The Open Water Swimming Community In 1971

Back in 1971, several inventions were introduced: the microprocessor, email, floppy disks and liquid crystal displays.

These inventions helped shepherd in the digital age that has shaped the way information and communications are currently shared among open water swimmers around the world today.

But back in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, the open water swimming community regularly communicated by snail mail - either handwritten or typed letters sent in envelopes and delivered by the postal services throughout the world.

The British Long Distance Swimming Association annual report in 1971 by G. Trevor Smith and John K. Slater brings back many good memories.

Kevin Murphy On Bristol, Isle of Wight And North Channel

Courtesy of British Long Distance Swimming Association and Kevin Murphy.

Kevin Murphy provided the following information regarding his swims in the Bristol Channel, Isle of Wight and the Irish Channel in the 1971 British Long Distance Swimming Association annual report [see here] produced by G. Trevor Smith and John K. Slater:

"It was one of those years! I set out to achieve so much....so many things went wrong....but it turned out okay in the end.

When A Shark Interupts A Channel Crossing

Hiroko Ashikawa, the first Japanese swimmer who is attempting the Oceans Seven, was very lucky to have Australian Shelley Oates-Wilding as her escort kayaker. Very lucky.

During Ashikawa's solo swim attempt across the Molokai Channel from Molokai to Oahu on April 1st, she was escorted by her Japanese coach and an experienced veteran escort team including Chris Harmes, Mike Scott, Oates-Wilding and pilot Michael Twigg-Smith.

Someposts on Nuala Moore's Arctic swims

Nuala Moore at the Albatross monument on Hornos Island, Chile celebrating her monumental swim. Cape Horn marks the northern boundary of the Drake Passage and marks where the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans meet.

Congratulations to Nuala.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cape_Horn

Follow Those Swimming Between Spain And Morocco

Laura Gutiérrez Díaz wants swimmers to share their experiences, challenges and charities on the new social media platforms of the Asociación Cruce a Nado del Estrecho de Gibraltar.

"Swimmers are the history of the Strait of Gibraltar Swimming Association (ACNEG). On our Facebook page, we are going to publish all the crossings as well as interesting information related to each one of them.

Get high on your own supply

How to get high on your own supply:

  1. Get comfy - take a position most comfortable and safe to you (i.e. sitting or lying on the ground!). Ensure you can expand your lungs freely without any constriction.
  2. Breathe - Breathe in 30 power breaths. Pretend you're blowing up a balloon. Inhale through the nose/mouth, and exhale through the mouth in short but powerful bursts. Keep a steady pace, use your midriff fully, and close your eyes.
  3. Hold up - After 30 rapid successions, breathe in once more and fill the lungs to maximum capacity without force. Breathe out for as long as you can without force. Hold your breath until you experience the gasp reflex.
  4. Recover - Inhale to full capacity. Feel your chest expanding. When you're at full capacity, hold the breath for around 10 seconds - this indicates round one. The breathing exercise can be repeated 3 rounds after one another.
  5. Enjoy - After completing the breathing exercise, ensure you enjoy the feeling afterward. This feeling will increasingly be like meditation.

Good luck!

Jaimie Monahan Keeps Swimming On And On And On

n most sporting Halls of Fame, the inductees are retired athletes or luminaries in their chosen sport.

Among the honorees in the International Swimming Hall of Fame, many competitive swimmers still swim for health and occasionally compete in a masters swimming meets. For example, in 1977, 9-time Olympic champion Mark Spitz was inducted in the Hall of Fame, but he also tried to qualify for the 1992 Olympics at the age of 41 - in which he did not qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trials.

But the athletes and inductees in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame are

Murmansk, Russia Selected For IISA World Championship

The President and founder of the International Ice Swimming Association Ram Barkai announced Murmansk, Russia as the host city for the Ice Swimming World Championships 2019 on March 14th – 17th.

Swimmers from 30 countries are expected to be represented at the 2019 championships.

Reigning world record holders and world champions Hania Bakuniak from Poland (13 minute 5 second ice kilometer record-holder) and Petar Stoychev from Bulgaria (12 minute 15 second ice kilometer record-holder) are expected to take part.

Dover Docks Revival

PRESS RELEASE: Marina Pier units set sail to Dover as waterfront regeneration takes shape

The #PortofDover is beginning to take delivery of the new Marina Pier, as part of the #DoverWesternDocksRevival (DWDR) development, which consists of 360 individual precast concrete units with a combined weight of 13,350t and marks the return of 550m of revitalised waterfront promenade.

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