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Immersed in the Wild

An 'open-water' swimmer finds a risky intimacy with nature.

Although I had been swimming on and off since moving from southwest Montana back to San Francisco in mid-January, my new season officially started on April 17th, the day I turned 60. It was a bright afternoon, the sun partially obscured by high thin clouds, gusts churning the surface of Aquatic Park, a manmade cove bounded by curved piers on the waterfront. That's where I swim, along with others whose notion of a swell time is plying chilly San Francisco Bay while wearing nothing but a cap and a Speedo. And chilly it was that day -- water about 55 degrees, or 30 degrees cooler than the average municipal pool. Whatever pleasures await the cold-water sea swimmer -- and they are incomparable, even, at times, transcendent -- reaching them entails a certain amount of discomfort.

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?"

'I prepared not to come back': the woman who finished the world's hardest swim

Kim Chambers started swimming after a life-changing accident. Just a few years later, she became the first woman to take on a notorious stretch of shark-inhabited waters.

Under a black sky in August 2015, Kim Chambers boarded a boat and headed out beneath the Golden Gate Bridge. She took a support team that included her mother, a film crew, and her swimming coach. Their destination was the Farallon Islands, a remote outcrop about 30 miles off the coast of San Francisco.

Once there, Chambers would attempt something no woman had ever done: an unbroken, solo swim from the islands back under the Golden Gate. With the area’s icy waters, strong winds, heavy swells and one of the largest concentrations of great white sharks, it’s been called the toughest swim in the world.

How to Swim for 67 Hours Straight

Sarah Thomas swam 104 miles last month in Lake Champlain. Here’s how.

It was Aug. 7 when Sarah Thomas, 35, of Conifer, Colorado, calmly walked down a slick, concrete boat ramp at Rouse's Point – the last stop in the United States at the northern end of Lake Champlain on the New York and Vermont borders. She was ready for the daunting challenge that lay ahead. The accomplished marathon swimmer was beginning a journey that would take her a little over 52 miles south to Gardiner Island and then back to her starting point: all at once, without stopping, without sleep, without a wetsuit and without touching another person or her support boat the entire time. She achieved this 104.6-mile swim – dubbed a "century swim" because it was over 100 miles – in 67 hours and 16 minutes to notch a new world record for longest current-neutral swim. (Current-neutral means she didn't have assistance from currents in the water.)

Living every stroke

Dean Summers completes yet another epic swim dedicated to seafarers

Ian Ackerman
October 18, 2017

ITF’s man in Australia Dean Summers has become the 51st person to swim the North Channel from Northern Ireland to Scotland.

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.

Meet the oldest woman to swim across the English Channel

Pat Gallant-Charette is living proof that we don’t need to put time constraints on our dreams. The 66-year-old grandmother of three from Westbrook, Maine became the oldest woman to ever swim across the English Channel in June when she made the 21-mile-turned-34-mile crossing (because of the strong current) in 18 hours.

ChannelChallenge heeft plekken vrij voor IJsselmeer en Kanaal

2017-10-07 - Voorburg - Na de zeezwemclinics die voor 010 swim experience zijn gehouden hebben enkele zwemmers me gevraagd om IJsselmeer en Kanaaloversteken te faciliteren. Ze zijn echter met te weinig zwemmers om het traject goed te kunnen starten.

US endurance swimmer Lynne Cox swam the frigid waters of the Bering Strait into warm Soviet embrace

It was the shortest slog in endurance swimmer Lynne Cox’s 16-year career, at just 3.75km, but her arrival on bleak, inhospitable Big Diomede Island 30 years ago won global acclaim.

With every stroke across the chill waters of Bering Strait on August 7, 1987, Cox helped thaw the US-Soviet Cold War.

Her two-hour crossing from US Little Diomede Island to Soviet Big Diomede had been in planning for 11 years, and even as she ploughed through fog in 6C degree waters, Cox was not sure she would be permitted to step onto Soviet territory.

Woman from Conifer breaks her own record by completing 104-mile, non-stop swim

In 67 hours and 16 minutes, Sarah Thomas, from Conifer, finished a 104-mile swim and broke her own record.

Sarah Thomas, from Conifer, finished a 104-mile swim and broke her own record.

Thomas slowly hobbled out of Lake Champlain, which is between New York and Vermont, around 3:30 a.m. local time, and 1:30 a.m. in Denver - about five hours ahead of schedule.

She promptly sat down for the first time since Monday, when she began her nonstop swim.

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