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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."

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?”

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