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Why swimming may be the best exercise as you age

On the website of the Washington Post I found this interesting article. Is this news to us open water swimmers?

Falling down and getting hurt is a big problem for older adults, and researchers think that physical activity may lower people’s risk of falls. But now, a new study suggests that the only type of exercise that lowers older adults’ risk of falls is swimming.

Breathing and Buoyancy in Open Water Swimming

A better way to combat sinking legs syndrome

By Erica Smith | October 18, 2013 >>> full original post @ US Masterswimming here <<<

Michael Oram on 2 and 6 hour swims

One 2 hour swim is not really the idea, you and your team should be building up to and then doing 2 hours on a regular basis right up to your swim date. (I am presuming you are talking relay team swims.)

Tips and Bits for your Channel Swim – by Cliff Golding

In no particular order…………

(Updated March 2014)


Navigation in open water swimming

Can you swim in the right direction when there is no line painted on the bottom? The best thing to do is to look up every few strokes. Practice in a pool. Try lifting your head up and looking at the end of your lane. Lift your head at different times during your stroke and see what feels most comfortable. With that accomplished, you have tackled the most important part of navigation in open water. That is really all you need to be able to do, although there are refinements to help you speed up and make it easier.

Maintaining Your Composure in open water

In almost every pool around, it is impossible to be more than 4 lane widths from a wall. And with lane ropes installed, there is always something within an arms reach for support in case you get a mouth full of water. That is not the case with open water.

Swimming alone or with a small group, there is often nothing right next to you to hang onto. At least in races, there are usually lifeguards on rescue boards or kayaks nearby to quickly lend assistance. How far do you feel comfortable swimming without hanging onto something?


2009-08-27 - Voorburg - Ik krijg vaak de vraag of ik mij tegen de kou ga invetten als ik spreek over open water zwemmen en kanaalzwemmen. Er zijn vele soorten vetten die gebruikt worden en ze hebben eigenlijk slechts een zeer belangrijk effect: ze smeren de plekken waar we huid-op-huid schuren. Het helpt echt niet tegen de koude, hoewel heel misschien de eerste minuten. Daarna is dat effect ook voorbij.

Het enige wat tegen de kou helpt is lang in koud water trainen en daarvoor je lichaam klaarmaken door er een soort geheugen voor op te bouwen.


For the purposes of this discussion, we should distinguish between waves (or swells), breakers, and chop. Waves travel in one direction and make you go up and down. Breakers are what result when waves reach shallow water. Breakers crash over your head and try to grind you into the ground. Chop is the result of lots of little waves with no apparent direction to them. Imagine putting 100 kids in a pool with no lane ropes or gutters – the end result is “chop.” It is also what you often get in windy conditions.

Michael Oram on "Channel Grease"

Used with permission - from the channel swimming chat group.

The "Channel grease" as it used to be called was a mixture of about 90% lanoline and 10% Vaseline. You either brought it readily prepared from Boots the chemist in Dover high street or prepared it yourself by heating the lanolin gently while stirring in the Vaseline making sure it all gelled together. See the chat site archives for a more detailed answer.

How Navy Special Ops Survive Training Missions In Freezing Water

During Navy Special Ops training, candidates complete exhaustive missions under extreme stress, limited sleep, and in freezing water conditions.

For the last 25 years, the US military has used an ingestible thermometer pill to monitor the core body temperature of service members during physically demanding missions.

CorTemp pill (HQ, Inc.) was developed in the mid-1980’s by the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory and the Goddard Space Flight Center. The sensor technology was first used on astronauts to detect hypothermia and hyperthermic conditions during space flight.