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Proudly SA Bellamy bares all for an icy dip

South African open water endurance athlete Cameron Bellamy, currently part of a team  aiming for a record-breaking row across the notoriously rough and icy Drake Passage, kept things fresh on Thursday with a skinny dip off their custom row boat.

Swimmers urged to avoid Boxing Day dip

PEOPLE are being urged not to attempt to swim across the River Thames in Henley on Boxing Day.

The informal “Boxing Day dip”, which first took place in 2009, has become a tradition but Henley Open Water Swimming Club says people should stay at home because the river conditions are dangerous and someone could be killed.

Switzerland becomes the 38th country in the GSS… with the Lake Geneva Classique!

The Lake Geneva Swimming Association will again be hosting the LGSA Classique.  And although the race on July 18, 2020 will only be its 4th year, it has already become a true classic!

How To: What Is Afterdrop

Some concepts or acts can be so fundamental to a communal activity that the members of that community can forget that they once may not have known of the concept, let alone the meaning as the activity becomes second nature. These acts, which we might call unconscious assumptions, are not ignored, but accepted, language grows around them that the community understands and uses. 

What To Say – Or Not – To An Open Water Swimmer

There are lots of things that open water swimmers know, both instinctively and learned over time. They learn about how it is best to breathe in turbulent water; they learn what kinds of food are best suited before an open water race or a channel swim; they learn where to put on lanolin to prevent chafing, and they learn what goggles and tech suits fit their face and body best.

The addictive magic of swimming in the sea in winter: 'It’s life affirming'

Thrill of cold water is an electrifying thought for an increasing number of Irish sea-swimmers

Visit any popular coastal location at the height of summer in Ireland, and you are likely to see people of all ages in the water. But when summer comes to a grinding halt, most people stay well out of the sea for another year, thinking it too cold, too dangerous and too much effort.

The woman making '60 the new 40' by becoming the oldest person to swim the 200-km Oceans Seven

Many people have heard of the world’s seven summits, but few have heard of the Ocean’s Seven.

A massive marathon swimming challenge encompassing bodies of water around the world, it includes the North Channel, the Cook Strait, the Molokai Channel, the English Channel, the Catalina Channel, the Tsugaru Channel, and the Strait of Gibraltar.

8 of the toughest swim challenges in the world

From freezing lakes to choppy oceans and, erm, a desert, here are eight gruelling aquatic endurance trials for any swimmer looking for a big test.

Why I . . . love wild swimming

Wild swimming is an incredible way to simultaneously numb and heighten different senses, says Clare Bostock, a consultant geriatrician in Aberdeen.

“When you go wild swimming it feels like all your worries are washed away,” says Bostock, who regularly swims in the North Sea where the temperature rarely gets above 13°C. 

The Open Water Swimming Year – October’s Opportunities

In the years before I’d swum into Loneswimmer Cave, when I rounded Great Newtown Head, if I wanted to progress west into Ronan’s Bay, I either had to swim around Oyen reef, or through the four to five metre gap between the reef and the base of the cliff. It was the same as most coastal swimming with only two optional directions, forward or back. (And then later I added a third option of “through”).

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