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Communication in The Channel

Communication is not about speaking what we think. Communication is about ensuring others hear what we mean.

This observation of human communications could not be more true between a support crew on an escort boat during the marathon or channel swim and the swimmer in the water.

Who Will Ever Cross The Bering Strait Again?

In a Los Angeles Times article on August 9th 1987, Rich Roberts quoted Joseph Coplan after the Lynne Cox's unprecedented 2 hour 5 minute crossing of the Bering Strait from Little Diomede Island in the USA to Big Diomede Island in Russia [read here].

"Nobody else will ever do this [crossing]," said project director Coplan in 1987. "Not in a hundred years. She's the only one."

Show some rotational control!

This is one thing I struggled with as a swimmer. I learned how to surf at the age of six. My first organized swimming experience didn’t come until closer to my high school years. I learned the pull with a board under my feet. As you can probably guess, I didn’t rotate very much. My rotation was so limited. 

On the flip side, some swimmers struggle with rotation that is too much and covers an unnecessary range of motion. There can also be a difference in rotation between the left and right sides of the body (Oh…. that’s why coach wants me to be able to do rotary breathing).

What is the best antidote for a jellyfish sting? (Clue: it's not urine)

What should you do if a jellyfish stings you? Scientists have found that applying vinegar is the best solution, and that popular remedies including urine, lemon juice, and shaving foam could make the situation worse.

A recent study in Toxins, which investigated the efficacy of various remedies for stings from the Portuguese man o’ war (Physalia physalis) concludes that rinsing with vinegar before applying heat is the most effective treatment. The commonly recommended treatment of seawater and ice was found to cause more harm than good.

To bilateral or not to bilateral

by Keri-anne Payne
was really interested in finding out about bilateral breathing - some say IT’S A MUST and some say DON’T DO IT. I wanted to explore the reasons why some people find it really difficult to bilateral breathe.

The responses were staggering and so many people replied - Thank you so much!

Woman picks up shark, throws it out of Cronulla ocean pool

A woman has been captured on film picking up a one-metre shark in a Cronulla rock pool and throwing it back into the ocean.

The video of real estate agent Melissa Hatheier was posted on the Cronulla Real Estate Facebook page on Tuesday.

Hypothermia Myths And The Truth About Cold Water

I was meeting with 40 professional mariners last week to discuss their man-overboard procedures. Since they operated where the water is cold (under 60 degrees most of the year), I asked them my favorite question. 

“If you go overboard in January wearing street clothes when the water is just above 33 degrees, how long until you become hypothermic?”

How does stroke rate differ between pool and open water?

Do you have the same stroke rate when swimming in the pool vs open water? How does your stroke differ?
Sabina Heywood

One of the biggest things that people who are used to swimming in the pool suffer with is changing their stroke in the open water. When you swim outdoors you should have a repertoire of strokes up your sleeve.

For example, if the water is choppy and you are swimming into the waves, you will need to shorten your stroke length and up your stroke rate. This allows you to make headway through the waves and chop. If you keep a long stroke with a low stroke rate, you might find you are getting pushed back!

What Science Says About Peeing in Your Wetsuit

Scientists are aware you urinate in your wetsuit. While many people feel like this is weird, it’s completely natural. It’s the norm amongst surfers – even if they don’t all admit to it. As a waterman, you’re experiencing a unique underwater phenomenon called immersion diuresis. Don’t panic though. There is a totally legit scientific reason for this.

So, why do we pee in our wetsuits and what is actually happening inside your body?

How dangerous is lightning to swimmers?

The other day I was swimming at Shepperton lake when a storm blew in. I saw a flash on the horizon, turned to a nearby swimmer and asked: “was that lightning?”

“Well, I don’t think you got caught by a speed camera,” he replied.

Thanks!

As most of you will know, lightning is supposed to bad for swimmers. Like any responsible venue operator would, the staff at Shepperton evacuated the lake, but it still took me a few anxious minutes to get out, during which time I saw several more lightning strikes. I started trying to figure out the probability of lightning hitting me or the lake, and what the consequences might be if it did.

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