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Nejib Belhedi ends Iron Swim attempt after 3.5 hours

On Valentine’s Day, Nejib Belhedi attempted to swim from the island of Kerkennah to Sfax, Tunisia’s second city. It’s a distance of about 18km. For experienced open water swimmers, such a swim is relatively routine, but Nejib wanted to make it harder. He wanted a challenge to justify the description “Iron Swim” so he added in a boat to tow and chose to swim at the coldest time of year.

Pugh puts his body in ice to save a sea

Cape Town - Ocean advocate and pioneering swimmer Lewis Pugh is about to embark on five record-breaking swims in the freezing Antarctic Ocean in an effort to help save the Ross Sea from irreversible damage.

The five swims will form the most challenging and dangerous swimming effort ever undertaken by man. With no insulation other than a Speedo swimming costume, Lewis will break the world record for the most southerly swim in three of his five swims. As well as the obvious dangers of subjecting his body to the stresses of sub-zero water, Lewis will be swimming in seas patrolled by killer whales and leopard seals.

Lewis, the UN Patron of the Oceans, is taking on these five swims for one reason – to gain global support for the Ross Sea to become an MPA (Marine Protected Area) that would limit human interference. The Ross Sea is one of the most pristine marine ecosystems on the planet, and home to many species found nowhere else on earth. The historical records trapped in its ice-shelf tell the story of the evolution of our planet. As a result, the area is of huge significance to marine biologists and conservation groups who are determined to protect and learn from this unique stretch of ocean.

Georgia Alice Amison on why she has chosen Oceanman as one of her goals for 2015

Young faces of the Oceanman series in 2015:

Inner determination and willpower are two words that describe best Georgia Amison, a 17 -year old professional swimmer from the UK set out to “get the gold” at the Oceanman European Final in Benidorm on October, 25th. In addition to keeping high performance in her studies at Loughborough College, Georgia’s list of sports goals for 2015 outstands for its variety and careful planning: with more than 9 races to go throughout the year, she will take part in the Oceanman competition in Altea (Spain) and Orta (Italy) to classify for the Benidorm Final.

SwimSwam 2014 Honoree: Ferry Weertman

With no Open Water World Championships this season the competition in the open water events was diversified amongst several high-level competitions with the main championship meets being the Pan Pacific Championships and the European Championships.

With swimmers competing at either or, picking just one athlete for the Male Open Water Swimmer of the Year was a difficult task. At the European Championships there were many viable options. The 5km, 10km, and 25km swims were all won by different athletes with only three athletes earning multiple medals at the competition.Onbekend object

The best results however went to Ferry Weertman of the Netherlands as he won both the standard open water event, the 10km, and helped his team win gold in the team event.

Royal Life Saving Society appointed Adam Walker as their Ambassador

Drowning prevention charity welcomes ‘Ocean Walker’

The first Briton to complete a gruelling challenge to swim the toughest seven oceans swims in the world has become an ambassador for the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the drowning prevention charity. 

Open water champion, Adam Walker is keen to work with the charity to help others stay safe while enjoying open water and encourage the activity in supervised environments.

The ‘Ocean Walker’ knows all about the potential dangers involved after swimming across seven of the world’s oceans, a feat known as the ‘Oceans 7’ challenge.

interview with Chloë McCardel

Chloë McCardel swam 126km within two days, solo and unassisted in open water to etch her name in aquatic sports history

On a balmy night on October 22, in the dark tropical waters of the Bahamas, the 29-year-old Australian swimmer made her last few strokes to enter Nassau, the capital of the common wealth of the Bahamas. In doing so, Chloë McCardel became the first person in the world to do the longest, solo, nonstop, unassisted marathon swim in ocean water.

She swam 126 km across Exuma Sound (a body of water in the Bahamas) in the Atlantic ocean from South Eleuthera Island to Nassau in under 42 hours.

