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Virginia Beach man to swim the English Channel in 2018

Competitive swimmer and Chic’s Beach local Anders Jakobsson said he thinks everyone should know how to swim.

This sentiment makes sense, coming from someone who swam about 17 miles for almost 12 hours across the Chesapeake bay from the Eastern Shore to Chesapeake Beach in 2014.

“It’s never too late to learn how to swim,” Jakobsson said.

Thrill of the open water

What actually goes on in the world of open water swimming? Swimmer Ridzwan A. Rahim offers some insight. ONE of the most liberating things I’ve have done for myself was to learn to swim. I used to fear deep water. At 33 however, I decided to change. I took up scuba diving and freediving. I learnt proper swim techniques and even lifesaving. Now at 40, I cannot look at seas and lakes without wanting to jump in. My biggest love is open water swimming. I relish being out in the open sea in little more than swimming trunks and goggles. My body is a vessel. The heart pumps blood to the limbs to carry this vessel across oceans.

My swimming odyssey: ‘It felt like a last chance to prove what I was capable of’

It seemed like the ultimate challenge: a 5km swim between Greek islands. But would it help me deal with a trauma to come?

I had always thought I could swim. It may have been because I could run. It may have been because I wanted to swim. Or because I only ever did 10 minutes of breaststroke at a time, or splashed off a warm beach. But I really couldn’t swim.

Westporter nominated for open water swimming award

Westport’s Elizabeth Fry has been nominated for the World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year award. It is the fourth time since 2009 that she has been nominated, and is one of 14 women nominated.

Paige Christie: Marathon swimmer, inspirational athlete

Anyone who has enjoyed the children’s book “The Little Engine That Could” has to be impressed with North Andover’s Paige Christie.

While all of 5-foot-1, 110 pounds, Christie has already climbed to heights few athletes of any stature in the world can claim.

In 2014, the former Austin Prep and Smith College standout successfully swam across the treacherous 21-mile English Channel, a feat that only 10 percent of those attempting the challenge complete.

It’s considered twice as hard to swim the channel as it is to climb Mount Everest and the 23-year-old Christie became one of only about 340 women to do it.

2016 Swammy Awards: Male Open Water Swimmer of the Year

It’s a Dutch sweep of our Open Water Swimmer of the Year Swammys, with Olympic champ Ferry Weertman taking the men’s award.

Endurance Swimmer From Westport Nominated For International Award

WESTPORT, Conn. — Westport's Elizabeth Fry is one of 13 women in the running for the Woman of the Year award from the World Open Water Swimming Association.

Readers can vote for Fry on the WOWSA website (click here ). Voting closes Jan. 1. Fry is one of four women from the United States nominated for the award.

Co-webmaster (and owner) Richard Broer has been honored in both IMSHOF and ISHOF

My co-webmaster Richard has been honored in both IMSHOF and ISHOF

IMSHOF - 2017 Honor Contributor

Richard Broer played a major role in developing open water swimming for the last twenty years including the role as Chairperson of the Technical Open Water Committee of Royal Netherlands Swimming Association.
He is responsible for the yearly open water publication with all (association) events nationally, an extensive brochure on the ins and outs of open waters swimming nationally.   Richard brought the sport in the Netherlands to the web in 1998 with  www.noww.nl which further promotes the events and the sport in general. 
One indicator of the success of open water (including marathon) swimming in the Netherlands are the double Dutch marathon winners in Rio.

Insurance worker and amateur triathlete dives into the Thames to rescue 4-year-old boy who fell in

The child slipped through railings into the fast-flowing water and was rescued with seconds to spare.

A HERO amateur triathlete dived in to save a four-year-old boy struggling to stay afloat after he fell into the Thames.

Port to Pub swim: Olympian Jarrod Poort to tackle 25km swim in 2017

OLYMPIC swimmer Jarrod Poort has announced he will take part in the 2017 Hotel Rottnest Port to Pub swim next year.

The dual Olympian, who is currently Australia’s best open water swimmer, announced today he would take on the 25km ultra-marathon swim.