philip Rush

Call of the sea

The original article by Hayley Hannan is posted (with picture) on The auklander since 2010-12-24

While workers commute home, keen swimmers zip up their wetsuits for ocean races. Hayley Hannan gets her togs on to check out salty swims.

Kaipara woman's long-distance butterfly triumph

The original article by Annette Lambly is posted (with picture) on The Northern Advocate since 20th December 2010

She has done it again - Dargaville swimmer Deborah Hambly, 38, has swum herself into another record by butterflying the Russell to Paihia ocean race - the first swimmer to do so.

Lessons for Rottnest Channel

The original article by Akram Sabbagh is posted on Love Business since Friday, December 17, 2010 at 6:00AM

Vision, action, and the art of long distance swimming – reflections on the Rottnest Channel Swim

Paihia will be three times the race for this keen competitor

The original article is posted (with picture) on The Northern Advocate since December 11, 12010

While nearly 800 people will be setting their sights on swimming 3.3km from Russell to Paihia tomorrow, Auckland's Geoff Carter will swim the crossing three times to clock up 10km as part of his training regime.

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