The Tools Of A Transpacific Stage Swim

When Benoît Lecomte swim 5,500 miles from Tokyo to San Francisco across the Pacific Ocean during The Longest Swim, he will use a variety of equipment.

His maritime science project will be anchored by a support team and researchers who will study the Plastiphere, as they try to answer the question, "How does the Great Plastic Garbage Patch affect life in the ocean and on land?"

Are Lead Swimmers Negatively Affected By Draftees?

A group of competitive open water swimmers got together in Seal Beach, California and had a heated discussion about drafting and swimming in the lead.

  • One swimmer (trailing swimmer) is drafting immediately behind another (i.e., lead swimmer). Is the drafting causing the lead swimmer to swim slower than he would if the trailing swimmer was not behind him? Or is the lead swimmer actually swimming faster? The theory is the same as the theory that a longer sailboat is faster than a shorter sailboat.
  • Could it be that the lead swimmer senses a change in his feel of the water and thus adjusts? This adjustment gives the perception of swimming slower which is reinforced by the trailing swimmer.

Into the Ice

What is an ice mile?

An ice mile is a one-mile swim under International Ice Swimming Association rules in water temperature of 5 degrees Celsius or less wearing just a standard costume, goggles and one swim hat. 

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Take your time

I’m often asked: ‘I want to do an ice mile, how do I train for it?’ The simple answer is that you take your time and train steadily over several seasons of winter swimming in order to prepare your body for one of the toughest swims on the planet. An ice mile is not to be taken lightly – it carries the same risks as other extreme sports and can be very dangerous if you are unprepared.

3F: Move From Fear To Familiarity Through Frequency

World champion Holly Lawrence discusses how she transformed herself in the open water through the 3Fs: move from fear to familiarity through frequency with Coach Gerry Rodrigues and host Jim Lubinski at Tower 26's Be Race Ready

Swim across the Pacific? This man vows to make the 5,500-mile ocean voyage

A Texas man will attempt to become the first person to swim across the Pacific Ocean next year, after almost five years of setbacks.

Benoit Lecomte, 49, revealed his intentions at the University of Texas at Austin on Thursday. He says he will set off from Tokyo in April 2017 and – conditions and sharks willing – arrive in San Francisco five to six months later. He hopes the swim will raise awareness of environmental issues.

Olympiërs zwemmen van Biesbosch naar Haringvliet

Olympisch zwemkampioenen Maarten van der Weijden (Peking 2008) en Ferry Weertman (Rio 2016) zwemmen vrijdag 14 oktober, samen met andere getrainde openwaterzwemmers, van de Biesbosch naar Haringvliet.

Romford swimmer completes Herculean 69km Lake Geneva stretch after spending just under 33 hours in the water

A 37-year-old dad has become only the fifth person to ever swim Lake Geneva after spending just under 33 hours in some of the most challenging conditions.

Dr Nick Murch, of Stapleford Abbotts, says he is “broken” after completing the gruelling 69km swim in Switzerland last week.

He is only the second person from the UK to finish the mammoth task after finishing in 32 hours 46 minutes and 33 seconds.

The Bible of Cold Water Swimming – Index

Cold water swimming is difficult and requires repetition.These articles are intended to help swimmers adapt to cold water swimming.  By exploring the many aspects of cold, environmental, physiological and psychological, I hope to help you understand cold and cold water swimming and therefore become a safer, better and more confident cold water swimmer.

It is really important to note that most of us are not naturally good at tolerating cold. (I certainly am not). Cold should be seen as something you train for, the same as any other aspect of your swimming.

This page is an index of my cold articles with a very brief explanation of the article so you can scan the entire list for what is most relevant.

It is the cumulative total of these articles that has led to other people’s repeated description of as “the bible of cold water swimming“.

Zwemestafette groot succes!

Afgelopen vrijdag zwommen twaalf topzwemmers waaronder Olympisch kampioenen Maarten van der Weijden en Ferry Weertman van het Biesbosch MuseumEiland in Werkendam naar de vestingstad Hellevoetsluis aan het Haringvliet. Met ruim 50 km en 12 uur zwemmen betuigden zij hun steun aan NLDelta Biesbosch-Haringvliet als mooiste natuur gebied van Nederland.

Foto's door Familie Emmen bij Biesbosh - Hellevoetsluis (deel 1)

Bij de estafette die georganiseerd is door Wereld Natuurfonds Nederland hebben Ruud en Corina Emmen foto's gemaakt. Deze zijn met diverse camera's gemaakt en staan qua volgorde wat door elkaar. De reportage is een mooie verzameling en geeft een goed beeld van de tocht.

Op de pagina's van familie Emmen zijn de originelen ook te vinden.

De Linken die nu op de Emmentjes-site staan zijn: