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Persbericht: Eerste nachtvorst, Nederlandse ijszwemmers lopen warm voor wedstrijdseizoen

Excuses voor de late publicatie van dit bericht. Wel mooi op tijd vóór de Amstel Ice Swim.

Nederlandse IJszwembond (IISA Nederland) opgericht. 

Sinds 4 september 2017 heeft Nederland er een nieuwe sportbond bij. IISA-Nederland zal als Nederlandse tak van de International Ice Swimming Association (IISA) de sport ijszwemmen nationaal promoten. Bij het ijszwemmen wordt er gezwommen in watertemperaturen van 5 graden Celsius en kouder. IJszwemmen als sport is ontstaan in 2009 toen ........

Ontario man becomes first Canadian to swim across Strait of Magellan

The 47-year-old is just the 23rd person to complete the swim through the South American strait.

An Ontario software developer has become the first Canadian to successfully swim across the Strait of Magellan.

Madhu Nagaraja says he completed the swim across the treacherous open-water stretch on the tip of South America on Nov. 29.

The 47-year-old from Oakville, Ont., becomes the 23rd person to complete the 3.9-kilometre swim through the strait famed for its strong winds, high waves and frigid waters.

Neuroscientists have identified how exactly a deep breath changes your mind

Breathing is traditionally thought of as an automatic process driven by the brainstem—the part of the brain controlling such life-sustaining functions as heartbeat and sleeping patterns. But new and unique research, involving recordings made directly from within the brains of humans undergoing neurosurgery, shows that breathing can also change your brain.

Simply put, changes in breathing—for example, breathing at different paces or paying careful attention to the breaths—were shown to engage different parts of the brain.

The subtle art of warming up

“After drop” is common after swimming in cold water; you get out and feel fine, and then you start to get colder, sometimes growing faint, shivering violently and feeling unwell.

After drop happens because when you swim, your body shuts down circulation to your skin, pooling warm blood in your core. This process helps you stay in the water longer: with reduced circulation to your peripheries skin and sub-cutaneous fat is turned into a thermal layer, similar to a natural wetsuit – hence the wild swimmers’ term bioprene for fat.

Cold Water Shock- making myself aware of the causes, symptoms and responses.

I've recently decided that I'd like to continue swimming in the open water into the winter (not continually like Forrest Gump, 'cause that would be just too exhausting!), but even before I've even put a toe in the cold water, a good friend, who is always one to put the fear of God into you if she thinks you are being an idiot/stupid/risking life and limb, has already had her two penneth. She appears to be well versed to the dangers of cold water. Impressed, I enquire as to how she had become such an expert in the field. She admitted that she's quoting the RNLI's advice about the dangers of cold water to me having recently been on an educational visit and, well, (her words) "some of it had sunk in. I knew I'd need it one day to lecture my idiot friend who has no sense whatsoever! Why would you want to do it?"

Top Tips for Cold Water Swimming that don't involve Swimming

If you're planning to swim through the winter then here's a few tips now that it's getting chillier ..........

  1. Don't swim alone. swim with a buddy or at least have someone watching out for you from shore. Swimmimg with friends is safer than swimming alone if you watch out for each other and it's more fun and companionable than swimming alone.
  2. Don't hang about chatting after your swim - that can wait. Get yourself dry, dressed and with a warm drink inside within 10 minutes as that's when the afterdrop will hit and the shivers will start. 
  3. Before you swim make sure your clothes are ready for when you get out. They should be right side out and stacked so that the clothes you want to put on first are on the top with your towel over them. When you're getting dressed sort out your top half first and then if you've got a robie or DryRobe put that on and sort out the bottom half.

10 things you only know if you swim through winter

You need cake, a flask, more warm clothes than you can imagine – and don’t even think about a hot shower.

  1. All-year swimmers don’t wear wetsuits. That defeats the purpose.
  2. You will never have enough warm clothes. You need many more things than you think you might need, to recover after a cold swim. Thermals, fleeces, your thickest jackets, woolly hats, gloves, socks and scarves. And you won’t want to take them off all day. It’s a pretty strong look.

Josef Köberl eröffnet Eisschwimmsaison

Am 07.10.2017 hat die Ice Swimming Association Austria die Eisschwimmsaison eröffnet.
Mitglieder aus dem gesamten Bundesgebiet haben sich am Hintertuxergletscher getroffen um in dem 0 Grad warmen Wasser
zu schwimmen. Unterhalb der Gefrorenen Wand ist auf einer Seehöhe von 3200 Metern der Eispalast. In dieser Eishöhle herrscht eine Lufttemperatur von 0 Grad. Dort konnten die Eisschwimmer, angeführt vom Extremschwimmer und Präsidenten der Ice Swimming Association Austria Josef Köberl, ihre härte unter Beweis stellen.

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?”

Cold water swimming: why the hell do so many people like doing it?

The other week, I found myself front crawling my way down the icy lane of Brockwell Lido at 8am.

It was a lovely sunny September morning but bloody hell, was it f*cking freezing.

Even wearing a wetsuit, I found myself gasping for panicky air, trying not to ice to death. I thought I was a pretty good swimmer until I found myself floundering in sub-zero temperatures barely able to go four lengths without wheezing like a 90-year-old.