Galway researchers find most effective treatment for jellyfish stings

Seawater, ice packs and urine all have one thing in common – they are all associated with treating jellyfish stings.

Now newly published research has confirmed that such antidotes are not only useless, but may actually make stings worse.

The study by scientists at NUI Galway and the University of Hawaii-Manoa evaluated the standard practice in Ireland for treating stings by the Portuguese man o’ war (Physaliaphysalis) – as in rinsing with seawater and applying ice.

The Longest Swim

Ben(oit) Lecomte bereidt zich voor voor de langste oversteek: hij gaat de Pacific overzwemmen. Hij heeft al eens van Canada naar Frankrijk gezwommen. In een wetsuit en met vinnen.

Hij heeft een facebookpagina waarin hij vertelt van zijn reis. Niet alleen het zwemmen zelf maar ook alle voorbereidingen. 

Dover Training

From a news bulletin of the Dover training group:

For anyone thinking of English Channel training in Dover.


Lovely short film about Maureen McCoy, author of Wild Swimming Ireland.

Sights set on elite company

Denmark local Steve Junk hopes to become the first Australian to complete the infamous Oceans Seven circuit when he attempts to complete the North Channel swim later this year.

The Oceans Seven comprises seven of the world’s major open-water channels and totals more than 200km in distance.

Mr Junk began open-water swimming in 1999 and in 2005 decided to swim the Strait of Gibraltar.

“I just did it because it was something on the map and I thought that sounds pretty cool to swim between Europe and Africa,” he said.

“So I just did it and then it’s gradually sort of taken over and I’ve done another one and then another one.”

De Lange Weg naar Vrijheid… Acht Dagen per week

‘Waka’… schalt Shakira door het Stadium tijdens het Wereldkampioenschap voetbal, de aarde beeft

This Is Africa, Dit is Afrika, Zuid-Afrika, Kaapstad, Robben Eiland

Hoe het toch kon dat ik zwem en zing tegelijk, steeds dezelfde start en zowel de duik als het lied maken me intens blij ‘Close your eyes and I’ll kiss you…tomorrow I’ll miss you…remember I’ll always be true’. In Zuid Afrika dringt het opeens tot me door dat het van de Beatles is. Zuid Afrika en de Beatles hebben dezelfde stemming, die ik mag.

Clinics/workshops open water zwemmen en zeezwemmen

In Rotterdam is de stichting 010 Swim Experience bezig om het gebruik van het Rotterdamse water te stimuleren. Zij organiseren ook in 2017 diverse tochten in de regio Rotterdam. De organisatie wil graag dat de zwemmers voorbereid aan de start komen. Daartoe worden diverse clinics/workshops georganiseerd. Deze zijn zowel in zoet water als in zee. De zoetwaterclinics zijn in de Zevenhuizerplas, daar waar ook hun Beach2Beach Challenge plaatsvindt. De zeezwemclinics zijn in Hoek van Holland vanaf het strand.

Channel video of Don Riddington

Found this video of Don Riddington the oldest Australian 3rd oldest person th swim the Channel. Enjoy!

Daughter's appeal to solve missing trophy mystery - 50 years on

Helen Kaye-Wyatt, whose father Philip Kaye died in January, has only just discovered that a trophy was named in his honour to commemorate him swimming the English Channel in 1966.

She is now desperate to find out what happened to the trophy, which at one time may have been stored in a cabinet at the now-demolished Huddersfield Sports Centre.

Helen, who lives at Rastrick, has spoken to managers with Kirklees Active Leisure (KAL), which runs Huddersfield Leisure Centre, but has so far drawn a blank.

Post Ice Swim Recovery

There are many descriptions to recovery from an Ice Swim. Some will describe it as “out the body experience” a “bad trip” or “black rain”. In some ways, it is a very personal experience because it is a hard one and painful, we all deal with it physically but mostly mentally in our own way. For me personally, the possible hard recovery is always part of my swim and my planning. My swim ends when my recovery ends. When I push further in the ICE I take into consideration that I have to come back and it will be steeper.