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The open-water swimmer

Even though water is definitely your element, do you find the lanes of a swimming pool a bit too claustrophobic? Do you like to lose yourself in the relentless rhythm of your arm strokes after having carefully studied the “route” to take? Well that means you are an open-water swimmer.

This kind of “ultra-endurance swimmer” is even tougher and stronger, if that is possible, than a long-distance swimmer in the pool. The kind of characteristics you need are not just physical but also, and I might say ABOVE ALL, tactical and cognitive.

Library Of Open Water Swimming Books

On the website of "The Daily News of Open Water Swimming" an extensive library is posted. It has a very long list of interesting books for open water and marathon swimmers.

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?”

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.

Reminiscences of a BLDSA President (2017)

So, the last BLDSA swim of the season, Lynn Regis, is complete and swim event appearances as BLDSA President have drawn to a close for 2017. Everyone has got home safe n' well and everything else is merely a bonus, if truth be told.

It's hard to believe that one can take up this sport in 2010 (barely being able to swim a mile) then emerge 7 years later as president of the nation's most decorated & prestigous long distance swimming club, the BLDSA. The Association would not be run without the dedication of volunteers and it seemed fitting to do one's duty after 4 years on the committee and the whole swim series under one's budgies. The summer has been a delicate balancing act of juggling 60 hour weeks in the city; becoming an expert on the country's transport network; organising 2 major swims; and meeting loads of new & old inspirational people with the backdrop of some of the most stunning locations the country has to offer.

The Amazing Lifo of Australia's "Million Dollar Mermaid"

The extraordinary Australian woman broke records in the swimming pool before becoming a vaudeville performer, fitness guru and Hollywood actress.

The Annette Kellerman Aquatic Centre resides in a large public park in the Sydney suburb of Marrickville, surrounded by a flat grassy expanse dotted with fig trees, Chinese elms and jacarandas. Outside the modern complex, which comprises three pools, Kellerman’s Cafe serves all-day breakfast. A series of plaques and photographs, inscribed with information about the legendary Australian’s life, are attached to a fence near where customers munch on food and sip their coffees.

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."

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