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Michael Oram on support swimmers

There is a need for swimmers and their support team to understand how the pilot looks at the rules and how the pilot has the overall say in what happens reference the use of support /safety swimmers.

The CS&PF rules for support swimmers state:

No support swimming within the first 3 hours and then it is: 1 hour the water - 2 hours out of the water -- with the pilots concent. There are other references as to how support swims are conducted in the swim rules.

Michael Oram on timing of double swims

Just a quick note for everyone as I keep being asked questions reference the swim rules just lately.

The rules are on the CS&PF web site - www.cspf.co.uk

Swim timings

For a 2-way swim the timing starts when the swimmer enters the water at the beginning of the swim and continues until the second leg is completed. This is a continuous timing.

2-way swim are however split into 2 separate legs --

Nude swimmers warned of GONAD-GOBBLING FISH ON THE LOOSE

'Testicles sit nicely in their mouth' expert tells Swedes

Swedish men have been told to stay out of the water after a gonad-gobbling fish known as the "ball cutter" was spotted in the wild.

The warning was issued after fisherman caught what appears to be a 21cm-long pacu fish in the Oresund Sound between Denmark and Sweden.

read the rest >>> here @ The Register <<<

Michael Oram on distance swum

Reference the distance statements and queries--

It's DISTANCE TRAVELLED - not distance SWUM.

On the top of the springs the tidal flow up and down Channel is around the 11 to 13.5 nautical miles (25 km). Wendy Trehiou swam for 39+ hours (on Wednesday August 21, 2013). That's 6.6 tide changes - about 70 nm of tidal work without any swimming.

Michael Oram on Jelly Fish

Jelly fish are and have always been part of an English Channel swim. They appear at any time during the crossing but are more concentrated in the middle section (around the separation zone). They do collect around the point at Cap Gris Nez - although we have not seen many of them there so far this year.

There are a lot of the small clear harmless ones plus a few of the stinging purple stinging ones. The sting is mild and on par with a nettle sting when ashore.
Many swimmers have tried different systems to prevent getting stung but most still suffer from the occasional encounter.

We do have a considerable number of Portuguese Man of war this year (Clear top but with a brownish core and fairly long tentacles, 2 to 3 foot plus) but they are usually deeper than the little ones. If you think you might be allergic to them take some antihistamine cream along.

Michael Oram on Jelly Fish

Jelly fish are and have always been part of an English Channel swim. They appear at any time during the crossing but are more concentrated in the middle section (around the separation zone). They do collect around the point at Cap Gris Nez - although we have not seen many of them there so far this year.

There are a lot of the small clear harmless ones plus a few of the stinging purple stinging ones. The sting is mild and on par with a nettle sting when ashore.

Swimming Induced Pulmonary Edema (SIPE)

Uit de nieuwsbrief van USA Open Water Swimming

This month we are going to partially reprint an article which appeared 4 years ago in our newsletter.  This reprint is prompted by a recent post titled “Why I almost Died During the New York City Ironman Triathlon” at http://ht.ly/djjoE. It is written by a triathlete about her experience with SIPE.

Michael Oram on training

You can train in many ways and have many targets but the English Channel swim is unique and very dependant on your mental attitude and mental stamina as well as your physical ability.

Every year I hear swimmers complaining of just about everything they can think of. Mainly because they expect too much - get to serious about their results and progress and get frustrated with their repetitive approach.

Don't let it become a chore. Don't look forward to a day off.

First off

Michael Oram on Spring versus Neap tides

I am getting a lot of questions about Neaps versus Springs swim as there is very few Neap tide places (if any) available.

I've tried my best to answer your questions below in a slightly different way to usual as from what I am reading there seems to be a lot of confusion circulating. This answer is a general one to try and make it possible to think things through.

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