Ontario man becomes first Canadian to swim across Strait of Magellan

The 47-year-old is just the 23rd person to complete the swim through the South American strait.

An Ontario software developer has become the first Canadian to successfully swim across the Strait of Magellan.

Madhu Nagaraja says he completed the swim across the treacherous open-water stretch on the tip of South America on Nov. 29.

The 47-year-old from Oakville, Ont., becomes the 23rd person to complete the 3.9-kilometre swim through the strait famed for its strong winds, high waves and frigid waters.

Zes energie besparende tips voor zwemmers

Heb je het idee dat je nog te veel energie verloren laat gaan tijdens het zwemmen, waardoor je minder soepel en minder snel door het water gaat dan je wilt? Kijk dan of er tussen deze energiebesparingstips voor zwemmers nog bruikbare suggesties staan.

  1. Zwem borstcrawl in plaats van schoolslag.
    Borstcrawl is de snelste en efficiëntste slag van de vier zwemslagen. Het kost aanzienlijk minder energie om een bepaalde afstand af te leggen in borstcrawl dan in schoolslag. Tenminste, als je borstcrawltechniek goed is….

Swimming myself sane

I’d only met Alice a few minutes previously, when I had plopped into the lane beside her, preparing to start my swim. She was stretching out a shoulder niggle, her whole arm pressed flat against the cold tiles, her head flexing away. As I adjusted my goggles ready to start swimming, she turned and smiled and said hello. She seemed to know who I was. Had we met before perhaps, and I’d forgotten?

She asked “Are you the cold water swimming lady?” I looked at her quizzically. “The one who teaches people about cold water swimming?” I raised an eyebrow, a little baffled. “The one who takes people under her wing? From the lido?” I replied: “I think we all take other people under our wings, don’t we?”

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Preview into Beth French attempt to swim Oceans Seven in a single year.

Zonder brilletje?

The Grimsby Telegraph published film footage of the 1951 Daily Mail race across the English Channel.

The race was won by Mareeh Hassan Hamad of Egypt in 12 hours 12 minutes over France's Roger Le Morvan who finished in 12 hours 13 minutes. Footage of the race shows some very different conditions of channel swimming in the 1950's compared to contemporary times across the Channel.

Neuroscientists have identified how exactly a deep breath changes your mind

Breathing is traditionally thought of as an automatic process driven by the brainstem—the part of the brain controlling such life-sustaining functions as heartbeat and sleeping patterns. But new and unique research, involving recordings made directly from within the brains of humans undergoing neurosurgery, shows that breathing can also change your brain.

Simply put, changes in breathing—for example, breathing at different paces or paying careful attention to the breaths—were shown to engage different parts of the brain.

Unlucky or deluded? One man’s attempt to swim the Atlantic

One sunny morning last November, Ben Hooper, a 38-year-old former policeman, waded into the Atlantic Ocean from a beach in Dakar, Senegal, and plunged right in. In film of the moment, Hooper appears thick set, almost podgy. He’d spent the past year bulking up and now layers of fat concealed muscle beneath. He wore a sports watch, black goggles provided by a sponsor and a pair of tight blue shorts. The sun had risen early, and by 10.33am, when Hooper entered the water, the ocean temperature had reached 30C, a lukewarm bath. A group of reporters gawked from the shallows. Most of them squinted in the bright light.

Watch Brenda Fisher swim the English Channel in 1951

The Grimsby trawler's daughter not only swam the English Channel in 1951 but also smashed the time set a year earlier by another female swimmer

In August 1951, Brenda Fisher swam the English Channel - breaking the women's world record time for the tremendous endeavour.

The 23-year-old daughter of a Grimsby trawler skipper, completed the distance between France and England in a new record women's time of 12 hours 42 minutes; breaking the previous women's record of 13 hours 20 minutes, set by Florence Chadwick in 1950.

What should you do if you spot or get stung by a Portuguese Man O' War?

Recent months have seen lots of Portuguese Man O' War washed up on beaches and spotted at locations across the Channel Islands.

The species look like jellyfish and are usually found in the warmer waters of the Atlantic, however it is believed that the influx in the area is down to strong winds and a change in temperatures.

Swimming’s Effect On the Brain

If there is one thing all swimmers (and ex-swimmers) can agree on it is the addictive nature of swimming. We all crave the smell of chlorine on our skin, the pain of a long, hard set and the adrenaline rush that comes from every race regardless of its result. The fact that so many find it so hard to hang up the goggles is proof enough of this addiction, however very few know why we feel this way. The answer is in science and hormones.

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