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Arctic explorer to swim seven seas for greater protection of oceans

Lewis Pugh undertaking long-distance swims to back calls for 10% of the world’s seas to be declared marine protected areas

British endurance swimmer Lewis Pugh is to undertake seven swims in the Seven Seas to highlight the need for protected areas in oceans around the world.

He will be the first to undertake a long-distance swim in each of the classical Seven Seas, the Mediterranean, Adriatic, Aegean, Black Sea, Red Sea, Arabian Sea and the North Sea, ending with an 100km (62 miles) swim up the Thames to Parliament.

Pugh, who will complete the seven swims this month, is backing calls by the United Nations for 10% of the world’s seas - both around countries and on the high seas - to be declared marine protected areas by 2020 to safeguard fish and other wildlife.

Just 3% of the world’s marine areas are protected, compared to around 13% of the world’s land area.

6 down 1 to go! Adam Walker to take on the North Channel

The final installment to Adams Oceans7 challenge takes place on Wed 6th August 2014

Till today only five persons have achieved the oceans 7: Stephen Redmond of Ireland, Anna Carin Nordin of Sweden, Michelle Macy of the U.S.A., and Darren Miller of the U.S.A.

It's been 7 years since Adam first swam the English Channel.

Going onto breaking British records, swimming two way Gibraltar and then deciding to take on the Oceans7 challenge, swimming the hardest 7 Oceans in the WORLD!

Will Adam be the first from the UK to swim all 7?

Speakers and Presentations at 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference

The Speakers and Presentations at 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference are announced

Colleen Blair (Scotland):   The History of Scottish Swimming

Christopher Guesdon (Australia):  Multidimensional Roles In The Sport

Swimming the Oceans Seven:  A roundtable discussion moderated by Kevin Murphy (UK) with Stephen Redmond (Ireland), Anna-Corin Nordin (Sweden), Darren Miller (USA), Kimberley Chambers (New Zealand), Adam Walker (UK) 

UNSDN Interviews: Salvatore Cimmino

1. What inspired and empowered you to take up swimming to make a difference in the world?

I started this adventure because I was deeply convinced of the importance of this campaign for persons with disabilities. Only in bringing this issue to light and generating public opinion, could the daily challenges and suffering of persons with disabilities, be addressed. Only by making people aware of the situation, can it be possible to create a world that is accessible to all. If we can share an idea that society is responsible for all its members, while at same time encourage others to put their competence and capacity to work toward this end, can we then realize true change.

(In italiano: Ho iniziato questa avventura perché profondamente convinto dell’importanza della condivisione. Solo portando all’attenzione dell’opinione pubblica le difficoltà e i disagi che quotidianamente vivono i disabili motori, solo sensibilizzando le coscienze, è possibile costruire, insieme, un mondo accessibile a tutti. Se condividiamo l’idea di una società che si faccia carico dell’altro e che contemporaneamente spinga ognuno a mettere proprie competenze e le proprie capacità, allora presto si potrà arrivare ad un cambiamento vero.)

Salvatore Cimmino finishes his swimming World Tour at MIMS

Yesterday, on the 28th of June 2014 I completed my personal swimming World Tour as part of my project called Swimming the Seas of the Globe for a World without Barriers or Borders. The project was started in an effort to raise awareness to the need to overcome all architectural and mental barriers that continue to prevent People with Disabilities from being fully integrated in modern society.

Yesterday’s was the eleventh leg of the World Tour that involved swimming around Manhattan Island starting and finishing at Battery Park near Ground Zero.  The 54 km race was organized by the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim with 23 participants. I arrived 15th after swimming for 9 hours 34 minutes and 46 seconds in very cold water which at times was quite insidious as a result of the strong currents, winds and waves.  I was met at the arrival by the Italian Consul General of New York Natalia Quintavalle and the Vice Consul Roberto Frangione.