David Barra and Brianne Yeats, members of Marathon Swimmers Federation (MSF), the world’s largest community of long-distance swimmers observed her swim. According to their comprehensive report, Chloë has set a world record.

In one of her first interviews since her feat, Chloë talked to The Outdoor Journal about her swim, her belief in swimming sans protective gear and what keeps her going.

Why did you choose the Bahamas as your record-breaking course?

A battle to walk turns into a long-distance ocean-swimming feat

The doctors had good news and bad news. Kim Chambers braced herself.

“We’ve saved your leg,” they told the San Francisco tech worker. “But it’s unlikely you will walk again.”

The lifelong athlete, who injured her leg in 2007 falling down a staircase, didn’t cry or get depressed. She got competitive.

“I had two choices,” said Chambers, now 37. “I could accept it and be disabled or I could prove them wrong.”

Last month, Chambers swam across the North Channel from Northern Ireland to Scotland, emerging from the 56-degree sea as one of the world’s most elite marathon open-water swimmers. She became the sixth person to complete all seven long-distance ocean swims needed for the Oceans Seven Challenge — a grueling endurance test on seven continents considered the aquatic equivalent of the Seven Summits mountaineering challenge.

Five years ago, she took up swimming as part of the physical therapy for her leg injury, and in that time she’s pushed her body to the physical and mental brink, crossing the English Channel, Catalina Channel, Cook Strait in New Zealand, the Molokai Channel in Hawaii, the Strait of Gibraltar and the Tsugaru Strait in Japan. She’s battled exhaustion, hypothermia, toxic jellyfish and mental fatigue — in only a swimsuit.

Lewis Pugh becomes first person to swim the Seven Seas

Renowned endurance swimmer and United Nation’s Environment Programme (UNEP)’s Patron of the Oceans, Lewis Pugh has become the first person to swim the Seven Seas.

Lewis completed his final swim from Southend-on-Sea up to the Thames Barrier, breaking the swim into three lengths – Southend to Gravesend on the 28th August and Gravesend to the Thames Barrier on the 29th August. It took him 8hrs and 12 minutes.

read the rest on: http://citizen.co.za/235919/lewis-pugh-becomes-first-person-swim-seven-seas/

Vidösternsimmet 2014 – (Un)finished business

We had left Värnamo defeated two years prior. This had been my longest swim to date in my new stroke, but 6h30 and 13km only took me to Vidösternsimmet’s third checkpoint, 3500m short of the fourth and about 8km away from the finish line. I had been cold, tired, but happy nonetheless.

Summer of 2014, the situation was slightly different. I was still on a high from completing the Channel in September 2013, but my training had been slowing down considerably since then. I had transitioned from almost-daily sessions to barely-weekly visits to either the pool or the lake. As a result I could not tell if I still had enough endurance and/or cold tolerance. Did I mention that I lost about two stones since September, falling from the mid-80s (kilograms) to the low-70s? Let’s consider it mentioned! In brief(s), the challenge was going to be to try to just complete the 21500 meters.

We drove to Värnamo on the Friday afternoon along with Nicolas Bathfield, another froggie-swimmer living in Gbg. Oh, he also won the race last year … but for him too, training had been, hmm, erratic. He seemed however determined to make the challenge ahead even more challenging by swimming the 2 kilometers from the campsite to the starting line (didn’t happen) and by deciding to drop the wetsuit and make this swim his longest in togs (did happen).

Lewis Pugh completed the first leg of his Seven Swims in the Seven Seas for 1 Reason

Renowned endurance swimmer and United Nation’s Environment Programme (UNEP)’s Patron of the Oceans, Lewis Pugh completed the first leg of his Seven Swims in the Seven Seas for 1 Reason campaign to highlight the need for, and importance of Marine Protected Areas on the global agenda.

Lewis completed his swim from Larvotto Beach in Monte Carlo, Monaco and was met by Prince Albert II as he finished the 10km leg which took him three hours and thirty three minutes (see attached picture).