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Strokes of genius: swimmers’ guide to the UK coast

Rowan Clarke on Clevedon, Somerset

As an outdoor swimmer and swimming coach, Rowan is often found on the side of Clevedon Marine Lake giving guidance to all ability levels. She is on the Board of Trustees for Marlens, the charity that looks after the Marine Lake and a member of the South West Seals winter swimmers.

Channel Swim Abandoned Due To SIPE 2nd August 2016

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.

The First 11 Hours

I started my Channel swim just after 7am on Saturday morning. The training had been done, it was a beautiful morning and weather was forecast to be improving. I had the pilot and crew that I wanted. I was raring to go. I was greased up in the mixture of sun cream and udder cream which it’s basically a mix of Vaseline and lanolin (good for cows and Channel swimmers and even better for Channel swimming cows). Over the side and a short swim to the beach at Samphire Hoe for the official start. A few Pilates moves on the beach and some wise motivational words to myself about not stopping until I hit France and I was off.

Fraaie weerkaarten

At the Ventuski website you will fine lovely weather maps. Animated wind and waves etc. worldwide (where info is available).

The Toughest Thirteen

13 extremely challenging swims for the advanced solo marathon swimmer. If the Oceans Seven are the “Everests” of open water, the Toughest Thirteen are the K2s.

The Toughest Thirteen (an MSF project) aims to inspire marathon swimmers to seek lesser-known, less frequently swum waters offering unique and extraordinary challenges. In 2019, over 200 swimmers have completed the Triple Crown, and many of the Oceans Seven swims have multi-year waiting lists. In contrast, for any of the T13 swims you may not have to wait longer than the next available good weather; and if you’re successful, you’ll be one of only a small handful.

Many of these swims have been DNF’d more often than finished!

Reddingsbrigade Nederland verfijnt vlaggengebruik

Reddingsbrigade Nederland vindt dat volwassenen én kinderen de betekenis van de waarschuwings- en signaleringsvlaggen bij open water moeten kennen. Reddingsbrigades constateren dat dit bij velen niet het geval is. Reddingsbrigade Nederland neemt initiatief om daarin verandering te brengen. Het vlaggengebruik wordt verfijnd tot een nieuw landelijk protocol. De basissets van vlaggen zijn al door de International Life Saving Federation of Europe (ILSE) geaccordeerd. Voor 2019 wordt een publiekscampagne voorbereid.

Reddingsbrigades beschikken bij hun reddingspost(en) in elk geval over een basisset van vlaggen voor de vlaggenmast. Deze worden door lifeguards, op basis van de actuele situatie, gehesen. Om zwemmers, baders, watersporters en overige recreanten te waarschuwen en te informeren over de risico’s die verbonden zijn aan het zwemmen in open water, zoals de zee.

De basisset van vlaggen voor de vlaggenmast bestaat uit:

Weather on the English Channel

The weather on the English channel is very unpredictable. At times the forcasts are correct, but usually they are a bit to a lot off. The trick I hear pilots use is to combine the various sources of information and add a bit of gut feeling to that.

Afstanden op Het Kanaal

Ik (Richard Broer) krijg regelmatig de vraag hoe dat nou zit op Het Kanaal met de afstand. De Hemelsbrede afstand is een dikke 33km. Mijn horloge zegt dat ik 56km gezwommen heb. Ik deed er 12 uur over. 4,6km per uur haal ik toch nooit? Dan heb ik wel erg hard gezwommen. Als ik uitga van 33km is dat 2,7km per uur. Dat is wel realistisch. Ik zwem normaal in open water zo'n 3km per uur.

Andwoord heel kort:
Het water verplaatst zich, niet de zwemmer.

Swimming for weight loss, here’s how to get more out of the best exercise to lose weight fast

Swimming for weight loss: Swimming may not be the first activity that pops to mind when you think of weight loss, but fitness experts say it is a useful aerobic activity for overall fitness and toning. Swimming also burns fat long after your session.

Neuroscientists Strongly Recommend That You Visit The Beach Regularly. Here’s Why:

Is this true?

We all know that spending time outdoors is good for you on both a physical and mental level, but the benefits of spending time specifically at the beach have just been revealed.

That incredible feeling of peace and calmness that you experience at the beach is now being referred to as “blue space.” That’s what scientists have dubbed the effect that the combination of soothing smells and sounds of water have on your brain. The blue space is enough to make you feel at ease in a hypnotic sort of way.

Zwemmen in de natuur: Wat zijn de risico's?

Met het mooie zomerweer is het aantrekkelijk om in natuurwater te zwemmen. Dat kan op veel plaatsen in Nederland. Tegelijkertijd wordt de kans op onder meer het ontstaan van de ziekteverwekkers blauwalg en botulisme in het water groter. Waar moet je op letten en wat zijn de risico's?