Ich schwimme auf dem Rücken, um mehr zu sehen

Open Water | 26. Juni 2014
46 km in New York "Ich schwimme auf dem Rücken, um mehr zu sehen"
Peter Jacob | Das Manhattan Island Marathon Swim ist für viele Freiwasserschwimmer ein absoluter Traum. Durch drei Flüsse führt der 46 Kilometer lange Rundkurs um das weltberühmte Bankenviertel der Megacity. Am Samstag 28 Juni ist der Berliner Ärmelkanalbezwinger Matthias Kaßner mit dabei. swim.de sprach mit ihm kurz vor dem Start.
Einmal die New Yorker Skyline aus ungewöhnlicher Perspektive erleben. Ist das Ihr Antrieb für die Teilnahme am Manhattan Island Marathon Swim (MIMS)?

Einmal die New Yorker Skyline aus ungewöhnlicher Perspektive erleben. Ist das Ihr Antrieb für die Teilnahme am Manhattan Island Marathon Swim (MIMS)?
Ja, das ist in der Tat eine tolle Vorstellung. Ich liebe die Stadt New York und ich liebe das Freiwasserschwimmen. Beides nun auf diese Art zu verbinden ist für mich ein absoluter Traum. Außerdem ist das Rennen ein sehr traditionsreiches Schwimmen, bei dem jedes Jahr Schwimmer aus aller Welt zusammenkommen. Es wäre gelogen, wenn ich abstreiten würde, dass das einen besonderen Reiz auf mich hat.

Human Rights, we can be free only if all are

To swim in rough sea, force 3 gale, while crossing the Strait of Bonifacio between Corsica and Sardinia. To face a very strong wind about 25/35 knots from north-east, and about 5 feets high waves and a minimum 12 degrees Celsius water temperature. Possibly, people have thought I am so crazy. Actually, that had not been my first time I met that kind of weather condition. I already had many experience in similar very difficult condition, as I did when in Lake Kivu, in Congo (with a high risk for very dangerous gas fumes on the water surface) or in New Zealand, where I reached my goal already suffering the hypothermia caused by too cold water temperature. Actually, while I am swimming, I follow a so very strong and clear view in my mind: that is my way and my instrument to fight for Disability Rights.

That's number 6 for Adam Walker

Adam Walker successfully crossed the Cook Channel.

He started around 09:00 h New Zealand time and finished in 8 hours 36 min the 6th and in his words hardest of the 7 Oceans.

Now all that's left is the 'easier' North Channel between Scotland and Ireland to become the fifth person to complete the 7 oceans.

The challenge of crossing the Strait of Gibraltar

An article written by Mark Drendel, a member of the Costa Brava Swim Club

On 17 May I will be given the opportunity to swim across the Strait of Gibraltar from Spain to Morocco.  I have been training with Swim the Costa Brava for the last 6 months, and this group has definitely made me a better swimmer and has prepared me for the big swim coming up…and also to enjoy it and have fun in the process!

 A year ago I had set a goal to commit to the training required to cross the 18km Strait of Gibraltar.  I knew generally how to swim, but I was not a real swimmer.  My swimming technique needed improvement, and I really needed more experience in the sea.

Maarten van der Weijden: A look inside the mind of an Olympic Champion

On 21 August 2008, Beijing’s Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park was the venue for the inaugural 10km open water marathon race. The event culminated in a drama-packed sprint between three of the discipline’s giants, Maarten van der Weijden (NED), David Davies (GBR) and Thomas Lurz (GER), with the resilient Dutchman getting his tactics spot on to claim the gold medal.

In the video below, van der Weijden talks exclusively about that memorable day, sharing his thoughts with the same passion that propelled him to Olympic glory in China.

Van der Weijden’s story is certainly not run-of-the-mill. Born in 1981, he developed into a highly promising junior, specialising in long distances (400m and over) and clinching several Dutch Championship titles in the late 1990s. Subsequently deciding to focus on open water swimming, a discipline that would later be brought into the Olympic fold, in 2000 he recorded top 10 finishes in the 5km and 10km races at the FINA World Open Water Championships.