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One risk of swimming in the sea which few people know about

Large numbers of people love swimming in the sea, and feel perfectly safe doing so. Yet many of them don't realise just how easy it is to drown when you're having fun on the beach. Most of us assume that alcohol is to blame when tragedies of this kind occur. However, more often than not there is a different cause — rip currents.

Guest post: Ned Denison on Essential Volunteering to support solo swims and swimmers (with added maths)

He is an International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Inductee,  also a committee Member for Santa Barbara Channel Swim Association, Manhattan, the Lee swim, and In Search of Memphre, amongst other things, as he seems to like being on committees. He is also persistently confused by the difference between an email subject line and the body of an email text. It’s not unusual to get an entire illegible paragraph in the subject line.

Prepare for the EC!

from Big Rick's facebook

Want to swim the English Channel ? Here´s how to start!

The training has been done, the bags are packed, tomorrow I´ll drive to Dover to swim from England to France next week. Here´s a recap of 2 1/2 years of preparation...

The Use of Pacers in Open-Water Swimming

An interesting article posted by Vicki Keith on her blog June 6, 2016 as instigation of a discussion on the use of pace swimmers.

As a new open water swimming season gets under way, I ask you, why do we do this? What do we hope to achieve? Some people swim for the glory of a record, be it speed, or distance or even a world first, some to challenge themselves and test their mettle, some for the camaraderie of working as a team as everyone pulls together to achieve the perceived impossible. There are probably as many reasons to swim open water, as there are swimmers.

Channel Swim Abandoned Due To Swimming Induced Pulmonary Edema (SIPE)

From te website of "Cold Wet Bloke"

Well that didn’t go to plan. Instead of recovering from a celebratory Babycham in the White Horse in Dover I found myself in a hospital bed in Ashford on Sunday morning. My attempt to swim the English Channel was foiled in French inshore waters by Swimming Induced Pulmonary Edema (SIPE). I’d been airlifted from my support boat and was in a resuss bed.

23 things you probably didn't know about swimming across the English Channel

It was 90 years ago today that American swimmer Gertrude Ederle became the first woman to swim the English Channel.

It was her second attempt, after being pulled from the water the first time for “resting, floating face-down” a year earlier, and she became, at 19, the sixth person to swim the 21-and-a-bit miles between England and France.

When Ederle, who set off from Cap Gris Nez, arrived on the beach at Kingsdown, Kent, after choppy waters turned the usual 21 miles into about 35, she was greeted by a customs official who asked to see her passport. When she returned to New York she was met by a ticker-tape parade.

Zwemmen in zee? Kijk uit voor wind en muien

Het is én zomers weer, én de meeste mensen hebben een lang weekend vrij. Er stonden vandaag dan ook al gelijk files richting de kust. Maar wees gewaarschuwd als je wil gaan zwemmen. Het water is nog erg koud, en door de windrichting is de kans groter dat je in de problemen komt.

Everything You Know About Surviving Rip Currents Is Wrong

Conventional wisdom says that Jamie MacMahan was doing everything right when, about a decade ago, he found himself caught in a rip current while swimming off the coast of Monterey, California. Rips flow seaward, out to deep water, so beach access signs across the country advise swimmers to paddle parallel to the beach to escape the them. The savage, dread-inducing flows kill more beachgoers each year than any other threat and MacMahan, a professor of oceanography and a strong swimmer, was following the “swim parallel” gospel, paddling steadily. But as he thrashed in the cold Pacific, the rip refused to relent. “I thought, ‘That’s interesting,’” MacMahan says.

Swim The Channel: the agonies and ecstasies of the ultimate open-water swim

Every weekend from May to September, several dozen scantily clad people gather on a pebble beach at Dover Harbour in Kent armed with flip-flops, fleeces, pots of protective grease and a very specific dream – to get in the water and train for the world’s most esteemed open water swim, the English Channel.

Michael Oram on nutrition during an EC relay

From a long standing point of view as a pilot - just do your normal thing with the foods you like and the foods your body will accept. You are going to be on a slow moving boat that could well be rocking and rolling. Some swimmers just choose not to eat at all. Things like milk and chocolate can be a problem, but they are nice to eat and comforting.