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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.

Press realease: Liane’s Round Anglesey Swim Challenge

This summer, between the 18th to 20th of August, Liane Llewellyn Hickling will be attempting something that has never been done before; a solo non-stop swim around Anglesey in North Wales. This is a distance of over 70 miles through some of the strongest tides and most challenging waters the UK has to offer. Following rules laid down by the British Long Distance Swimming Association she will be wearing just a swimsuit, swimming hat and googles.

Ice swimmer Lewis Pugh: If we want to save Antarctica, we must build bridges

Have you ever watched a bridge being built? It is fascinating.

I lived on the Thames while the Millennium Bridge was under construction. The engineers didn’t start from one bank and progress towards the other. They started on both sides – and met in the middle.

First they built stable platforms on the edge of each bank. Then they erected two strong concrete piers in the middle of the river. And when they were ready, they lowered the bridge, in three parts, to meet in the middle. Finally, they reinforced it with strong supporting cables, so when it was complete, the structure was firm and united.

Diplomacy is a lot like building bridges.

Hommage to Marilynn Bell

Torontonians will know of the name "Marilyn Bell" well as she was the first to swim the 32 miles of Lake Ontario on Sept 9 1954 (21 hours of swimming), the youngest person to swim the 21 miles of the English Channel on July 31 1955 (14.5 hours of swimming) and then the Strait of Juan de Fuca off the Pacific coast in 1956.

Ice swimmers defy death for the thrill

As he swam against the current in Antarctica’s Southern Ocean among leopard seals and icebergs, Ryan Stramrood’s body went numb.

He looked down, pulling his arms one stroke at a time through the -1 C water, and he thought about how clear the ocean was that day.

“You don’t want to see very far down. It can be quite eerie,” he said.

Van der Poel zwemt 36 km over zee

VEENENDAAL De afstand tussen Engeland en Frankrijk is over het water hemelsbreed 36 kilometer en als het aan Jan van der Poel ligt gaat hij die afstand zwemmend overbruggen. De droom was het startsein van zijn eigen 'make-over' en inmiddels ziet de Veenendaler geen terugweg meer.

Promo BBC4 voor Kanaalzwemmen

Binnenkort op BBC4 een film over kanaalzwemmen met o.a. Kevin Murphy.

Marc makes a bid to swim Channel starting at....

THIS July, Marc Newman will be attempting to swim the English Channel and raise money for Julia's House children's hospice.

Thirty-one years ago he swam the English Channel for the first time. This year he planning to do it again at the end of July but he is going the long way round, starting from a different location, Dungeness.

As a result the crossing will be nearly 25 per cent longer than the traditional route, a distance of 26 miles.

‘Queen of the Channel’ Cindy Nicholas dead at 58

The marathon swimmer crossed Lake Ontario and set record for crossing the English channel.

Cindy Nicholas, the former Scarborough MPP and record-setting marathon swimmer is being remembered for her cheerful exuberance in life and her explosiveness in the open water.

“She was strong, fast, a real good competitor,” said fellow Canadian marathon swimmer Kim Lumsdon, who, along with Nicholas, Winnipeg-born Vicki Keith and Etobicoke’s Loreen Passfield, dominated distance swimming in the 1970s and 1980s.

How Marathon Swimmer Dan Simonelli Prepares for the English Channel

By Melissa Berkay, Swimming World College Intern

Swimming is an amazing sport. It challenges individuals to overcome obstacles, set short-term and long-term goals, be disciplined, develop time management skills, learn values of hard work and determination, and demonstrate the courage it takes to push your body to its limits. A topic consistently discussed in the sport of swimming is pool swimming. A step further into the realm of swimming that is not as exposed is open water marathon swimming. Marathon swimming is obtaining more media attention every year and the amount of swimmers who have stepped out of the pool and into the ocean for open water races has increased.

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